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Jennifer Morgue (Laundry Files #2)

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Charles Stross Après Le Bureau des atrocités, voici une nouvelle aventure de Bob Howard, employé de La Laverie, une agence de renseignements ultrasecrète. Elle tente de sauver notre monde des entités terrifiantes surgies d'autres dimensions. Cette fois, Howard doit récupérer une arme redoutable dont s'est emparé un milliardaire américain qui l'a trouvée dans un sous-marin ...more
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Robert
Maths is magic and the Elder Gods are real. Bob Howard works for the Laundry, the UK's secret intelligence agency that protects you from these facts and their consequences, which include such delights as insanity, possession and having one's soul eaten.

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
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Tfitoby
Lazy Review: It's like an urban fantasy version of James Bond mixed with H.P. Lovecraft.

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
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Stephen
3.5 stars. The second book in "The Laundry" series after the excellent The Atrocity Archives. This story can best be described as Ian Fleming meets H.P. Lovecraft (or James Bond meets the "Old Ones"). A spy thriller set in a world where the metaverse can be breached using complex mathematics and mankind co-exists with entities right out of the best Lovecraftian horror tales. As usual, Stross' writing is excellent and the plot is pretty well thought out (though certainly far-fetched). Overall a v ...more
Sandi
I really enjoyed this installment in The Laundry series. It was a lot of fun. I especially liked all the references to James Bond.

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
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Jeremy Acord
Sep 30, 2011 Jeremy Acord rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jeremy by: Terrafovea
Stross ramps up the immediacy of his prose in this even further: the present tense is omnipresent; characters are introduced when they enter conversation, like lurkers abruptly piping up on an IRC channel, usually with an attitudinal declaration attached.

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
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Belarius
Jan 26, 2008 Belarius rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Lovecraft/Bond/Adams Fans
Charles Stross returns to the world of British occult espionage in The Jennifer Morgue, a sequel to his eccentric, high-density work in The Atrocity Archives (reviewed here). Staying true to form, Stross once again constructs an elaborate parody of genre fiction by simultaneously using and mocking the traditional narrative formula.

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
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Mike (the Paladin)
*Actually an audio Ebook...it's what I have access to, but then I like audio books.*

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
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Psychophant
This a very well rounded book. It does not get a higher score because it is so limited by the cliches it is spoofing that is impossible to see how it could be better within those constraints.

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.
Nicholas
So...how do I explain this. This book was written for me. I don't mean, personally for me, Charles Stross wouldn't know me from Adam; I mean that I'm a former UNIX administrator with a love of nerd humor, geek culture, Bond movies, Cthulhu mythos, and the trappings of eldrich horror. This book was written FOR ME. I am its people. If you were to take down the refined details of the target audience, I'd hit every check-box.

I assume there are less than a hundred people ON EARTH who would fit the sa
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Matt
Feb 16, 2010 Matt rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Computer geeks who are fans of H.P. Lovecraft
I like this book well enough, but can't really recommend it. It has numerous flaws that I found myself overlooking simply because it was pushing so many geek buttons. To begin with, the novel fails utterly to set the right tone for a horror story, and after page 50 or so its more like a slapstick comedy with an occasional gruesome murder. Also, the book has more techno-babble than an entire season of Star Trek: TNG. It's the worst case I've ever encountered in all of my years reading science fic ...more
Chris
3.5 stars. Good paranormal thriller as Bob teams up with a partner from another secret agency and is caught up in a very specific hero archetype geas... This edition also contained the short story PIMPF, which I'd subtitle Bob Gets an Intern and Almost Lets Said Intern Die...Whoops.
Charlie
Our hero Bob, who bears an uncanny resemblance to Ray from The IT Crowd, is sent on a mission to The Carribean with a suspicious, but very beautiful, woman. He has to negotiate gambling, high rollers, an impressive yacht, and a certain number of denizens of the deep, in a high speed, spy thriller/Lovecraft style novel.

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
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Rebecca
I had found the first book of the Laudry Files, in which mathemagic exists but is controlled by a bureaucracy every bit as stifling as any real life government agency, intriguing but uneven. In this second novel, most of those problems get evened out for a smooth, clever, fast-paced ride.

