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The Atrocity Archives: A Laundry Files Novel | [Charles Stross]

The Atrocity Archives: A Laundry Files Novel

Bob Howard is a computer-hacker desk jockey, who has more than enough trouble keeping up with the endless paperwork he has to do on a daily basis. He should never be called on to do anything remotely heroic. But for some reason, he is.
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Publisher's Summary

Bob Howard is a computer-hacker desk jockey, who has more than enough trouble keeping up with the endless paperwork he has to do on a daily basis. He should never be called on to do anything remotely heroic. But for some reason, he is.

©2004 Charles Stross; (P)2010 Recorded Books, LLC

What the Critics Say

"In Atrocity, Bob, a low-level computer fix-it guy for the Laundry, a supersecret British agency that defends the world from occult happenings, finds himself promoted to fieldwork after he bravely saves the day during a routine demonstration gone awry. With his Palm, aka his Hand of Glory (a severed hand that, when ignited, renders the holder invisible), and his smarts, he saves the world from a powerful external force seeking to enter our universe to suck it dry....With often hilarious results, the author mixes the occult and the mundane, the truly weird and the petty." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Think hellboy meets sg-1 but the British version. I loved it! I enjoyed the healthy dose of occult, cyberpunk, steampunk and lovecraft. The physics and cosmology are also fascinating...

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    What did you love best about The Atrocity Archives?

    So much better than I thought it would be. Very well written, funny, suspenseful. Great characters. Cross between The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy and Dept Q books. Intelligent characters that act like real people dealing with unreal situations in the confines of a modern bureaucracy. Great listen.


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    James Bond meets Cthulhu in a laugh-a-minute apocalypse of fun!


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    Wonderful! Suppose your department's IT nerd were actually a secret agent with a doctorate in computational demonology. Such a mashup of Urban Fantasy, Sci-Fi, spy fiction, Lovecraft, and geekdom might seem too much, but it works, in no small part due to the author's creative and fascinating world-building combined with a wry and often hilarious sense of humor. If you might enjoy Harry Dresden as a spy, then I think you'll enjoy this book. Besides, I'm very sympathetic with the notion that "a pact with the Devil is all well and good, but I still need a phone number for solid IT support."

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    For anyone that is a Lovecraft fan this book, and likely the series, will be a fun way to extend the mythos into a new and accessible history.


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    He saw it coming, the man had no business being there, he had no idea what he was toying with and even though he didn't really care for the man... there was nothing he could do.


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    Anytime inky black tentacles crawl out of a shadow coming into being as if molded from the nightmares of a thousand children I get goose-bumps and a wicked smile.


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    Not one particular moment, but I liked the vulnerability of the characters. All around them horrors and still they were approachable and -just human-.


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    I was told that this originally had a bad guy in it that was quite a bit more infamous than the one that made it too printing. I'm not certain if that is rumor or if true, maybe I'll look around and see if the internet holds that story in a dark corner somewhere.

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    There was a bit too much technical jargon that got a bit much at times. It went on so long that it occasionally got in the way of the flow of the story. Interesting storyline with good character development and the narrator's performance was absolutely fantastic but it was slow to start because of the amount of technical introduction. Might not be an issue on paper but I found myself tuning out listening to it.

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