The Atrocity Archives (Laundry Files #1)
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Taking inspiration from HP Lovecraft and Robert A. Howard (too much of a coincidence that his hero is named Bob Howard) Stross describes an urban fantasy world building where “The Laundry” is an ultra-secret British agency that deals with the paranormal and occult, kind of a British Men in Black.
Stross’ science and mathematics appear to be solid and he artfully mixes in conce ...more
If I had to capture the tone of the Atrocity Archives in one sentence, I'd describe it as three parts Men In Black, two parts The Office, and two par ...more
Read on the plane from London to Vienna and whilst being bored to tears by Vienna
So Vienna is dull, a complete waste of time for anyone looking for a vibrant, friendly and warm city. On the plus side it gave me the chance to sit in the sun drinking coffee and finish reading this great book.
I'd always thought Stross would be a difficult read, henc ...more
And now Bob has to fight that evil. If only Beatrice from HR would let him get on with and stop hassling him for his expense reports.
A thoroughly enjoyable book. It's the dynamic duo of snarky IT geek humour and an old-fashioned British spy thriller facing off against unspeakable Lovecraftian horrors. And paperwork.
The Atrocity Archives consists of two stories connected only by the main character Bob Howard and his weird job. It is more of an introduction to this series than anything else.
And I liked it.
I admit that the mathematical-engineering-scientific stuff mostly went right over my head, but the way Lovecraftian themes are used is enough for me to continue the series.
...plainly all nations would have a secret agency dedicated to protecting the public and keeping them blithely unaware of the outrageously dangerous world they really live in.
Enter Bob Howard, junior ...more
I've basically been reading this for 3 months. I'll make progress and then I'll find ANY excuse to drop the book. The ONLY thing keeping me going back is the fact I agreed to buddy read this with a friend - and in the same time I got over 1/3 of the way, she couldn't manage past the first chapter.
DNF at 39%.
I have come to fully accept that there will be books that other people ADORE that I just won't like. This doesn't mean the book is bad (though sometimes I will say i ...more
Bob Howard works for The Laundry (aka Capital Laundry Services), a secret British agency in London. He does double duty as a systems administrator and a field agent specializing in thaumaturgy (that's magic to you guys). In either capacity he's very capable and he has an uncanny ability to attract trouble.
This book contains two novels.
In the first, the title novel, Bob is sent to California to extract a U.K. citizen who can't leave the U.S. for some re ...more
All in all, the alternate history conjured up here is interesting, though I c ...more
I'd never heard of these... they ended up on my "to be read list" because someone "here" had read them. I keep adding books faster than I can read them. (Thank you Stephen).This is actually Atrocity Archives and The Concrete Jungle in one "volume" (are Ebooks volumes?).
I don't know if I can accurately describe these/this books/book. The influe ...more
I have yet to write up my review of Declare, which I think a brilliant novel (it needs another read or two); but I can safely say that the touchpoints between this novel and that a ...more
It sort of reads like a Robert Rankin story but it had some IT nerd humor that most people won't get. That in addition to all the science behind timespace travel, the development of supernatural weapons and the whole premise of parallel worlds, well... I did find myself skimming a bit (too complex for my simple brain). However, this was a unique story and really interesting and I look forward to reading more about the Laundry.
Our hero, Bob Howard, works in the ...more
Note: This review is for The Atrocity Archive - the short story included in the book "The Concrete Jungle" will be reviewed separately.
How can I describe The Atrocity Archive? What I've been telling people thus far is to imagine Sheldon from The Big Bang Theory, take away his tendency to be completely insulting, turn him into a hacker and then force him to become the sci-fi version of a secret spy.
I can't quite say I enjoyed my read of The Atrocity Archive ...more
Jumpin' Jehosophat, did I just have an encounter with Tim Powers and The Anubis Gates? Is The Atrocity Archives not a reincarnation of that 80's
70's cult book? But I could just swear that is what I just read on finishing this, Charles Stross's maiden offering in this series. The similarity in style and sheer wackiness are striking. Stross is decidedly more technological. But the stream-of-consciousness flow of thoughts and references is deja vu inducing.
The volume also includes the much more co...more
I hate when a book has the most amazing, incredible, awesome idea . . . then doesn't really live up to its promise.
That is definitely the situation with The Atrocity Archives.
The idea is kind of James Bond meets Cthulhu, but it just didn't work for me. I think the biggest problem was all the hype about how FUNNY this book is -- TECHNICAL (like, so technical I had to literally skim pages just to finish the damn thing), yes. Funny? Not so much. Unless griping about your boss is funny, somehow ...more
In Stross's world Alan Turing, the father of cryptography whose theories are still used in modern encryption, has completed the "Phase Conjugate Grammars for Extra-Dimensional Summoning," better known as the ...more
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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.