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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

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Published October 27th 2020 by Tordotcom
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Charles Stross Nope: when I work it out, I'll tell you! (But for now Tor.com and Orbit have decided to lump it in with the Laundry Files. To which it bears about the…moreNope: when I work it out, I'll tell you! (But for now Tor.com and Orbit have decided to lump it in with the Laundry Files. To which it bears about the same relationship that the Tiffany Aching books bear to the City Watch books in Discworld -- same setting, but different characters and concerns.)(less)
Charles Stross Yes: in the UK, the audiobook should drop at the same time as the ebook. Not sure about the date for the US audio edition, but it should be either at …moreYes: in the UK, the audiobook should drop at the same time as the ebook. Not sure about the date for the US audio edition, but it should be either at the same time (October 29th) or within a few weeks.(less)
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Bradley
Sometimes I'm just astounded.

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
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Trish
Aug 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was definitely worth the wait!!!

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,
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Andreas
Oct 14, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Synopsis: It’s an alternate London in the Laundry Files universe, but with a fresh start of characters and topics, and hopefully less tentacles. An anarchic robber gang, the transhuman “Lost Boys”, stage several robberies. Their ultimate goal is to fund an avant-garde Peter Pan adaption titled “Dead Lies Dreaming” where “Peter was nothing if not pansexual”.

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
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Sebastian
I generally enjoy the Laundryverse, and the style is the usual enjoyable smart-ass Stross, and I get what he is trying to do, but this one just didn’t work for me. Usually when Stross is riffing, pastiching or playing off of other writers and their characters I can’t really spot what he is doing until he points it out – this time it was so painfully finger-in-the-eye that it kept rubbing me the wrong way throughout (I mean… Wendy? Really?). This is compounded by the lengthy introduction and setu ...more
Lou
Oct 26, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When magic and superpowers emerge in the masses, Wendy Deere is contracted by the government to bag and snag supervillains in Dead Lies Dreaming, the tenth instalment in the Laundry Files series, and although not strictly a necessity, I would recommend reading them chronologically. As Wendy hunts down Imp―the cyberpunk head of a band calling themselves “The Lost Boys”― she is dragged into the schemes of louche billionaire Rupert de Montfort Bigge. Rupert has discovered that the sole surviving co ...more
Susan Hampson
Dec 02, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-library
This is my first Charles Stross book, although it is number ten in the Laundry Files series. I was told, the book could be read, as a stand-alone, and I agree with that. Stross rapidly got all of his character introductions on the table, to begin with, giving me plenty of time to settle into who was who.


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
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Alex Sarll
Stross' latest is a Laundry Files spin-off, a nested Peter Pan riff posing as an occult/techno-thriller in a sideways London where the Lovecraftian apocalypse is real to the extent that Nyarlathotep is now Prime Minister. So there's the first problem: it's another dystopia which in fact looks fairly appealing compared to our own timeline. There's one scene where a character's ward is nullified as she comes under psychic attack: "a bleak tide of depression washed over her. It felt like she'd jump ...more
Miloš Petrik
Dec 09, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It takes a not inconsiderable effort to make accounting interesting.
Alick
Dec 05, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
it was everywhere. when government middle managers talk about offshore tax vehicles using a dutch double irish sandwich it's like yeah that's fine, but when a bunch of stoner criminals are talking like that it's like no these are a different type of people what are you doing. Mr Stross can write Bob well, but since Bob faded into the background all these new main characters end up being Bob too where it doesn't fit.

literally everyone is lgbtq somewhere except you don't feel sympathy for them, th
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Aidan Craigwood
The third reboot / re-entry point for the long-running Laundry Files series, the least connected to the "main" plot line, and possibly the most successful in making a now-familiar setting pop again. It's weighed down by a over-busy, grungy first act, but builds steam steadily to a satisfying conclusion that leaves it just on the edge of four-star territory..

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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
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Vasil Kolev
Nov 16, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nice, somewhat quick read.
David Gross
Nov 04, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cthulhu
I loved the original laundry files. As time goes on, Charles Stross has gotten more and more shrill about his political leanings, and in this one he's finally reached the point where you can't hear the story over it. I could see it coming for the last several laundry volumes, but this one was too far. I guess I'm going to be done with the laundry files universe. That's a shame because the universe is a lot of fun. ...more
Moe Lane
Jun 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I find the Laundry Files relaxing, in an odd sort of way. Someone once pointed out that one of the most interesting things about HP Lovecraft's "The Horror at Red Hook" is that the author put real rhetorical and emotional energy into his horrified presentation of NYC. There's genuine power and force in that story - but if you don't hate and fear the City as much as Lovecraft did, you can see that power and force without it really scaring you.

