I read this as part of my reading challenge: 25 short stories in 25 days.
When I started reading this story I thought I had tons of time, it was only 21.30 after all. Little did I know that this was a massive novella of a story rather than a short story. I only finished reading late last night, which was far from the plan.
If you have rape-issues, consider this your trigger warning, because tor, don’t provide one.
It is however a really enjoyable story with a wonderful mix of humor thriller and horror. The story is very funny at times and it is quite horrible at others. The protagonist spend quite a bit of time talking smack about H.P. Lovecraft (yeah!) while still using his mythos as inspiration for the story. throughout the story there is drizzled letters from H.P. Lovecraft as well as short government reports on the unicorn problem.
The unicorns in this story reminded me of hurocks – flesh-eating winged horses. And I of course though about Seanan McGuire because of the parasites.
The protagonist is so wonderfully British. He is at the same time very capable and kind of useless. Which seems to be a common trend within British fiction when it comes to male protagonists. They are so very real. Yes he is a secret government agent, but most of his time is spend dealing with bureaucracy which he is very good at. But running around being an action hero, not really within his job description on a day-to-day basis.
The story is part of the Laundry Files series, about a secret government agency in England that takes care of supernatural problems.
I really enjoyed the story, though I was quite shocked at how long the story. I had not planned on reading a whole mini-novel I really want to read more in the Landry universe.