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Overtime: A Tor.Com Original (Laundry Files) [Kindle Edition]

Charles Stross
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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Book Description

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's 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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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 325 KB
  • Print Length: 29 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books (2 Jun. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003OYIA6K
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #33,647 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Charles Stross was born in Leeds, England, in 1964. He has worked as a pharmacist, software engineer and freelance journalist, but now writes full time.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Overtime Charles Stross 4 Feb. 2014
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Big fan of Charles Stross since I read Accelerando; Overtime was the first short story I've read of his and it seemed to rest quite securely in the Ghost/ paranormal genre rather than Sci/Fi for which he is famed. He is probably one of the most intelligent Sci/Fi writers working today and its no surprise he heads the award ceremonies. Overtime however was a little staid and pedictable - not at all what I would have imagined from him. The sotry however did give an early indication of how Chrales style developed and I really like his no-nonsense approarch to dealing with outlandish senarios. Not full marks, but enjoyable all the same.
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4.0 out of 5 stars a very Cthulhu Christmas 12 Jan. 2014
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Cthulhu Christmas-themed novelette set in the Laundryverse, a couple of books into the series timeline. There's just about enough backstory that I think someone completely new to the Laundryverse could enjoy this, but you'll get a lot more fun out of it if you already know at least a little about the world it's set in.

Bob Howard works for a branch of the British secret service which is devoted to putting off for as long as possible the forthcoming invasion of our universe by the eldritch horrors from beyond time and space. Except it's still the civil service, with all that implies about audit trails and HR...

Being confined to a hospital bed by your last field assignment is no excuse for not putting in your annual leave request on time, so Bob's left minding the office phone over Christmas as Duty Officer. The upside is triple pay. The downside -- sometimes you have to earn that triple pay. It's Christmas Eve, and the Bringer of Gifts will be visiting all the boys and girls, even the ones at work. And especially the ones who work in the Laundry.

Lovely satire of the office Christmas party and life in the civil service under austerity measures, with a large helping of geeky jokes, and good fun to read. It was a Hugo nominee for good reason.
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5.0 out of 5 stars More Laundry Files, Please! 5 July 2013
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I Really enjoyed this short story, part of the Laundry Files. Well written, funny & thought provoking. Recommended. More please!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Short but sweet 28 May 2013
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Bob Howard's wry observations on the travails of working over Christmas in a British Government organisation had me chuckling as usual. I can smell the place and we've all lived the Christmas party. There is some minor excitmenet of the horror kind and if you've hesitated to buy any of the laundry files books this would be an excellent intro to the very droll observational humour of Charles Stross.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must for those who love the Bob Howard series. 6 Jun. 2013
By dargren
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If you've read the other books in this series (Jennifer Morgue, Atrocity Files etc) then this is a smart short story that adds to the legend that is Bob Howard. Stross's writing is as sharp as ever and the only compalint I've got is it is short, wish it had been a full length novel. can't wait till the next book comes out!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent short read at Christmas 6 Jan. 2014
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very well written worth every penny

working in the UK civil service myself Mr Stross view on an office party is spot on and hilariously described

if your a fan of the laundry this is an excellent read at Christmas I highly recommend it
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5.0 out of 5 stars A sideways view of life 31 July 2014
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I always enjoy the blend of the banal life in 21st century London with the fantasy of a world where there are really bad things under the bed. An easy read that makes you laugh and think a bit.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Laundry novels/stories 3 May 2014
By SFAdict
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I love them all. Novels and short stories alike. I look forward to starting each one, try to read at the fewest possible sittings and then feel sad that I have finished. Please give me more.
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