The Jennifer Morgue (Laundry Files Series #2)

The Jennifer Morgue (Laundry Files Series #2)

by Charles Stross

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ISBN-13: 9780441018147
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 12/29/2009
Series: Laundry Files Series , #2
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 388,322
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Charles Stross, born in 1964, is a full-time science fiction writer and resident of Edinburgh, Scotland. He is the author of seven Hugo-nominated novels, including Accelerando, Neptune’s Brood, Saturn’s Children and The Laundry Files series, and winner of three Hugo Awards for best novella. Stross has had his work translated into more than twelve languages. He has worked as a pharmacist, software developer, and tech-industry journalist.

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"Stross packs this new novel full of hilarious in-jokes and frenetic set pieces."
-San Francisco Chronicle

"One of the most enjoyable novels of the year... Stross steps carefully through all of the archetypes of a classic Bond adventure without ever becoming predictable. The resolution is as perfect as it is unexpected."
-Jonathan Strahan, editor of the annual Best Short Novels anthology series

"Some writers play with archetypes. In The Jennifer Morgue, Charlie Stross makes them sing, dance, and do the dishes for him."
-S. M. Stirling, national bestselling author of The Scourge of God

"The Jennifer Morgue is Stross's most entertaining novel to date...Astonishing."
- Locus

