The Laundry Files’ “fast-paced blend of espionage thrills, mundane office comedy and Lovecraftian horror” (SFX) continues as Hugo Award-winning author Charles Stross assigns a day trader to a permanent position on the night shift...
After stumbling upon the algorithm that turned him and his fellow merchant bankers into vampires, Alex Schwartz was drafted by the Laundry, Britain’s secret counter-occult agency that’s humanity’s first line of defense against the forces of darkness. Dependent on his new employers for his continued existence—as Alex has no stomach for predatory blood-sucking—he has little choice but to accept his new role as an operative-in-training.
For his first assignment, Alex is dispatched to Leeds to help assess the costs of renovating a 1950s Cold War bunker for use as the Laundry’s new headquarters. Unfortunately, Leeds is Alex’s hometown, and the thought of breaking the news to his parents that he’s left banking for the Civil Service, while hiding his undead condition, is causing him more anxiety than learning how to live as a vampire secret agent preparing to confront multiple apocalypses.
Alex’s only saving grace is Cassie Brewer, a drama student appearing in the local goth festival who is inexplicably attracted to him despite his awkward personality and massive amounts of sunblock.
But Cassie has secrets of her own—secrets that make Alex’s nightlife behaviors seem positively normal...
In the latest Laundry Files supernatural investigation, Stross makes the wise decision to move away from the jaded and worn voices of Bob Howard and Mo O'Brien as protagonists, but the story suffers from muddled plotting and jokes that too often fall flat. Dr. Alex Schwartz is a newly created vampire (having survived the vampire onslaught in The Rhesus Chart) who's still learning the ropes of the Laundry, the British secret agency that deals with horrors and extradimensional threats. Alex is sent to his hometown of Leeds to scope out a potential new headquarters, where he meets a woman named Cassie who has her identity and memories stolen by
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The Nightmare Stacks
Best book of the series by far. Case Nightmare Red finally happens. In Yorkshire.
Eehhhaggghahhugh. Ack, death.
So the thing is, I love Charles Stross' books. Been with him through all of the laundry series, love all of it, novellas, all of it. Supremely talented author with a great voice and a firm grasp on the genre. However, at a couple different points in the book,(up until I put it down) it got to be really excessively graphic. I'm not squeamish, and definitely not one for censorship, but yeah. Just maybe tone it down a touch, Stross? I've been looking forward to the newest book in the series for a year or more and when it's basically just murder-porn, it turns into a huge bummer. Couldn't get through it, sad to say.
Attention keeper of a book
I've been a fan of the Laundry series since the beginning. The Nightmare Stacks is a worthy addition to the series. I just hope the next book will take up where this left off, and that the next won't take over a year to bring out.