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The Atrocity Archives by Charles Stross

The Atrocity Archives (original 2004; edition 2008)

by Charles Stross

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Title:The Atrocity Archives
Authors:Charles Stross
Info:Ace (2008), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 368 pages
Tags:audiobook, sci-fi, 12 in 12

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The Atrocity Archives by Charles Stross (2004)

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I am still on the lookout for something that could represent "a better written and thought-out alternative to the Dresden files" (which I am still reading, anyway).

I have an IT background, I know a bit about Cthulhu Mythos and I in general prefer UK authors. So The Atrocity Archives looked like a an excellent candidate.

What I found out, instead is a book that looks like a poorly planned merge of a novella (the first 4/5 of the book) and a short story. The resulting work is poorly paced and there is no real sense of development (for the main characters of the universe they inhabit).

So far it looks like the original premise was wasted but I will probably read the second book in the series before deciding if it gets any better. ( )
  pamar | Aug 25, 2014 |
IT expert Bob Howard starts his journeys in the British intelligence organization "the Laundry". Charlie Stross' blog is here: http://www.antipope.org/charlie/blog-static/ ( )
  ohernaes | May 18, 2014 |
Second read. Series is great. Funny. One part IT geek, one part bureaucracy, one part spy and one part HP Lovecraft. ( )
  mbmeadow | Feb 6, 2014 |
This book is actually two related novellas about a British civil servant/operative who works at a secret government agency doing their best to keep Nameless Horrors from overrunning the earth. A good combination of comedy, horror, and spy thriller. I think Stross and Tim Powers are the best new author discoveries of the year - I've read a few books by both so far this year, and they haven't disappointed. ( )
  unsquare | Feb 6, 2014 |
I wanted to really like this series, but in the end I just feel terribly meh about it. Maybe it's the voice - Bob sounds like every entitled male geek I've ever talked to and didn't want to spend any more time with. ( )
  jen.e.moore | Sep 30, 2013 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0441013651, Paperback)

Charles Stross takes a departure from his epic science fiction to craft this cross between Len Deighton—style espionage and H.P. Lovecraftian horror.

Bob Howard is a computer-hacker desk jockey, who has more than enough trouble keeping up with the endless paperwork he has to do on a daily basis. He should never be called on to do anything remotely heroic.

But somehow, he is...

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Computer science guru Alan Turning paves the way for esoteric mathematical computations that Nazi Germany uses to perform a summoning, bringing an unexpected evil to Earth through a portal to an alternate universe.

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