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  • Dead Lies Dreaming

  • Laundry Files, Book 10
  • By: Charles Stross
  • Narrated by: Gideon Emery
  • Length: 11 hrs and 20 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (395 ratings)

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Narrated by: Gideon Emery
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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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Good, but a skippable side quest in the main plot.

While enjoyable and containing some of Stross's delightful humor, including lines that reference Helen of Troy and/or Skyrim, I had originally planned to skip this story because it wasn't about the core Laundry crew. However, it was free to listen to, and... it just seems skippable. It's not a bad story, and if you want more Stross with an alternate view of the Laundry universe then by all means read it.

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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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