The Nightmare Stacks

The Nightmare Stacks

Book - 2016
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Publisher: New York, NY : Ace Books, 2016
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780425281192
0425281191
Characteristics: 385 pages

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callig
Oct 03, 2017

This is a genuine hoot! A first-rate, dare i say it, page-turner, a class-A yarn.
It's the latest of a series of perhaps 7. Your taste may vary, but this one certainly shows no signs of flagging. If he's turning the crank he's doing so with gusto.
A sure path to publishing success is to tweak a formula genre, and then, simply, follow through with good writing. Some writers can do the former, mash up two conventional tropes, but can't really write that well. David Weber's Safehold series exemplifies this type. He's flat-footed, er, -handed, but most people just want better-tasting cud, so his readers don't stop buying, thousands of pages of it.
Stross is better than that. A flair for language seems commoner, and even sharper, among brits than americans too. Neal Asher, my last science-fiction adrenaline rush since Stross, is english too.
H.P. Lovecraft with a sense of humour!

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Ichijo
Feb 12, 2017

Easily the best Laundry Files book in a long while. I was not impressed by either The Annihilation Score or The Rhesus Chart, but this one managed to mesh together the weird and funny that were hallmarks of the earlier books, while still keeping to the darker themes that have been cropping up.

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