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The Fuller Memorandum (Laundry Files #3)

4.16 of 5 stars 4.16  ·  rating details  ·  5,331 ratings  ·  348 reviews
Bob Howard is an IT specialist and field agent for the Laundry, the branch of Her Majesty’s secret service that deals with occult threats.

Overworked and underpaid, Bob is used to his two jobs overflowing from a strict nine to five and, since his wife Mo has a very similar job description, he understands that work will sometimes follow her home, too. But when ‘work’ involv
Kindle Edition, 384 pages
Published July 1st 2010 by Orbit
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**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.

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 Pilcher

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
Good paranormal thriller, leaning toward horror as Bob learns an awful lot about his boss after his boss goes missing. And then he has to deal with fanatical Elder Gods' cultists, leading to Bob's Very Bad, No Good, Completely Horrific Day.
Fantasy Literature
I just can’t get enough of THE LAUNDRY FILES. This series has almost everything I want in an urban SFF adventure — an intelligent hero with a wry sense of humor and a great voice; an eclectic supporting cast; a fast pace with lots of action and plot twists; a cool mix of fantasy and science fiction; occasionally odd (and interesting) structural choices; a reverence for geek culture; and a smattering of computer science, mathematics, quantum physics and neuroscience. And Lovecraft. I love it.

In T
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
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
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
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.
Many people have their own personal indicators that tell them whether or not what they’ve got on their hands is something really good. For some, it’s how much they smile while they’re reading something, or playing a video game, or watching a TV show or movie; for others, it’s whether or not they cry at the end; for yet others, it’s a combination of both. Others might have somewhat more unusual indicators: I know of at least one person who knows they are reading something good if, from time to ti ...more
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.
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
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
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
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, 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
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.
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.
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
I'm a little torn on this novel. It was definitely a good book, and one I feel follows up The Jennifer Morgue quite while, but the magic system in place begins to diverge quite a bit. In the earlier books, magic was largely related to various sorts of mathematical properties, and the leaking of aliens from other universes into ours. Starting in the Fuller Memorandum though, the lines get kind of blurry, and things start to be just magic, rather than math-backed magic.

There's a reasonable explana
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.
It may be pointless reviewing this book other than to say, this is the third in the series, don't start here. Start with the Atrocity Archives and if you later end up here, you'll know why.

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
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TL; DR- Sit down and learn about the Laundry. 93%

Basics-Bob Howard has been pulling a few too many hours at the Laundry. He makes a rookery mistakes that shouldn't happen, and now is sent out on personal leave after someone dies. However, strange cults across the world never take personal l
Oct 21, 2012 Ric marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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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
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.
Maureen Wynn
This is the third entry in Charles Stross’ Laundry series, about Bob Howard, a British civil servant who works for the “Laundry,” the occult MI5. “Howard… Bob Howard” doesn’t have quite the same class and style as Bond, although there are a couple of female characters involved in these stories who might be the Laundry version of Bond babes, if they weren’t such strong, independent women. The central conceit of this SF/horror universe is that magic is real, but only in the Arthur C. Clark “any su ...more
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
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
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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.

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.

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