The Delirium Brief by Charles Stross
And another fantasy from Britain…
As regular readers know, the Laundry Files are far from over. Dark forces are gathering, and breaking through into everyday reality. The defense forces are overstretched and beleaguered.
The Delirium Brief continues the story, starting from the fallout of the events recounted n The Nightmare Stacks. You can’t level half of Leeds without the public noticing, so there are many consequences.
This latest file is pretty dark and desperate. It gave me nightmares.
This book is every bit as good as we expect from Charlie, with lots of witty banter and clever technology jokes. The cast of characters is outstanding, and the catastrophe binds people deeply and brings out the best in even the little guys.
Stross works in his own brand of political satire, as well, though it isn’t really very funny in this case. It’s one thing to joke about demonic forces taking over the government, it’s another thing when demonic forces actually are taking over.
But the events are so grim, as grim as grim gets. Losses are heavy, and evil seems certain to win. All seems lost.
But the story is not over.
One thing is for sure: the Laundry Files put our own little troubles in perspective. It could be worse. A lot worse.
Get it. Read it. But maybe not just before bedtime.
1. Charles Stross, The Delirium Brief, New York, Tom Doherty Association, 2017.
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