The Atrocity Archives

English language

Published Jan. 6, 2006 by Ace Books.

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4 stars (11 reviews)

Bob Howard is a computer-hacker desk jockey, who has more than enough trouble keeping up with the endless paperwork he has to do on a daily basis. He should never be called on to do anything remotely heroic. But for some reason, he is.

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Bob is a civil servant, working in IT support. He has a horrible boss who's a stickler for timesheets, rules, protocols. Because this is London, Bob has three housemates: a pair he calls Pinky and the Brain and a horrible woman who sometimes sleeps with him out of spite. But the government agency Bob works for is a secret one. The Laundry deals in – not magic, exactly, but not not magic either. Like super high-tech magic. Then Bob gets sucked into (not literally, but with the Laundry that could happen) field work.

I read this years ago and I didn't really enjoy it the first time through. Which is ridiculous, because this is very, very good. Engaging, funny, interesting.

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Subjects

  • Geeks (Computer enthusiasts) -- Fiction
  • Intelligence service -- Fiction
  • Office politics -- Fiction
  • Demonology -- Fiction
  • Monsters -- Fiction
  • Nazis -- Fiction
  • Great Britain -- Fiction