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Starter Villain
Starter Villain | John Scalzi
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Following the bestselling The Kaiju Preservation Society, John Scalzi returns with another unique sci-fi caper set in the strangest of all worlds, present-day Earth. Inheriting your mysterious uncle's supervillain business is more complicated than you might imagine. Sure, there are the things you'd expect. The undersea volcano lairs. The minions. The plots to take over the world. The international networks of rivals who want you dead. Much harder to get used to...are the the sentient, language-using, computer-savvy cats. And the fact that in the overall organization, they're management...
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DuckOfDoom
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Current read. Or listen! I got the audiobook, too.

Turns out I miss you all. Who's still here? How are you?

Sace Great minds must think alike. I just came back after a loooong hiatus too! 3d
quietlycuriouskate Yay, Litsy needs more ducks! 3d
CoffeeK8 Hi! I just came back a few months ago as well! 3d
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DuckOfDoom @Sace @CoffeeK8 yay! We should celebrate! 3d
AmyG Hi! Such a fun book. 3d
Sace I‘m always up for a celebration! 3d
RaeLovesToRead 💕💕 2d
julesG 🎉😘 Good to see you here!!! 2d
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kwmg40
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The Hugo nominees were announced yesterday and these are the Best Novel nominees. The full list of nominees can be found at https://locusmag.com/2024/03/2024-hugo-astounding-and-lodestar-awards-finalists/.

I've read Starter Villain and Some Desperate Glory and liked both very much. Is anyone else planning to read the Hugo nominees?

#hugoawards #hugo2024

kwmg40 Starter Villain was one of the recent #LitsySciFiBookClub selections. It'll be interesting to see how it places in the Hugo voting. @TheSpineView 4w
TheSpineView I liked Starter Villian. I want to read a few of the nominations but doubt I will get all of them. 4w
Ruthiella I‘m stunned that I have actually read two! I enjoyed both Starter Villain and 4w
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willaful I enjoyed Tesh's other books, so that's on my TBR. And probably the Wells at some point. 4w
RamsFan1963 I really enjoyed Starter Villain, but Leckie's Translation State was amazing!! 4w
kwmg40 @TheSpineView @Ruthiella @willaful @RamsFan1963 I'll be very interested in seeing your reviews if/when you read any others from this list. I'm especially looking forward to Leckie's book but there's a long wait at the library. 4w
peanutnine I really loved the Witch King. Starter Villain and the Adventures of Amina are both on my TBR, I might push them up the list now 4w
kwmg40 @peanutnine Glad to hear you loved the Witch King. I've liked all of Martha Wells's works that I've read so far, so I expect I'll like this one too. 4w
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willaful
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“How are you so smart?“ I asked, suddenly confronting myself with the fact that a cat was typing and understood theories of class and labor. “No offense, but your brain is the size of a walnut.“

HOW ARE SO MANY HUMANS SO UNINTELLIGENT? Hera typed back. THEY HAVE BRAINS THE SIZE OF SEVERAL WALNUTS.

Ruthiella Loved this book! My cat, however, is a total sponger. He refuses to contribute to the household expenses. 1mo
willaful @Ruthiella Alas, a lot of cats are just looking for a Sugar Mama. 😂 1mo
rretzler Love Scalzi! This book was wonderful! 1mo
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CoffeeNBooks
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Pickpick

This was such a good book!! I'm so glad I let Litsy posts influence me to move this one to the top of my TBR stack!

Charlie unexpectedly becomes the heir to his uncle's businesses, both legal and not-so-legal, and unwittingly finds himself in the middle of the criminal organization his uncle was a member of.
#LitsyLoveReads
#ReadAway2024 @Andrew65

Liatrek Loved this one! 2mo
Yuki_Onna Uiii, perfect!👏 2mo
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Yuki_Onna Uiii, perfect!👏 2mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 2mo
Andrew65 A popular choice, well done 🎉🎉🎉 2mo
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mcctrish
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Pickpick

This was on some list somewhere and my library had it so here we are! What an absolute unexpected delight of a crazy book!!! I loved every minute of it

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks So pretty 😍 2mo
mcctrish @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I‘m so happy my cactus is blooming again ( I really have a hands off approach to my plant raising so I‘m so happy when they seem happy too) 2mo
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CoffeeNBooks
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Saturday morning #coffeeandabook. I started this the other day and I'm absolutely loving it!!

