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Summer reading: my recommendations (2010)

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  1. Greg Linden says:

    I second the recommendation for Atrocity Archives. Totally hilarious, geeky, comedy horror.

  2. Thirded on the The Atrocity Archives. Fantastic at all levels.

  3. Rich Borroff says:

    Charles Stross’ new novel of the Laundry files, The Fuller Memorandum was just released. I got my copy yesterday, and it looks like another ripping good yarn.

  4. Greg says:

    One of the funniest things about Atrocity Archives is Stross’ descriptions of corporate bureaucracy. Here’s one of my favorite passages:

    “The offices … are typical cubicle hell: anonymous beige fabric partitions dividing up little slices of corporate life. The photocopier hulks like an altar beneath a wall with devotional scriptures — the company’s code of conduct, lists of compulsory employee self-actualization, training courses, that sort of thing … There’s a mass of Dilbert cartoons pinned to the side of his partition, spoor of a mildly rebellious mind-set; doubtless middle managers prowl round the warren before any visit from the upper echelons, tearing down such images that signal dissent … Poor bastard, what must it be like to be stuck here … at the heart of the new industrial revolution, never knowing where the lightning’s going to strike next?”