The Fuller Memorandum (Laundry Files #3)
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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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
Charles Stross hits all the r ...more
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
There's a reasonable explana ...more
This was third and my least favourite so far of the Laundry files, and makes me worry a little that I've fallen into a Discworld type trap where the author has come up with a unique and initially interesting scenario, but then starts turning the handle to churn out the same novel again and again (Sorry Terry P ...more
"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
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
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..
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.