The Delirium Brief
Bob Howard’s career in the Laundry, the secret British government agency dedicated to protecting the world from unspeakable horrors from beyond spacetime, has entailed high combat, brilliant ha...more
Suffice to say, I'm REALLY looking forward to the next and latest book to come out at the end of October!
Could anything get MORE FUBAR for the world?
Lesser evils, indeed. lol
I'll be honest, I've been a long-time raving fan of the Laundry Files, so when I got the next pre-release from Netgalley I practically fell ...more
The humor, for me, tends to balance the gore and ...more
An old enemy has made his way back across the dimensions and positioned himself as well as his followers to take out governments. Not really hard since all it takes to make politicians his best buddies is some blow and a few hookers. Although, ...more
That being said, The Delirium Brief is that rare sequel that elevates the books that preceded it. Laundry Files novels have occasionally been amazing, and rarely disappointing (Jennifer Morgue being the low point IMHO), but this one followed through on so many story threads from previous novels that it made those novels more satisfying.
This is probably the darkest of the series. Don't expect as much humour, but instead expect every action t ...more
We return to Bob Howard as our narrator which is the first time since he became the Eater of Souls. There's plenty of Mo, Cassie and Alex though as well as Mhari and the Senior Auditor. In The Rhesus Chart (LF#5) the Laundry came directly under attack and was weakened badly. In The Annihilation Score (LF#6) the need for greater engagement from the Laundry came clear even as it lost access to one of its greatest weapons. In The Nightmar ...more
With The Delirium Brief, Stross reaches an aggressive midgame of The Laundry series. The past five books were setting pieces on the board, moving pawns, feint with a knight or bishop. Now, he savagely uses those pieces, cutting down whole swaths of the setting. Expect to see all your favorites from the series to show up, don't expect them to survive, at least not with all their parts...
In the wake of the CASE NIGHTMARE RED incursion in Yorkshire, the Laundry is very much blown ...more
- Stross clearly hates the current government and that leaks into his writing, he's unable to envisage that the political class (and the senior civil servants) are in it for anything other than their own base desires.
- Stross clearly ran into a brick wall about the sheer scale of what he was attempting to po ...more
Looking back, my personal jumped-the-shark point in this series is when the V Syndrome characters were introduced. All downhill since. Stross should turn the crank just one more time to finish this series.
What can I say? Strauss's Laundry series gets better and better with each volume.
The Laundry is the section of the British Civil Service that deals with funny business - monsters, magic and unspeakable beings from beyond the stars. The books are, if you like, techno thrillers - if your tech is necromancy, and the thrills come from abstract maths.
In the latest book, we see the aftermath of the attack on Leeds by an elven host in The N ...more
Investing your time in a book series is a risky proposition. We only have so much time to read, so we obviously want the books we choose to warrant the time spent. Bookshelves everywhere are littered with series that started out strong only to peter out due to creative stagnation, diminishing returns or George R.R. Martin-esque gaps of time between installments. As one might imagine, a series that manages to largely avoid all of those pitfalls is something ...more
It is more focused and faster paced than many of the previous books and when Stross lets Bob front some of his opinions on politics, politicians and their ilk he takes scathing to levels of fine art.
As with the rest of the series, it gets progressively darker - possibly matching the UK zeitgeist. I wonder how this series will read in 50 years when in the reader's mind it will be divorced from current politics.
Jul. 11 2017- have now read but not ready to write a real review yet. (Besides "Enjoyed very much, thinking of rereading tomorrow.")
Initially I was a little disappointed because the much heralded return of BoB Howard as narrator was not as much as fun as anticipated: his distinctive voice seems to have largely disappeared. To some extent this is understandable since he's ten years older than when he first appeared, has seen an awful lot of horror, terror, death and destruction and has also ceased to be entirely human - but his nutso forms of expression were a great part of his appeal.
Later reve ...more
The Laundry, which has several novels about it now, is a secret government agency that's a bit like the Men in Black but more high-tech because the Scary Things in the Night are often accessed via maths and/or technology. Computers may well summon extra dimensional beasties. Bob Howard started as a tech guy who fell into the Laundry accidentally and now he's a fairly significant player in the organisation, alth ...more
Reread 2019: While reading "The Delirium Brief" (Laundry Files #8) in 2018 I couldn't place certain references to earlier Laundry Files books. So, I intend on rerea ...more
World: Stross’ world building is great, the Laundry series has always had wonderful deep world building, sure there is some info dumping but it’s well thought out. This is a continuation of that and also a calling back as there are characters and things and places that have been around since the forth book and the chickens come home to roost in this book. We’ve been reading about the end of the world from Stross for a while and this is a nice ...more
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.