The Rhesus Chart, Laundry Files #5 (Books: My Favorite Movies!)

The Rhesus Chart (Laundry Files, #5)The Rhesus Chart by Charles Stross
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Offbeat humor? Check. Hilarious government acronyms for occult stuff? Check. Ultraviolence? Check.

I was wondering where Stross would head next with the Laundry Files, and the fact that vamps would come up eventually isn't surprising. As usual, though, Stross twists the very concept to fit the Laundry universe impeccably. After a young investment banker opens a window to another world and finds himself with an odd hunger and a sensitivity to sunlight it's only a matter of time until the wheels fall off.

While Laundry novels often have plenty of plot twists, this novel was moreso than many of the others. Dragging in Bob's ex, a bunch of "transformed" investment bankers looking for "threats and opportunities" their condition enables, an alley cat, a vicar mentoring a young vampire, two elder vampires waging a centuries-old war by proxy, marital issues between two deadly occult operatives, and even a vampire hunter with an exceptionally unique way of dispatching her prey, this story never quite goes where you expect it to all the way to the end. Stross has always been good at juggling a lot of plot elements, but he's becoming a true master at this point.

You could probably read this without having read every book in the series, but you would definitely need to have read Atrocity Archives and if you've read the others (particularly The Fuller Memorandum) you will get a lot more out of the story. Especially considering that the blood-soaked and emotional conclusion leaves the Laundry universe and specifically Bob Howard's world changed forever.

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The Rhesus Chart (Laundry Files, #5)The Rhesus Chart by Charles Stross
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Offbeat humor? Check. Hilarious government acronyms for occult stuff? Check. Ultraviolence? Check.

I was wondering where Stross would head next with the Laundry Files, and the fact that vamps would come up eventually isn't surprising. As usual, though, Stross twists the very concept to fit the Laundry universe impeccably. After a young investment banker opens a window to another world and finds himself with an odd hunger and a sensitivity to sunlight it's only a matter of time until the wheels fall off.

While Laundry novels often have plenty of plot twists, this novel was moreso than many of the others. Dragging in Bob's ex, a bunch of "transformed" investment bankers looking for "threats and opportunities" their condition enables, an alley cat, a vicar mentoring a young vampire, two elder vampires waging a centuries-old war by proxy, marital issues between two deadly occult operatives, and even a vampire hunter with an exceptionally unique way of dispatching her prey, this story never quite goes where you expect it to all the way to the end. Stross has always been good at juggling a lot of plot elements, but he's becoming a true master at this point.

You could probably read this without having read every book in the series, but you would definitely need to have read Atrocity Archives and if you've read the others (particularly The Fuller Memorandum) you will get a lot more out of the story. Especially considering that the blood-soaked and emotional conclusion leaves the Laundry universe and specifically Bob Howard's world changed forever.

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