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The Fuller Memorandum (A Laundry Files Novel) Mass Market Paperback – June 28, 2011
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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.
The premise is Bob screws up during a routine exorcism and things go from bad to worse in his professional life. Even worse, this is occurring when there's something happening with a long-buried secret of the Laundry's organizational life. Part of what I enjoyed about this novel is it remembers the terrifying forces the Laundry deals with are actually terrifying. The Atrocity Archives made a nice balance between humor and horror, never going too far into one area or another like The Jennifer Morgue. The humor is actually funny, too, which allows it to be enjoyed for its own sake.
The book deals with one of my favorite elements of H.P. Lovecraft's writings, specifically cultists. What does inspire a person to want to worship the Great Old Ones? The book gives the obvious answer and expands on it, horrifying Bob with its logic. It also does a nice parody of upper-class English life, highlighting the kind of secrets which can hide under seemingly respectable people with tongue-firmly-in-cheek.
I also enjoyed the story's emphasis on the 'secret history' of the world.Read more ›
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Love this series. Always keeps me guessing and laughing and amazed at it's cleverness.Published 1 month ago by Fartblossom
A return to fun office workplace Lovecraftian shenanigans!
Yes, you read that right, with The Fuller Memorandum, Stross has once again decided to spoof typical workplace... Read more
Recommended to anybody who enjoys intelligent sci-if/horror novels with copious amounts of dry British humor. Imaginative and fun fun fun.Published 3 months ago by Michael Martino
Charles Stross is a decent writer but the story sometimes seemed rushed. I guess I'd more broadly say the pacing is inconsistent. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Dan Johnson
All of the Laundry file books are fabulous, this one is no exception. The twists and turns in plot are incredible.Published 10 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 10 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 11 months ago by bill