Dead Lies Dreaming
In a world where magic has gone mainstream, a policewoman and a group of petty criminals are pulled into a heist to find a forbidden book of spells that should never be opened.
The secret agents of the Laundry Files novels were unable to stop magic becoming public knowledge - in book one of this new series by Charles Stross, the repercussions of that failure are fel...more
After reading this book, I'm not only reeling after a great Heist story, but I'm rocking to a Dark Fantasy that happens to be Hard SF while very much being a Superhero tale being couched in a Lovecraftian universe while setting me up to be murdered by Bond in its classic thriller milieu just before I wonder if Peter from Peter Pan will ever grow up.
If you're asking WTF, then you're in the right frame of mind.
And it's AWESOME.
For you old fans of Bob and Mo and fairy ...more
This 10th volume in the Laundry Files series is either a fun standalone or the beginning or something new.
In the previous volume, the Black Pharao finally made it into our realm, leaving his pyramid on the dark moon behind and taking over Downing Street. In times of Trump, Putin and, yes, also Johnson ... is this really supposed to scare us? Well, sort of. Because the new Upper Management is bringing back archaic punishments for even the littlest of crimes, ...more
There is a certain risk with those criminal acts, as the new power in Downing Street – headed by an Elder God reintroduced the Bloody Code wh ...more
The characters are diverse enough to make them all instantly memorable as the story darts between the very different lifestyles of brother and sister, Imp and Eve. Magic, curses, intrigue and dro ...more
literally everyone is lgbtq somewhere except you don't feel sympathy for them, th ...more
Despite being a step away from the main series, Dead Lies Dreaming fits the formula of the recent Laundry books to a T: pick a spec-fi ...more
That's me with the Laundry Files. Charlie Stross has l ...more
Therefore, I found it a tad difficult to initially get into this one – the world is a bit bleak and grungy and the protagonists, although sympathetic and well written, were clearly very much the underdogs. Whil ...more
One of the first things you'll notice if you happen to come by this book not knowing anything about The Laundry Files, is that it's seemingly the next in an ongoing series, and that you should presumably read the prior novels before jumping into this one. That's not quite true, though.
Dead Lies Dreaming is purportedly the 10th novel in a series, that in a few words, explores the details and cons ...more
After a couple of years' hiatus it's great to see a novel by Charles Stross hitting the streets again - in this case the streets of up-market Kensington in London, home to hedge funds, shady oligarchs' property investments and minor royalty...
...And also to a gang of anarchic robbers with minor superpowers who are staging audacious daylight robberies in order to raise funds for their avant-garde film based on ...more
This is not to say that Dead Lies Dreaming is a let-down. Rather, it’s an uneven book that doesn’t always showcase the strengths of the series, or Stross’ rich imagination.
Taking place in a Lon ...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.