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!Epub ♋ The Atrocity Archives ♕ NEVER VOLUNTEER FOR ACTIVE DUTY Bob Howard is a low level techie working for a super secret government agency While his colleagues are out saving the world, Bob s under a desk restoring lost data His world was dull and safe but then he went and got Noticed Now, Bob is up to his neck in spycraft, parallel universes, dimension hopping terrorists, monstrous elder gods and the end of the world Only one thing is certain it will take than a full system reboot to sort this mess out This is the first novel in the Laundry Files Update 1 17 18This is the third read and since I keep gettingexcited every time I read it, I m breaking down and just plopping a big extra star on for sheer enjoyment.I ve decided this book is not only Spy Fiction with a Cthulhu twist with lots of super geeky math moments, but it s also Physics Porn I ve decided that I am exactly the right audience for this book Or maybe I ve become exactly the right audience I wantMore More More More More More.I chuckle throughout the whole Update 1 17 18This is the third read and since I keep gettingexcited every time I read it, I m breaking down and just plopping a big extra star on for sheer enjoyment.I ve decided this book is not only Spy Fiction with a Cthulhu twist with lots of super geeky math moments, but it s also Physics Porn I ve decided that I am exactly the right audience for this book Or maybe I ve become exactly the right audience I wantMore More More More More More.I chuckle throughout the whole damn novel, and when I start realizing that I actually understand the physics porn, I get this huge giddy feeling But that s not all this is Not by a long shot It s a fight with the damn administration It s feeling stuck and deciding to follow your instinct to make the best out of things by doing the right thing Even if it s becoming an active operative in a nightmare scenario This book, this series, is one of the biggest reasons why Charley Stross is one of my absolute favorite authors of all time He s wicked smart, funny, and geeky to hell I can t recommend this enough Original Review This is the second time I ll be reading the Laundry Files to get to the new stuff I haven t It has so many great aspects that bring those big smiles on my face, namely Cthulhu hacking spy comedy The first time I read it, I didn t realize these novels were all based individually on the style of different spy fiction authors, which will end soon and be based solely upon Charles Stross s style It is an easy and fun read and tickles all my genre bones, so it, therefore, qualifies in some of very top lists for must reads That isn t to say the novel doesn t have it s dry spots, either in the admittedly authentic sounding military jargon or the specialized mathematical humor that may or may not be lost upon many readers even so, the voice never falters and the humorous parts are definitely humorous I will admit that I am a fanboy of his works and will always be skewed in his favor Guilty pleasures, and all that Charles Stross 2004 publication The Atrocity Archives introduces readers to his Laundry Files and protagonist Bob Howard.Taking inspiration from HP Lovecraft and Robert A Howard too much of a coincidence that his hero is named Bob Howard Stross describes an urban fantasy world building where The Laundry is an ultra secret British agency that deals with the paranormal and occult, kind of a British Men in Black.Stross science and mathematics appear to be solid and he artfully mixes in conce Charles Stross 2004 publication The Atrocity Archives introduces readers to his Laundry Files and protagonist Bob Howard.Taking inspiration from HP Lovecraft and Robert A Howard too much of a coincidence that his hero is named Bob Howard Stross describes an urban fantasy world building where The Laundry is an ultra secret British agency that deals with the paranormal and occult, kind of a British Men in Black.Stross science and mathematics appear to be solid and he artfully mixes in concepts of extra dimensional wizardry with physical science and technology Howard, a non Company man amidst an overly rigid bureaucratic system kind of a running joke throughout the narrative gets involved with a supernatural plot involving dimensionally trapped Nazis.Inventive and often funny, Stross has a great idea and, though his delivery is sometimes stilted and overly complicated, he has crafted an entertaining concept Charles Stross is an author I want to like I like his blogs, I like his personality and honesty in so far as one can gauge such things based on the author s writings, interviews and such The only snag is I am somewhat ambivalent about his fiction I don t doubt that he is a talented writer of science fiction He comes up with some great ideas and is quite popular within his chosen genre Unfortunately from the three books I have read so far