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Publisher's Summary

When magic and superpowers emerge in the masses, Wendy Deere is contracted by the government to bag and snag supervillains in Hugo Award-winning author Charles Stross' Dead Lies Dreaming: A Laundry Files Novel.  

As Wendy hunts down Imp - the cyberpunk head of a band calling themselves The Lost Boys - she is dragged into the schemes of louche billionaire Rupert de Montfort Bigge. Rupert has discovered that the sole surviving copy of the long-lost concordance to the one true Necronomicon is up for underground auction in London. He hires Imp's sister, Eve, to procure it by any means necessary, and in the process, he encounters Wendy Deere.  

In a tale of corruption, assassination, thievery, and magic, Wendy Deere must navigate rotting mansions that lead to distant pasts, evil tycoons, corrupt government officials, lethal curses, and her own moral qualms in order to make it out of this chase alive.

©2020 Charles Stross (P)2020 Recorded Books

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  • Brian Olson
  • 2020-12-13

fine laundry, weak ending

another good laundry universe story (no Bob or Mo or even PHANGs, all new characters). weak ending that sneaks up and then just ends.

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  • billy
  • 2021-01-08

More of a side story than a true member of the series, but still fun

If you’re expecting a continuation of the stories and characters of the other Laundry Files books, you will be disappointed. But if you’re down for a good, self-contained story within its world, you’ll enjoy this

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2020-11-19

ummm

So I know it's the same universe, but it's detached from all the past characters

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  • Ian
  • 2020-10-30

Peter Pan meets James Bond and the Dunwich Horror

Stross is a master of intrigue, and using believable human frailties to help drive characters into interesting dilemmas. Nobody has to inexplicably lack common sense, the motivations behind unwise or ill informed choices are clear to the reader.

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  • rj
  • 2020-11-12

Mythos Shenanigans

Super great. Fantastically weird. Wonderfully read. A neato departure from the usual doings of The Laundry and out into the lives of “Average Londoners” during the reign of an Elder god as the PM. Nice one Charlie.

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  • James
  • 2021-05-12

great new story

love the book new direction with new characters in the ''new'' world of the laundry files

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 2021-03-19

wow

One of the best books I've heard in years. Great narration, plot twists, humor

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  • Justine
  • 2021-01-25

Another amazing story crafted by a genius!

This story was Peter Pan, the lost boys and James Bond magic all rolled in one. Charles Stross never fails to make you laugh, cry and keep you on the edge of your seat!

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  • Customer 1001001
  • 2020-12-29

great addition to the laundry files universe

great addition to the laundry files universe. excellent standalone book, but just wish the main characters had returned to the story line.

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  • Michael Leza
  • 2020-12-10

A solid entry in the series

Good stuff, not the best one in the series but not bad by any means. I miss Bob and the Laundry gang, but the new characters are kind of fun, if a little bit leaning into woke fan service (the fan service being the bad part of that, it gets a little heavy handed at times). Reads like well written YA. If you like the Laundry books you'll get your money's worth.

This is not a good place to start the series, do some googling for a better jumping on point or just start from the beginning. I generally am tired of series fiction but Stross still delivers the goods and this one is made of books with actual beginnings, middles, and ends.