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The Rhesus Chart: Number 5 in The Laundry Files (English Edition) [Kindle Edition]

Charles Stross
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Praise for THE LAUNDRY FILES novels
“Smart, literate, funny.”—New York Times bestselling author Lev Grossman, Time
“Well written, well reasoned, and thoroughly entertaining. Dig into the Laundry Files—there’s a mad joy inherent to these books that is difficult to find anywhere else.”—The Maine Edge
“A weirdly alluring blend of superspy thriller, deadpan comic fantasy and Lovecraftian horror.”Kirkus Reviews
“A fabulous, out-of-control paranormal espionage horror thriller.”—Genre Go Round Reviews

Kurzbeschreibung

'Brilliantly disturbing and funny at the same time'
-Ben Aaronovitch (author of RIVERS OF LONDON)

The fifth Laundry Files novel by Charles Stross, but also a jumping-on point for readers new to the series, The Rhesus Chart sees hacker and supernatural spy Bob Howard take on the (literal) bloodsuckers running London's financial district.

LONDON CAN DRAIN THE LIFE OUT OF YOU . . .

Bob Howard is an intelligence agent working his way through the ranks of the top secret government agency known as 'the Laundry'. When occult powers threaten the realm, they'll be there to clean up the mess - and deal with the witnesses.

There's one kind of threat that the Laundry has never come across in its many decades, and that's vampires. Mention them to a seasoned agent and you'll be laughed out of the room.

But when a small team of investment bankers at one of Canary Wharf's most distinguished financial institutions discovers an arcane algorithm that leaves them fearing daylight and craving O positive, someone doesn't want the Laundry to know. And Bob gets caught right in the middle.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 1066 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 369 Seiten
  • ISBN-Quelle für Seitenzahl: 0425256863
  • Verlag: Orbit (3. Juli 2014)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B00FLY3XP4
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Aktiviert
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Gut... 26. August 2014
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...aber nicht das beste Buch der Serie. Vier Sterne, also ein gutes Buch, aber für fünf hat es nicht gereicht. Warum?

Was mir an den vorigen Büchern und Geschichten immer gefallen hat war ihre Skurrilität; auch hier gibt es herrliche Seitenhiebe auf Institutionen und lustige Sidegags - aber die Geschichte hat einen weit ernsteren Unterton. Bisher war es oft so, dass der harm- und hilflose Bob mit völlig falschen Vorstellungen eine drohende globale Katastrophe aufhalten konnte. Ich finde, hier haben sich die Vorzeichen umgekehrt: Die Bedrohung durch die Vampire ist nicht so weltbedrohend, dafür ist Bob um einiges kompetenter geworden.

Vielleicht sind die Worte seiner Ex-Freundin bezeichnend: "What have they done to you?"

Aber, trotz der Kritik: Ein lesenwertes Buch.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Mehr erwartet 9. Juli 2014
Von MacWatts
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Das Buch ist eine klassische Laundry-File Geschichte mit allem, was dazu gehört. Von daher ein dickes Plus. Hab es auch fast in einem durch gelesen. Was mir persönlich nicht gefallen hat ist, dass sich die Geschichte eine gefühlte Ewigkeit aufbaut um innerhalb weniger Seiten aufgelöst zu werden. Und obwohl die Story um die Vampire an und für sich abgehandelt wird, kann man das eigentliche Ende als Cliff-Hanger bezeichnen.
Dieses gefällt mir persönlich als solches nicht sonderlich, was daran liegt, dass einige Charakterentscheidungen getroffen wurden, die mir ein wenig gegen den Strich gehen. Vielleicht ist es ja wichtig für den nächsten Band...
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Laundry - es bleibt interessant 22. Juli 2014
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Zur Abwechslung gibt es in dieser Folge Vampire, wenn auch nicht so, wie in der üblichen Literatur. Vieles bleibt leider etwas unklar, und die Beziehungskiste zwischen Bob und Mo nervt auch etwas.
Mal sehen, wie das nächste Buch ist.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Brilliant, again! 20. Juli 2014
Von Greg
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In this latest installment of the Laundry series Stross again surpasses all expectations. Full of nerdy humor and wit with the most interesting twist on vampires since Bram Stoker.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Wherein Bob Howard acquires a cat named "Spooky" 1. Juli 2014
Von Jim Stenberg - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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The Rhesus Chart is the fifth in a series of novels that begins with The Atrocity Archives and continues with "The Jennifer Morgue", "The Fuller Memorandum" and "The Apocalypse Codex". The Laundry, where series protagonist Bob Howard works, is a super-secret agency of the British Government tasked with dealing with supernatural threats. Bob tries to retain his humanity and a semblance of a normal life in face of overwhelming danger, and despite knowing Secrets that Man Was Not Meant to Know. In style the Laundry Files are the illegitimate offspring of H.P. Lovecraft with John le Carré, mashed up with "The Office". Bob Howard's previous adventures are referred to frequently, so it would be best to read the series in order.

The premise of this latest installment (no spoilers not already found in the item description) is that there are vampires in London. But very little is as it seems; there are many surprises and reversals as Bob gets to the bottom of a very intricate plot. The vampires are not dealt with at all the way I expected. Old characters reappear (it would not be amiss to reread the series to this point) and some long established characters depart. I don't know how many novels are planned in the series, but there is a definite sense that Doomsday is approaching.

The humor is as good as it ever is, as is the suspense and the humanity. There are genuinely sad scenes: Bob's growth in knowledge and power is not without significant personal cost. Oh, and along the way, he adopts a black cat named "Spooky".

