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The Jennifer Morgue (Laundry Files Book 2) (English Edition) [Kindle Edition]

Charles Stross
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In this alternately chilling and hilarious sequel to The Atrocity Archives (2004) from Hugo-winner Stross, Bob Howard is a computer übergeek employed by the Laundry, a secret British agency assigned to clean up incursions from other realities caused by the inadvertent manipulation of complex mathematical equations: in other words, magic. In 1975, the CIA used Howard Hughes's Glomar Explorer in a bungled attempt to raise a sunken Soviet submarine in order to access the Jennifer Morgue, an occult device that allows communication with the dead. Now a ruthless billionaire intends to try again, even if by doing so he awakens the Great Old Ones, who thwarted the earlier expedition. It's up to Bob and a collection of British eccentrics even Monty Python would consider odd to stop the bad guy and save the world, while getting receipts for all expenditures or else face the most dreaded menace of all: the Laundry's own auditors. Stross has a marvelous time making eldritch horror appear commonplace in the face of bureaucracy. (Dec.)
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Pressestimmen

"Stross packs this new novel full of hilarious in-jokes and frenetic set pieces."
-San Francisco Chronicle

"One of the most enjoyable novels of the year... Stross steps carefully through all of the archetypes of a classic Bond adventure without ever becoming predictable. The resolution is as perfect as it is unexpected."
-Jonathan Strahan, editor of the annual Best Short Novels anthology series

"Some writers play with archetypes. In The Jennifer Morgue, Charlie Stross makes them sing, dance, and do the dishes for him."
-S. M. Stirling, national bestselling author of The Scourge of God

"The Jennifer Morgue is Stross's most entertaining novel to date...Astonishing."
- Locus

"Alternately chilling and hilarious."
-Publishers Weekly

Produktinformation

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 613 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 420 Seiten
  • ISBN-Quelle für Seitenzahl: 0441016715
  • Verlag: Ace; Auflage: Reprint (6. Januar 2009)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B001O2NEI8
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Aktiviert
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  • Word Wise: Nicht aktiviert
  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 4.7 von 5 Sternen  Alle Rezensionen anzeigen (3 Kundenrezensionen)
  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: #73.514 Bezahlt in Kindle-Shop (Siehe Top 100 Bezahlt in Kindle-Shop)

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Endlich ein richtiger Fall für Bob Howard! 30. Juni 2009
Format:Taschenbuch
"The Jennifer Morgue" ist ein Sequel zu "The Atrocity Archives". Bob Howard, hauptberuflich eigentlich System- und Netzwerkadministrator bei "the Laundry" (aka "die Firma"), bekommt seinen ersten eigenen Fall.

Ein skrupelloser und wahnsinniger Millionär will die Welt beherrschen, und zwar mit Hilfe eines U-Bootes, das den "Grossen Alten" zu nahe kam und von ihnen seither am Meeresgrund festgehalten wird.

Mit einem wunderschönen weiblichen Dämonen an seiner Seite macht sich Bob daran, die Welt zu retten - in klassischer James Bond Manier gibt es in diesem Buch karibische Inseln und sexy Inselschönheiten, Doppelagenten, irre Schurken und zu mobilen Hauptquartieren gepimpte Frachtschiffe.

Das einzige, was Bob Howard im Wege steht, sind...ausgerechnet...die Auditoren der Laundry, die die Rettung der Welt mit immensen bürokratischen Hemmnissen ausbremsen.

Wer "The Atrocity Archives" (im Deutschen: "Dämonentor: Die mysteriösen Fälle des Bob Howard 01") gelesen und für gut befunden hat, kommt um "The Jennifer Morgue" nicht herum.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Funny and well written. 27. September 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verifizierter Kauf
It is amazing what the author makes out of an idea that on first glance seems awkward.

While not as brilliant as the subsequent work of the author, it clearly has addictive the Stross touch.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Cthulhu bond 7. September 2014
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Main story is great. Awkward and twisted James bond secret agent action with hot vampire mermaid. The second story was ok but I would've prefer some closure for ms Random instead...
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A scary send-up of Lovecraft, Bond, and Cold War spy novels 4. Dezember 2006
Von Terrell T. Gibbs - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Like it's predecessor, "The Atrocity Archives," "The Jennifer Morgue" is based upon the premise that all of those nasty Lovecraftian horrors are real, all of the world governments know about it, and are engaged in an ongoing and highly secret occult intelligence gathering/arms race. A few other writers have mined this same vein, most notably Tim Powers in "Declare." But in contrast to Powers, Stross leaves no doubt that his tongue is firmly planted in cheek. The current volume is not only a send up of the cold war spy novel, but specifically of James Bond. Fortunately, Stross has the extraordinarily rare ability to satirize a genre without losing sight of what makes that genre work. Stross's Lovecraftian horrors are actually scary--in fact more so than those of most other writers who've tried to write serious Lovecraftian horror (which turns out to be surprisingly difficult to pull off). The cold war style intrigue, with intricately layered plots and counterplots also works beautifully. Stross could doubtless be a master of either genre if he could bring himself to take them seriously. But that's alright, because this is better. Much of the humor comes from Stross's hero and narrator, a cynical hacker forcibly inducted into the British occult intelligence service. As such, he is completely out of place in either of the genre's Stross is satirizing (watching him try to fit into a Bond-type plot is particularly amusing), yet in the world Stross has created for us, he is clearly the perfect man for the job. Along the way, Stross manages a particularly sharp (but somehow affectionate) deconstruction of the entire Bond canon.

