What is on my nightstand this week: The Atrocity Archives by Charles Stross
The Atrocity Archives: Laundry Book #1
by Charles Stross
This week I am working on the first of the Laundry Novels by Mr. Stross. Until recently I had known of Charlie Stross from Twitter/Wired/Tech Stuff written by or about him, but not so much for his fiction. The first thing of his I read was a long essay he became a full time writer (here), which I had enjoyed and found intriguing (sucker for author origin stories).
I picked up the first two of the Merchant Princes novels and enjoyed them a ton. So, upon recommendation I started the Laundry Novels. They pretty much are targeted right at me, the basic setup is the main character, Bob Howard, is in IT at a secret agency tasked with keeping the lid on dangerous technology. The twist is the that the dangerous technology is all based on the fact that the right set of equations can open holes for Lovecraftian nightmares to slip through.
Only a bit in, but so far the book is delivering. The mundane hellish existence of a journeyman tech dude, he is still living in a crash pad with other similarly employed members of the same agency, actually doing something, protecting the world rather than just making money, puts this book into geek wish fulfillment.