Saturday, September 15, 2007

If I Were An Evil Overlord - Martin H. Greenberg and Russell Davis

If you have an anthology that has 10 of 14 average of worse stories I would think your standard Evil Overlord would do bad things to the publisher and the editor, and their families, and their cats.

In other words, this is bad. That leaves 4 decent stories, but no good ones, with not much of an intro, either, for something like this. Most of the decent stories featured an actual major character who was an evil overlord. Fancy that.

If I Were An Evil Overlord : If Looks Could Kill - Esther M Friesner
If I Were An Evil Overlord : The Man Who Would Be Overlord - David Bischoff
If I Were An Evil Overlord : Ensuring the Succession - Jody Lynn Nye
If I Were An Evil Overlord : The Life and Death of Fortune Cookie Tyrant - Dean Wesley Smith
If I Were An Evil Overlord : Daddy's Little Girl - Jim C Hines
If I Were An Evil Overlord : Gordie Gulligan vs Dr Longbeach and the HVAC of Doom - J Steven York
If I Were An Evil Overlord : The Sins of the Sons - Fiona Patton
If I Were An Evil Overlord : Loser Takes All - Donald J Bingle
If I Were An Evil Overlord : The Next Level - David Niall Wilson
If I Were An Evil Overlord : Advisors at Naptime - Kristine Kathryn Rusch
If I Were An Evil Overlord : A Woman's Work - Tanya Huff
If I Were An Evil Overlord : To Sit in Darkness Here Hatching Vain Empires - Steven A Roman
If I Were An Evil Overlord : Stronger than Fate - John Helfers
If I Were An Evil Overlord : Art Therapy - Nina Kiriki Hoffman


Elf prince prison gender surprise.

2.5 out of 5


Abstinence required magic deity deal.

3 out of 5


Generational planning regimental aloofness.

3.5 out of 5


Bikkie power busted by rule breaking.

3 out of 5


Serpent child's zombie stooge.

2.5 out of 5


Dude, worst evil overlord ever.

2 out of 5


Necromancer succession strategy.

3.5 out of 5


Gamer geek, locked in room. What else would it be called?

3 out of 5


Advancement hard. Harder still if you don't watch out for the knives.

2.5 out of 5


World domination game is boring when you are knee high to a grasshopper.

2.5 out of 5


Very polite, and very, very pragmatic this Queen.

3.5 out of 5


Supervillain Professor Plum discovers yes, it is possible to set the atmosphere on fire, and it helps if you have access to an escape to another multiverse transport device working when you do.

3 out of 5


Titles are important.

3 out of 5


Delusions of Overlordure, with pictures.

3.5 out of 5





2 out of 5

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