?

Log in

No account? Create an account
Lakeshore
An author of no particular popularity

Jay Lake
Date: 2012-01-25 05:34
Subject: [books] The Laundry Files by Charles Stross
Security: Public
Tags:books, klog, reviews
I just finished reading my way through The Laundry Files by Charles Stross. This started with me reading the third book in series, The Fuller MemorandumPowells | BN ], out of sequence. (See my comments here: [ jlake.com | LiveJournal ].) I've since caught up with the series, reading book one, The Atrocity ArchivesPowells | BN ] and book two, The Jennifer MorguePowells | BN ], and thanks to Charlie's generosity, the as-yet-unreleased fourth novel, The Apocalypse CodexPowells | BN ].

I have to confess to having been skeptical of the premise of these books when I first heard of them. Boy howdy was I wrong. Stross pulls it off beautifully, this cock-eyed intersection of spy thrillers, IT wankery, civil service drudgery, and eldritch horrors from beyond the boundaries of time and space. These are highly entertaining books, and by the third volume, he's developed a definite series arc pointing ahead. The fourth volume sustains that arc, and with the its ending lands Bob Howard, your humble narrator, in some seriously uncharted waters that I can't wait to explore in the next volume or two.

There's a very strange charm to this series, which I suspect evolves from the unlikely premise as explicated by the goofy insouciance of narrator and protagonist Bob Howard. (Though in truth Angleton might just be my favorite character.) They're certainly structured and written like spy thrillers or adventure novels, but the sensibility is so very much from the darker corners of fantasy, not to mention outright horror fiction. More to the point, entertaining as hell.

Highly recommended, even if dark stuff isn't normally your bag.
Post A Comment | 8 Comments | | Link






User: cypherindigo
Date: 2012-01-25 14:13 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Apocalypse Codex -- ENVY! I am so looking forward to this coming out.

I love these stories. I got to see Charlie at Balticon several year ago.
Reply | Thread | Link



Kevin Standlee
User: kevin_standlee
Date: 2012-01-25 17:05 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Absolutely! I don't like horror stories, and I'm not too interested in spy thrillers, and yet this odd melange of both works very well for me.
Reply | Thread | Link



fledgist
User: fledgist
Date: 2012-01-25 21:51 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Angleton is developing into my favourite character too.
Reply | Thread | Link



User: radiantlisa
Date: 2012-01-26 01:08 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Love these books. I've read them many times, and can't wait for the next one. Mo is definitely my favorite character - what a wonderful badass she is ...
Reply | Thread | Link



Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2012-01-26 01:17 (UTC)
Subject:
Oh, and her white violin...
Reply | Parent | Thread | Link



User: radiantlisa
Date: 2012-01-26 01:25 (UTC)
Subject: Re:
I want a picture of her and that violin.
Reply | Parent | Thread | Link



nojay
User: nojay
Date: 2012-01-26 17:58 (UTC)
Subject: Re:
A bone-white violin, surely?
Reply | Parent | Thread | Link



Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2012-01-26 18:00 (UTC)
Subject: Re:
Oh yes, and hella creepy.
Reply | Parent | Thread | Link



browse
my journal
links
January 2014
2012 appearances