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The Atrocity Archives by Charles Stross
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The Atrocity Archives (original 2004; edition 2006)

by Charles Stross

Series: The Laundry (1 & 1.1)

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In The Atrocity Archives, a lowly computer geek working for a secret British intelligence agency gets promoted to field service after accidentally saving lives in a disaster. Now he's faced with saving the universe using only his smarts and a disembodied hand that renders him invisible. Stross' award-winning novella, The Concrete Jungle, is also included.… (more)
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Title:The Atrocity Archives
Authors:Charles Stross
Info:Ace Trade (2006), Paperback, 368 pages
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Rating:*****
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 Weird Fiction: Tried "The Atrocity Archives"?15 unread / 15paradoxosalpha, July 2011

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Double-oh-geek in a Lovecraftian present day sacred service, what's not to like? Stross has all the right ingredients for greatness BOFH meets Cthulhu. Somehow the story blows out of proportion way to early and shifts gear in a way that makes me feel that it should have been 2 or 3 short stories instead. Deeply disappointed (or had my hopes to high) moving on to the Jennifer Morgue hoping the grand story and plot lines have matured. ( )
  olterman | May 25, 2024 |
(2.25 Stars)

This was a story written very much in the style of the HP Lovecraft Cthulhu mythos with various modern(ish) pop references thrown in. If you would like that, this could be the book/series for you.

Even though it is well written, it just isn't for me. Don't get me wrong, the story is ok, it just isn't *my* thing. Stross is an excellent writer, very detailed, and engaging, but the rest of the books are very far down on my "To Be Read" list.

The audiobook version also had a bonus novella (Concrete Jungle) included. ( )
  philibin | Mar 25, 2024 |
A surprisingly fun mix of computer science, spy craft, bureaucracy and the occult. I liked the book's conceit that advanced algorithms are the key to eldritch magic, and feel targeted by the scene where two characters fangirl over an imaginary Knuth vol 4. ( )
  yaj70 | Jan 22, 2024 |
Stross je geek i to se vidi. I pored hand-waving tehnologije i likova malo suviše stereotipnih, ova knjiga je više nego zadovoljavajuća za ubijanje toplih letnjih popodneva. Letnje štivo za štrebere. ( )
  p.vasic | Jan 2, 2024 |
Fun! Fast-paced sci-fi novellas. ( )
  rabbit-stew | Dec 31, 2023 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Charles Strossprimary authorall editionscalculated
Barth, MechthildTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Condellone, LynneCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Emery, GideonNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Fiore, AnnetteCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Fredrickson, MarkCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Halpern, MartyEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hawkins, JackNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
MacLeod, KenIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Montiglio, SteveCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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In The Atrocity Archives, a lowly computer geek working for a secret British intelligence agency gets promoted to field service after accidentally saving lives in a disaster. Now he's faced with saving the universe using only his smarts and a disembodied hand that renders him invisible. Stross' award-winning novella, The Concrete Jungle, is also included.

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