Introduced to readers in the novels The Atrocity Archive and The Jennifer Morgue, the Laundry is a secret British government agency charged with preventing dark interdimensional entities from destroying the human race. Now, in "Overtime," the Laundry is on a skeleton staff for Christmas—leaving one bureaucrat to be all that stands between the world and annihilation by the...more
last year, i carved out my own short story advent calendar as my project for december, and it was so much fun i decided to do it again this year! so, each day during the month of december, i will be reading a short story and doing the barest minimum of a review because ain't no one got time for that and i'm already so far behind in all the things. however, i will be posting story links in case anyone wants to read the stories themselves and show off how maybe someone ...more
The weather outside (the universe) is frightful, but the fire (of the furnace) is so delightful, and since we've got no place to go (in time), let it snow (stack overflow), let it snow (stack overflow), let it snow (stack overflow).
My favorite kind of christmas story: gibbering nameless horrors leaving gifts in stockings.
I really enjoyed how Stross slowly reveals the strange r ...more
A humorous Christmas horror story. Or it could be scary funny too.
Howard is stuck at work as Night Duty Officer.
'All bureaucracies obey certain iron laws, and one of the oldest is this: get your seasonal leave booked early, lest you be trampled in the rush.'He broke the rule and failed to book his leave in time. Not surprising considering the way the last book ended.
The story goes back and forth between the night of his shift and the party that took place earlier. They even had a guest sp ...more
He should have foreseen the troubles from book 3 according to human resources and still planned ahead.
So now he sadly can't meet his mother-in-law, Mo instead goes alone, but has to work. Until Andy shows up and makes him come with him.
Ah yes, horrible office Christmas parties. With a twist, naturally.
This is a very special view on Christmas by a man with a hilariously and wonderfully dr ...more
Oh my, Bob. This is a funny take on holiday traditions from childhood to office.
Whoever sat on the copier lid that time did not have buttocks, hairy or otherwise--or any other mammalian features for that matter. What I'm holding looks to be the business end of a giant cockroach.
Again, a certain Lovecraftian charm/terror, whatever you want to call it. Only thing missing were the Christmas crackers.
Awesome science fiction thriller / horror / mystery. I loved the start of this series it is tailor made to my likes. This is my first Stross novel even though he has been on my to read list for a very long time.
Great science fiction.
I really liked it.
This is a cool novella.
I think Overtime is the only Christmas-themed book I have in my Kindle, and I really scheduled to read it in December. I have never heard of Charles Stross before, but who am I to deny myself of a free ebook, right?
In Overtime , Bob Howard ends up being the night shift guard on duty on Christmas -- he didn't want to, but he wasn't able to file his holiday leave so he was left with no choice. Bob was prepared for an uneventful night alone in his temporary offi ...more
It's smart, it's paced well and just well written. The play on Santa Clause is great and for a Holiday book it's a fun little tale. I like the Laundry Books cause of how wry and dry Bob is purposely designed and written to be and seeing the crazy cosmic horror world through his jaded eyes makes for a fun read. This was what Kraken should have been...
Onward to the next book!
Stross runs Christmas through the Laundry. Who's coming down the chimney? Is it Santa Claus? Heh. If you know Stross's Laundry-verse, you know the answer.
Bob forgot to put in for time off for the holidays (too busy recovering from the events in The Fuller Memorandum), so he's forced to work Christmas Eve as the Night Duty Officer. In essence, he's there to field any calls that come in regarding extra-dimensional nasties. We endure the limited budget office Christmas pa ...more
Bob Howard works for a branch of the British secret service which is devoted to putting off for as long as possible the forthcoming invasion of our universe by the eldritch horror ...more
Bechdel Test: FAIL
Deggan's Rule: FAIL
Gay Bechdel Test: FAIL
Please note: I don't review to provide synopses, I review to share a purely visceral reaction to books and perhaps answer some of the questions I ask when I'm contemplating investing time and money into a book.
This is a very, very short addition to the Laundry Files series. It pokes a bit of fun at the English traditions, a lot of fun at corporate bureaucratic culture, ...more
If you haven't read the series before, this is quite readable without having picked up any of the other books. It's just a nice, quick diversion from ...more
Overtime has Bob Howard failed on doing a very important bureaucratic task – scheduling his vacation time promptly. Now he finds himself, working with a skeleton crew during Christmas, which leaves one bureaucrat – himself, to be all that stands between the world and annihilation. He ha ...more
The transom was shut, the staff home in repose;
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
But St. Nicholas won’t be coming because this is a Designated National Security Site within the meaning of Para 4.12 of Section 3 of the Official Secrets Act (Amended) and unauthorised intrusion on such a site is an arrestable offense
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.