Highly recommended.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Rhesus Negative 25. Juli 2014
Von Andrew Maizels - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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The Rhesus Chart is the fifth in Charles Stross' Laundry Files (The Atrocity Archives, The Jennifer Morgue, The Fuller Memorandum, The Apocalypse Codex) that follows the trials of British civil servant Bob Howard, a former computer scientist corralled into working for a super-secret division of MI-6 tasked with defending the Universe. The series is a cross between the classic Cold War spy thriller and Lovecraftian cosmic horror. (Indeed, the recent Laundry Files novella Equoid involves Lovecraft himself.)

This time out.... Frankly, this time out is disappointing. The previous novels involved adventure, danger, action and excitement, even if Bob didn't want any part of it. This novel never leaves London, much less Earth; it never really gets beyond second gear. Though the story is told in first person, a good half of the action takes place when Bob is not present, and is told by reconstruction or after-action report.

This applies even to the climactic scenes of the novel, which turns a Pyrrhic victory into merely a damp squib. It's still a decent read, but given how well the series started out, this latest outing is so much less than it might have been. I would not really recommend it either to a new or an established reader of the series; instead, pick up Equoid and the other short works.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen RELENTLESS, FASCINATING AND BRILLIANT! 1. Juli 2014
Von the GreatReads! - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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The Rhesus Chart by Charles Stross is the fifth book in the Laundry Files series, and continues to be as entertaining and delightful as ever with its wonderful blend of fun, suspense and horror. In this episode, Stross takes the series to a new level as the British government agency continues its fight against supernatural elements. New readers will be hooked while others who have been reading the series may find some of the stuff a bit repetitive, though helpful for those who come in late, but nevertheless enjoying the same.

In The Rhesus Chart, Charles Stross weaves a fascinating tale of some British investment bankers known as Scrum accidentally stumbling on a formula that will turn them into billionaires but with devastating consequences. It will also turn them into vampires. The Laundry, as a top secret government agency fighting supernatural elements has never been called in to deal with vampires. When bankers at the most distinguished financial institutions turned into blood-sucking vampires with a fascination for O positive, hacker-turned-agent of the Laundry, Bob Howard, realizes that the situation is much more complex than the agency assessed it to be. It has the potential to imperil the whole world apart from endangering those close to him. As Bob ferociously works his way to end the menace, he finds himself a step behind as the leader of the group is a former Laundry agent who knows the working of the agency inside out. Not just an ex-agent, Mhari Murphy is Bob’s ex-girlfriend too.

Stross’ fascinating storyline is absorbing. The concept is brilliant and the plot is well-imagined. Stross’ fine writing with almost perfect plot twists and turns makes The Rhesus Chart a delightful and enjoyable read. Tense, funny, absorbing and amusing, many readers will find immense delight in The Rhesus Chart.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen The Rhesus Chart isn't bad; it's just not clear why it exists at ... 9. Juli 2014
Von crawlkill - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Unexceptionable, but unexceptional. Stross made the deliberate decision to expand the scope of the Laundry series beyond its original arc, and has also said that he's run out of spy tropes to riff on, and so is deliberately moving to a more general urban fantasy genre. It shows. The Rhesus Chart isn't bad; it's just not clear why it exists at all. The story told moves the metaplot needle not a hair'swidth, and the take on vampirism, while given a little bit of cosmic horror spin, isn't even remotely new enough to challenge or surprise the reader. Bob continues to be Stross' weakest narrator--deliberately, I think, but being charmless on purpose doesn't make you charming--and, in keeping with The Apocalypse Codex, the story meanders back and forth for a couple hundred pages after the introduction before hitting a very abrupt and overconcise climax that doesn't especially feel dependent on what's come before.

I'm glad I read it, but it definitely isn't encouraging me to encourage friends who've never touched or didn't like the series to pick it up because "oh man the latest one will blow your mind." I guess that's the tl;dr.

More helpfully: Go read all the other Laundry books, starting with The Atrocity Archive, -then- pick up this one. You'll enjoy it if you're invested in the series, but it's definitely not a place to jump in in medias res.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Nothing to see move along. 1. August 2014
Von Collin Stoll L.Ac. - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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After reading the other Laundry File novels (Kindle editions, including the efficient, exciting and wonderfully creepy novella Equiod, I was looking forward to Stross putting his peculiarly wry lovecraftian spin on the overly exposed vampire meme. I was expecting something along the lines of Count Zero instead I got Count Floyd. Needless to say instead of a tasty summer treat I got a boring, lazy, derivative, bloated S'more dropped in the sand and rolled in cold mashed potatoes of a story. Granted there are some tasty bits but these are widely interspersed between long rehashes/expository bits which drag the story down. There is very little new character development nor does he provide much meaningful insight, utilize or further develop past characters. In fact his protagonist Bob Howard, while kind of working out past and present relationships(tasty bit), spends most of his time retelling what the reader should know from the previous books and generally not acting any wiser from the those experiences. I don't know if this was Stross's ill fated attempt to be clever with the romantic elements of the vampire meme but it did not work well. I also agree with others who have previously commented on the lack of narrative drive and intensity in the action sequences and general lack of topical wit which is usually present in Stross's work. I can only speculate that Stross was contractually obligated to produce this book and lost interest in the whole affair early on. Ok, I think that does it for my irritation of having wasted my time reading this book and venting on it, carry on.
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