How Misery Flows (A Review)

The Farmington Review

Review by Curtis Cole

                Before I downloaded The Dispatcher during Audible’s free giveaway period, I had never before read anything by John Scalzi. This would be because his name was just not a name I was interested in reading. Since I am not one to pass up free goodies, though, and especially when they sound as high-powered as the concept in Scalzi’s present novella, I eagerly downloaded it and started on my journey as a Dispatcher.

The idea is simple: the world has shifted by a miracle; it becomes impossible to murder someone 999 times out of 1000. Why? They always come back—it is only those who die of natural causes and who commit suicide who fail to return home—but naked—upon their death. Surreal though it may be, protagonist Tony Valdez finds it but humdrum. For you see, Tony is a Dispatcher, someone who is legally bound to humanely…

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