there is something about his fiction writing style Charles Stross is an author I want to like I like his blogs, I like his personality and honesty in so far as one can gauge such things based on the author s writings, interviews and such The only snag is I am somewhat ambivalent about his fiction I don t doubt that he is a talented writer of science fiction He comes up with some great ideas and is quite popular within his chosen genre Unfortunately from the three books I have read so far there is something about his fiction writing style that does not appeal to me His prose style comes across as cocky, hip and chaotic He often switches to infodump mode in the middle of his narrative, filling them with scientific terms, jargons, geekspeak, neologisms and general techno babble I often find it hard to distinguish the real and the imagined terms among them Generally I find that his writing is lacking in clarity, often veering between flippant and technical and back, and this plays hell with his narrative Yes, I imagine a lot of people find his writing clear as a bell, I can only speak for myself.From the synopsis The Atrocity Archives should have beenfun than it turned out to be Basically this is a spy thriller sci fi supernatural horror hybrid, sort of a cross between le Carr spy fiction, The X Files and Cthulhu Mythos It is centered on a super secret British spy organization called The Laundry that clean up and protect the country from ghastly supernatural incursions from other dimensions The edition of the book that I read contain two distinct stories the original short novel The Atrocity Archives and the novella The Concrete Jungle , the later isentertaining and tightly written than the former There are multiple instances of excessive exposition in this book TMI , some of these infodumps areinteresting and comprehensible than others Although the book is a mashup of several genres it readslike sci fi than anything else, all the supernatural elements have a scientific or pseudo scientific basis I like his little infodump about plutonium and nuclear bombs, learning something from fiction is always a bonus His witticisms and sense of humour provide the element of levity I expected but this is less prominent than I thought it would be I love the fun twist on the You can t make an omelette without breaking eggs idiom, and the satire of bureaucratic red tape in an officeIn the Laundry we supposedly pride ourselves on our procedures We ve got procedures for breaking and entering offices, procedures for reporting a shortage of paper clips, procedures for summoning demons from the vasty deeps, and procedures for writing procedures We may actually be on track to be the world s first ISO 9000 total quality certified intelligence agencyThat stuff is gold Extra points also for a Monty Python reference elsewhere in the book For some reason the book is written in first person present tense, I imagine this is supposed to make the story seemsimmediate and unpredictable, it does no harm I guess but does not really enhance the story for me Characterization is on the flat side as the protagonist narrator spendstime explaining technical details than expressing his feelings, some of the other characters are interesting but basically they are just there to move the plot along.Previously I have read Stross famous Accelerando which required two attempts, I could not follow much of the tech and became annoyed with it and myself , then I read Singularity Sky which I quite enjoyed and found the prose to bereadable, sometime after that I read his Glasshouse which is brilliant and very readable, vastly superior to his other books that I have read so far.I rate The Atrocity Archives 3.5 stars 4 stars for The Concrete Jungle novella Charles Stross s The Atrocity Archives The Laundry 1 was a fun read the scattered Cthulhu references added to the entertainment I liked the humor inherent in a bureaucracy battling demons and forestalling the coming apocalypse while making sure timesheets are filled out properly It felt a little less light hearted when Nazis and the occult were woven into the plot Even if this strengthened the plot, I enjoyed it a little less because what I like about The Atrocity Archives wasn t tied Charles Stross s The Atrocity Archives The Laundry 1 was a fun read the scattered Cthulhu references added to the entertainment I liked the humor inherent in a bureaucracy battling demons and forestalling the coming apocalypse while making sure timesheets are filled out properly It felt a little less light hearted when Nazis and the occult were woven into the plot Even if this strengthened the plot, I enjoyed it a little less because what I like about The Atrocity Archives wasn t tied to the plot 3.5 stars I wasn t sure if I d like this book or not, but I did end up enjoying it The only reason I didn t give it 4 stars was there was too much technical jargon that I didn t