Starter Villain review: Big questions laced with absurdist humour

Managerial cats provide a lighter moment in John Scalzi’s Starter Villain


The Circumference of the World
Lavie Tidhar (Tachyon Publications)

Starter Villain
John Scalzi (Macmillan 21 September, UK; 19 September, US)

DANIEL CHASE, a dealer of rare books, is sitting at his aunt’s deathbed. “She sighed in the way distant members of my family, who never otherwise took much interest… always sighed when my name came up in conversation: ‘I feel that you’ll need all the help you can get in life.’”

Charlie Fitzer has also been written off as …


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