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When the Villain Comes Home

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Heroes can save the world, but villains can CHANGE it. We’ve assembled a great mix of science fiction, fantasy, and speculative fiction. Come with us while we explore villains of all stripes — sons and daughters, lovers and fighters, minions and masterminds, in this giant volume of thirty great stories by award winners, rising stars, and bold new voices. With masterful tal ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published July 27th 2012 by Dragon Moon Press (first published 2012)
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Jul 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
“Heroes can save the world. But villains can change it, Rachel.”

The above quote is from J.M. Frey's story Maddening Science from the short-story anthology When The Villain Comes Home, and I think it captures the book in a nutshell. This is a collection of stories about people who are the other side of coin, the opposite of those we saw in When The Hero Comes Home. But are they?

To paraphrase another section of Villain, heroes are born of event while villains are born of intent. Any one of the pro
Apr 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
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A companion volume to When the Hero Comes Home, this anthology of short stories follows the theme of the villain’s return home from their dastardly deeds out in the world. Once a villain, always a villain? And just what makes a villain a villain? Featuring stories by Jim C. Hines, Jay Lake and Mercedes Lackey.

I love villains. They’re usually so much more interesting than the heroes. All the hero has to do is stand around posing heroically w
Michael Healy
A diverse collection of tales from the perspective from the "bad guys" from legitimate monsters, reluctant outcast and virtuous rebels called out by society. This anthology does a good job. I found a couple of the stories less impressive than others but overall it was a wonderful read.
Erin Penn
Jun 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
An anthology of 31 stories.

As always, an anthology is an un-even collection of skills set and stories. This one is about villains returning to an origin point they somehow thought of as "home".

The concept presented in The Sunshine Baron by Peadar O Guilin is still freaking me out; as often happens in fantasy, the land lives and dies by the Hero-King, such as Arthur. Can you imagine the suffering under the Ruler of the Land when he is a selfish, gutless, self-serving Crown instead? I need to ima
May 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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Another hit. When the Villain Comes Home is the perfect follow up to one of my new favorite classics When the Hero Comes Home. It has everything I loved about the first anthology in spite of the fact that there were more stories in this collection that I outright didn't like. But outside of that set there were stories.

This collection was so good I stopped reading it just so it wouldn't have to end. But now that I've finished it all I want is to reread it to pick up on the small aspects I missed
Aug 13, 2012 rated it did not like it
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This review is only for The Bleach by Karin Lowachee. I could see where it was going and wasn't surprised nor impressed. I felt no connection to any of the characters (hard to create in 10 pages, but still possible) and the Bleach was never explained. Is it a place? A people? I guess I just wish there was more oomph to the story.
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Dan Pritchett
Jan 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Its rare for me to find a short story anthology where I not only enjoy every single story, but that also has a few stories that surprise me. This book did both. I'd recommend it to anyone. The story weavers present things from swords and sorcery, to steam punk, and its all done to good effect.

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