ankh_hpl (ankh_hpl) wrote,

My Goodreads review: Dead Lies Dreaming

Dead Lies Dreaming (The Laundry Files, #10)Dead Lies Dreaming by Charles Stross

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

J.M Barrie meets H.P. Lovecraft in this decidedly strange -- but fascinating -- offshoot of Stross's Laundry Files series. Set after the appearance of the New Management (i.e., the stars have turned right & Nyarlathotep is Prime Minister), it features none of Stross's familiar intelligence officers. Instead, the reader is treated to an increasingly dark & creepy book hunt with several competing groups in the chase. The Lost Boys this time around are a diverse found-family of transhumans, Wendy is an equally transhuman former cop, and the eldritch complications come thick & fast as the novel progresses.

Dedicated readers of the Laundry Files will probably find this item to be marvelous fun. Although the opening chapters struck me as a little scattered, all the plot-strings wove themselves together eventually, and the final pursuit was as action-packed as I could have hoped for. However, the level of background detail pretty much demands that readers be completely caught up on previous Laundry adventures.

Recommended for: Laundry fans willing to step outside Stross's intelligence world, into the deep weirdness of London under the New Management.

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