The Delirium Brief by Charles Stross
A Laundry Files Novel

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“The Delirium Brief” is typical Stross and typical Laundry Files. It is smart and funny and weird and scary, driven by engaging, endearing characters and a vividly-detailed world that has been built with exquisite care...frankly, I envy those readers out there who have the opportunity to read this series from the beginning for the first time.
-The Maine Edge

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*2018 LOCUS AWARD FINALIST FOR BEST FANTASY NOVEL CATEGORY*

“Smart, literate, funny.” —Lev Grossman, author of The Magicians

Someone is dead set to air the spy agency’s dirty laundry in The Delirium Brief, the next installment to Charles Stross’ Hugo Award-winning comedic dark fantasy Laundry Files series!

Bob Howard’s career in the Laundry, the secret British government agency dedicated to protecting the world from unspeakable horrors from beyond spacetime, has entailed high combat, brilliant hacking, ancient magic, and combat with indescribably repellent creatures of pure evil. It has also involved a wearying amount of paperwork and office politics, and his expense reports are still a mess.

Now, following the invasion of Yorkshire by the Host of Air and Darkness, the Laundry’s existence has become public, and Bob is being trotted out on TV to answer pointed questions about elven asylum seekers. What neither Bob nor his managers have foreseen is that their organization has earned the attention of a horror far more terrifying than any demon: a British government looking for public services to privatize.

Inch by inch, Bob Howard and his managers are forced to consider the truly unthinkable: a coup against the British government itself.

Laundry Files
1. The Atrocity Archives
2. The Jennifer Morgue
3. The Fuller Memorandum
4. The Apocalypse Codex
5. The Rhesus Chart
6. The Annihilation Score
7. The Nightmare Stacks

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About Charles Stross

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Charles Stross is the Hugo-winning author of Rule 34, Halting State, The Atrocity Archives, Accelerando, and many other SF novels. He lives in Edinburgh, Scotland.
 
Published July 11, 2017 by Tor.com. 384 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Horror, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Kirkus

Above average
on May 02 2017

There’s little need to point out the obvious political aspects to all this. Some readers may not relish the new direction the series is taking, while others will ponder the underlying currents and conclude that it all makes perfect sense.

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NY Journal of Books

Below average
Reviewed by Toni V. Sweeney on Jul 10 2017

As a follower of the earlier novels, and one who greatly enjoyed those, this reader, unfortunately, found this one to be surprisingly tedious and disappointing.

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The Maine Edge

Excellent
Reviewed by Allen Adams on Jul 12 2017

“The Delirium Brief” is typical Stross and typical Laundry Files. It is smart and funny and weird and scary, driven by engaging, endearing characters and a vividly-detailed world that has been built with exquisite care...frankly, I envy those readers out there who have the opportunity to read this series from the beginning for the first time.

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