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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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    Redshirts by John Scalzi (Anonymous user)
    Anonymous user: In The Jennifer Morgue, Stross twists the James Bond trope; in Redshirts, Scalzi plays with Star Trek tropes.
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It did keep me engaged but I wasn't really into it. The James Bond subtext was fun, particularly as we saw the Lazenby Bond over the weekend. When Bob Howard goes to a conference in Germany (and I laughed my way through his experiences with the Smart Car on the Autobahn) he's on the beginning of an adventure that will link him to a beautiful assassin and will require a lot of acceptance on his part.

Enjoyable but not really my cup of tea. Eldritch horrors from the deep really aren't my thing. ( )
  wyvernfriend | Jun 27, 2017 |
This is a fun subversion of James Bond tropes, set in the Laundry Files universe. I loved Ramona's character and the complexities of her and Bob's situation. The plot twist at the end was a big surprise. ( )
  lavaturtle | Mar 13, 2017 |
This is fun fluff. There's a fun James Bond gag running through the book. Nothing super profound or earth-shattering, but good solid fun. ( )
  Gwendydd | Jan 19, 2017 |
less compelling than The Atrocity Archives... fun but the James Bond themes just weren't working for me, and I didn't see the point of the last section with the intern... ( )
  jkdavies | Jun 14, 2016 |
A fun read. Nameless horrors being looked after by a top secret British agency called the Laundry. Bob is just a minor agent in the agency, his speciality being geek knowledge attached to the arcane. Very much a play on the Bond legend, with a nice climax in the Bond tradition. ( )
  quiBee | Jan 21, 2016 |
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Condellone, LynneCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
DeFex, Annette FioreCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Fredrickson, MarkCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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For Andrew, Lorna, and James
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August 25, 1975
165 W, 30 N
The guys from the "A" and "B" crews have been sitting on their collective ass for five weeks, out in the middle of nowhere.
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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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