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The Nightmare Stacks (A Laundry Files Novel) Hardcover – June 28, 2016
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Praise for The Nightmare Stacks
“Charles Stross owns this field, and his vast, cool intellect has launched yet another mad, sly entertainment that will strangle the hell out of anything else on offer right now.”—Warren Ellis, author of Gun Machine and Transmetropolitan
Praise for Charles Stross and The Laundry Files
“Charles Stross is awesome and his books are awesome and his Laundry Files series in particular is a hell of a lot of fun.”—John Scalzi, New York Times bestselling author of The End of All Things
“Smart, literate, funny.”—#1 New York Times bestselling author Lev Grossman, Time
“Thumbs up for a smart and engaging novel that continues a very smart and engaging series. Highly recommended.”—Tor.com
About the Author
Charles Stross, born in 1964, is a full-time science fiction writer and resident of Edinburgh, Scotland. He is the author of seven Hugo-nominated novels, including Accelerando, Neptune’s Brood, Saturn’s Children and The Laundry Files series, and winner of three Hugo Awards for best novella. Stross has had his work translated into more than twelve languages. He has worked as a pharmacist, software developer, and tech-industry journalist.
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If he writes another story that ends practically mid-sentence I'm going to SCREAM!!
This book has interesting characters, phenomenal background research, humor, horror... you name it... (it gets a little pedantic at times but that is forgivable)...
But I feel that it is a slap in the face to readers to move a story along at a great pace, get us invested in the characters and then wrap up the entire story as though the author had a stroke in the middle of a paragraph and as his head hit the keyboard, his nose hit the "send" key to his publisher.
REALLY?? The author couldn't have another cup of coffee and write 4 or 5 more pages to wrap up at least a COUPLE of the subplots or resolve an important issue or two?
I know it is popular nowadays in SF to create stories that leave the reader hanging... (for example, read "Asimov", "Analog", "Clarksworld", etc. for some great examples of fantastic writing... that END half way through a story!). I find that to be little more than crappy, lazy writing that tries to substitute artifice for hardcore plot work. A story needs at least a degree of resolution... leaving EVERYTHING hanging... (or in this case, opening up even more questions in the last few sentences of the story) is just ridiculous, and shows a lack of respect for the desires of the readers and fans.
So... get the book... you'll probably love it... right up to the last page... at which point you will:
1... Furrow your eyebrows in confusion...
2... Check to see if you are missing the last couple of pages via a printing or electronic copy error...
3... Groan loudly and probably say the R-rated version of "Oh, you have GOT to be kidding me!"
4... Try to restrain yourself from throwing your book or e-reader across the room...
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]
(Spoiler Alerts) For example, the 'vampires and compulsive counting' seemed at first to be a cute Sesame Street reference, even though there was no mention of it in the previous book. Then partway through, the compulsion switches from anything (like matches) to just grains of salt. Then later it changes again to only salt when it's in a circle and inexplicably, breaking the circle breaks the compulsion. For another example, the basic ending (the evil king dies and magical succession passes to the friendly princess) was obvious from almost the beginning of the story but the exact mechanism came from nowhere. Drones targetting a cell phone - okay. But why would the evil king want a cell phone and why would he take that particular one at that exact time? It was entirely too convenient.
It's an okay read but I liked the earlier books in this series much better.