"Alternately chilling and hilarious."
-Publishers Weekly

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Jennifer Morgue (Laundry Files Series) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 58 reviews.
Shrike58 on LibraryThing 7 months ago
This series where Stross mixes unspeakable horror, espionage thriller, and bureaucratic absurdity, is one of the best genre concepts going right now, and this remix with the Bond mythos is even better than "The Atrocity Archives." Succinct, clever, and to the point. I'll also say that when Stross hangs his story on a modified version of an actual society I like the results better.
lewispike on LibraryThing 7 months ago
Two stories, just like in "The Atrocity Articles" to which this is the follow up. This time, with reasons that make sense even though they scream plot device, there's a Bond layer added to the mix of old ones, rude comments about normal PC users and civil service jokes. The second story looks at online gaming as a means for conjuring demons too.If, like me, you loved the first one, you'll like this. If you weren't sure, I'd guess it's not for you.
yarriofultramar on LibraryThing 7 months ago
¿Jennifer Morgue¿ is a loose follow up to the ¿Atrocity Archive¿ by Charlie Stross. The main protagonist, Bob Howard, is working for the ¿Laundry¿. A British intelligence branch countering the occult and paranormal threats to the Crown (of mainly a tentacular origin). I loved the first book and I enjoyed this one. The story is entertaining, although it is a pastiche of James Bond flicks and as such it made me less immersed in the story. That is problem with me I guess ¿ I like to believe that the story I read could happen and here I feel too much like author is blinking to me - ¿See how cleverly I play with the conventions?¿. On the other hand, I admire the way Stross handles Cthulhu mythos ¿ especially magic. As I am an avid Cthulhu roleplaying Game Master I am more than happy to steal his ideas of how magic works and what can be achieved with it. ¿Jennifer Morgue¿ has interesting cast of characters, some romance and all around Open-source geekines. A perfect mix. My biggest gripe with the story comes from the fact that the author uses first person, present tense narration ¿ the same as in his short story collection ¿Accelerando¿. For some reason I find this type of narration harder to read than your typical third person, past tense. Over time I got used to this but the reading was a bit of a chore. Overall a worthy read, particularly if you are interested in thrillers, Lovecraft and British sense of humor.
SaintBrevity on LibraryThing 7 months ago
Much like its predecessor, this book is equal parts BOFH and James Bond (the movie version, not the book version). A fun read, with a number of great lines and clever moves that I enjoyed. Better than the usual brain candy found in the sci fi aisle, and better for you, too.
gimble on LibraryThing 7 months ago
Hmm not sure what the Decorating and Design part of the book is about. This is a really great book, very hard to put it down at night so I could have plenty of rest for work. It is an occult spy novel that makes you think, what could the government really be hiding from me. The main character Bob is thrown into an adventure he surly was not expecting and only James Bond could get him out of. The reference to Operating Systems and other technical jargon is much beloved by this reader since it is something dealt with on a daily basis.
slothman on LibraryThing 7 months ago
Just as the first book, The Atrocity Archives, is an homage to Len Deighton and H P Lovecraft via Neal Stephenson, this takes the tale of occult espionage into the world of Ian Fleming. This one is even more of a page-turner than the first.
ropie on LibraryThing 8 months ago
The Jennifer Morgue is another of Stross' 'Laundry' books, featuring the hapless but somehow competent secret agent Bob Howard. In this episode, Bob has to rescue the world by preventing the attempted re-awakening of one of the ancient Eldritch terrors from the deep. This yarn was just not as good as The Atrocity Archives, unfortunately, as I had high hopes after that superb effort. It had the same steady humour and a plot replete with highly confusing occult methodology but the strong reliance on a James Bond style just didn't interest me in the same way that TAA's take on Lovecraft-with-laughs did. Not to say that it was a bad book by any means. For the most part it was enjoyable and it had moments of tension but the overlying presence of Ian Flemming, silly gadgets and mad billionaires I found to be a bit disposable for such a talented writer.
edstan76 on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Fun read. In the vane of a slightly more realistic simon green but still with lots of urban fantasy elements. James Bond meets Men In Black. Also lots of references to the James Bond movies. And a plot twist by the villain thats just funny. Great fun beach read. Don't have to think too much. Love the characters and mainly told from Bob Howard's point of view, but there are a few area's it skews to someone else. Check it out.
Penforhire on LibraryThing 8 months ago
I agree with some other reviewers. Not nearly as good as the Atrocity Archives but still well worth reading. It felt like Stross was trying too hard here.Yes it was a very clever send-up of the Bond mythos as it intersects with a H.P. Lovecraft horror genre. But too many sections felt forced, didn't flow well. I don't get much glee from Stross' endless acronyms, even if based in real organizations or mathematics. I'll scream if he spouts one more 'and there on the floor was an Axil-Widget matrix' as if we're supposed to get some meaning from a name or go "ooooh." And the plot has too many 'deus ex machina' moments where the reader has no chance to sense something coming.I suppose that's part of the love/hate with all Laundry stuff I've read so far. We think we get a sense of the hero's toolbox and challenges and then he spins often away from those to dump more tools and challenges on us. Bob's helpless and just along for the ride too often to survive! Of course, this particular tale gives a good shaken-not-stirred reason but it still chafes the reader.Sounds like I'm complaining too much to get it 3.5 stars, eh? In the end it is Mr. Stross writing after all and he is feeding us a delicious genre and playing on our traditions. I can't help myself, where's I put the next Laundry novel...Oh, and the Blofeld interview short story is pure genious. Amazing work and a keen eye for the real villains succeeding in today's world.
mmyoung on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Not, in my opinion, as good as _The Atrocity Archives_ I would put this in my 'definitely reread' pile. it is not that the voice of the author is strained, indeed I found this book less consciously mannered than in TAA I felt that the book needed serious editing. At points in the reading I felt that I was in a flabby portion and that architecture of the novel was too visible.
topps on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Odd characters, based on a James Bond parody but it actually works quite well.
chuckzak on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Stross packs on the plot details, maybe a little too much in this one, but it's still a fun and interesting update on the Lovecraft Mythos. Still, the humor isn't as funny as it wants to be and the story kind of devolves into ever-thickening plot and too much cleverness at the expense of suspense and horror-thrills. The previous entry had some of these same problems but made up for it with creepy, ultra-dimensional Nazis, mounting scares and a more pronounced sense of existential threat. I'll still read the next entry, but it needs to top this one.
rivkat on LibraryThing 8 months ago
From the world of The Atrocity Archives, Lovecraft meets spycraft, with a billionaire running a James Bond geas that sucks tech Bob Howard into a very different role than he planned on when he signed on to work at the top-secret Laundry, turning math into magic. I like Stross's gift for turning a cute phrase (when Howard is strapped down for a procedure, tech 1 says "clear," tech 2 says "clear," and Howard, who has no idea what¿s going on, says "very unclear!"), and though the plot ultimately involves a twist that's surprising only if you've never heard a particular tired joke I still enjoyed the ride, though I think the spy-v-unspeakable horror from the deep thing works better in the short story/novella range.
SofiaAndersson on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Bob Howard is a geek, employed by Britains secret government agency for combating supernatural beings. And when a old entity from the depths of the ocean are about to be woken (and end the world as we know it) Who they gonna call? A lot of references to operating systems gives this novel av short lifespan. But if you read it right now it's an entertaining story with lot of nudges to both Ian Fleming and HP Lovecraft. WARNING! Do not read the last chapter or the essay about the Golden Age of Spying. Did the editor fall asleep? Scissors please!
wvlibrarydude on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Take computer geek that is now fighting the horrors of Cthulhu from within a giant British government bureaucracy, and then channel James Bond through him. Oh yeah. Laugh out loud funny with great action and humor. Where else do you ditch an Aston Martin (James Bond style) for a geek tricked out Smart Car. Just roll with it.
markhgn on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Trashy, clever and fun. Pretty much perfect and a great twist on the spy thriller using elements we're all familiar with along with a dose of Cthulhu-esque horror. Shame about the short at the end, this should have been left out as it really isn't up to the same standard as the novel.
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With demons and more edge of your seat everything:gun play, romance and monologs
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oshvat More than 1 year ago
The follow up to The Atrocity Archives right now this is my favorite of the set. A new mission for Bob Howard the hero from the first book, following a James Bond script. A femme fatale for a partner, the classic good girl, and an evil villain and a Deep one artifact what more could you wish for, and with out any spoilers a real twist for an ending. The best of his Bob Howard books so far like my other review if you like either of these genres you should read this book. The short story is good too and the essay on the Bond books is really worth the read as well.
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