Review: The Jennifer Morgue

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The Jennifer Morgue: Book 2 in The Laundry Files - Charles Stross

A demonic apocalypse of a book cover.
Bob Howard is an IT expert and occasional field agent for the Laundry, the branch of Her Majesty's Secret Service that deals with occult threats. Dressed (grudgingly) in a tux and sent to the Caribbean, he must infiltrate a millionaire's yacht in order to prevent him from violating a treaty that will bring down the wrath of an ancient underwater race upon humanity's head.

I met Stross in a crypt in London several years ago. He was unknown to me as an author, so I brashly asked him what he'd written. He politely told me "quite a lot" and he suggested I start with Halting State. I've been a fan ever since.

I enjoyed the first book in this series - but I found this one a bit hard going.

The outdated tech is fun - in a retrotastic sort of way. The fact that it is suffused with an outdated male gaze is less so. It's a self-admitted James Bond knock-off, but it is basically a rehash of the first book.

I mostly love Stross's writing - Rule 34 can't be beat - but this was a rare exception.

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