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4.0 out of 5 stars Do better, charlie!, 14 July 2012
This review is from: The Apocalypse Codex: Book 4 in The Laundry Files (Paperback)
I'm giving this a 4 because Charlie Stross is a great writer and I love the Laundry novels.

But this is almost a potboiler. One of Charlie's early reviews called him "an explosion in an ideas factory" - that's why I buy all his stuff. This book is like everything else he writes, well worth the money.

It was only when I put it down having finished it that I realised that the the plot wasn't that different, the characters weren't that different, and I couldn't put my finger on any really new ideas - but I'd still had a damn good read. That's the mark of a good wordsmith.

Come on Charlie; I'm sure you can give us some more Laundry stuff with some new ideas - it's a rich world that has possibilities beyond the trivial imagination. Go for it, boy.

If you've never read any Charlie Stross before, this is worth buying, though I'd suggest you start with some of his earlier stuff. If you know him and have read him before, you won't be too much disappointed.

Reading this review, it sounds like faint praise; it isn't. I know I couldn't write stuff anywhere near as good. Trouble is, good as it is, I know he can do better. I suspect he does, too.

Mike Calder. michaelcalder@btconnect.com
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Initial post: 8 Aug 2012 15:02:39 BDT
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Herm B. says:
I'm with you on this one, Mike. One particular thing I miss are the geek jokes. This installment seemed very light on them.

While I recognise that the series must get Darker And Edgier as Case Nightmare Green approaches (and fair enough, some of the villainy in this book is genuinely chilling), it seems to me that Bob's personality is correspondingly becoming more generic somehow.
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