Most of the books I read this month are later books in ongoing series where I have reviewed earlier books. I can’t seem to find the head space to sit down and properly review them. So I thought I would do a quick run down of the books and if I am lucky it makes me want to write the proper reviews. I read seven books this month so that might also be part of it. Looking at the books now I can see that there is a theme though most of these books. Five of them are spy thrillers of some kind or another.
I read the first Landry Files book, The Atrocity Archives, and two short stories set in the universe over the holidays and loved them. So as soon as I finished the first audiobook, I picked up the next one. Due to the sad case of my tablet breaking I ended up spending a few weeks not listing until I figured out how far I had gotten in the book and could pick it back up. I really started listening again yesterday and was almost unable to put it down. To the point where I stopped playing Wildstar (closed beta) to go listen to some more of it. I just spend all afternoon finishing it. The second half of the book really kicked up the gear.
Title: The Atrocity Archives
Author: Charles Stross
Series: Laundry Files, book 1
Published: Originally published 2004, 2010 by Recorded Books
Read: December 28 to 30, 2013
Genre: Urban fantasy, Lovecraftian, spy thriller
So this was the last novel I read last year and I finally had the brain space to sit down and write-up my thoughts on it.
I have a thing for spy novels, I used to read a lot of spy thrillers. One of my favourite non f&sf series is the Hamilton series by Jan Guillou about a Swedish spy (don’t judge a book by its movie) and one of my favourite tv-series is Spooks. I also really like stories about agencies dealing with the supernatural – I probably just watch too much X-files, but it is a setup that fascinates me. So the Laundry Files has it going for it from the get go.
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.