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The Fuller Memorandum (Laundry Files #3)

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Computational demonologist Bob Howard is catching up on his filing in the Laundry archives when a top secret dossier known as the Fuller Memorandum vanishes-along with his boss, who is suspected of stealing the file. And while dealing with Russian agents, ancient demons, and a maniacal death cult, Bob must find the missing memorandum before the world ends up disappearing n...more
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Published July 6th 2010 by Ace Books (first published July 1st 2010)
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Carly
**edited 12/30/13
Have you ever seen the xkcd comic about regular expressions? (If you don't read xkcd, you probably won't enjoy this book, so I'd advise skipping this review.)

Basically, the plot of The Fuller Memorandum is this comic strip, but in novel form and with an invasion of Lovecraftian beasties.

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Due to my disapproval of GR's new and highly subjective review deletion policy, I am no longer posting full reviews here.

The rest of this review can be found on Booklikes.
Chad
Feb 13, 2012 Chad rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: owned
[MINOR SPOILERS]

In his Laundry Files series, Charles Stross has fun sending raw lumps of genre trope through his own literary Fun Factory. What extrudes out the other end is a tentacular tangle of homage comprising the pulpy horror of Lovecraft, the world-weary existentialism of the Cold War British espionage novel, and the cynicism and techie in-jokes of Simon Travaglia's "Bastard Operator From Hell" stories.


The Laundry Files detail the exploits of one Bob Howard, network sysadmin, field operat...more
Mike (the Paladin)
Well the third in the "Laundry Files" series. I always vacillate on how to rate these. I mean they should almost have their own shelf(elves) titled "horror sort of" or "urban fantasy sort of". These are largely tongue in cheek novels played for comedy but they are told with an underlying serious tone. They aren't really satire nor are they parody as they aren't making fun of the genres. They go for a "kind of" (or "sort of") absurdest tone with a narrator relating the events that surround a "sec...more
Alan
Jan 11, 2011 Alan rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Occult enthusiasts with a mathematical bent
Recommended to Alan by: A high-level glamour
You will want to have read the first two Laundry novels—The Atrocity Archives and The Jennifer Morgue—before picking up this third excursion into the eldritch horror of higher mathematics and computational conjuring. And I do mean that you will want to have read them, and in order; not only do those earlier works contain essential background, they're also cracking good yarns, and the world of the Laundry is one of the all-around neatest conceits I've ever run across.

Charles Stross hits all the r...more
Colleen
Stross writes sci-fi horror. At least, that's what the collection known as The Laundry Files novels are. And I love them.

The phrase "any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic" appears once or twice in his books, and seems to sum up his writing style. Bob, the main character in The Laundry Files, works in IT, has access to a pair of geniuses called Pinky and Brains (and if you don't get that reference you're too young, so go read something else), carries around an iPho...more
Skorgu
Fantastic. Just fantastic. I loved The Atrocity Archives to an absurd degree, The Jennifer Morgue was good but the Roger Moore tone of parts left me cold. The Laundryverse is dark, the books should be too and Fuller goes straight down the rabbit hole wearing black eyeliner.
Tim
The Fuller Memorandum is the third in Charles' Stross series of thriller/horror crossover novels. You can read Memorandum without having to read the preceding two (The Atrocity Archives and The Jennifer Morgue). Exposition is generously provided and only a small number of recurring characters need reintroduction.

Each book follows Bob Howard, occult secret agent for 'The Laundry', the codename for Britain's occult secret service. Bob is less James Bond, more George Smiley by way of the IT Crowd....more
Michael Burnam-fink
Laundry series: James Bond, Cthulhu, and Dilbert walk into a showing of Monty Python and the Knights of the Holy Grail. You know the drill.

In this case, Bob is investigating top-secret Squadron 666 (nuclear armed Concordes and extra-dimensional reconnaissance) on behalf of his strange and terrifying boss Angleton when everything goes pear-shaped. A bystander is killed, Angleton disappears, and cultists and Russian Occult Intelligence agencies are chasing after something called The Eater of Souls...more
C.T. Phipps
I decided to give The Laundry series another try after being gravely disappointed with The Jennifer Morgue. I was intrigued in The Atrocity Archives by the possibilities of a Lovecraftian spy agency, particularly since I was a huge fan of Delta Green, but The Jennifer Morgue's parody of James Bond was shallow and uninteresting.

The Fuller Memorandum, by contrast, is a return to form and I appreciate it. It takes the premise of a Lovecraftian threat to the world seriously while simultaneously al...more
Aaron Adamson
If you can get through the incredibly cheesy cover of this book, you'll find a heavy helping of combat epistemology at its best.

If you are interested in this book, there's a good chance you've read the Atrocity Archives - if not, I recommend you start there, both to get used to the sometimes frenetic style of dialogue and to save yourself from some *monster* spoilers... please forgive the pun. If you liked the Atrocity Archives, you know what it was and know if you want more of it, and Stross de...more
Lauren Donoho
If you liked the first two Laundry books, you'll enjoy this one, too. If you didn't like the earlier Laundry books, well...you probably won't like this one, either.

