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Possible the Best Bob Howard so far,
This review is from: The Fuller Memorandum (A Laundry Files Novel) (Hardcover)
After an uneven outing in The Jennifer Morgue, Stross is back to the top of his game with The Fuller Memorandum. This is a dark book - even darker than The Atrocity Archive, and much darker than his excellent Laundry short stories. The reality of living in a world where the end is coming on quickly seems to be taking its toll on Bob and Mo.
The increased exposure of Angleton, and the character growth and development of Bob are the highpoints of the book. The idea that everything has a cost and that some are just too high is also seen here - the construction of Mo's violin is a good example.
A word of caution: be sure to read "Down on the Farm" (available online) before reading this book, or else certain aspects will be lost to you (i.e. why it is so dangerous to do some of the particular "tricks" that Bob has to end up doing). It also gives the background on Deeply Scary Sorcerers, a category that Bob is clearly destined for, given the events of this book. If he lives.
A great book - read it!