Overtime (Laundry Files Series) [NOOK Book]

Overview

Introduced to readers in the novels The Atrocity Archive and The Jennifer Morgue, the Laundry is a secret British government agency charged with preventing dark interdimensional entities from destroying the human race.  Now, in ?Overtime,? the Laundry is on a skeleton staff for Christmas?leaving one bureaucrat to be all that stands between the world and annihilation by the Thing That Comes Down Chimneys. Written especially for the Tor.com holiday season, Charles Stross?s ...

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Overtime (Laundry Files Series)

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Overview

Introduced to readers in the novels The Atrocity Archive and The Jennifer Morgue, the Laundry is a secret British government agency charged with preventing dark interdimensional entities from destroying the human race.  Now, in “Overtime,” the Laundry is on a skeleton staff for Christmas—leaving one bureaucrat to be all that stands between the world and annihilation by the Thing That Comes Down Chimneys. Written especially for the Tor.com holiday season, Charles Stross’s novelette is a finalist for the 2010 Hugo Award.

 

Charles Stross is the Hugo-winning author of some of the most acclaimed novels and stories of the last ten years, including Singularity Sky, Accelerando, Halting State, the “Merchant Princes” series beginning with The Family Trade, and the story collections Toast and Wireless.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781429952101
  • Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates
  • Publication date: 6/8/2010
  • Series: A Tor.Com Original
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: A Tor.com Original
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 98,979
  • File size: 304 KB

Meet the Author

Charles Stross lives in Edinburgh, Scotland.

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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted July 31, 2010

    25 Pages and Well Worth the Time!

    For anyone who has read the Laundry book, or just wants an introduction, this should be a must have.

    You can safely ignor the previous "review". Yes, this is just a story, but it is a slice of the Laundry, a tide-me-over to the next book, which just came out (which you should buy right now). It's got the humor of the books and Bob saves the day, what more can you ask? Besides, it's FREE.

    Download it and enjoy.

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 23, 2010

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    Humorous short story

    This isn't a full book; just a short story but it's amusing enough and generally well-written. If you are American, it takes a few pages to get used to some of the words (many of which are British terms) and thus the meaning , but it's not hard to adapt. The storyline is a bit sci-fi but I enjoyed it and might read more of the author's work.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 11, 2010

    25 pages

    wastes of time...should be a full Book

    2 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 21, 2013

    Charles stross is always entertsining

    bob howards character is as always well worth the read

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 20, 2011

    Not very good

    Not my type of book, I guess. I thought it was odd. Very odd.

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  • Posted January 14, 2011

    Didn't Even Keep My Interest Though The Whole Book

    I was excited to read this book but I made it to about page 15 and couldn't take the jumping around anymore. It wasn't put together well in my eyes.

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  • Posted January 7, 2011

    25 pages was 25 pages to long

    This was a tepid and dull read that made little to no sense. Yes it was slightly clever but it seemed like some sad spinoff of the X Files or Doctor Who. The main character tried to hard to be sarcastic and funny and just came off as lame and boring. I really didn't want to even finish it after the first few pages but I kept thinking the review were good, there's got to be something cool in here somewhere. Alas I was horribly disappointed. This book can say goodbye to my nook.

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  • Posted January 5, 2011

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    I Liked It-Fun To Read

    A fun short story that was a good introduction to the series. It was adventurous, funny, and kept my interest. I'm looking forward to reading the first book in the 'Laundry Files Series'. If you like Jim Butcher's 'The Dresden Files' or Tanya Huff's 'Blood Books' then you should give Charles Stross a try.

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  • Posted December 30, 2010

    Surprising and fun

    What a great little story. The ending was hilarious!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 28, 2010

    Enjoyable short story -- I'm sure to seek out the rest of the series

    This was a slow starter for me, probably because I don't have the context of the rest of the series, bu I enjoyed it. I rarely do so with short stories because I like to be more deeply immersed in a narrative than they allow. I will definitely start reading more from Stross. This one has a holiday theme as well so I am going to keep in in mind for a seasonal re-read.

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  • Posted October 19, 2010

    Good Introduction to the Series

    I only downloaded this to my Nook because it was free and it sounded interesting.
    I was not disappointed. Overtime is a very good introduction to the Laundry Series by Charles Stross.
    If you like intelligent humor and fun plots and interesting characters then you won't go wrong with this short story.
    Then go pick up the rest of the series!
    BTW, if you like Terry Pratchett's Discworld, then you might like this series.

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  • Posted October 14, 2010

    A Good Read

    First, you gotta love that cover art! Just like browsing a "real" bookstore, the cover art snagged me right off.

    While it does have some references to British stuff we Yanks may not grasp at first, this short story really moves along. Clever and witty, we glimpse where it's going and still enjoy it to the end.

    Well done and well worth your time.

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  • Posted September 24, 2010

    I think if newbies nibble on this little bit they'll want to feast on more!!!

    ...That's where I'm at right now. I knew that as soon as the action started. I'm just getting back into reading and it's great that I had the chance to run across this. It was smart, dark and exciting. Exactly what I need. I'm looking to find some more of his stuff...but my problem is not knowing where to start. I'd like to get more involved with THIS "Bob" but I also want to "meet" him too in the older books. Any help with where to start would be awesome. But as a reviewer. ALL STARS.

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