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Villains Victorious Mass Market Paperback – April 1, 2001
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Crowther, Peter: Set in a comic-book world of "Heroes and Villains", the tone is something like the realism of _Watchmen_, but from the viewpoint of the super-villains. The Comedian in particular is struggling with his conscience, as he prepares for a deathbed visit to his mother, their first meeting in many years. But even sidekicks are well drawn - one, for instance, lost his father at 12 when a run-of-the-mill superhero/supervillain struggle destroyed a few city buildings, and the apologetic superhero's out-of-court settlement wouldn't bring his father back.
Davis, R.: "King of Thorns" is the title awarded to the best of the temple's Thorns - their master assassin trainees - each year. The story follows the Thorns' final competitive exam with one another, and is recommended for _Thief: The Dark Project_ players. :)
Dungate, Pauline E.: "Nina" has a mysterious hold on people - her classmates fear her, she rarely does her homework, and the real story of her father's suicide is uncanny. The narrator's family has arranged a marriage between them, and now that he's asked around about her, he's finally got sense enough to be scared.Read more ›
"Heroes and Villains" A poignant and well-written story showing that villains are just as important as heroes, and necessary."
"To Speak with Angels" - what happens with a living saint comes to Hell to speak with Lucifer?"
"King of Thorns" - when being a Master Assassin just isn't good enough "The Usurper Memos" - What could drive a king to give up his throne?"
"Death Mage - necromancy and politics make strange bedfellows"
"Horror Show" - asks the question: What if the monsters, through the adulation of fans, were to become real?"
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"Nina" - who will take whatever steps are necessary to be free ..."
"Souls to Take - Braunbeck tells the story of one of the last doctors performing abortions in Cincinnati, who gets entwined with a soul reaper. Sure to cause discord in any discussion!"
"A New Man - in which a most surprising deal is made"
"The Whiteviper Scrolls" in which a young Whiteviper is outvillained."
"Doubting Thomas - in which we learn the truth about Santa Claus
"All Things Being Relative - Tanya Huff - HILARIOUS take on the Dark Queen
"The Mould of Form" - introduces us to the origins of one of the most famous piratical villains ever The Specter of Tullyfane Abbey - where Sherlock Holmes is bested by Professor Moriarty shortly after their introduction"
A good book, with lots of great stories, in which the villains are ultimately victorious. Highly recommended for anyone and everyone.
There are a handful of good stories here, and none really bad. Most though are firmly average or predictable and one or two below average.
Yes, we do see villains triumph. The problem is, in my mind, very few of the villains are actually shown or hinted at doing awful things. When they are, in some cases, it is presented as being comedic. Or in other cases, it is villain vs. villain. Is one really a villain if he battles another villain? Well maybe but it isn't very satisfying. And though technically being victorious seems contrary to the spirit of the title.
Getting close to the villains also, unpreventably ,creates a form of sympathy for them, rendering them from villain to mere antagonist. This also dilutes the power and shock of having a villain triumph. When we like or sympathize with them, well, that's not very villainous. I do give the authors the fact that it would be hard to present the viewpoint of a character and have the character remain unlikeable.
The other problem is that they weren't generally likeable either making the reader feel ambivalent about their triumphs. Though some decent craft went into most of these stories they remain average but entertaining ways to while a few moments away. The difficulty of the concept may have prevented them from becoming more.
Worthwhile to read, but it isn't greatness.
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Some of the stories are fun, but a few make for tedious reading. Definitely worth the time though.Published 10 months ago by JB
Unlike so many Ace anthologies, this one actually lives up to its title. Villains of all sorts triumph here, from familiar fiends such as Moriarty or the Evil Queen from... Read morePublished on May 15, 2004 by jrmspnc
The premise behind this book is what caught my eye - evil defeats good. I wasn't disappointed. I was surprised by the number of different approaches the authors took. Read morePublished on April 30, 2002 by E. L. Sapp