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
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Tim Hicks
Well, that was fun.
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
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Ric
Bond. James ... or maybe it's Bob. In the grand tradition of science fiction satire (new genre?), here he is ... password '007'. Well, ok, maybe there's no such genre, and if there were, there are limited entries.

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

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Johan
The Jennifer Morgue is the second book in the Laundry or Bob Howard series by Charles Stross. This review contains some minor spoilers.

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
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brian dean
Note: I used the 'add book' feature and don't know how that looks. I hope the links are clear.

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.
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Mieneke
Like its predecessor, The Atrocity Archives , and its successor, The Fuller Memorandum , The Jennifer Morgue is hilarious. A brilliant play on the classic spy/James Bond mythos, it manages to both poke fun at this archetype and subvert it. Everyone has seen at least one Bond film and the debate over who is the true Bond is eternal—it's Sean Connery of course, no contest. But given the fact that everyone knows at least some Bond, this is a very accessible novel for readers new to speculative fict ...more
Carly
**edited 12/20/13

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
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Hali Sowle
Bob Howard is a spy, but not your normal run of the mill spy, and certainly not the type that wears a cummerbund and bow tie. He's a computational demonologist and his purview is more mountain dew then shaken martini. Bob works for the Laundry (formally known as the Chinese Laundry due to their location during the start up years during world war II), a super secret spy division that prevents, or manages, those magical incursions that we don't believe that happen. As Bob says "Magic is applied ma ...more
Kristin
The Goodreads summary is lacking and because I despise retyping summaries, this one does a good job of summarizing the book:

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
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Melinda Snodgrass
May 17, 2010 Melinda Snodgrass rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Melinda by: Ian Tregillis
While I enjoyed the first Laundry book, I found that it raised issues for me about the use of Nazi's in contemporary fiction. And while I'm a big proponent of having book end pretty quickly after the final big action/confrontation scene this one ended a bit too quickly for me.

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
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Ron
This is the follow-up novel to The Atrocity Archives (you can read my review for that one here) and, while reading book one is not integral to the plotline, it is important to understand the characters and, more than anything else, the world we’re reading about.

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
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Tripp
recall someone, I think it was Bob Baer describing the new hire experience at the CIA. He said new recruits go expecting James Bond and find Dilbert. Charlie Stross has a series of novels and short stories that start with Dilbert and end up in Lovecraft. His spies are IT workers and mathematicians who use their craft to battle other spy agencies as well as dark horrors from deep space and other dimensions. The most recent book is the Jennifer Morgue. It is a somewhat unfortunate title since it r ...more
Rebecca
I really enjoy the Laundry series -- a mix of spy fiction and Lovecraftian horror, where mathematics, philosophy and computer programming can get your brain eaten.

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
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Daniel
I've tried to read Stross in the past, and this is the first one I've finished. Others I've started and then gotten distracted from, and after completing this book, I really feel I should go back and give them another chance. This is fun book that blends modern day techo-geekery, espionage and the Cthulu mythos. On top of that it has fun poking some fun at the James Bond archetype, and there is a rather interesting little essay about the Bond in the back of the book. The essay isn't groundbreaki ...more
Eric
Jan 26, 2009 Eric rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Lovecraft fans, Bond fans, anyone who liked The Destroyer, and computer geeks
Recommended to Eric by: John Scalzi (sort of :))
Jim
I loved this book. A great mix of spy-thriller, paranormal comedy with a geeky twist. Bob Howard is the main character and the "geekish demonological hacker" that relates the story.

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
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Nicolas
Dans ce roman, on retrouve Bob Howard, le geek de service de la laverie, embrigadé dans une intrigue complexe mettant en scène une vamp, un milliardaire fou, des services d'espionnage anglais et américains se tirant dans les pattes, et quelques autres trucs.
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
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Tyler Hayes
The Jennifer Morgue at first seems like one of Those Books: the books with the elevator pitches that make them sound like a joke in a Christopher Guest movie about the publishing industry. That it is actually a fantastic, well-crafted, entertaining piece is just proof of the genius that is Charles Stross.

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
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Charles David George "Charlie" Stross is a writer based in Edinburgh, Scotland. His works range from science fiction and Lovecraftian horror to fantasy.

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