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The Jennifer Morgue by Charles Stross

The Jennifer Morgue (original 2006; edition 2006)

by Charles Stross

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Title:The Jennifer Morgue
Authors:Charles Stross
Info:Golden Gryphon Press (2006), Hardcover, 340 pages
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The Jennifer Morgue by Charles Stross (2006)

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To be honest, it is much better than the first (which I also liked). I would have loved this if not for one of the tropes I hate the most in fiction. It was so unnecessary, especially in a story like this.

Oh, well, it doesn't matter. The rest of it has been as crazy entertaining as you could imagine in a story where you get a mashup of lovecraftian and James Bond themes, maths and physics, the occult and lots of humour. And a bunch of other stuff.
Bob gets saddled with a special partner and he gets to save the world. Again. Only this time he is playing an unlikely role.
A couple of things were a bit dated but nothing too distracting from the story.
To finish on the positive note, Mo was awesome. ( )
  Irena. | Nov 3, 2015 |
Sequel to The Atrocity Archive. Uber-geek Bob Howard keeps the Dark Old Gods at bay working as a humble government employee at The Laundry. He's sent to the Caribbean to stop a loony billionaire raising something horrible from the bottom of the ocean. Hi-jinks ensue. ( )
  Nigel_Quinlan | Oct 21, 2015 |
This second large volume (a novel accompanied by a short story) in Stross' brilliant Laundry Files series is a funny and clever salute to James Bond spy thrillers. This series has the makings of something special, and I'm very much looking forward to reading more of it. ( )
  wanack | Jan 31, 2015 |
While entirely readable and including some interesting characters, it's not a shadow of the first book. Easily devoured in short order, I'm not deterred from moving on to the next book... but I wouldn't necessarily recommend it to someone who wasn't already engaged with the Laundry series. ( )
  PaulBaldowski | Jan 24, 2015 |
This is a fun book - Author Charles Stross manages to take the James Bond, Secret Spy Trope and twists it 90 degrees, so its recognizable just not predictable.

Here we have Bob Howard, who is tapped for a mission that is NOT explained to him, find himself being flown to a caribbean island to battle an evil genius who using a device that messes with probability to make sure that his plans work.

Add in a super hot secret agent from the US, ancient alien civilization who lives at the bottom of the ocean, and random references to James Bond - it makes for a wonderful tale. Its not very deep book - no thought provoking ideas here, the good guys come out ahead, and at times, quite predictable - which makes a good read, not a great read. ( )
  TheDivineOomba | Oct 29, 2014 |
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August 25, 1975
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The guys from the "A" and "B" crews have been sitting on their collective ass for five weeks, out in the middle of nowhere.
The Laundry operations manual is notably short on advice for how to comport oneself when being held prisoner aboard a mad billionaire necromancer's yacht, other than the usual stern admonition to keep receipts for all expenses incurred in the line of duty.
Give me root access on a hostile necromancer's server farm, and I am at home.
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Ruthless software billionaire Ellis Billington has got his hands on a device which will enable him to raise an eldritch horror code-named "Jennifer Morgue" from the ocean's depths for the purpose of ruling the world. It's up to Bob Howard, agent of Laundry and demonology hacker extraordinaire, to thwart his plans. His mission is to infiltrate the yacht of Ellis whilst also evading American agent Ramona Random who has an agenda of her own.
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Hackers, monster, spies
A horrific sunken secret
James Bond in there too


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"In 1975, the CIA made an ill-fated attempt to raise a sunken Soviet ballistic missile submarine from the depths of the Pacific Ocean. At least, "ill-fated" was the information leaked to the press. In reality, the team salvaged a device, codenamed "Gravedust, " that permitted communication with the dead. Enter Ellis Billington, glamorous software billionaire, who has acquired Gravedust by devious means. Billington plans to raise an eldritch horror, codenamed "Jennifer Morgue, " from the vasty deeps, for the purpose of ruling the world. Worse still, he's prepared occult defenses that can only be penetrated by one agent walking a perilous path." "But James Bond doesn't work for the Laundry. Instead, they send Bob Howard, geekish demonology hacker extraordinaire. Bob must inveigle his way aboard Billington's yacht, figure out what the villain is up to, and stop him. But there's a fly in Bob's ointment by the name of Ramona Random - a lethal but beautiful agent for the Black Chamber, the U.S. counterpart to The Laundry. The Black Chamber has sent Ramona to ride shotgun on Bob, but Ramona has her own agenda that conflicts with her employer's ..." "After becoming "entangled, " Bob and Ramona are captured by Billington and used to further his insidious plot. But let's not forget Bob's significant other, Dr. Dominique "Mo" O'Brien, also an agent of The Laundry, who has been trained especially for this mission. Can these intrepid agents stop Billington from raising the dead horror and thus save the world from total domination? The Jennifer Morgue takes the reader on a wild adventure through the worlds of Lovecraft and Ian Fleming, non-Euclidian mathematics and computer hackerdom - sort of like Austin Powers, only more squamous and rugose."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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