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Alex Schwartz had a promising future until he contracted an unfortunate bout of vampirism and agreed on pain of death to join the Laundry Britain's only counter occult secret agencyHis first assignment is in Leeds his old hometown The thought of t. The Laundry Files are that rarity in long running series they re getting better as they go alongThis one has another new protagonist in the young PhD and newly infected vampire Alex Schwartz who was introduced in the excellent The Rhesus Chart a couple of books ago Frankly that s a brilliant move While Alex s condition is horrific his distress at what it takes to keep himself alive makes him an inherently likeable character whose youth and relative inexperience with the Laundry injects a much hopeful element into this long running series Bob and Mo wonderful as they are have had so much happen to them and are high enough up in the organization that any atmosphere beyond despair for them just doesn t feel very realisticAlex has been assigned to his hometown of Leeds just in time for the city to be ground zero of a brand new file in the terrifying CASE NIGHTMARE category We ve been approaching and experiencing CASE NIGHTMARE GREEN in the series up until this point particularly in the last book but CASE NIGHTMARE RED is a completely different sort of apocalypseStross has a wonderful talent for taking impressive research into modern technical fields are writing a deep sense of awe into the appreciation of them And then he turns around and treats wholly fantastic elements with exactly the same rigor and sense of how terrifying competent users of those technologies can be Mild spoiler for what I m talking about view spoilerAir to air combat between Eurofighter Typhoons and dragons as Lovecraftian horrors hide spoiler

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Ing grace is Cassie Brewer a student appearing in the local Goth Festival who flirts with him despite his awkward personality and massive amounts of sunblockBut Cassie has secrets of her own secrets that make Alex's night life seem positively norma. My favorite of the Laundry Files thus far and an ending that knocks it out of the park Even better you can actually start reading here You ll miss some of the visceral terror as events spiral so much further out of control than we ve seen so far in the series but the story will still work and Alex and Cassie sort of are delightful lenses through which to view the tale

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Elling The Nightmare Kindle his parents that he's lost his old job let alone them finding out about his 'condition' is causing Alex anxiety than learning how to live as a vampire secret agent preparing to confront multiple apocalypsesHis only sav. Danger is looming and it threatens to be A fate four point two degrees worse than deathWhen Alex Schwartz took a lucrative job developing high freuency trading algorithms he had no idea how literal his transformation into a bloodsucking vampire was going to be In the world that Stross creates higher mathematics open a gateway to Other Dimensions haunted by Lovecraftian beasties including the V symbiotes that invaded Alex s brain and gave him PHANG Syndrome Person of Hemophagic Autocombusting Nocturnal Glamour which sadly isn t yet covered by the Euality Act Acclimatizing to his new job in the Laundry the super secret magical euivalent to MI5 is never easy but Alex entered the trade at a particularly difficult time as the number of humans and computers increases intrusions into the Dungeon Dimensions become increasingly common As Alex learns Training for the end of the world is an ongoing part of the job Right now most of the Laundry is focused on CASE NIGHTMARE GREEN the apocalyptic eventuality where magical saturation causes Cthulhu and Azathoth and all their friends to converge upon Planet Earth However The Nightmare Stacks takes a break from the looming threat of GREEN to focus on a NIGHTMARE of uite a different colour While the previous book took on superheroes this one combines James Bond style shenanigans with yet another geeky fandom I can t tell you which spoilers but I can say that the results are vastly entertaining The Nightmare Stacks is a bit of a departure from the other books in the series because it has barely a mention of Bob Howard arcane sysadmin and protagonist of most of the rest of the books Personally I was thrilled to get a new protagonist Alex is a bit of a passive nebbish nonentity but I found him rather likeable than the Bob of recent books The protagonist and NIGHTMARE switch makes this an ideal starting book for anyone interested in the series Apparently it depends heavily on The Rhesus Chart but as I ve not read it it s the only Laundry book I skipped and I got along fine I think this would be entirely readable without the context of the rest of the series I did find the narrative style a bit odd however we re told this is Alex s journal yet most of the story including the Alex POV sections are told in third person I admit to being a bit mystified by thatAlex our hapless protagonist has on his mind than PHANG Syndrome His new employers are sending him to the last place on earth he wants to be Leeds his childhood home where he s Doomed to be dragged back into the infantilizing maw of his family s expectations Alex s interactions with his family are so utterly cringingly awkward that they induced sympathetic winces from me as did his amusing attempts to flirt with his love interest who takes the MPDG thing to a whole new level Alex s experience of dating is similar to his experience of string theory abstract intense and entirely theoretical due to the absence of time and opportunities for probing such high energy phenomena I thoroughly enjoyed the parts of the book that focused on the amusing mundanities of Alex s life but like many of Stross s book at some point the content switched over to extremely graphic and disturbing scenes of battle and slaughter I ve never uite figured out if all the gore was intended to be funny I certainly don t find them so but the scenes are liberally swathed in dramatic irony and Stross is peculiarly detached from the slaughter I suspect the familial scenes and war scenes will appeal to vastly different audiences and that plenty of other reviews will be complaining about the aspects of the book that I adoredI find Stross reliably hilarious and The Nightmare Stacks was no exception I adore urban fantasy and the way it mashes together the banalities of life with a genre savvy take on traditional fantasy Along with explaining how a salt circle traps mages and describing the intricacies of governmental PLAN PURPLE PEOPLE EATER this book involves perhaps the most uniue usage of a selfie stick I ve come across If you find Stross s uniue combination of magic maths geekery Rube Goldbergian bureaucracy and bumbling spycraft as entertaining as I do The Nightmare Stacks is definitely worth checking out I received this ebook through Netgalley from the publisher Berkley Publishing Group in exchange for my honest review Thanks uotes were taken from an advanced reader copy and while they may not reflect the final phrasing I believe they speak to the spirit of the novel as a whole Cross posted on BookLikes


