Kansas City Star Mini Review

Don't forget to Stross

If this keeps up, "Strossian" is going to become a sci-fi adjective, albeit with Zappaesque connotations.

Like the late satirical composer, Charles Stross writes with intelligence and enjoys lifting the rock to show you what's crawling underneath. That's what he does in The Atrocity Archives (273 pages; Golden Gryphon; $24.95), which is actually two stories: the novel that gives the book its name and a novella, "The Concrete Jungle." Both follow the occult, Lovecraftian adventures of Bob Howard and blend Stross' interests in mathematician Alan Turing, Lovecraft's Cthulhu mythos and the British spy game (bureaucracy included).

The clever results will bring a smile to your face, along with nightmares of souls and evil emerging from the other side.

— Robert Folsom, The Kansas City Star, Sunday, May 16, 2004


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