The Jennifer Morgue (Laundry Files #2)
I'm reading this series in random order, having gone 3-1-2-4. This is book 2, in which our reluctant hero has to stop the megalomaniac business man turned would-be Ruler of the World by circumventing a fiendish geas that will only allow a highly u ...more
To be honest, it is much better than the first (which I also liked). I would have loved this if not for one of the tropes I hate the most in fiction. It was so unnecessary, especially in a story like this.
Oh, well, it doesn't matter. The rest of it has been as crazy entertaining as you could imagine in a story where you get a mashup of lovecraftian and James Bond themes, maths and physics, the occult and lots of humour. And a bunch of other stuff.
Bob gets saddled with a special partner and h ...more
Very Lazy Review: OMFG TOTES RIPD OFF Ben Aaronovitch & Chris F. Holm!!!!
Blurb: Second book in series, follows Bob a computer hacker who accidentally discovered that magic and demons and stuff are real and is now a desk jockey who occasionally has to run field ops for the Laundry, the MI6 of magic and demons and stuff. This time he gets sent to a beautiful Caribbean island to stop an evil billionaire from ...more
I will probably space these out: while I enjoy Bob, the computer tech and math that mixes with magic, and the ...more
The humor in the books is subtle, and much is really aimed at those who might have a better than average understanding of tech (having done some sys ad work I'm sort of qualified there). For the averegae reader the tech references and humor could be a big miss, one that would detra ...more
I assume there are less than a hundred people ON EARTH who would fit the sa ...more
I am going to add some high praise for the narrator of the audiobook, Gideon Emery. I'm assuming here that he's an English narrator because that's the main voice in the novel. There are quite a few Americans in this installment and Emery does a great job with the American accent. The one example that really stood out to me was the word "process". The first vowel in t ...more
Or, at least, that's how it starts. As the novel goes on, Stross gradually adds elements in the canon with another author whose storytelling informs the plot. Some of these changes are momentary and jarring, but they aptly mirror the progression ...more
The Jennifer Morgue is, like its predecessor, actually a longer story (of the same title), a shorter story ("Pimpf"), and an essay lumped together into one book. The m ...more
So far...not nearly as good as the first one...
And my opinion didn't change. This one wasn't (in my humble opinion) nearly as good as the first one. The first one was obviously intended to be a sort of collision between H.P.Lovecraft and Ian Fleming. This one was to be that also...but Lovecraft's influence has faded to a slight ghost and Fleming is not only here...his work has been slammed into the story, actuall ...more
James Bond meets Lovecraftian horrors, in a darkly humorous way.
If you like a comedic approach to cosmic horrors, this is your book. If that leaves you cold, skip this book.
Anyone who knows what Delta Green means, will certainly like this.
I didn’t—so keep that in mind when I say things like, “All I wanted to do with my life was read this book.”
I am not a Bond fan. I’ve never had a Bond film marathon. In fact, aside from seeing Skyfall in theatres with friends and (maybe) Casino Royale, I ...more
What would you get if you substituted a computer nerd for James Bond, then sent him off to fight Lovecraftian Deep Ones? Well, in fact, you'd get this book.
There's this fun (well, depending on how humorous you find Lovecraft) little story ("Dreams in the Witch-House") in which a mathematician discovers that very abstruse topological mathematics can transport one to far-off dimensions and manifolds in which (you guessed it) the uber-horrors lurk. In the Laundry series, Charles St ...more
It had me turning pages, laughing, and exclaiming over plot points. I was totally gripped. One of the best books I've read in ages.
This is numer 2 in The Laundry series (started w ...more
I don't want to spoil too many of the twists here. Suffice it to say that Stross takes the Bond archetype and does some truly clever things with it. I was particularly pleased with how he chose to handle the gen ...more
I've read books 1,3 and 4 in this series; didn't know I had skipped #2.
Actually 3 and 4 are better.
This one is limited by the admittedly-not-bad idea of using the James Bond framework, but it's still a ripping yarn with a very good long final action scene.
I still don't care for Mo's magic violin - way too much of a stretch for a mostly-rational world in which controlling wild magics is so normal that it's part of the civil service.
But I'll give that back to Stross for the ...more
Two trawlers "commies .. don't even g-d- know what we're doing down here" p 9. Brit "hatchet-faced .. smoking an unfiltered Camel in clear violation of shipboard fire regulations" says "You're messing .. in strict contravention of Article Four. I'm here as a neutral observ ...more
(view spoiler)[ So when I was 14 I went through a phase where I read a lot of James Bond. I mean, a lot. I learned that Bond switched from handkerchiefs to tissues while in Japan.
And Stross doesn't really get Bond right. Bond spends a lot of time being saved by women. And, even though he is a misogynist, he gets wistful thinking about settling down. In fact, James Bond does repeatedly settle dow ...more
As with his first novel, the techno-babble will confuse some, and titillate others. At points Stross manages to make technology seem like magic, and there in lays the point of both Stross, and Lovecraft's, wo ...more
But however others may want to classify this book (Locus nominated it for best fantasy), it's still a hoot! Just hilarious. Stross sends up every fixture of Bond-dom: drop-dead gorgeous femme fatale, exotic locale, and rich but crazy megalomaniac. You can almost hear the Bond theme pla...more
Did you ever experience the feeling of being turned into a zombie while watching a PowerPoint presentation? Well, here it is for real, a PowerPoint presentation is used to turn people into zombies. After barely surviving this ordeal, Bob Howard, computer übergeek and demonology hacker extraordinaire in his Majesty’s occult secret service, must stop software billi ...more
I don't think I liked this one as much as The Atrocity Archives, but I did like it a lot.Bob Howard hates demons who threaten the Earth...and Powerpoint. A professional reviewer described the hero as "a British top-secret spy who has no fashion sense, is in a monogamous relationship and hates martinis" ( I am writing from memory so that may only be a paraphrase). In this book, that is not entirely true. ...more
Stross is sometimes regarded as being part of a new generation of British science fiction writers who specialise in hard science fiction and space opera. His contemporaries include Alastair Reynolds, Ken MacLeod, Liz Williams and Richard Morgan.