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The Apocalypse Codex by Charles Stross
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Oct 03, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: published-reviews, fiction, humor, sci-fi-fantasy, horror
Read in July, 2012

In Bob Howard, Stross has created a seeming paradox: the everyman spy. Sure, he spends his workdays alternating between office IT work and sealing the door between our world and unending occult horror, but he also has a simple home and a wife that he loves. It’s a job like any other; an important job, but just a job nonetheless. Howard is a reluctant hero, but no less courageous for that reluctance. Perhaps he’s even braver because of it.

Folding aspects of H.P. Lovecraft’s Cthulu mythos into a Fleming-esque (though Howard would never be mistaken for James Bond) spy novel scenario would seem to be a risky proposition, but Stross has done a wonderful job in creating an inclusive, consistent world. It feels as though it were assembled both meticulously and effortlessly. It’s a bizarre marriage, but one that really works.


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