Book– The Fuller Memorandum
Author– Charles Stross
Voice- Gideon Emery
Audiobook- ~$15 http://www.audible.com/pd/The-Fuller-Memorandum-Part-1-Audiobook/B004V4O9W6
TL; DR– Sit down and learn about the Laundry. 93%
Basics-Bob Howard has been pulling a few too many hours at the Laundry. He makes a rookery mistakes that shouldn’t happen, and now is sent out on personal leave after someone dies. However, strange cults across the world never take personal leave. Can Bob survive an attack on the Laundry, keep his sanity, and learn more about some ancient Laundry secrets?
Characters– Bob’s really Bob in this one. Moe is Moe, and you also get to learn a bunch more about the other characters in the Laundry with this one. Based on the previous books, every character is well described for the new readers, and every character stays in character all the way through this book. Excellently done. 5/5
Setting– I have never been to England and much less to London. But, Stross does a great job of describing the city and making me see places and geography in my head. It almost makes me want to go and see if I could track Bob through the city and see the hidden sights Bob describes. 5/5
Story-The Laundry is a book series about middle management always screwing with the people who actually get the work done. However, I can’t see how anyone might get their work done when they have to account for everything even when they know the penalty for such actions is not being able to get fired? I’m complaining a bit, but I don’t enjoy the amount of possible threats from inside the Landry. That kinds of gets a bit boring. What I did enjoy was the amount you get to learn about the history of the laundry. Stross does an excellent job of telling bits of Landry and character history over the course of the novel. I loved that even if I didn’t enjoy the internal threats and bureaucracy as much. 4/5
Summary-I really like the Laundry novels. Stross does an excellent job of bringing Cthulhu mythos to the masses while still being true to its roots. I do bet a bit bored with the inter-Laundry problems, but this one is a great read. I got to learn a bunch about the Laundry and its members. This was done in some text dumps, but it was done in a smart way throughout the book. If it’s at least as good as this one, I can’t wait to pick up the next one! 93%.
Audiobook Extra- Gideon Emery is Bob. And, he also does a great female voice with an accent as Moe is in this novel a lot. Well done! 5/5