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Books #22-23 [Apr. 2nd, 2009|09:25 am]
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Short reviews today. Lots to do, and they're both series sequels anyway.

#22: The Jennifer Morgue by Charles Stross

Another novel from the Laundry series. I guess you could call it a pastiche on James Bond, but there are some pretty entertaining inversions since the guy playing Secret Agent Man is actually an IT nerd who got roped into the intelligence agency...

I liked this one better than The Atrocity Archive, but saying why would spoil things. Suffice it to say, I'm looking forward to more, which is a shame because at present I've read everything he's published in the series.

The book also contained a short story called "Pimpf", about occult happenings inside a MMORPG. Writing it may have inspired him to write Halting State, the way he handled narration within the game was very familiar.

#23: Throne of Jade by Naomi Novik

Laurence and Temeraire visit China (land of Temeraire's ancestors) on a quasi-diplomatic mission. (They aren't exactly eager to go, but certain facts revealed in the first book of the series demand it.) Of course, getting there is half the battle, and things are not what they seem in the Imperial court...

An excellent addition to the series, and it sets the stage for quite a bit more story over the next few books. I'll be picking those up soon, perhaps with something else in between. Sora's been poking me about some of her favorites...

[User Picture]From: notaboyscout
2009-04-02 08:24 pm (UTC)
At least he has writerly plans for more "Laundry" novels as referenced on his website:


A sequel to "Halting State", scheduled for publication in late 2010.

When Inspector Kavanaugh is called to a messy accident in a bungalow in Corstorphine, she wasn't expecting a dead Romanian dictator's bathroom appliances, a dead spammer, and a Viagra overdose. Pretty soon she realizes she's dealing with a very unusual killer. Only trouble is, her bosses don't want to hear about it. In fact, her memos to them appear to be vanishing; and if she keeps sending them, so might she ...

Ali has just gotten out of Saughton Prison and a five year stretch for identity theft. Crime doesn't pay and he wants to go straight, so when a former accomplice puts him on to a cushy opening for an honourary consul for a central Asian state, it looks like the ideal way out. But some jobs come with very long strings attached ...

The Fuller Memorandum

The third Laundry novel! (Due for publication after "419", probably in 2011.)

Newly married and looking for a quiet life, Bob Howard thinks that a spell working in the Laundry's secret archives and catching up on the filing is just the ticket. But when his boss Angleton falls under suspicion and a top secret dossier goes missing, Bob is determined to get to the bottom of a historical puzzle: what was in the missing Fuller Memorandum, and why are all the people who knew dying ...?

The below things have not been written or sold yet, but do include a possible sequel to Glasshouse and a couple more planned books in the "laundry" series.
Is that it?

Actually, no, but these are the novels Stross has under contract. Future projects will be listed here when they are sold. As a matter of policy Stross prefers not to speculate publicly on stuff he hasn't done yet, because he always hatches six new hare-brained schemes before breakfast: it would be easy to promise too much and generate unrealistic expectations.

However, you can take it as given that Stross wants to write more Laundry novels (with fairly definite plans for "The Armageddon Agenda" and "The Nightmare Stacks" sitting in the "future ideas" file).

Stross currently has no plans to write any more space opera or far-future SF novels, especially Eschaton novels (don't hold your breath waiting for a sequel to "Iron Sunrise"!), or to re-visit the Singularity. However, he reserves the right to change his mind whenever he feels like it. And he's been making notes about a possible sequel to "Glasshouse".
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[User Picture]From: notaboyscout
2009-04-02 08:26 pm (UTC)
Good lord, sorry for the length of that above. Hardly counts as a "comment," does it?
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[User Picture]From: darthparadox
2009-04-02 09:51 pm (UTC)
Oh, yes, I know he's got more in the works on both series. (I checked his Wikipedia page to see what else there was, earlier today.) But the wait can be interminable sometimes. I only caught up to present with A Song of Ice and Fire in January, and I'm already bloody impatient for A Dance with Dragons...
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