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
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 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 assume there are less than a hundred people ON EARTH who would fit the sa ...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
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
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
From Amazon.com: In this alternately chilling and hilarious sequel to The Atrocity Archives (2004) from Hugo-winner Stross, Bob Howard is a computer übergeek employed by the Laundry, a secret British agency assigned to clean up incursions from other realities caused by the inadvertent manipulation of complex mathematical equations: in other words, magic. In 1975, the CIA u ...more
No such reservations about THE JENNIFER MORGUE. It is a send up of every James Bond, British spy novel/movie ever made, and much better than the Austin Powers movies. It is laugh out loud funny, presents a coherent and intr ...more
Well, and because it’s one hell of a good book and I don’t know why you’d want to skip it.
But less talking about Laundry Files #1 and more discussing #2, The Jennifer Morgue.
It was brilliant. Absolutely brilliant.
The Atrocity Archives was ...more
This book is sort of a parody or deconstruction of the iconic James Bond film/movie. After an EU meeting goes sour, Bob ends up linked to a dangerous American femme fatale and on assignment to the exotic Caribbean investigating an amoral billionaire and a doomsday object.
it probably says something about Bond that I have never seen a B ...more
Stross does not disappoint. As usual, we follow the adventures of Bob Howard, Capital Laundry Services' favorite whipping boy. Also as usual, Angleton has sent Bob into a hairy situation without all the information, counting on Bob's native ability with thaumaturgy and computers to let him sort it out as he goes.
I don't want to give away too much ab ...more
General story is not that important; just think Bond film. Evil bad guy is trying to take over the world, and our hero is trying to stop him (but never seems to get briefed as to what is going on.)
There were some passages that really struck my funny bone, including a ranting on the horrors of PowerPoint and a meeting ...more
Ce roman est de ceux dont il est difficile de dévoiler ne serait-ce que le début de l'intrigue, tant la construction de celle-ci fait que le début, le milieu et la fin s'inbriquent comme un casse-tête bien conçu. Histoire de vous mettre l'eau ...more
The elevator pitch for the whole Bob Howard series is simple: "James Bond meets H.P. Lovecraft, with a dash of quantum physics and a sprinkling of Office Space"; but what he does with that is fa ...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.