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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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  • Robert Greathouse
  • 2021-09-13

Writer went woke, lost all talent.

Couldn't finish this. The writer went completely woke, ditched the entire world and characters, and seems to have forgotten

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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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  • Les
  • 2021-10-22

Not good. At all.

Now, I cannot remember the last time I left a book unfinished. Except for this one. The author run out of steam some time ago but I kept on buying the books hoping for a revival…no more. I liked these books because of an interesting fusion on a theme : exorcism ,demonology, office politics and apocalypse thrown into a book - made an interesting mix. For a while. What I am not buying these books for is gender politics of today or any nonsense connected to the stupidity of our times . I find those sanctimonious and boring and do not appreciate someone substituting his ideological bend in place of my entertainment.

Stross , you can keep your fascination with wokism for yourself because I ,for one, will not be partaking in your books anymore.

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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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  • 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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  • Thomas
  • 2022-07-27

A spin-off, not a sequel. Great world building

I bought this blindly while going through the Laundry Files books (hoping for some Bob and Mo time), and was not expecting what this book would do to the series. This went from James Bond to Oceans Eleven having tea with the Librarians, and I am honestly here for it.

It was not the change I wanted or expected, but this outside view away from Mahogany Row, the new PM, and the CO was refreshing.

For readers that have gotten this far in the series, it's kinda like being able to look through Johnny McTavish's (only listened to the series, so don't know how he spells it in the books) past self working through a hecked up world while trying to be ordinary.

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  • Sverre
  • 2022-07-19

Great side story in the same universe

A new cast of characters, all great. Especially awesome to see some positive representation of a trans man.

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  • M_Oemega
  • 2022-06-27

A silver lining under the new management

Breath of fresh air showing the world outside the laundry with a brand new cast