I'd encourage Stross to drop everything else and devote all of his time to writing sequels in this series, except there's nothing else that he writes that I'd be willing to give up. Still, none of his other work manages to be quite this much fun.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen The Perfect Novel - For The Right Reader 22. März 2007
Von A. W. Crawford - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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If you liked The Atrocity Archives, you'll love The Jennifer Morgue. If some of the more geeky computer references confused you, you'll still enjoy the basic story here (everybody's seen James Bond movies, after all) but again you'll be missing half the fun.

As another reviewer has indicated, to get full appreciation of every little nuance, you need to be an old school UNIX geek, preferably with a familiarity with the Internet that stretches back a decade or two, who still yearns for the days when USENET ruled, and before The Eternal September began.

Not meeting all these criteria doesn't mean you won't find this hugely enjoyable, but the more of them you meet, the more you'll enjoy the book. Having known Charlie since before he'd had anything published and used to hang out in some of the seedier USENET groups, I think I fall fairly firmly into the target audience, and even I missed one or two of the cleverer references first time round. However, I read the book cover to cover in a single sitting and enjoyed every page. Multiple re-reads are a must, the cover's as superb a homage to the book's influences as the story itself, and the story itself leaves an impressive number of openings for more Bob Howards books, from direct tie-ins to the implications of GREEN NIGHTMARE, which Charlie seems to have put in place specifically to give him a way to shut down the Bob Howard universe completely should he ever tire of writing about the character.

Personally, I hope he doesn't tire of writing about Bob for a long, long time. Haven't enjoyed a book so much in years. In fact, although it's a very different sort of book, the last thing I read that established a permanent niche for itself in my mind so quickly was Pratchett/Gaiman's Good Omens in the early 90s. I'm picky about what I read, and I place these two books in a separate little league, all of their own.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen SciFi would be on top, if all novels were like this... 4. November 2007
Von Cypherpunk - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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This novel actually creeped me out a few times and had me rolling on the floor with laughter most of the time. SciFi would be the topseller in genre fiction, if more novels were like this one. Stross skewers James Bond, flips the Lovecraft style horror novels on their ear, infuses some of the best IT and hacker details that I've read in a novel, incorporates a pretty good love story paired with a perfectly frightening stalking, all while careening hilariously through a landscape littered with zombies, creatures from the deep, creatures from the universe's deep past, and more.
This novel provides one blisteringly hot answer to those readers who complain that there's not much new or fresh in SciFi. I say you're looking for authors on the wrong side of the pond. Some of the best SF to be found, these days, is coming from Britain (Scotland, in Stross' case).
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Mildly disappointed 20. Juni 2007
Von Michael Hoffman - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I wish I could join in with all the rave reviews of this book.

Couldn't wait to get my hands on it, after absolutely enjoying The Atrocity Archives (though rolling my eyes a bit - I guess its a requirement for a new British author to get published to bring in evil Nazis somewhere). The "IT geek meets Lovecraft" setting was right up my alley.

Sadly, The Jennifer Morgue left me disappointed. Maybe it's because I'm not a fan of spy fiction a la James Bond (*insert gasps of horror from other male readers here*).

My impression of the story was that Stross *really, really* wanted to write a Ian Fleming style spy thriller while blending it with his "universe" and his characters. No matter the cost. As a result it seemed forced to me.

Also, too many repeats of the same old slashdot humour (equating Microsoft and Powerpoint with Absolute Chthonic Lovecraftian Evil gets tiring after the third time - never mind that it was already done in TAA).

I still give it 3 stars for the writing - as others have said, Stross can write. If he continues to find his own style I'm looking forward to his future works.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Can Stross actualliy get better with his Bob Howard novels? 11. April 2007
Von Joe Sherry - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Gebundene Ausgabe
Charles Stross continues the adventures of Bob Howard (The Atrocity Archives) with The Jennifer Morgue. Bob Howard is an agent of The Laundry, a deeply secret British intelligence agency

which is focused on saving the world from the supernatural. Bob Howard is not your average agent, however. He is no James Bond. Rather, he is a computer hacker type guy who just has happened to stumble on to a skill set which has involved him in demonology.

The Laundry has set Howard up with an agent from the American Black Chamber (or perhaps it is the other way around) to stop billionaire Ellis Billington from raising something from the Pacific Ocean and in turn piss off at least one of the supernatural species inhabiting our planet which are much older and more powerful than we are and allow humanity to exist mostly because we have not inconvenienced them.

Where The Atrocity Archives was something of a combination of H.P. Lovecraft, Len Deighton, and perhaps Neal Stephenson, The Jennifer Morgue goes in a different direction. The Jennifer Morgue still takes the possibility of Lovecraftian creatures and introduces a send up of Ian Fleming's Bond novels. This is a Bond style adventure with good humor, high adventure, and clever, clever writing.

Stross has shown growth from The Atrocity Archives to The Jennifer Morgue and shows once again that this style of writing and the Bob Howard novels are very much in his wheelhouse and are shining examples of the talent and gift of Charles Stross. This is very original fantasy fiction which pays homage to the spy novels of yesteryear and yet takes it into an entirely new direction.

The hardcover also contains another Bob Howard story: "Pimpf" which deals with video games and the Laundry bureaucracy. "Pimpf" is decent enough, but lacks the heft of The Jennifer Morgue.

The only question left at the end of The Jennifer Morgue is probably what readers of Fleming's Bond or even viewers of the Bond series once asked: When will Bob Howard return?

And who will Stross send up in his next outing? LeCarre? Clancy? It doesn't matter. I trust that Stross will deliver once again.

-Joe Sherry
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