The Delirium Brief

The Delirium Brief

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While following the invasion of Yorkshire by the Host of Air and Darkness, Bob Howard—an agent for the Laundry, a secret British agency dedicated to protecting the world from unspeakable horrors—garners the attention of something more terrifying than any demon he has ever encountered. By the Hugo Award-winning author of The Atrocity Archives.

McMillan Palgrave

“Smart, literate, funny.” —Lev Grossman, author of The Magicians

Someone is dead set to air the spy agency’s dirty laundry in The Delirium Brief, the next installment to Charles Stross’ Hugo Award-winning comedic dark fantasy Laundry Files series!

Bob Howard’s career in the Laundry, the secret British government agency dedicated to protecting the world from unspeakable horrors from beyond spacetime, has entailed high combat, brilliant hacking, ancient magic, and combat with indescribably repellent creatures of pure evil. It has also involved a wearying amount of paperwork and office politics, and his expense reports are still a mess.

Now, following the invasion of Yorkshire by the Host of Air and Darkness, the Laundry’s existence has become public, and Bob is being trotted out on TV to answer pointed questions about elven asylum seekers. What neither Bob nor his managers have foreseen is that their organization has earned the attention of a horror far more terrifying than any demon: a British government looking for public services to privatize.

Inch by inch, Bob Howard and his managers are forced to consider the truly unthinkable: a coup against the British government itself.

Laundry Files
1. The Atrocity Archives
2. The Jennifer Morgue
3. The Fuller Memorandum
4. The Apocalypse Codex
5. The Rhesus Chart
6. The Annihilation Score
7. The Nightmare Stacks

Publisher: New York : Tor, c2017
ISBN: 9780765394668
Branch Call Number: FIC STR
Characteristics: 381 p. ;,22 cm.


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Oct 18, 2017

Book 8 of a series.... and I hadn't read all of the previous. Not entirely necessary, but it really did help that I read the one before.
Darn good story, too....

Any similarity between the between the evil television evangelist who is actually a minion of (more or less) Satan and say - several American television personalities - is surely in the eyes of the reader.

I really enjoyed this....I'd been downloading kindle books to read on the treadmill (you can expand the font so that you can read them when they are resting on the front of the treadmill)...and I had to take this back to my favorite chair and finish it.

Jul 21, 2017

Starts out funny then becomes dark funny, then is just really dark but still in that kinda funny way that only Charlie or Simon Peg can manage. It's the first Bob centered Laundry book we've had in a while so that's definitely a plus, despite or because of the fact that he's now the Eater of Soles.

Did I lose you on that last bit? Do you know what the Laundry is? If not be aware that this is the 8th book in the series (and there are several novellas/short stories as well).

From the mouth of Charlie himself:

Is this a good jumping off point for the series? NO - this is a direct sequel to the previous book The Nightmare Stacks. You can potentially be okay starting there but you would be better off with book five, The Rhesus Chart, realistically with how much this book intertwines with so many of the others you should start at the beginning with The Atrocity Archives.

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