The Jennifer Morgue: Book 2 in The Laundry Files Paperback – 6 Sep 2007
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Wonderful fun (Publishers Weekly)
Tremendously good, geeky fun (Daily Telegraph)
The alternately chilling and hilarious sequel to The Atrocity Archives.See all Product Description
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When billionaire, Ellis Billington, tries to get his hands on a piece of forbidden technology that's been hidden in the depths of the sea for millenia by things with too many tentacles and not enough arms (aka aliens!), there's only one man good enough to stop him.
That man is Bond, James Bo... Erm, Howard, Bob Howard...
As usual with Stross, this book is packed with plenty of ideas. It's also much more laugh-out-loud funny than The Atrocity Archives.
"I'm going flat out at maybe a hundred and fifty kilometers per hour on the autobahn while some joker is shooting at me from behind with a cannon that fires Porsche's and Mercedes'."
There was perhaps, a bit too much info-dumping with regards to mathematical stuff and computer... stuff. Maths and computery-stuff are to me, what Marmite is to a jellyfish: meaningless, but avoidable. There wasn't too much though, and the story soon pulled off like an Aston Martin DB9 being chased by demon-possessed zombies...
The Jennifer Morgue didn't quite end right for me, though. The penultimate chapter concluded very satisfyingly, tying up loose ends and leaving a natural resolution to all the plotlines that Stross had (yet again!) woven into an excellent and richly developed story. I fully expected the story to end there. Instead, there was another chapter that seemed largely unrelated to the rest of the book and would have, I think, made a suitable opening chapter for another Laundry book. Nothing wrong with that particular chapter, just out of place.
Stross did though, escape the trap of filling the reader in too much on earlier events.Read more ›
Someone has a hard-on for certain fictional spy and world domination, and unfortunately for Bob, he's been cast in the role of the Hero British Agent. Can Bob survive the convoluted plot in which he has been dragged? Will he get the girl? Why the hell does he have cravings for a certain gin based beverage? Riffing on the Bond movie formula, The Jennifer Morgue takes all that is amazing and absurd from 007 and twists it into a pretzel that will keep you entertained for the entire ride.
This edition of The Jennifer Morgue also includes a bonus short story - Pimpf.
Pimpf is an entertaining tale of Computational Demonology, MMORPG's and Internal backstabbing. A fun read.
Also included in this edition - An essay by Charles Stross "The Golden Age Of Spying", where Charles Stross explores and examines the phenomena that has become the James Bond franchise. Stross has said that he watched and thoroughly flowcharted the first 16 Bond movies for research before writing The Jennifer Morgue. This essay was probably his way of getting it all out of his system once he was finished. It's a very interesting read that mixes humour and fact to broaden your understanding of Bond movies and Spy thrillers in general - from the point of view of the Spy heroes, The villains and the real world from which their creators have drawn inspiration.
Stross's writing style is very accomodating without being patronisingly simple, and I read through this over the course of a few day's worth of train trips. Bob, his main character, has an amusing inner monologue which portrays the clear contempt Stross has for modern executive corporate work practises (and handily serves as a narrative since the book is basically a first-person account), and somewhat oddly this is also a book about how mathematics and physics are actually the basis of demonology (the "demons" in these books are actually extra-dimensional aliens, albeit highly dangerous ones who aren't always sentient). The plot begins to creak a bit once the major plot exposition is underway around the final third of the book, and although this strays into sci-fiction horror, it actually begins to become slightly ridiculous rather than engaging - slightly "schlock", if you ask me. I didn't like where the "James Bond" theme was going, and it kept going right up till the afterword.
The previous novel, The Atrocity Archives (actually a collection of related short stories), is the better bet here, in my opinion. The Jennifer Morgue isn't a bad book, and I enjoyed reading it - but the prequel is better, I think.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Enjoyed this book better than the first. Don't know if it was just the kindle edition, but for a British writer there was an awful lot of Americanisms and American spelling, which... Read morePublished 3 months ago by elinorlynne
Several years ago I read 'The Atrocity Archives', the first book in this series.
I thought (and still think) that it was appallingly bad - and I say that as someone... Read more
I enjoyed my second outing into The Laundry, Bob reminds me of people I encountered in the IT world before my present incarnation, good character development and a great seriesPublished 11 months ago by Peter S
I have read two of this series now, and really enjoyed them both. It's sort of techno thriller meets HP Lovecraft - the hero uses his laptop and mobile phone to battle demons from... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Chris Widgery
Very much enjoyed the blend of spy story with the lovecraftian monsters.Published 15 months ago by S MCOWAN
Really rather excellent horror/thriller with comic bits and hokum spy yarn. Well written and presented Will read more.from this author.Published 17 months ago by Woodsyge
Much enjoyed, as I never expected what was coming next. Too many acronyms not understood until reading the glossary. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Bob Gordon-Walker
I dunno the premise was interesting, but it didn't have the same sense of climax that the first book did.Published 18 months ago by Mokkhan
I got bored with the plot being a bit predictable and the additional story at the end was just filler to get more into the bookPublished 19 months ago by email@example.com