understand But all in all an ok read. Every so often I come across a book so laden with obscure references that only my own particular predisposition to trivia sees me through to the other side Charles Stross has accomplished just such a feat with The Atrocity Archives, a bewildering, fascinating, and very funny look inside the bureaucratic world of top secret British occult espionage.If I had to capture the tone of the Atrocity Archives in one sentence, I d describe it as three parts Men In Black, two parts The Office, and two par Every so often I come across a book so laden with obscure references that only my own particular predisposition to trivia sees me through to the other side Charles Stross has accomplished just such a feat with The Atrocity Archives, a bewildering, fascinating, and very funny look inside the bureaucratic world of top secret British occult espionage.If I had to capture the tone of the Atrocity Archives in one sentence, I d describe it as three parts Men In Black, two parts The Office, and two parts of the Lovecraft Mythos The stories as the book is actually comprised of two separate narratives center on The Laundry, the ultra secret branch of Her Majesty s Government responsible for keeping the Things Beyond Our Reality from invading and destroying the world The comedy of the book draws heavily from the juxtaposition of supernatural horrors from Nazi occult torture engines to bodysnatching dimensional travelers with the mind numbing dreariness of government office politics from paper clip audits to matrix management.The brilliance of Stross world is also the thing most likely to confound the average reader the book s reliance on a tightly woven tapestry of fairly obscure esoterica The reader has half a chance of being on top of the constant references if they a have read the complete works of H.P Lovecraft, b have also read the complete works of Lei Deighton, c have taken at least one upper level computer science course, d have a broad familiarity with mythological creatures from a half dozen cultures or , e have read A Brief History Of Time once or twice, f know their way around the lexicon of a Crowley style occultist, g know twentieth century European history fairly well, and h watched the Saturday morning cartoons of the mid 90s But even that might not be enough.Like Men in Black, The Atrocity Archives is an action comedy at heart, so knowing the background of every little tidbit being thrown the reader s way isn t necessary The books does a good job of holding the reader s hand while explaining the basics of modern magic which turns out to be a mix of applied mathematics and physics and the alternate history surrounding the occult cold war currently raging But the references come so fast and furious that I honestly don t know how this books would look to the uninitiated Which is a shame, because knowing what I know the story is consistently engaging and often hilarious.I enjoyed Stross world quite a bit, and I can firmly recommend it to anyone who would also enjoy it The only trouble is that, as richly borrowed as that world is, I m not exactly sure who, precisely, to recommend it to Dudes, I finally did it I finally read a Charles Stross novel that didn t leave me feeling vaguely disappointed that I didn t enjoy itApparently this is the series for me, of his work So far Note The rest of this review has been withdrawn due to the changes in Goodreads policy and enforcement You can read why I came to this decision here.In the meantime, you can read the entire review at Smorgasbook Dudes, I finally did it I finally read a Charles Stross novel that didn t leave me feeling vaguely disappointed that I didn t enjoy itApparently this is the series for me, of his work So far Note The rest of this review has been withdrawn due to the changes in Goodreads policy and enforcement You can read why I came to this decision here.In the meantime, you can read the entire review at Smorgasbook Stross take on the urban fantasy is engaging but clunky in parts The Atrocity Archives is first in currently seven book series for those of you looking to sink your reading chops into an established series that feature Robert Howard, computer programmer and now employee of Her Majesty s Secret Supernatural Service Bob found his way into the top secret government organization when he did something precocious with a computer, and now he s facing the unusual dilemma of being a stipend collecting Stross take on the urban fantasy is engaging but clunky in parts The Atrocity Archives is first in currently seven book series for those of you looking to sink your reading chops into an established series that feature Robert Howard, computer programmer and now employee of Her Majesty s Secret Supernatural Service Bob found his way into the top secret government organization when he did something precocious with a computer, and now he s facing the unusual