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ISBN13: 9780441016686
ISBN10: 0441016685
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KPD269, May 9, 2011 (view all comments by KPD269)
First Stross book I've read, not a macbre tales fan, almost turned off by the back cover comments... NEVER judge a Book by its' cover(s)!! A thoroughly enjoyable read. His concept of the Web/'Net being esoterically "Reality hacked" to other dimensions/realms is very neat.. ANY computer geek who has NOT read Stross' tales dealing with the concept CANNOT truly call themselves a geek! A neat "Easter Egg" exists for those War-Quest/Ever-Crafters who take the plunge. A very chilling outlook on what Hitlers' crew COULD have accomplished in the "Multi-core Babbage Engines Using Hemoglobin accelrated graphics systems" disciplines..Worth the read!
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Superbly tongue-in-cheek fusion of Cthuloid horror and brit-spy-fic. Warning; first book of a trilogy (and book #3 does not arrive until later this year), for Bob will addict you!
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Stross, Charles
Ace Books
Introduction by:
MacLeod, Ken
MacLeod, Ken
Science Fiction - General
Horror - General
Fantasy - General
Science Fiction and Fantasy-A to Z
Science / High Tech
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Mass market paperback
A Laundry Files Novel
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6.75 x 4.19 in 0.4 lb
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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Lovecraft's Cthulhu meets Len Deighton's spies in Stross's latest, as the Scottish author explains in his afterword to this offbeat book offering two related long novellas, 'The Atrocity Archive' and 'The Concrete Jungle' (the latter previously unpublished). With often hilarious results, the author mixes the occult and the mundane, the truly weird and the petty. In 'Atrocity,' Bob, a low-level computer fix-it guy for the Laundry, a supersecret British agency that defends the world from occult happenings, finds himself promoted to fieldwork after he bravely saves the day during a routine demonstration gone awry. With his Palm, aka his Hand of Glory (a severed hand that, when ignited, renders the holder invisible), and his smarts, he saves the world from a powerful external force seeking to enter our universe to suck it dry. In 'Jungle,' Bob teams up with a cop, Josephine, to save the Laundry from a powermonger who seeks to stage an internal coup by using zombies as her minions. Amid all the bizarre happenings are the everyday trappings of a British bureaucracy. Bob gets called on the carpet by his bosses because he requested backup during an emergency without first getting his supervisor's okay and filling out the requisite forms. Though the characters all tend to sound the same, and Stross resorts to lengthy summary explanations to dispel confusion, the world he creates is wonderful fun." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "Stross is the heir of the cyberpunk fascination with the way the world works-or can be made to dance!"
"Review" by , "Stross has gene-spliced H. P. Lovecraft and Len Deighton to produce a SF thriller that is both witty and unsettling."
"Review" by , "[T]his volume highlights Stross's storytelling expertise and vivid imagination."
"Synopsis" by , Secret intelligence agencies, esoteric theorems, Lovecraftian horrors, Middle East terrorist connections, a damsel in distress, and a final battle on the surface of a dying planet round out this offbeat story.
"Synopsis" by , Bob Howard is a computer-hacker desk jockey, who has more than enough trouble keeping up with the endless paperwork he has to do on a daily basis. He should never be called on to do anything remotely heroic. But for some reason, he is.
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The Hugo Award-winning author of Neptune's Brood returns to reveal the secrets of The Laundry Files in an adventure of Lovecraftian horror and espionage hi-jinks...

As a newly appointed junior manager within the Laundry—the clandestine organization responsible for protecting Britain against supernatural threats—Bob Howard is expected to show some initiative to help the agency battle the forces of darkness. But shining a light on whats best left in the shadows is the last thing Bob wants to do—especially when those shadows hide an occult parasite spreading a deadly virus.

Traders employed by a merchant bank in London are showing signs of infection—an array of unusual symptoms such as super-strength and -speed, an uncanny talent for mind control, an extreme allergic reaction to sunlight, and an unquenchable thirst for blood. While his department is tangled up in bureaucratic red tape (and Buffy reruns) debating how to stop the rash of vampirism, Bob digs deeper into the banks history—only to uncover a blood-curdling conspiracy between men and monsters...

"Synopsis" by ,
Bob Howard is a computer-hacker desk jockey, who has more than enough trouble keeping up with the endless paperwork he has to do on a daily basis. He should never be called on to do anything remotely heroic. But for some reason, he is.

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