The Delirium Brief

The Delirium Brief

Book - 2017
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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
Publisher: New York : Tor, ©2017.
ISBN: 9780765394668
Characteristics: 381 pages ;,22 cm.


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Sep 28, 2019

I like it when a book series or tv show doesn’t just keep giving me more of the same, and that’s certainly the case with the Laundry Files novel series. As the world rushes toward one or more apocalypses, Bob rises through the ranks, becomes a more powerful sorcerer, and the direness of the threats escalate. In this one, Bob crosses swords with an old nemesis, bureaucracy, as the forces of darkness realize that defunding the world’s protectors is a far deadlier strategy than killing their agents. The bad news is that most of the humor has faded from the stories, but the good news is that this is because they’re getting scarier and grimmer.

Jul 06, 2018

I came across this while browsing for something else, and my only regret about reading it is that I didn't recognize it as the eighth in a series. I've since gone back to read the others in sequence, and commend them all wholeheartedly. I've described them to others (who raise eyebrows at some of the cover art) as "John LeCarre meets Harry Potter, but much darker and funnier." Unique. Stross is a very smart guy; a polymath, and the cultural references are hilarious (when I get them; he's a Brit).

Highly recommended.

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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