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- Print Length: 32 pages
- Publisher: Tor Books (16 Oct. 2013)
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B00EWZCTD0
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- Average Customer Review: 60 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #72,185 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Equoid: A Laundry novella: A Tor.Com Original (Laundry Files) Kindle Edition
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This is a Laundry files short story featuring Bob Howard. In this outing Bob has to deal with a report from a well qualified DEFRA vet who harbours suspicions of a potential outbreak of Equoids. The file Bob is given as briefing contains the letters of one HP Lovecraft that tell of HPL's own experience of contact with an Equoid outbreak.
This is a highly entertaining story that provides a twist on unicorns and gives them an interesting life cycle which is truly horrific. It also has some laugh out loud points too.
Equoid is set before the fourth Laundry novel (The Fuller Memorandum) and at first it's a funnier piece than the way the Laundry novels have been heading. They started off as lighthearted fun for office inmates surrounded by Lovecraftian beasts, and, as the cycle has gone on, have become progressively doomier. Equoid starts feeling like one of the earlier stories, but it has a dark heart to it, despite all the clever allusions to H.P.Lovecraft, Cold Comfort Farm, Half Man Half Biscuit and everything that I assume went over my head.
For the most part it's fun and entertaining, and then in its final pages it approaches 'proper' horror again, so it's not the lighthearted read one might have expected, but it's still worthwhile.
I did feel it was oversalted with in-jokes though. One Half Man reference is amusing, two feels a little gratuitous. Then again, perhaps for non-aficionados of obscure British indie pop, those references may have passed by unnoticed - I'm not sure what else I've missed. Perhaps a lexicon is going to be required for future reading.
My Little Pony.
Yes. Charles Stross has taken aim at Unicorns, and your dreams will never be the sane! (not a typo - tremble dear reader at the horrors of a H. P. Lovecraft themed Unicorn story.)
It's a worthy first Kindle purchase - but we are big fans and have enjoyed the all of 'The Laundry' series to date.
Not sure if it would be quite as meaningful to someone entirely new to this series. YMMV!
Others have summarised this series elsewhere, if you are interested - but it might be best to begin it at the beginning in our view.
"The Atrocity Archives" is the first book and gets the series off to a flying start - if you then read through the series then many of the references in Equoid will become clearer.
It is another rattling good tale of dark horrors set in the UK of today, with Bob Howard doing his thing in great style. Fresh characters add to the mix, and there are some beautifully drawn individuals amongst them.
We loved it.
Strongly recommended to "Laundry" fans!
I also really enjoyed more rounding out of the laundry universe, could this contain a foreshadow of a future novel. I don't know but it is very exciting.
I'd already read this on tor, then I bought it. This was apparently inspired by a trip to the pub. Buy the man more trips to the pub. Please. For all our sakes.
As well crafted as his other Laundry books, we have another short story for Bob Howard sys-admin and computational demonologist. Something is wrong in ruralshire. Why would a stable for retired police horses need meat? Bob gets called in to find out.
Worth a re-read then, eh?
The plots are interesting, the monologues delightfully jargonised and the whole thing romps along with a horrifying joie de vie.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A nice little addition to the series but probably not the place to start.Published 15 months ago by Mr Alan F Gilbert
Great short story. If you liked this then you will enjoy the rest of the seriesPublished 17 months ago by Chris D
Not for the faint of heart even by Stross' standards but well writtenPublished 19 months ago by C. Tarrant
A great addition to the Laundry files. Fans of the series will love it. I thought the Lovecraft sections were hilarious. Great pastiche.Published 21 months ago by Bone
Not being familiar with HP Lovecraft and the Cthulu mythology I suspect some of the references in this story eluded me. Read morePublished 22 months ago by R Sharp
As with all of Stross's books, extremely readable - an interesting story, with both subtle and not-so subtle humour along the way.Published 23 months ago by Denny
Stross indulges his inner Lovercraft, a good story to add to the Laundry series.Published on 5 Aug. 2014 by RH
I'm biased - I just love the Laundry Files series.. quirky but brilliant. [But you MUST start at the beginning of the series..]Published on 27 July 2014 by DavidMatthewson