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The Nightmare Stacks (A Laundry Files Novel) Kindle Edition
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Oh and of course you don't need to have read any of the prior novels to enjoy this either, though doing so will provide even more points of mad merriment, via Alex's opinions of Bob and Mo and prior PHANG-ventures, along with making it even more evident just how bad things are becoming.
[edited to fix sleep deprivation induced errors]
While the book is well written and hangs together nicely I miss Howard. This is an obvious segue book, it tells a big story in the universe but serves as a transition to other, bigger things to come. This isn't to say it is bad. Just that it is part of a piece and shouldn't be your first look at The Laundry.
It seems as if he's bring in some tropes from The Merchant Princes series (for clarity, I am not a fan of that series).
A must read, but not until you have read at least a couple of of the earlier Laundry series -- it stands well enough alone, but its very rich context from the previous novels would be a shame to miss.
I'd add two more comments to my original review. One is to stress the rekindled energy and especially humor in the series: like some of the first in the series, this novel is full of very entertaining and sometimes outright hilarious moments. The other is to regret that the author did not do his homework on CS theory -- P-complete is nothing hard (unlike, at least in today's view, NP-complete), and there is a gigantic difference between computability (Church-Turing thesis etc.) and complexity (PSPACE, NP, etc.) For a second printing, I would recommend to the author that he contact a CS theoretician (any university CS dept) to clarify the terminology.
The change of main heroes is welcome; the main protagonist of this novel is Alex the vampire who was introduced in The Rhesus Chart (A Laundry Files Novel), just a couple of books ago, and here he does quite well.
Stross does touch a bit on the old tired cliche of a (sexually)virgin vampire, however, Alex's somewhat ludicrious fears and bashfulness about women (which one could expect from a 14-17 year old rather than a decent mathematician with a PhD in his mid 20ies, virgin or no virgin) is thankfully not overly developed before it comes to an end in a sort of a nerd's paradise with a twist. It does, however, remind of Bob Howard's (main protagonist for previous novels) meekness -- which as the series progressed, got increasingly intolerable. Nightmare Stacks, however, seems to show that the main character can, in fact, develop, rather than unrealistically stay the same all the time even after mind-staggering events.
I liked the development of elvish theme, which is tied quite neatly into the Laundry universe. While the elves of Stross very strongly remind one of Pratchett's ones (as depicted mostly in Lords And Ladies: (Discworld Novel 14) (Discworld series))), there are some interesting twists and exposition of what their race is all about, which make sense to me.
All in all, my main complaint is only that the book could be a bit longer with more development of secondary characters. The battle theme made things a bit rushed, and the ending was, to me, quite too abrupt. Nevertheless a good read.
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