That being said, Fuller Memorandum is my favorite of the Bob Howard books so far - the James Bond tropes in Jennifer Morgue went a little overboard for my taste, and the pacing issues in Atrocity Archives bugged me. This third book in the series hits a sweet spot in terms of pacing, as the action starts in the first chapter and doesn...more
Claire
Hurrah - it turns out Charles Stross can write an entire book then stop. This was my favourite of the trilogy - someone else said it was their least favourite. It explains some of the things that have niggled me in the previous 2 books - why do Auditors care about paper-clips and who is Angleton for example. Not quite as many UNIX or maths jokes but I did like the implication that Apple products have a "glamour" so people want to buy them.
Gary
I enjoyed the first two books in the series much more than this one. I found myself skipping too many passages of prose describing the interface between hi-tech gadgets and wizardry. It was amusing for a while but I feel it's overdone in this one. There are some nice moments of course but not enough to carry the book. Time to write about something else Mr Stross, maybe take us back to quirky science fiction please.
Eric
The Laundry Files are a perfect blend of spy thriller, cosmic horror, and comedy. The Fuller Memorandum continues this trend quite well.

In this installment, Bob Howard gets entangled in the latest moves of a game that goes back to the Russian revolution. We learn more about Angleton, Bob's boss and general scary sorcerer. We get some background on the interaction between the Laundry and their counterparts around the world. And we get more information about Bob's wife Mo, fellow Laundry operator...more
John Carter McKnight
Surprisingly predictable plot, especially from an author known for his Byzantine complexity. The beginning's hilarious, but overall it's darker and drier than the previous Laundry Files novels. It felt much more like a generic thriller than the marvelous lunacy of the previous books. Still, the characters are terrific, and it's a quick, fun, if fairly average, read.
Ric
Oct 21, 2012 Ric marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gave-up-on
Getting back to this book, ostensibly to re-acquaint with Charles Stross's irreverent wit, before diving into his new Laundry release. I wish!
Jonathan Strahan
The third Laundry novel is every bit as engaging as its two predecessors, taking Bob Howard into dark and parlous adventures where only his wits can save him. A little predictable in places, but overall highly entertaining
George Sulea
The third in Stross' "Laundry" novels, this book is another great combo of James Bond/Chthulu Mythos with a heavy seasoning of "Geek" thrown in. Love these stories cause there's nothing else like them:)
HNC Library
This book was read by Science teacher David Cochrane as part of the Six Book Challenge - here is his review:

"The latest (as of 2012) in Stross' 'laundry' series. I love this series. To appreciate it properly you have to be a fan of Science Ficiton, Horror, Techno-Thrillers and Spy stories. The series concerns an agency 'the laundry' that deals with the supernatural threats to the UK. Each novel also produces a particular fictional series - this one is a tribute to the Modesty Blarse' novels of P...more
T.W. Fendley
What do you get if you cross Neal Stephenson's Cryptonomicon with Kelly McCullough's Web Mage? The Fuller Memorandum. It's where science, math and magic meet -- a fun read!
Michael Hall
A perfect amalgamation of Lovecraftian horror, British humour, inane office politics, and technological geekdom.
Cale
This book isn't quite as good as the Jennifer Morgue, but it is really close. Focused in London, Bob Howard gets embroiled in an attempt to weed out moles in the Laundry through the disappearance of his boss Angleton. But more is at play, and attempts on his and Mo's lives bring the danger even closer to home.
I would say the build-up in this book took a lot less time than others in the series, with the early events playing well in setting up the later climax. And Stross doesn't let down with t...more
David
This is my first read through of the Laundry Files series. That said, so far, The Fuller Memorandum has been the darkest, most cohesive, and most intense book in the series. Although a taste of the irony and sarcasm of the previous novels remains, the tone scrapes much closer to Lovecraftian horror and bleak spy thriller. This, by no means, is meant in the negative, quite the contrary. The book was an extreme page turner, and one can't help but feel the foreboding of CASE NIGHTMARE GREEN approac...more
Jane
dangling pointers, demons, and a lethal violin-wielding redhead. 'nuff said.
Trish
A good addition to the Laundry although it did take a major turn to the dark.
Dovey
Another delightful Lovecraftian novel from Mr. Stross. This one seems a little darker to me than the atrocity archives (though it's possible I just read the Atrocity Archives long enough ago that I simply don't remember it as well). I loved most of it. There were a few spots that were almost too disturbing for me (though keep in mind my threshold is pretty low, so they might not bother the average person too much). I also recommend reading the Atrocity Archives, the Jennifer Morgue, and Stross'...more
Stuart Langridge

Bob Howard is taking a much needed break from the field to catch up on his filing in The Laundry's archives when a top secret dossier known as The Fuller Memorandum vanishes -- along with his boss, who the agency's executives believe stole the file.


Determined to discover exactly what the memorandum contained, Bob runs afoul of Russian agents, ancient demons, and the apostles of a hideous faith, who have plans to raise a very unpleasant undead entity known as the Eater of Souls..

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Johan
The Fuller Memorandum is the third book in the Laundry or Bob Howard series by Charles Stross. The series combines hard science-fiction, spy thriller, and Lovecraftian horror. The first two books are The Atrocity Archives and The Jennifer Morgue.

The book starts very strong, with a prologue titled “Losing My Religion” by Bob Howard, the main protagonist in the series. In this he writes that he started out as an atheist, and wished he could go back to the comforting certainties of atheism, but the...more
Steven Cole
Awesome! Awesome! Awesome! This is the third novel in Stross' "Laundry Files" set of stories, and it's by far the best to date. This whole series has been a joy to read, mostly because the protagonist, Bob Howard, is a geek. And in the "Laundry" universe, it's geeks who have come to understand computational demonology, alternate dimensions, and magic. Which means that *I* relate to him far more than I relate to any muscle-bound, sword-swinging barbarian (or any other stereotypical fantasy hero i...more
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