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Down on the Farm by Charles Stross
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Jul 23, 2011

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Another Bob Howard story. This one seems to take place before the Fuller Memorandum, but the time is not easy to place as this series advances. While there's a brilliant One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest meets Lovecraft set up here and some great dialogue, the whole piece seems rushed and the ending a little too abrupt. Unlike the meal that Concrete Jungle and Overtime provided as two better Bob Howard stories, this one is more like a tasty but unsatisfying tapa plate. The titular "Funny Farm" is an interesting slice of the Laundry universe, and one alluded to in the other books, but the conclusion of Bob Howard's wild visit to it is a little half-baked. All the same, pitting Bob Howard against a demon trapped in an old mainframe computer with a bunch of lunatics in the crossfire is never really a bad idea.

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