AmyG It‘s such a fun read. 2mo
julieclair This looks like so much fun! Added to my stack. 😼 2mo
Yuki_Onna That picture is so perfect!👌You made my day with it. Looks like the perfect morning!🌞☕ 2mo
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mcctrish
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Saw this on here and I loved the cover and the title! Ending the night with a hot toddy and my next read. I am on the mend, I might have to do something beyond reading in bed tomorrow

AmyG Feel better and enjoy this fun book! 2mo
Aimeesue Hot toddies are my favorite cure for colds. Scalzi ain‘t half bad either. Hope you feel better! 2mo
Ruthiella A boyfriend once made me a hot toddy when I was ill and I swear it cured me. 😃 2mo
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Cortg
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Pickpick

My first Scalzi read and what a treat! A quick, funny, full of adventure ride that includes cats in management and dolphins fighting to unionize (I related with this aspect as we are in the same boat at work.) Greedy, wealthy villains and Charlie, an ex-journalist now substitute teacher caught in the middle after his uncle‘s death. Looking forward to rehashing the amusement of the story at book club this week!

AmyG My first, too, and I just loved it. An insane story that absolutely worked for me! 2mo
Ruthiella Such a fun read! 2mo
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OutAndAbout
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Pickpick

Fun and crazy ride about an heir to a super villain and his exploits with sentient cats and dolphins. Plenty of gunfire and adventure, with a heavy does of humor. Loved it!

Ruthiella This was a fun read! 👍 🐈 🐬 💥 2mo
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Robotswithpersonality
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That's in the running for favourite of the year. Sometimes I forget how important it is to read books that make you laugh, especially those that also have thought and warmth behind them. So grateful for Scalzi putting this kind of energy into the world these days. I recommend knowing as little as possible going in, I didn't know anything and enjoyed all the surprises that resulted.

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Robotswithpersonality
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It's the little things. 🍶

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psalva
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Mehso-so

This was a fun read, my first Scalzi. The only reason it‘s not fully a pick for me is my own mood. Normally, I would have enjoyed the snark, the Hitchhiker‘s Guide-ness of it. However, I just haven‘t been in the mood for the light tone that this delivers. Also, I‘m miffed that my own cats haven‘t delivered the way Hera does for Charlie. They haven‘t made it past the plotting stage as far as I‘m aware. Pictured-Jack, mid-plot. #catsoflitsy

dabbe 🖤🐾🖤 2mo
Reggie Lol 2mo
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Robotswithpersonality
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Have I mentioned lately, how much I love John Scalzi's writing?

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Nessavamusic
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This was a fun little book that took me way too long to finish. I never wanted to give up on it, but it was easy to just read a chapter then put it down. Not a lot happened, but the cast of characters were charming and there were several very funny scenes. 4⭐️

This is also my very belated #bookspin from January. 😏

mcctrish I just got this from the library 👏🏻👏🏻 2mo
TheAromaofBooks I've seen a lot of good reviews for this one. It's on my list!! 2mo
dabbe 🖤🐾🖤 2mo
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Pinta
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Pickpick

Wacky, in easy-breezy prose. Potty-mouthed, class-conscious dolphins, typing cats, silly villains. Tension doesn‘t build consistently, established stakes left behind, but fun underdog (undercat?) story. Villains as “professional disrupters: the people who looked at systems and processes; found the weak spots, loopholes, and unintended consequences of each of them; and then exploited them” (P86). 2022

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AlaMich
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My current view while I wait for a tow truck. My car just lost power as I was driving to work because I think I ran out of gas 😣. Fortunately, I have John Scalzi to entertain me! Thankfully, it is FRIDAY!!! #tgif

AmyG Oh no! Scalzi is your silver lining. 2mo
AlaMich @AmyG Yes he is! 2mo
Suet624 Yikes! 2mo
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AlaMich @Suet624 It would be the first time it‘s ever happened to me. 2mo
Ruthiella Oh no! Hope it gets alleviated soon! 2mo
Suet624 I can imagine it‘s so shocking when it happens! 2mo
AlaMich @Suet624 It was! I was so lucky not to be on a busier street and that there was a kind crossing guard who helped me. 2mo
Monica5 Oh no 2mo
mabell Oh no! 2mo
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majkia
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Just saw that Paramount has options to turn Starter Villain into a movie! Talking dolphins, controlling cats! I hope they follow through!

