Bob Howard’s career in the Laundry, the secret British government agency dedicated to protecting the world from unspeakable horrors from beyond spacetime, has entailed high combat, brilliant hacking, ancient magic, and combat with indescribably repellent creatures of pure evil. It has also involved a wearying amount of paperwork and office politics, and his expense reports are still a mess.Now, following the invasion of Yorkshire by the Host of Air and Darkness, the Laundry’s existence has become public, and Bob is being trotted out on TV to answer pointed questions about elven asylum seekers. What neither Bob nor his managers have foreseen is that their organization has earned the attention of a horror far more terrifying than any demon: a British government looking for public services to privatize. There’s a lot of potential shareholder value in the Laundry’s “knowledge assets.”Inch by inch, Bob Howard and his managers are forced to consider the truly unthinkable: a coup against the British government itself.At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.
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- December 28, 2016EricSo many ratings of a book that's not even been (I think?) preprinted- are all 6 (odd, it says 473?) reviews by people who've seen advance (probably tentative, given the author's laudable willingness to revise often in the interests of story) copies?
- March 13, 2017AlexandraThis book was sent to me by the publisher, Tor.com, at no cost. It's out in July 2017.The Laundry, which has several novels about it now, is a secret government agency that's a bit like the Men in Black but more high-tech because the Scary Things in the Night are often accessed via maths and/or technology. Computers may well summon extra dimensional beasties. Bob Howard started as a tech guy who fell into the Laundry accidentally and now he's a fairly significant player in the organisation, alth This book was sent to me by the publisher, Tor.com, at no cost. It's out in July 2017.The Laundry, which has several novels about it now, is a secret government agency that's a bit like the Men in Black but more high-tech because the Scary Things in the Night are often accessed via maths and/or technology. Computers may well summon extra dimensional beasties. Bob Howard started as a tech guy who fell into the Laundry accidentally and now he's a fairly significant player in the organisation, although still a bit hapless sometimes. In this novel, someone from Outside (of the world) is trying to take over via minions and the very 21st century method of privatising government operations. There's unlikely alliances, dastardly deeds, unfortunate deaths, spy craft, domestic difficulties, desperate last-minute decisions, and some rather silly jokes. There's also exasperation at the short-sightedness of governments and some deeply unpleasant actions on the part of the villains. I've read a couple of the Laundry Files books and short stories in the past. When I first read them, I didn't realise that they're kinda Lovecraftian... because I am no connoisseur of Lovecraft. So that's the first thing to know: if you like Lovcraftian stuff (with humour) and you haven't read this series, you probably want to check it out.If you loathe Lovecraft and all his derivatives, just stop reading now; it's fine. This isn't for you. Not sure? Well that's where I fit too. I wouldn't deliberately read a Lovecraft homage, but - obviously - I read this. In terms of horror, it's not so horrible. I mean bad things happen but the levels of violence aren't any different from a lot of science fiction or fantasy. And there's no creeping horror here - that is, I didn't ever get tense and worried about what was around the corner, which is what puts me off a lot of horror. (I don't enjoy being scared.) And you definitely don't have to know anything about Lovecraft to read the book, since I have a passing knowledge of some names from his books and that is it.Prior knowledge of the Laundry Files is useful for reading this, but not completely necessary; there are a few 'as you know, Bob' bits that basically fill in details of how the agency works. It does flow directly on from the previous book, which I haven't read, but I managed to be going on with it.It definitely kept me entertained, occasionally grossed me out, and half made me wonder if I shouldn't go back and read more of the earlier ones...more
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