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The Atrocity Archives

By Charles Stross

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| Paperback | 9781841495699

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Bob Howard is a low-level techie working for a super-secret government agency. While his colleagues are out saving the world, Bob's under a desk restoring lost data. None of them receive any thanks for the jobs they do, but at least a techie doesn't Continue

Bob Howard is a low-level techie working for a super-secret government agency. While his colleagues are out saving the world, Bob's under a desk restoring lost data. None of them receive any thanks for the jobs they do, but at least a techie doesn't risk getting shot or eaten in the line of duty. Bob's world is dull but safe, and that's the way it should have stayed; but then he went and got Noticed. Now, Bob Howard is up to his neck in spycraft, alternative universes, dimension-hopping nazis, Middle Eastern terrorists, damsels in distress, ancient Lovecraftian horror and the end of the world. Only one thing is certain: it will take more than control-alt-delete to sort this mess out...

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  • 1 person finds this helpful

    Unpromising start of a series

    I am still on the lookout for something that could represent "a better written and thought-out alternative to the Dresden files" (which I am still reading, anyway).

    I have an IT background, I know a bit about Cthulhu Mythos and I in general prefer U ...(continue)

    I am still on the lookout for something that could represent "a better written and thought-out alternative to the Dresden files" (which I am still reading, anyway).

    I have an IT background, I know a bit about Cthulhu Mythos and I in general prefer UK authors. So The Atrocity Archives looked like a an excellent candidate.

    What I found out, instead is a book that looks like a poorly planned merge of a novella (the first 4/5 of the book) and a short story. The resulting work is poorly paced and there is no real sense of development (for the main characters of the universe they inhabit).

    So far it looks like the original premise was wasted but I will probably read the second book in the series before deciding if it gets any better.

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    Pamar said on Sep 11, 2012 | Add your feedback

  • 1 person finds this helpful

    Many interesting inventions and great action scenes. The style could be better.

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    P Marco said on Aug 9, 2011 | Add your feedback

  • 1 person finds this helpful

    Quite enjoyable near future / contemporary scifi/fantasy. I use the term "scifi/fantasy" advisedly, because it deals with the occult in a very scientific manner, offering a scifi basis for a fantasy phenomenon.

    I did feel it was a little short, thou ...(continue)

    Quite enjoyable near future / contemporary scifi/fantasy. I use the term "scifi/fantasy" advisedly, because it deals with the occult in a very scientific manner, offering a scifi basis for a fantasy phenomenon.

    I did feel it was a little short, though I might have been biased by the fact that I was listening to it as an audiobook, which I didn't realize included the novella "The Concrete Jungle".

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    Jochem Meyers said on Jun 15, 2010 | Add your feedback

  • 1 person finds this helpful

    Watch out for jargon

    This is an interesting book supposing that "magic" can be described by mathematics and technology. I liked the story, and the concept was great, but sometimes wading through the tech jargon was ridiculous. Likewise, occult magical items were often ...(continue)

    This is an interesting book supposing that "magic" can be described by mathematics and technology. I liked the story, and the concept was great, but sometimes wading through the tech jargon was ridiculous. Likewise, occult magical items were often not explained, so it took several events involving the item before you figured out what it was or might be.

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    KyotoCutie said on Mar 3, 2009 | Add your feedback

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    I finally made it through this book. If it weren't for the joke about all your bases are belong to us, I would have given it 1 star, but that alone popped it into the 2 star range. How often do you see published work reference that? Otherwise I w ...(continue)

    I finally made it through this book. If it weren't for the joke about all your bases are belong to us, I would have given it 1 star, but that alone popped it into the 2 star range. How often do you see published work reference that? Otherwise I was not amused by this book really in any way. I found it really tedious and couldn't have cared less about the characters. I only finished it because I hate having to mark things as abandoned on here.

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    Deanna Kyre said on Jul 12, 2008 | Add your feedback

Book Details

  • Rating:
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  • English Books
  • Paperback 336 Pages
  • ISBN-10: 1841495697
  • ISBN-13: 9781841495699
  • Publisher: Orbit
  • Publish date: 2007-07-05
  • Dimensions: 129 mm x 690 mm x 1,135 mm
  • Also available as: Hardcover , eBook
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