That's me with the Laundry Files. Charlie Stross has l
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Lou Jacobs
Sep 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Setting: an alternate England where the government has changed hands to the New Management run by the Mad God of Downing Street .... magic now seems commonplace as manifested by Transhumans ... strange things slither out of the shadows into everyday life ... and cults and dark churches are the norm. So starts this compelling tale starring a quartet of young adults ... some with transhuman skills, but all under direction of the Imp (born as Jerome Starkey). This is my first foray into the art ...more
S.J. Higbee
Nov 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I’d wanted to get right up to date with The Laundry Files series, thinking that this book was also set within that world and that I’d need to know what was going on. In the event I didn’t – but that meant I read two of Stross’ books back to back, which is something I generally avoid doing.

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
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Paul Calhoun
Nov 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I think I read this in maybe 2 sittings. It was so engaging, enthralling, and well paced that I couldn't help myself. The focus on people who - in other books - were on the periphery and the changes in their lives from the coming of the Black Pharaoh was a perfect decision. It didn't advance the CASE NIGHTMARE needle, unlike most others in the series, though arguably it was a setback for an elder god we hadn't seen much of before and probably won't be seeing again. The flashbacks as events from ...more
Sue Chant
Nov 08, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sff-fantasy
Set in the Laundry Files universe, but with a bunch of petty criminals as main characters instead of Bob, Mo and the rest. It's a pacey and entertaining read as expected, but Stross has really let his love of old spy novels get the better of him with a bit too much double-cross, triple-cross, and heavily armed cannon-fodder goons in this one. I enjoyed it, but hope for the Laundry bods in the next one. ...more
Julie
Nov 24, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's not really a spoiler that even though this is marked as book 10 of the Laundry Files, it's not really about the Laundry Files at all! It's set in the same world, well, a few years after the adventures of Bob and Company. I felt like the start was a little rough because it introduces a lot of characters but then a third of the way through, it really picks up steam and becomes very interesting. It's a world of magic and curses, but also Lovecraftian horror. I really enjoyed the story a lot an ...more
William Tracy
Nov 25, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was an entertaining read, as all Stross book are, and I love the addition of a new set of characters into the Laundry universe. The story was a fun romp, if a bit on the nose with the Peter Pan references. The only detractor for me is that I kept expecting something just a little more to happen. All the stakes here referenced the big ones we've seen in past books, but this one is for (relatively) small change. I have no problem with a small stakes book. It's just that I kept expecting this ...more
Mikael
Nov 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy
Excellent spinoff from the laundry files. No need to read them first though there are of course many cross references that benefits the reading. Mandatory for laundry readers.
Chris
Dec 27, 2020 rated it liked it
Initially I was disgruntled about this being set in the Laundry Files world with a new set of characters. But then I got completely sucked in after a while, so... :shrugs:
Kim
Dec 08, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Meh... Feels like Stross is bored with the Laundryverse or doesn't feel like getting to the end so he's keeping distracted with uninteresting and somewhat stock new characters, repeating the same throwaway jokes with more sex and violence, and overloading London with more weakly godlike beings and their oh so predictable minions... ...more
Robert
Dec 23, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's faithful to the setting/mythos established in the previous Laundry Files novels, so that's good. The author made a bold choice to use completely new characters, and I just didn't connect with any of them. Still a good read, but below average for the series. ...more
Mike
Aug 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
Thank you to the author, Macmillan-Tor/Forge, and NetGalley for providing an advance copy for review.

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
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Konstantinos Georgokitsos
As a Laundry Files completionist, you will read this book no matter what. However, as a spin off, it focuses its attentions on the "everyday" aspects of living under the new management. It's also more up close and personal than the main series, and actually not quite as humorous. I did enjoy it very much though, but you will have to have some knowledge of the Laundry Files timeline, so it isn't for everyone. ...more
Mitchell
Beginning of a new sub-series in the grand laundry series. Did pretty well with all new characters, or at least I think they are all new. And then it reached the completely going off the rails part of the story and instead just fizzled. Really didn't move the larger story along at all. Quirky and interesting characters as well as distasteful and somewhat irritating characters. I wanted more though this wasn't bad. 3.5 of 5. ...more
Joel Benford
I think this series is getting long in the tooth, I've read all the jokes before. It's time Stross returned to his central storyline and finished it. ...more
David Harris
Oct 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm grateful to the publisher for an advance e-copy of Dead Lies Dreaming via NetGalley.

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
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Penny
Dec 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Olav
Dec 07, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
If we select nominations for Best Series based on a representative title being released in 2020, The Laundry Files may not make the grade. But if we are choosing nominations based on the strength of the entire series, then Charles Stross’s decades-long Laundry Files series is nearly a lock for our ballots.

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
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