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Wednesday, 14 November 2018 12:27

‘The Labyrinth Index’ amazes

As a book reviewer, dealing with ongoing series can be tricky. Leaving aside the fact that you need to have started from the beginning – no mean feat when new books are constantly crossing your desk – you have to find ways to keep your own viewpoint fresh as an overarching narrative unfolds over six, eight, 10 books. So as a rule, I don’t usually wade into those waters.

But every rule has its exceptions. One of mine is Charles Stross and his Laundry Files.

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Book marks eighth installment in Stross’ Laundry Files series

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Stross's newest another fine installment of the Laundry Files

I'll say this right off the top Charles Stross's 'Laundry Files' books might well be my favorite sci-fi/fantasy/speculative series currently going.

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Wednesday, 19 September 2012 14:38

Enraptured by Nerds'

Novel offers satiric look at post-Singularity society

When speculative fiction is at its best, it transcends genre. It becomes a literature of ideas, and if it those ideas are presented in the context of good storytelling, so much the better. Bringing together thoughtful, polished prose and well-developed and fully-realized characters makes for an outstanding foundation upon which to build a vision of the future, be it a millennium away or merely years.

'The Rapture of the Nerds' (Tor; $24.99), co-authored by Cory Doctorow and Charles Stross, serves as a first-rate example of just how great and how much fun the literature of speculation can be.

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Wednesday, 11 July 2012 12:11

The end of the world as we know it

The Apocalypse Codex' a fantastic, funny sci-fi spy thriller

There are a lot of science fiction series being written out there. Scores of writers churning away, assembling trilogies and quadrilogies and what have you up to and including the ominous 'open-ended' series. There's so much that it can prove tough to cut through the noise and find a series that speaks to your personal sensibilities.

Finding that series is exciting; receiving the latest book in that series even more so. Charles Stross is one of the best authors working in the genre today; 'The Apocalypse Codex' (ACE; $25.95) is the latest in his Laundry series featuring accidental paranormal secret agent Bob Howard.

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