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When magic and superpowers emerge in the masses, Wendy Deere is contracted by the government to bag and snag supervillains in Hugo Award-winning author Charles Stross' Dead Lies Dreaming: A Laundry Files Novel.  

As Wendy hunts down Imp - the cyberpunk head of a band calling themselves The Lost Boys - she is dragged into the schemes of louche billionaire Rupert de Montfort Bigge. Rupert has discovered that the sole surviving copy of the long-lost concordance to the one true Necronomicon is up for underground auction in London. He hires Imp's sister, Eve, to procure it by any means necessary, and in the process, he encounters Wendy Deere.  

In a tale of corruption, assassination, thievery, and magic, Wendy Deere must navigate rotting mansions that lead to distant pasts, evil tycoons, corrupt government officials, lethal curses, and her own moral qualms in order to make it out of this chase alive.

©2020 Charles Stross (P)2020 Recorded Books

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fine laundry, weak ending

another good laundry universe story (no Bob or Mo or even PHANGs, all new characters). weak ending that sneaks up and then just ends.

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ummm

So I know it's the same universe, but it's detached from all the past characters

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Mythos Shenanigans

Super great. Fantastically weird. Wonderfully read. A neato departure from the usual doings of The Laundry and out into the lives of “Average Londoners” during the reign of an Elder god as the PM. Nice one Charlie.

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Delightfully gay

For a story about murder, death magic, theft, and venture capitalism, this story is nonetheless delightful and gay in both the archaic and modern senses of the word. Stross did it again with a new cast of very human characters in an inhuman situation.

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Another amazing story crafted by a genius!

This story was Peter Pan, the lost boys and James Bond magic all rolled in one. Charles Stross never fails to make you laugh, cry and keep you on the edge of your seat!

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More of a side story than a true member of the series, but still fun

If you’re expecting a continuation of the stories and characters of the other Laundry Files books, you will be disappointed. But if you’re down for a good, self-contained story within its world, you’ll enjoy this

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great addition to the laundry files universe

great addition to the laundry files universe. excellent standalone book, but just wish the main characters had returned to the story line.

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A solid entry in the series

Good stuff, not the best one in the series but not bad by any means. I miss Bob and the Laundry gang, but the new characters are kind of fun, if a little bit leaning into woke fan service (the fan service being the bad part of that, it gets a little heavy handed at times). Reads like well written YA. If you like the Laundry books you'll get your money's worth. This is not a good place to start the series, do some googling for a better jumping on point or just start from the beginning. I generally am tired of series fiction but Stross still delivers the goods and this one is made of books with actual beginnings, middles, and ends.

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Odd new characters, 3rd person voice, laundry world

I read this in Nov of 2020, a good Covid iso book. I'm guessing Stross got bored with the Bob, No et Al but the laundry books are doing well, so he brought this one on to extend the franchise. W weird bunch of characters suddenly find a Twilight Zone door into an alternate past, on the top floor, with strange results. The characters turn out to be implausibly connected and they become likeable by the end. I'll read it again some day