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The Nightmare Stacks: A Laundry Files novel (English Edition) de [Stross, Charles]
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Praise for Charles Stross and The Laundry Files
Charles Stross is awesome and his books are awesome and his Laundry Files series in particular is a hell of a lot of fun. John Scalzi, "New York Times" bestselling author of "The End of All Things"
Smart, literate, funny. #1 "New York Times" bestselling author Lev Grossman, "Time"
Thumbs up for a smart and engaging novel that continues a very smart and engaging series. Highly recommended. Tor.com"

Praise for "The Nightmare Stacks"
Charles Stross owns this field, and his vast, cool intellect has launched yet another mad, sly entertainment that will strangle the hell out of anything else on offer right now. Warren Ellis, author of "Gun Machine" and "Transmetropolitan"
Praise for Charles Stross and The Laundry Files
Charles Stross is awesome and his books are awesome and his Laundry Files series in particular is a hell of a lot of fun. John Scalzi, "New York Times" bestselling author of "The End of All Things"
Smart, literate, funny. #1 "New York Times" bestselling author Lev Grossman, "Time"
Thumbs up for a smart and engaging novel that continues a very smart and engaging series. Highly recommended. Tor.com"

Praise for The Nightmare Stacks
Charles Stross owns this field, and his vast, cool intellect has launched yet another mad, sly entertainment that will strangle the hell out of anything else on offer right now. Warren Ellis, author of Gun Machine and Transmetropolitan
Praise for Charles Stross and The Laundry Files

Charles Stross is awesome and his books are awesome and his Laundry Files series in particular is a hell of a lot of fun. John Scalzi, New York Times bestselling author of The End of All Things
Smart, literate, funny. #1 New York Times bestselling author Lev Grossman, Time
Thumbs up for a smart and engaging novel that continues a very smart and engaging series. Highly recommended. Tor.com"

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Alex Schwartz had a great job and a promising future - until he caught an unfortunate bout of vampirism, and agreed (on pain of death) to join the Laundry, Britain's only counter-occult secret intelligence agency.
His first assignment is in Leeds - his old hometown. But the thought of telling his parents he's lost his job, let alone their discovering his 'condition', is causing Alex almost as much anxiety as his new lifestyle of supernatural espionage.
His only saving grace is Cassie Brewer, a student from the local Goth Festival who flirts with him despite his fear of sunlight (and girls). But Cassie has secrets of her own - secrets that make Alex's night life seem positively normal . . .
James Bond meets H. P. Lovecraft in the latest occult thriller from Hugo Award winner Charles Stross, in a series where British spies take on the supernatural.


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  • Editor: Orbit (23 de junio de 2016)
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Amazon.com: 4.5 de un máximo de 5 estrellas 170 opiniones
37 de 40 personas piensan que la opinión es útil
5.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas First scifi book I've read that gets genomics right. 9 de julio de 2016
Por Russell Neches - Publicado en Amazon.com
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Well, this is clearly the first half (third?) of a new story arc in the Laundry Files, and I'm frustrated to have to wait to find out what happens next. I hope that the new characters and plot arc developed in The Nightmare Stacks meet up with characters from the rest of the series.

That said, it's a damn fun read.

I'm going to focus on one thing here. I am a working researcher in evolutionary biology and genomics. I'm used to scifi treating my field as a magic McGuffin, informed at a Newsweek-level understanding. There are some really wonderful examples of scifi stories that hang on interesting bits of physics, scifi's main wheelhouse for a long time. The biology in scifi... sucks. The biotechnology is even sillier. If you want to find scifi physics as bad as contemporary scifi biotech, you'll have to dig up texts from the Edwardian Era.

That doesn't mean it isn't fun to read, but the biotech in books like Jurassic Park or The Windup Girl contain nonsense on the level of landing on the surface of the sun and having tea with the little orange fellows that live there.

It brought actual tears to my eyes as Stross nailed the technical difficulties of sequencing DNA from forensic samples; nailed the fact that mitochondrial DNA is what you'd get first from a genome sequencing effort; nailed what kind of evolutionary inferences can and cannot be drawn from mitochondrial DNA; nailed the logical next steps -- targeted (probably PCR-based) sequencing of relevant nuclear genes. I love how he placed his fictional excursion firmly within what the science tells us is plausible and comprehensible.

Charles -- if you're reading this -- whoever you consulted on the biology is telling you good things. MOAR PLEASE.
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3.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas WHERE IS THE ENDING?!?!? 21 de noviembre de 2016
Por Big Cal - Publicado en Amazon.com
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I SOOO wanted to be able to give this 5 stars... the concept of "The Laundry" books is still one of the best out there and the author is obviously very talented....

But...

If he writes another story that ends practically mid-sentence I'm going to SCREAM!!

This book has interesting characters, phenomenal background research, humor, horror... you name it... (it gets a little pedantic at times but that is forgivable)...