Julsmarshall OMG! I hope they get this made! (edited) 3mo
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Writeme
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Sweet (other than all the murders), clever, and funny. Middle aged man‘s uncle dies leaving him heir to his villain business. I am not entirely sure what to make of this book, but if you have a rainy afternoon free, it‘s might be just the thing to curl up with.

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BekaReid
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Pickpick

This one was a lot of fun!

Leftcoastzen Aww cute reading buddy 3mo
dabbe 🖤🐾🖤 3mo
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janeycanuck
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This is definitely the earliest I‘ve ever done my #readingwrapup! I had a really strong start with January for my reading but it kinda tapered off. I want my early Jan momentum back for February!

AmyG Loved the tagged book! So fun. 3mo
janeycanuck @AmyG it was definitely my fav for the month!! 3mo
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DinoMom
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Yardy definitely feels like he is the new boss of the house and has decided that all books should be chew toys!!! Him and I have very different opinions on that! Kittens are so naughty!!!

dabbe 🖤🐾🖤 3mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 🖤🖤🖤 3mo
Ruthiella 😻😻😻 3mo
Susanita Nom nom! 🐈‍⬛🐈‍⬛ 3mo
BookmarkTavern Purrrfect photo! 💖 3mo
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BekaReid
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“We have cats because they amuse us and because otherwise our clothes would lack the texture only cat hair could provide.“

dabbe 😂 3mo
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wen4blu
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No idea what I‘m getting into with this book, but I like the dedication.

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Julsmarshall
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Pickpick

What a wacky, wonderful, bonkers ride of a book! I enjoyed this one from start to finish and want everyone to read it so we can discuss. The story of an average guy, down on his luck, whose distant millionaire relative dies and leaves him something. Great news, right? But what if your relative was an international villain? Hilarity ensues with animals who can communicate, spies, bomb, and the best cats ever. #BookspinBingo @TheAromaofBooks

AmyG RIGHT? This was such a fun read. 3mo
Deblovestoread This book was a fantastic surprise. Loved it. 3mo
CatLass007 I wasn‘t expecting to like it and I didn‘t. I loved it!! 3mo
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TheAromaofBooks I've seen so many positive reviews for this one. I may have to jump on the bandwagon and read it!! 3mo
Megabooks Fantastic picture!! 3mo
RamsFan1963 I've been a Scalzi fan from way back, and I think this is one of his best books. 3mo
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vlwelser
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Pickpick

This is really fucking funny.

#BookSpinBingo @TheAromaofBooks

Leftcoastzen 😂Love your review! 3mo
mcctrish This is my kind of review 3mo
Ruthiella It really is! 🤣🤣🤣 3mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 3mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Stacked! Just based on that sentence 😂 3mo
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Jari-chan
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This is a true #blameitonlitsy - you made me to it! 😄
I had quite a nice time with this audio book. The dolphins made me laugh so hard, I think I enjoyed them even more than the cats. But now I wonder what yours are up to 😉 The story was nice but not a highlight. Still, the audio book was a perfect companion for some hours of working alone.

AmyG This was such a fun read. 3mo
Jari-chan @AmyG Absolutely! 😸😸 3mo
Ruthiella Those dolphins! 🐬🤣 3mo
Jari-chan @Ruthiella 🤣🤣🐬 3mo
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AmyG
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Wow this was a fun read. And CATS!

Leftcoastzen Awww!😻 3mo
Ruthiella It was fun! But I hesitated before I let my cat read it. I didn‘t want him to get any ideas. 😹 3mo
AmyG @Ruthiella Maybe your cat will learn to be a real estate mogul. 🤣 3mo
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Ruthiella @AmyG I know! So far he‘s just a sponge and a drain on my income. 🤣 3mo
rubyslippersreads Oh no, don‘t encourage him! 😹 3mo
Larkken Def not letting my cat read this. I am not sure a typewriten version of "feed me" is necessary ? 3mo
CatLass007 Loved this book. 3mo
AnnCrystal 👏😂💕😻💝. 3mo
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Laughterhp
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I LOVED this book! It might be the first book I‘ve finished by John Scalzi. I loved the cats and the animals. It was kind of funny and I was engaged the whole time. This was already on my TBR because someone reviewed it on a podcast, but thanks to @wanderinglynn to give me the push to read it!

