Tuesday, September 14, 2010

The Atrocity Archives (Eldritch comedy From the Vast Deep)

"Dungeons & Dragons? Sorry, saving the world."
   Charles Stross is a fantastic author out of Scotland, he spent much of his early career in the I.T. sector and writing technical manuals for software, this gave him a solid background in professional geekdom.

  This book, and it's sequel  are very dear to me. Just to give you an overview of the premise: Hard core computer geekery, mixed with James Bond style super secret spy organization, peppered with nifty gadgetry, and smothered in a delightful Lovecraftian Cthulhu sauce. Bake on high for 30 minutes, sprinkle with neurotic characters, and serve well done with a massive helping of absurdly funny.

   Our Hero's name is Howard, Bob Howard, a lower level clerk in a British secret agency known as The Laundry. For the most part hi life is pretty simple, one day he's coding a simple summoning circle in his tiny office, the next day he has to track down someone who accidentally drew a symbol in a Magic: The gathering deck that could release an ancient horror the likes of which the world has never seen. After all that mundane frivolity, Bob heads home to the flat that he shares with two of his co-workers (affectionately named Pinky and Brain) who happen to be super geniuses, super geeks, and also super gay. He walks in the door to Brain doing obscure experiments with eggs and magnets, while Pinky is dressed for a night on the town in his best leather assless chaps. A small Nerf battle ensues and ends with a truce of pizza and booze. Thus is the life of Bob.

  There is a plot to this book, with obstacles and dramatic climaxes, love interests and harrowing suspense. ...but I want you to find that out on your own, and hopefully I've given you enough to peak your interest.


   On a side note, I've corresponded with Mr. Stross and am convinced that he's a /b/tard, he has a book in the works that's due out soon called Rule 34.  When I asked him about it all he said was: "I want the publisher to do an internet advertising campaign, sort of a cross between 'Goatse' and 'Hamsterdance', I'll call it 'Goatsedance.exe'.

True story. ...and now, by popular demand, I bring you MOAR Turkish Bath House!
Is that a flannel in my ass, or are you just happy to see me?

40 comments:

  1. sounds like a nice book. Not too into the IT theme, though.

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  2. 'Rule 34: the book' sounds promising

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  3. What is going on in that pic?
    Supportin daily

    http://marvelsofthenow.blogspot.com/

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  4. Sounds pretty good, just make me want to watch Office Space :D

    Will be back!

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  5. no woman in that pic..what? are you kidding me?
    and which one was you..that kid? cp.

    <3
    Sillyoldbum

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  6. followin 'n' supportin bro :)

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  7. ur pic is a little wild for me ...

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  8. Two questions. 1. How many books have you read? 2. How quickly do you read them? (on average)

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  9. @Buff: 1)Have lost count years ago. 2)2 to 3 novels a week.

    @Deep: Goddamnit, I looked.

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  10. I'll be sure to find that book in chapters and read a few pages or so :D

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  11. have you actually read all these, i feel stupid now

    http://wordofdodd.blogspot.com/

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  12. thx for u're support ..

    hear is my daily love XD

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  13. Been looking for something like this thanks. Still haven't finished american gods

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  14. This post has piqued my interests

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  15. hi bobblehead, can you recommend some books for kids to me?

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  16. ROFL @ Flannel or happy :))
    Is it just me, or is there something really wrong about fat brunette hairy guys sharing a hot airtight and watertight room together?

    I say that cause i'm cool with Swedes and Finnish people doing their thing, somehow it's less disgusting, more intimate, they include women, and blonde people - not as much hair, and a lot less noticeable.

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    I will drop by daily while doing my rounds and leave some blog "love." I would appreciate it if you dropped by and returned the favor.

    Ciao,

    http://ye-yepop.blogspot.com/.

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  18. The turkish bath house seems incredibly weird o_o

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  19. Showing support for my blogging comrades.

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  20. spit in my mouth

    check it http://kadams133.blogspot.com/

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  21. Just stopping by to check on that Turkish ass.

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  22. the last photo is disturbingly funny

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  23. stopping by to show the love :)

    show it back!!!

    Dee xx

    www.theresamouseunderyourpillow.blogspot.com

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  24. They say don't judge a book by its cover, but something about that one tells me that it would be a good read.

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  25. nice pic showin my support, please do the same =)

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