My rating: 3 of 5 stars
The Particulars: The Atrocity Archives by Charles Stross, Ace, Available as e-book and in Print.
Bob Howard is a computer-hacker desk jockey, who has more than enough trouble keeping up with the endless paperwork he has to do on a daily basis. He should never be called on to do anything remotely heroic. But for some reason, he is.
I rarely read Science Fiction, but I have been eyeing Charles Stross books for awhile. So, when he attended Eurocon I decided to buy one of his books. Do I regret it? No. This is an interesting melding between Science Fiction and Fantasy. The story was fast paced, with a lot of twists and turns. I loved the dry wit in it. But, despite this it felt slow at times. Why? There is a lot of information crammed into it. There is a lot of history, acronyms, not to mention the Laundry’s internal structure. Yes, the information is necessary for the story, but I felt that it slowed it down. Still, it didn’t stop me from picking it up and keep reading. Will I read the next book? Probably. I like the idea of the Laundry, and besides, Charles Stross is a nice guy.