dilemma of being a stipend collecting desk warmer or stepping into the dangerous supernatural spy business.Well, we all know which he chooses, right His first international mission is to go to America and make contact with a British expatriate who is having trouble leaving the country His decision making sets a chain of events in motion, including landing him back in spy basic training Without being too spoiler ific, chasing down the perpetrators will require a stay in Amsterdam as well as a trip into another dimension.It s an entertaining premise that I haven t really run into before in the urban fantasy sci fi genre The blurb and reviews make much of it being Lovecraftian I don t know that I agree there s certainly the sense of evil malevolence, and there s an interdimensionality thing going on, but for the first part BIG GIANT SPOILERS AHEAD view spoiler the bad guys appear to be an Islamist extreme group and Nazis Sigh Yes, Nazis I mean, there s another antagonist as well, but I find thatof the actual horror of the book was devoted to the Nazis Which were horrible, so there s that hide spoiler But that does mean that the Lovecraftian or supernatural element was a bit of an anti climax, with significantly less authorial time devoted to developing the ambiance of its awful and destructive potential.Then there s the plot flow You know when you first read the Anita Blake series and you were enjoying the mystery, the zombie raising to discover who the killer was, and all of a sudden its about her having sex with jaguars so your eyes drift past that part of the book until you get to the next murder scene Well, it s not about sex, but Stross has whole paragraphs that did that to meThe theorem is a hack on discrete number theory that simultaneously disproves the Church Turing hypothesis wave if you understand that and worse, permits NP complete problems to be converted into P complete ones This has several consequences, starting with screwing over most cryptography algorithms translation all your bank account are belong to us and ending with the ability to computationally generate a Dho Nha geometry curve in real time Yeah, you ll notice I m not waving And this little gem was from page 17 Thus my second problem with the book there s a whole lot of computer jargon that isn t explained well, and over, isn t actually necessary except as a device to prove how smart Bob Stross is for instance, the NP P and Dho Nha are terms which are not used outside of that paragraph While I struggled through college physics, I m a sci fi reader, can use a computer perfectly well, thank you very much, and I still found sections largely incomprehensible To make it worse, I couldn t tell if Stross was being factual I m aware of Alan Turing and computers in general and where the funky was stepping in as opposed to the InCryptid series with its faux bio ecological descriptions So I skipped them I tend towards skimming at times, so it didn t bother me unduly, and didn t much hamper the overall gestalt of the plot, but I imagine it would prevent a number of readers particularly those with a predilection to digest every word from enjoying it.Oh yeah he does the technobabble with organizational structure as well something about when a department in the British government was was disbanded, remade and or disappeared in 1945 He explainsof it in the Afterward, which rather convinced me he was just info dumping his research instead of telling a cracking good story.This rather sounds like I didn t like it, doesn t it On the contrary I did, but I m aware that I put blinders on in order to enjoy it I thought there wasdepth to Bob s characterization than one usually gets in this type of book, and better emphasis on action as part of a team There s moments of ordinariness, such as Bob negotiating with flatmates and moments of escalating action that are appropriate for Bob s lack of expertise Setting is generally well done, giving atmosphere without diverting focus from the action This book also had a short story at the end, The Concrete Jungle which I enjoyed even , It includes a female Detective Inspector who redeems the general treatment of women in Atrocity.I ve already ordered the third book from the library I m skipping the second for now, as it s billed as a James Bond esque island sort of thing with sultry evil woman creature, and that s just too much for me to deal with, given an author I m ambivalent about This is one book that it s better to choose with foreknowledge, as it is such a specialized read You know how you always knew maths class was secretly evil You were right And now Bob has to fight that evil If only Beatrice from HR would let him get on with and stop hassling him for his expense reports A thoroughly enjoyable book It s the dynamic duo of snarky IT geek humour and an old fashioned British spy thriller facing off against unspeakable Lovecraftian horrors And paperwork.