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“I was pretty disappointed in The Jennifer Morgue. After reading the first book in the series I was hoping Stross would ramp up the Lovecraftian weirdness and Eldritch horrors from another dimension, but instead he scaled back and left them even more in the shadows than in the Atrocity Archives. I...”see full review » see other reviews »
“I was pretty disappointed in The Jennifer Morgue. After reading the first book in the series I was hoping Stross would ramp up the Lovecraftian weirdness and Eldritch horrors from another dimension, but instead he scaled back and left them even more in the shadows than in the Atrocity Archives. I actually had to force myself to finish reading because the story just didn't draw me in and I was so let down due to the lack of weirdness.
I don't know if I'll continue with the series. I'm not interested in it if it remains just a comedic spy thriller series with a little bit of supernatural horror. ”
“a great Bond spoof by a very talented writer”Jeff B wrote this review Sunday, June 30, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Continuing the geekery! Love it.”P. Miller wrote this review Friday, January 25, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“less compelling than The Atrocity Archives... fun but the James Bond themes just weren't working for me, and I didn't see the point of the last section with the intern...”jkdavies wrote this review Saturday, December 8, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I really liked this installment of the Laundry series. It was better, in my opinion, than the first book, The Atrocity Archives, as it was much more of an adventure tale. I would describe it as James Bond meets H. P. Lovecraft, with the wit and humor of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. In the Afterword, there is an interesting exploration of the James Bond series of books, movies, and villains, as they apply to modern day reality (and with alarming accuracy regarding the 'villains' of the financial crisis we are dealing with in 2012, when one considers the book was written in 2006). Overall, it is highly recommended!”Wayne M wrote this review Thursday, February 9, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Adventures of a computational demonologist.
A sequel to the Atrocity Archives involving a hero geas in the style of James Bond, but which character is the hero.?
anything else would be a spolier.”
“Well written and quite fun! I loved the geek humor and obvious strikes at corporate America.”Frances T wrote this review Saturday, April 23, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Charles Stross is growing on me. I started with "Saturday's Children", then "Glasshouse". I liked both, but I couldn't finish "Accelerando", which I found so "helter-skelter" that I had to put it down. Then, I discovered the "Laundry Files" series, which I really like. It is somewhat similar to Simon Green's "Secret Histories" series, having a serious metaphysical/occult bent, coupled with a Bond-like feel. Green's titles are even plays-on-words for Fleming's(i.e. "The Man With the Golden Torc"). Stross' series, however, is anti-Bond, in the sense that the protagonist is a total geek, yet manages to save the world anyway. I haven't read any of Stross' "Merchant Princes" series, which appears to be straight fantasy. As a matter-of-fact, it would seem that Mr. Stross may suffer from multiple-personality disorder, as the first 3 novels I mentioned are written in more of a William Gibson style. I can't think of any other authors, who can write in such different styles. Perhaps Nora Roberts, but she writes the EXTREMELY kick-ass "In Death" series under the psuedonym of "J.D. Robb". At any rate, as I enjoy a lot of variety in my reading, I find Mr. Stross' work very refreshing, on top of well-written. I'm looking forward to "The Fuller Memorandum", the next in the "Laundry" series, which I should have in my hot little hand by week end.
If you haven't checked out Charles Stross, I would HIGHLY recommend it.”
“This book is very funny, as it was intended to be. However, it is too long... way too long. It presents some interesting prospects, the homage to Bond, the merging of the hero with the assassin in one body. Stross jumps the shark early if you are paying attention to his description of the villain and his cat (you know, Blofeld and his kitty?).
As an archetypal psychologist, I also found his misuse of the word "archetype" annoying. He means prototype or typical. An archetype is something much deeper than that with which he plays here.
The included short story is fun.
The reflection on the golden age of spying is interesting and does bring out the point that the true villains now are all legal, the heads of corporations. He does this in an imagined conversation with Blofeld, which is a bit of fun in and of itself.
The book is fun. Fans of Stross will like it. Don't start here with Stross, start with "Iron Sunrise" and "Accellerando." Stross wrote those to blow your mind via sci fi. His "Laundry" series is for fun and his own entertainment.”