#auldlangspine

When I checked this out, the librarian commented and asked why the cat was in a suit. I told her I didn‘t know yet but I‘d find out. I did

monalyisha lol @ that librarian 😂 4mo
wanderinglynn I‘m so glad you enjoyed it. It‘s one of my favorite Scalzi books. I loved the cats! ❤️🐈‍⬛ 4mo
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Soubhiville
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Pickpick

I‘m rating this a soft pick, mostly because I felt like the middle part could have been shortened. It wasn‘t quite as good for me as Kaiju Preservation Society. I did enjoy and appreciate the parts others have mentioned- spy cats, dolphins who want to form a union, and a volcano villain lair.

Soubhiville This was my January #bookspin @TheAromaofBooks 🙂📚 4mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 4mo
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Texreader
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This book was the best way possible to spend January 1. Hard-on-his-luck laid off business journalist is almost homeless when his rich uncle dies, leaving him the heir of a supervillain empire (managed mostly by cats). From his volcanic lair, Charlie must face down his supervillain compatriots, relying on his disgruntled dolphins to act as security of his island. Taking on the powerful enemies, handling dolphin-labor disputes, and surviving an ⬇️

Texreader assassination attempt are all in a day‘s work as Charlie takes on his role as “starter villain.” I‘m not sure there‘s a plot that gets any better. I just wish the dolphins would tone down their invective use of the f-word when I‘m listening to the audiobook!! #litsyscifibookclub @TheSpineView 4mo
KathyWheeler I loved the dolphins. 😄 4mo
kwmg40 This was such a fun book! 4mo
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JamieArc Okay okay! Time I finally stacked this! 😂 4mo
Texreader @JamieArc Yay! It‘s priceless. 4mo
TheSpineView I agree! ❤️📖 4mo
CatLass007 I thought this was wonderful! 3mo
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janeycanuck
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Pickpick

My first read of 2024 and damn, it was good! What a hysterical romp. The potty-mouthed dolphins? The Zoom call? Pretty much everything from start to finish? What a great way to kick off my reading year.

Ruthiella I love your coffee mug! 😂 4mo
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RamsFan1963
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I read two 5? books in October, the other being The Combat Codes by Alexander Darwin, but I have to give the edge to Scalzi's laugh out loud "supervillain" story. From the foul-mouthed dolphins to the cats that run the world, it's a pure delight.
#12Booksof2023 @Andrew65

Andrew65 Always good when a book can make you laugh. A popular author 4mo
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Texreader
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What a hilarious book, and a great one to start 2024 and to end #wintergames. I just wish the dolphins weren‘t so keen on the f-word. It made for awkward listening around the family and when taking my walk around the neighborhood (not an earplugs person). 😂 Review to come

#Snowangels #WinterGames

@emilymdxn @TheSpineView

TheSpineView Agree. So funny and the dolphins stole the show. 4mo
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Soubhiville
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Starting this fun new book for the New Year ☺️. Sietje is happy to snooze since it‘s cold outside this morning, so I might read the whole thing today. I think that‘s a pretty great way to begin the year.

Have a great day today!

AmyG Enjoy your peaceful day! 4mo
Allylu Loved this book! As a person who recently inherited 2 cats and my daughter adopted 1 kitten, I look at them a little differently after reading this. A lot of fun! 4mo
janeycanuck I started this one this morning, too. Loving it so far, I was dying at the part with the floral arrangements. 4mo
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BookwormAHN
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I read 16 books in December. My favorites were The Narrow Road Between Desires, Starter Vilian, and World War Z 🖤
@Moonprismpower How has your month been?

MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm World War Z is an all-time top FAV of mine! ❤️😍❤️ 4mo
Moonprismpower Omg all I‘m doing is trying to stay afloat! But im cleaning my place today so I got that going for me. 3mo
BookwormAHN @Moonprismpower Cleaning can be quite therapeutic 🍀 3mo
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BookwormAHN
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I loved this book. The sarcasm was fantastic. Imagine your Uncle dying and leaving you his evil empire; complete with spy cats and cussing dolphins plus real archenemies 🖤
#LitsySciFiBookClub @TheSpineView
#GhostsOfXmas #WinterGames
#OutWithTheOldInWithTheNew @Andrew65 #Rushathon @GHABI4ROSES @DieAReader #AToZ @Texreader #ScaryChristmas @Patchshank #LittenListen @aperfectmjk

DieAReader 🥳🥳🥳 4mo
Cheshirecat913 Sold on that description! 😄 4mo
Andrew65 Excellent 👏👏👏 4mo
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Texreader
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Liatrek Enjoy! Loved this one❤️ The animals steal the show😂 4mo
TheSpineView 👍📖❤️🐱 4mo
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CSeydel
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I only read 4 books in December. It‘s been busy here between work, and fixing up the house for holiday company, and then actually having the company here. I was looking forward to this week between Christmas and New Year‘s as prime reading time, but I‘ve been listless. I‘m still struggling through A Novel Bookstore (#europacollective) and I haven‘t even started More Than Human (#ClassicLSFBC). Starter Villain was a quick and fun read, though.

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AmandaBlaze
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Charlie might have been a bit bumbling, but I liked him a lot.
#LMSDec2023 #MainCharacterLove

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Mimi28
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My first read-a- thon in years. Wish me luck!! @Andrew65

Andrew65 Great to have you with us. Good luck 😁 4mo
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Mimi28
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My first read-a-thon in years. Starting with this.,

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AmandaBlaze
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This was my first book by Scalzi, and I enjoyed it a lot. The humor was right. It didn‘t feel forced. 4 stars. Word search = 810.
#LitsySciFiBookClub @TheSpineView
#AtoZ @Texreader
#PromptMaze @TheAromaofBooks
#Rushathon @Andrew65 @DieAReader @GHABI4ROSES
#WinterCosy @PuddleJumper
#RestingGrinchFace @Julsmarshall

DieAReader 🥳🥳🥳 4mo
TheSpineView The humor was great! ❤️📖📚 4mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 4mo
PuddleJumper 💙💙 4mo
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TheSpineView
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Discuss is now open for our December selection, Starter Villian by John Scalzi. Here are a few questions to get us started. Feel free to discuss anything. #LitsySciFiBookClun #LSFBC

@Larkken @Deblovestoread @bnp @ravenlee @Johanna414 @BookmarkTavern @julesG @sebrittainclark @BookBelle84 @Readergrrl @CSeydel @Roary47

Ruthiella 1. I think the there were a few take aways from this book. For me, one was that there‘s not much difference between a “villainous” corporation and a legitimate one (just ninjas😂). 2. Any book which has a focus on animal welfare and rights gives me pause. As humans who know better, we could be so much more humane. 3. Charlie was a good Everyman to give the reader perspective on the fantastical situations. 4mo
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majkia I throughly enjoyed this. I do love Scalzi humor and his imagination. And yeah, Villian can be interpreted many ways. I loved that the dead uncle was undermining his supposed partners in crime. I enjoyed the ending, not to mention the cats and the dolphins!

