The Apocalypse Codex Laundry Files #4

The first chunk of this book was a little bit weak, in particularly the introduction of the new character Ms. Hazard. She represents a different style to the magic in this universe, which is interesting, but she just seems too good at her job. In the same manner as Superman, the more powerful someone becomes, the harder it is to make them interesting.

That does get better in the later half of the book, especially in the climax. I’m still not sure what to think about the mixed first/third person writing style, but it is interesting to see some of the scenes from two very different points of view. I miss Mo though.


The Fuller Memorandum Laundry Files #3

(Take 2, the internet ate my first review)

This is another solid entry in the Laundry Files and perhaps my favorite yet. We’re really starting to get into some of the more horrific corners of the world. In particular, we learn a bit more about Mo’s violin; we get another glimpse into a far flung world (the Sleeper in the Pyramid, guarded by a wall of the dead on spikes; great/terrible visual; especially when one imagines RAF patrols keeping an eye on eit) ; and more about Angleton than I bet Bob ever wanted to know (and I really is explored more in the next books).


Equoid Laundry Files #2.9

Another short story between the second and third Laundry Files novels, this one goes into detail on exactly how weird unicorns can be in a fantasy universe.

Turns out: pretty weird.


Overtime Laundry Files #3.5

Heh. Santa Claus is a nasty beastie.

Overtime is a fun little story about the Horrors of Christmas and builds just a bit more onto the world of the Laundry Files. It’s weird how much authority the night watchman has, but it also makes a certain kind of sense.


The Jennifer Morgue Laundry Files #2

This is an excellent follow up to The Atrocity Archives.

On the plus side, Stross managed to tone down the technobabble from ridiculous to only mildly over the top. There’s still more than enough references to enjoy and enough neat world building on the (non Euclidean) edges between technology and demonology, but it’s not quite hitting you over the head like the first one did.


The Concrete Jungle Laundry Files #1.5

I liked this even better than The Atrocity Archives.

The idea of SCORPION STARE (Medusa, weaponized) is neat and there’s some interesting commentary on the potential problems of a surveillance state that fit well with the overall Britishness of the piece.


Rama Revealed Rama #4

In my opinion, this was by far the best of the sequels.

They start by doing exactly what I wanted out of the middle two books: getting away from the human settlement and into a situation where they are learning and experiencing something strange. In this case, they go to live among the octospiders, an intelligent civilization highly skilled in genetics and biological science who are completely deaf and only speak in color. It’s a fascinating and nicely thought out situation and I did like it.


The Atrocity Archives Laundry Files #1

That… was intense.

To really get the most out of this book, I think you’d have to have a certain combination of things in your head: a knowledge of a lot of the more esoteric bits of computer science theory, physics, pop culture, and cosmic horrors. Pretty much right up my alley. Even then, I will admit to having no idea exactly where he was going with a few of those.


The Garden of Rama Rama #3

Like Rama #2, I went back and forth while reading this one on if I was actually enjoying it or if I would finish it at all. In the end, I did finish it and I think I’ll even start the last one mostly out of a sense of completionism.

Essentially, there are five sections: