The Lovecraft-meets-James-Bond-meets-BOFH (Bastard Operator From Hell – http://www.theregister.co.uk/data_centre/bofh/) series continues on another tangent, and this time we’re following the vampires of the secret service into another Case Nightmare scenario. Without the Sysadmins. Up to now I only recall Case Nightmare Green being mentioned, but as was obviously implied, there are others…
It’s heaps of fun, even when it gets really dark, very nasty, and ultimately sad, while still keeping a wacky undertow. That was a pretty neat trick actually. The tension builds rapidly, and escalates exponentially. There even seemed to be some cross pollination from Neal Stephenson’s ‘Seven Eves’ in a sub-plot and narrative driver. There were a couple of spots where the (admittedly very thinly stretched) plausibility was taken over the edge, but still a hell of a lark.
I’m a fan, so highly recommended, but don’t start here – you would need to start back at the beginning with the Atrocity Archives. If that doesn’t float your boat the rest won’t either.
It was almost too abrupt, too abbreviated. I would have liked more of a post-script, and known a bit more about some of the outcomes to the threads that were launched so wildly in the heat of the battles. Like what happened to Pinky, and Alex’s parents, and Alex and Cassie, and the inquiry. It’s like there’s a whole other book required to close out the lose threads. But I guess all that tells you is that to its audience, it leaves you wanting more.
PS. The photo is one of mine. I think. Definitely not one of the cover art of the book. Oh no.
Length of Read:Medium
Might appeal to people who enjoyed…
The rest of the series, and the Rhesus Chart branch in particular.
And Stross’s blog (http://www.antipope.org/charlie/blog-static/index.html) is well worth a read for thoughts and themes, random politics and book-related musings, particularly in his stance regarding strong and/or believable and realistic female characters.
One thing you’ve learned
What a Kettenkrad is.