But I feel that it is a slap in the face to readers to move a story along at a great pace, get us invested in the characters and then wrap up the entire story as though the author had a stroke in the middle of a paragraph and as his head hit the keyboard, his nose hit the "send" key to his publisher.

REALLY?? The author couldn't have another cup of coffee and write 4 or 5 more pages to wrap up at least a COUPLE of the subplots or resolve an important issue or two?

I know it is popular nowadays in SF to create stories that leave the reader hanging... (for example, read "Asimov", "Analog", "Clarksworld", etc. for some great examples of fantastic writing... that END half way through a story!). I find that to be little more than crappy, lazy writing that tries to substitute artifice for hardcore plot work. A story needs at least a degree of resolution... leaving EVERYTHING hanging... (or in this case, opening up even more questions in the last few sentences of the story) is just ridiculous, and shows a lack of respect for the desires of the readers and fans.

So... get the book... you'll probably love it... right up to the last page... at which point you will:

1... Furrow your eyebrows in confusion...

2... Check to see if you are missing the last couple of pages via a printing or electronic copy error...

3... Groan loudly and probably say the R-rated version of "Oh, you have GOT to be kidding me!"

4... Try to restrain yourself from throwing your book or e-reader across the room...

Good Luck!
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5.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas And once more Stross pulls it off with another excellent and darkly fun Laundry-verse novel 23 de junio de 2016
Por Nick Sullivan - Publicado en Amazon.com
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And once more Stross pulls it off with another excellent and darkly fun Laundry-verse novel. Only this time with nazi elves dealing with the outcomes of the their own CASE NIGHTMARE RAINBOW and eyeing our world greedily, but on very limited intel (oh dear). Then there's Alex, a maths nerd and socially inept vampire/PHANG virgin, who's still coming to terms with their condition and being drafted into the Laundry, whilst being cursed with the twin horrors of Leeds and family expectations and dinner, on top of Laundry work involved with relocating the HQ to Leeds due to prior fun with PHANG's in The Rhesus Chart. Add in "Cassie" (boy meets girl), a Laundry DM, inept management of national security and and a magic-based Outside Context Problem, with chlorine-trifluoride powered dragons to boot, and stir.

Oh and of course you don't need to have read any of the prior novels to enjoy this either, though doing so will provide even more points of mad merriment, via Alex's opinions of Bob and Mo and prior PHANG-ventures, along with making it even more evident just how bad things are becoming.

[edited to fix sleep deprivation induced errors]
4 de 4 personas piensan que la opinión es útil
4.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas The Laundry is changing. 4 de julio de 2016
Por Glenn A. Hendricks - Publicado en Amazon.com
Formato: Edición Kindle Compra verificada
Stross' latest Laundry is an interesting ride. As with the previous we've moved away from Howard as the protagonist to one of the other characters in the universe. In this case a PHANG. The timing is interesting, for the first time there is a date to hang things on but in the chronology this novel happens within months of the "Score".

While the book is well written and hangs together nicely I miss Howard. This is an obvious segue book, it tells a big story in the universe but serves as a transition to other, bigger things to come. This isn't to say it is bad. Just that it is part of a piece and shouldn't be your first look at The Laundry.

It seems as if he's bring in some tropes from The Merchant Princes series (for clarity, I am not a fan of that series).
5.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas Stross' Laundry novels are a delight, but he had found some difficulty in the ... 22 de julio de 2016
Por B. Moret - Publicado en Amazon.com
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One of the reviews is entitled "back to form" and that says it all. Stross' Laundry novels are a delight, but he had found some difficulty in the last two novels in keeping the superfast, can't-put-it-down, pace of action, innovation, and surprise in an increasingly complex web of interactions revolving around Bob Howard and Dr. O'Brien. By focusing this time on a newbie to the Laundry, and a shy and inexperienced vampire to boot, he brings back the delightful sense of discovery of his first 3-4 Laundry novels. His writing is outstanding as always (except for irritating non-grammatical gerunds, but that may be the fault of his copyeditor and the world, alas, seems to be forgetting grammar more and more) and he brings it down to an ivory-tower type in his first girl encounter with a light touch, friendly, slightly ironic, but never condescending. And for all of us devoted LOTR fans, the entire novel is a bonus surprise, even if perhaps not the one we would have expected... It also clearly presages at least a couple of new novels developing themes around the new characters introduced in this book.
A must read, but not until you have read at least a couple of of the earlier Laundry series -- it stands well enough alone, but its very rich context from the previous novels would be a shame to miss.
I'd add two more comments to my original review. One is to stress the rekindled energy and especially humor in the series: like some of the first in the series, this novel is full of very entertaining and sometimes outright hilarious moments. The other is to regret that the author did not do his homework on CS theory -- P-complete is nothing hard (unlike, at least in today's view, NP-complete), and there is a gigantic difference between computability (Church-Turing thesis etc.) and complexity (PSPACE, NP, etc.) For a second printing, I would recommend to the author that he contact a CS theoretician (any university CS dept) to clarify the terminology.
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