Like most anthologies, the stories in the new "The Mad Scientist's Guide to World Domination" were of variable quality. On the whole, however, the book was excellent. The layout, in particular, was well done, beginning with a couple of amusing parodies of the quintessential mad scientist, taking a breather with a novella in the middle of the book, and ending with a set of dark stories which make readers think. In keeping with the title, the book -- which was released in February by Tor Books -- is organized almost as if it were a guide to world domination. At the beginning of each story and in the margins is an advice topic from which the budding mad scientist could learn, such as "Secret Identity Management Variables," "Unexpected Cryptozoological Ramifications," etc.