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Overtime: A Tor.Com Original (Laundry Files) [Kindle Edition]

Charles Stross
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Introduced to readers in the novels The Atrocity Archive and The Jennifer Morgue, the Laundry is a secret British government agency charged with preventing dark interdimensional entities from destroying the human race. Now, in "Overtime," the Laundry is on a skeleton staff for Christmas—leaving one bureaucrat to be all that stands between the world and annihilation by the Thing That Comes Down Chimneys. Written especially for's holiday season, Charles Stross's novelette is a finalist for the 2010 Hugo Award.

Charles Stross is the Hugo-winning author of some of the most acclaimed novels and stories of the last ten years, including Singularity Sky, Accelerando, Halting State, the "Merchant Princes" series beginning with The Family Trade, and the story collections Toast and Wireless.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 213 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 29 Seiten
  • Verlag: Tor Books (8. Juni 2010)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B003OYIA6K
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Aktiviert
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  • Word Wise: Nicht aktiviert
  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 5.0 von 5 Sternen  Alle Rezensionen anzeigen (1 Kundenrezension)
  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: #41.413 Bezahlt in Kindle-Shop (Siehe Top 100 Bezahlt in Kindle-Shop)

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Ho Ho Ho 19. April 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verifizierter Kauf
Happy Christmas, the Charles Stross way :-D
(The Amazon review box is asking for my words, but that's all there is to say :-D)
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5.0 von 5 Sternen short little christmas story 8. Juni 2010
Von T. S. - Veröffentlicht auf
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This is a short little Christmas-themed story set in the same milieu as Charles Stross' _Laundry_ books, which concern the British Civil Service arm designated to protect against threats mystical and magical. It's short, at slightly over 400 Kindle "locations," and well-written and well-conceived; Stross is one of the more imaginative young SF writers these days, and a free snippet of his work is always welcome.

The structure is a little convoluted for such a short story, which might throw some readers for a bit of a loop, but it isn't a major flaw, and overall I found this entertaining enough, and well worth the download and time to read it despite having not read the other _Laundry_ books.

If you like this, you might want to try the other _Laundry_ books, starting with _Atrocity Archives_; you might also want to read his novel _Accellerando_, which (while very different in tone and structure from this short) can be downloaded as a free ebook from the author's website.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Free but forgettable. 15. Juni 2010
Von T. Hunt - Veröffentlicht auf
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The Hugo nod enticed me, but in the end, thankful that I paid nothing for the download, I could only acknowledge this effort with the proverbial shoulder-shrug. I didn't particularly enjoy the story, and in fact, found it to be cluttered and choppy, (which may just be a personal problem; I most often gravitate towards a flowing narrative.)

That being said, and to be fair, I did find the subject matter interesting enough to follow for its entirety, but not intriguing enough to really care. I simply bobbed along.

In summation, to quote our protagonist while day-dreaming through a company speech, "Kringle is clearly talking about something of considerable importance, but my mind skitters off the surface of his words like a wasp on a plate glass window."

A sentiment to which I could most certainly relate.

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15 June, 2010
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Entertaining fantasy with a bit of a slow start 18. Juni 2010
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With not a lot going on at home, Bob is happy enough to be assigned as 'duty officer' during the Christmas holidays. Someone has to stay on the job because the extra-dimensional monsters and ex-gods the Laundry exists to protect our world against don't respect the clock. Things start to go wacky when an egg-head from the forecast department announces that this will be the last office holiday party...and is, in fact, the last thing anyone has been able to forecast at all. When Bob comes across a series of body-part photocopies, the last being the hindquarters of what appears to be a giant cockroach, he realizes that his overtime has just gotten a whole lot more complicated.

All around the world, children are calling out for Santa Claus to slide down their chimneys, to take the goodies. One thing the ancient and hungry gods are good at is listening carefully and taking advantage of every opportunity they can find. Unfortunately, it's up to Bob to respond to the threat.

Author Charles Stross creates a fun situation, using the Christmas holiday as a setting and myths of Santa Claus as his mythical danger. It's a clever concept, as is the top-secret 'Laundry,' the government agency charged with dealing with extra-dimensional threats. It took Stross a while to get into the story. While clever and accurate about the way offices sometimes work, I found the opening pages to be a bit slow-moving. It wasn't until we arrive at the photocopies that the story accelerates.

Overall, OVERTIME is a clever and interesting tale. With a bit of pruning at the beginning, it could have been even better.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen A good short story for fans of the Laundry 18. Oktober 2012
Von C. M. Berfield - Veröffentlicht auf
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If you like the Laundry novels, then there's no reason you wouldn't like this one. If you are not familiar with them, probably best to start with one of the other books.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Cthulhu for Christmas! 22. November 2010
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This is an entertaining short story (and free download) in Charles Stross's Laundry series. A civil servant in a secret British organization dedicated to keeping eldritch horrors at bay is the only one who can prevent the Bringer of Gifts from ending the world on Christmas Eve. It reminded me a lot of the Buffy episode "The Zeppo." Stross is in love with cleverness, so there are lots of geeky in-jokes, but I got them and found them amusing. I may go read his "Laundry" novels now.
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