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It's hard, as always, to avoid spoilers, but this refuses to fit neatly into the slots alright. If pushed for categorisation other than "weird" I'd say it was a satire on bureaucracy/geek/spook/Lovecraftian cross-over at least.
Apparently it's also his first book to be published, but don't let that put you off. Stross is a Brit, speaking as a fellow Brit I found some of his stuff hilarious too, but it might not cross the pond that well.
The long essay at the end of the book actually contains his memories of being told NOT to read Declare until he'd finished. I can see why - they are similar in the areas they handle - but I also agree with his analysis that they're different in tone and (obviously for me) both well worth reading.
(I found that it crossed the pond just fine, but then, I'm a bureaucrat, too....)
I still haven't come across the second one, either.
Has anyone read the short story A Colder War by Stross? Good stuff - the Cold War retold as part of the Mythos.