10 thoughts on “The Nightmare Stacks

  1. says:

    Re read 72018I really can't sueal than I suealed the first time around but I will add that it's STILL AS GOOD AS THE FIRST TIME I love Alex I love Cassie And of course the whole setup and denouement was fantasticI mean just the whole horrific action scenes the stark immediacy of being a victim of genocide doing everything possible to save your people including an ignorant invasion of Earth I GET IT The possibilities aft

  2. says:

    The Laundry Files are that rarity in long running series they're getting better as they go alongThis one has another new protagonist in the young PhD and newly infected vampire Alex Schwartz who was introduced in the excellent The R

  3. says:

    In this 7th installment about the government agency known as The Laundry Bob and Mo the hitherto protagonists are merely m

  4. says:

    Very weak start very strong middle reasonably strong endThe GoodStross knows how to create an alien species He is good at it at maki

  5. says:

    Readers who are curious about Stross's Laundry Files and are daunted by the idea of starting at the beginning could actually begin with this latest book Though it doesn't feature his terrific narrator Bob or his problematical wife Mo this might be a good thing for a new reader as Alex newly succumbed to PHANG disease makes a delig

  6. says:

    Danger is looming and it threatens to be A fate four point two degrees worse than deathWhen Alex Schwartz took a lucrative job developing high freuency trading algorithms he had no idea how literal his transformation into a bloodsucki

  7. says:

    The first part of The Nightmare Stacks is vintage Laundry series reminding us who Alex is and also re introducing

  8. says:

    My favorite of the Laundry Files thus far—and an ending that knocks it out of the park Even better—you can actually start reading

  9. says:

    On par with the rest of the series though not a favourite No Bob Howard no Mo O'Brian and a good thing too since they'd be much too powerful by now I found it somewhat short and the ending a smidge abrupt though

  10. says:

    The latest in Stross' Lovecraftian horrorspy thrillerbureaucracy com Laundry Files series again gives us a new point of view character this time vampire and former banker Alex Schwartz to whom I instantly warmed simply because he's another Alex S But that's only one of the reasons I enjoyed it considerably than its rath

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