Saturday, July 10, 2010

Book review - The Fuller Memorandum by Charles Stross

The Fuller Memorandum (A Laundry Files Novel)The Fuller Memorandum by Charles Stross

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

When it comes to protecting humanity from "gibbering monstrosities from beyond space-time," Bob Howard is your man. Mild mannered civil servant, Howard works for The Laundry, a super secret branch of the British government tasked with protecting England from extra-terrestrial entities. Things are going along swimmingly for Bob until a run of the mill exorcism in an RAF museum goes wrong and results in the accidental death of a civilian. Worse yet, Bob's mysterious boss Angleton and a super secret document have gone missing. Bob and his wife (also an agent) find themselves on the run from Russian spies and doomsday cultists bent on bringing on the end of the world. This in the most recent story in the "Laundry" series, combining elements of science fiction, horror, and spy fiction. There's also a wonderful does of dry nerd humor, skewering everything from Apple computers to office life and government. This is great summer reading for geeks - presenting magic as "a branch of applied mathematics" this takes the standard fantasy novel and moves it in a unique and fun new direction. The Fuller Memorandum -

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