Not looking for any deep meanings, just a fun book.
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AmandaBlaze I still have to finish the book, but I think it was more on the light and humorous side rather than thought-provoking. It does give some insight in the soulless nature of mega million corporations. I enjoyed the tech side of the book. On one hand, sentient cats are really cool, but would you really want to know what they thought of you? I think Charlie worked well as the main character. He was kind of a blank slate when it came to work ethic. 4mo
RamsFan1963 I enjoyed this much more than his last novel, The Kaiju Preservation Society, because the humor was less sarcastic, less of a punchline delivery feeling. The humor felt more organic here, as arising from the situation. Charlie is the perfect combination of befuddle and competent, he was the reader, we learned as he did, but he wasn't a buffoon to be used for pure comic relief. 4mo
kwmg40 I loved this novel, and I agree with @RamsFan1963 about the differences between this one and KPS. I did find the novel thought-provoking, with Scalzi's satirical digs at corporations and the uneven distribution of wealth in the world. The characters were what I loved the most -- especially the dolphins! 4mo
BookmarkTavern 1. Diversity in thought is important, even on a villainous level. More seriously, the power of collective bargaining and the importance of communication! 2. The hope that, even in the real world, those who hoard wealth will eventually bring about their own downfall. 3. I think he was completely integral. Anybody less genuine or thoughtful would have rung hollow. 4mo
BookmarkTavern Also! I totally agree with @majkia and @kwmg40 that the dolphins were among the best part. 💖 4mo
BethM My hold just came in so I‘ll hop back to this post in a week or two! 4mo
Larkken @BookmarkTavern @majkia @kwmg40 i want a follow up from the dolphin pov 😆 4mo
Larkken I found this one easy and fun to read but nothing groundbreaking… scalzi‘s Everyman-who-is-somehow-a-savant thing might get old for me if he does it in the next book. I think he could have made Charlie a bit more of a lovable idiot who would do anything for his cats but was totally lost at sea among the villains 🦹‍♂️ but! It fit right in with my current spree of spy books and I was very sucked in to the plot! 4mo
wanderinglynn I also agree that Charlie is an Everyman protagonist. Not stupid but ignorant at first. But he learns. This book was fantastic! And I love Scalzi‘s humor. I agree with @RamsFan1963 that the humor in this book was more organic, less in-your-face. The hyper-intelligent cats were my favorite, proving that they really do rule the world. 🐈‍⬛ 4mo
RamsFan1963 @Larkken Have you read any of Scalzi's Old Man's War series? Characters who seem more prepared (hyper competent?) than others, even in a new situation, is a common archetype in his books. His heroes seem to roll with the punches much better than you or I would. Some might find that annoying, but I like it in the MC 4mo
julesG I can only add that I liked this book better than KPS, probably because Charlie is an Everyman. I liked the different look at villains and enjoyed the humour. I wasn't looking for any deeper meaning. If you enjoy looking at villains from a different POV I can recommend 4mo
TheSpineView @julesG I liked the humor too and that is why I enjoyed. Didn't worry any over some deep message even knowing there was one. 4mo
Ruthiella Agree with everyone that the potty mouthed dolphins were a real highlight! 😂 4mo
BookwormAHN Okay so first off I finished this book with my cat, Druzy in my lap, so more treats for her, just in case 😸 I think the message was about not taking animals for granted. But mostly I just enjoyed the ride. 4mo
LeticiaToraci I read it, so much fun. Not every Scalzi works for me but this one was five stars! 4mo
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AmandaBlaze
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BookmarkTavern
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Pickpick

When an absent uncle leaves Charlie a multibillion dollar company (& his villainous lair in a volcano) what else can Charlie do but listen to those who know more than him? Namely, the cats.

This genuinely made me LOL multiple times. I loved the pokes at organizations that lack diversity. I loved the emphasis on unions (unionized dolphins!). I loved the cats. I loved the twists. A real delight, & I need to add more Scalzi to my TBR. 🌕🌕🌕🌕🌗

BookmarkTavern What I did not love was how much time I had to wait for my car. 😂 4mo
fredthemoose Fun review! 4mo
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Laughterhp I have this one on my TBR! 4mo
Liatrek He is my go to audio book author🎧 loved all his books so far 4mo
CatLass007 This book was so much more than I expected. It was funny and intelligent. 4mo
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AmandaBlaze
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Jas16
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Pickpick

A book that does its cover justice. I, too, would want to be a villain if it meant I got to hang out with the cats and dolphins in this book. So much fun.

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ReadingOver50
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Pickpick

So much fun. I loved the sentient cats. I had previously read The Kaiju Preservation Society and really enjoyed it. This author writes with a great blend of science fiction and humor.

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majkia
Starter Villain | John Scalzi

I know humor is dicy. I hate a lot of stuff others find funny. But John Scalzi has my number! I've loved his last few books that make fun not of people, but of assumptions and actions that IMO fully deserve to be rediculed. And, intelligent cats is a bonus.
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Ruthiella Wait till you get to the dolphins ! 🐬🤣 4mo
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AmyG
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@mcipher Hooray! And thank you for getting me the book I wanted! I am so excited to read this one and eat my chocolate. Great #jolabokaflod swap!!! Merry Christmas, Melanie! 🎄😘

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Gissy Great!💚❤️💚 4mo
Chrissyreadit This sounds hysterical- i‘m going to get on audio! 4mo
Deblovestoread This book is a hoot! So much fun. 4mo
mcipher Yay, I hope you enjoy it!! ♥️♥️ 4mo
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