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The Atrocity Archives

by Charles Stross

Espionage, horror and sci-fi and technology all rolled into one. If you are a fan of any of these genres, you will find something enjoyable in this book. Bob is an engaging hero and the minor characters are well drawn. There are some funny incidents and some scary ones. If this is your first foray into this kind of reading, this book could be a good place to start. You might even become hooked.

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He holds up a torch to illuminate his face through his visor. He's grinning at me with a face I haven't seen before: 'Sebr - gut, ' he says, then he drops the torch, releases the catches, and lifts his helmet off. Luminous worms of light writhe soundlessly behind his eyelids, twisting in the empty space of his skull, just like the thing that took Fred from Accounting. The out-gassing air from his suit wreathes him in vapour as he leans toward me, grabbing, trying to make a close flesh-to-flesh contact seeing as his comms-cable gambit has failed. Just one moment of electrical conduction ----.

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