- Paperback: 400 pages
- Publisher: Orbit (2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1841497703
- ISBN-13: 978-1841497709
- Product Dimensions: 4.9 x 1 x 7.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (91 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,909,003 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Fuller Memorandum (The Laundry Files) Paperback – 2010
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Like many writers, Stross has had a variety of careers, occupations, and job-shaped-catastrophes in the past, from pharmacist (he quit after the second police stake-out) to first code monkey on the team of a successful dot-com startup (with brilliant timing he tried to change employer just as the bubble burst).
Top Customer Reviews
Would be tech support worker Howard has much more to worry about than the office cabling or backups.
This is the third in Stross's much praised Laundry series after The Atrocity Archives and The Jennifer Morgue. They are good, but in my view this is the best yet, pitting Howard against foreign spies, cultists and his own missing boss as he races to retrieve the missing memorandum itself. TFM picks up themes from the earlier books, being stuffed with technology in-jokes, nods to The Register (so, Bob's shiny new iPhone is constantly described as his "jesusphone"), and scenes of office life as well as darker humour. We also learn more about the Laundry itself - its history, personnel (look out for the "residual human resources") and why it is so obsessed with paperclip security - as well as the true purpose of London's Post Office Underground Railway.
The previous two books were styled and structured as tributes to/ affectionate pastiches of, respectively, Len Deighton and Ian Fleming, as Stross subverted the conventions of the Cold War thriller to address his cosmic occult threat.Read more ›
Stross here cooks the familiar stew of geek references, office politics parody, spy thriller, and Lovecraftian occult esoterica that's flavored the Laundry series so well so far, and if you liked the first two books (The Atrocity Archives and The Jennifer Morgue) you'll like this one (although it's closer to the post-cold-war spy-thriller tone of the first book than the Bond-esque stylings of the second). Fans of the series will find out more about the mysterious past of Howard's boss, Angleton, and you'll see some further development of Howard's relationship with his now-wife, Dominique O'Brian. The book maintains a thriller-appropriate level of tension throughout, with some lighthearted moments, and numerous references to geek culture (such as a series of comic descriptions of an iphone, and a buried allusion to Jim Butcher's _Dresden Files_ books).
Where this volume does differ from the prior two books is in its sense of escalation. The occult players in Bob Howard's world are all moving towards "CASE NIGHTMARE GREEN," the coming apocalyptic incursion of Lovecraftian Elder Gods into our reality, projected to happen sometime in the next few years of series-time.Read more ›
The dry humor and dynamite action combine with considerable psychological insight to make this top-of-the-line scienced fantasy and just plain damned good writing.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
All of the Laundry file books are fabulous, this one is no exception. The twists and turns in plot are incredible.Published 4 months ago by Raymond Zdan
What a mix of cyber, occult, and cynicism. A total joy for those in IT, not so much for the christian right. Read morePublished 5 months ago by A. Acquision
Yet another very enjoyable read from a series of excellent leisure reading. Quite fun to read, smart, and reliably twisted. Start with the Attrocity Archives...Published 6 months ago by bill
This entire series is great. I highly recommend it especially to any H.P. Lovecraft enthusiast.Published 7 months ago by Kevin S. Tones
Bob Howard vs. EVIL and Evil cheats. I loved this book. Mr Stroud continues to make us believe what we have always known. The truth is stranger than fictionPublished 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
I couldn't put it down. Kept my interest and humor moving along. Well written and a real joy to read.Published 8 months ago by alfred j. gonzalez