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  • Dead Lies Dreaming

  • Laundry Files, Book 10
  • Written by: Charles Stross
  • Narrated by: Gideon Emery
  • Length: 11 hrs and 20 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (12 ratings)
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Dead Lies Dreaming

Written by: Charles Stross
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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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Disappointed

I'm a fan of most of the laundry files but this was a huge letdown. The action wasn't as compelling, the story didn't lead anywhere. Most annoying was the writer pushing the muddled version of trans agenda that has been taking over his books recently. As a gay reader it was very off-putting.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Jamie LeRoy Harris
  • 2022-06-23

woke garbage.

Since Bob Howard and Angleton left, the series has tanked. and Cthulu is insectoid?! come on, stross

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  • TheOutsideLane
  • 2023-02-09

not the best laundry file

I love the laundry files, but this one was a slog. the last third of the book picked up and caught my interest, but even just listening to the audiobook this took me months I had to keep coming back to it.

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  • Casey Akerstrom
  • 2023-12-14

Laundry Files Spinoff

It’s a different story with different characters in the same universe as The Laundry Files. I was disappointed when I thought I’d paid for a continuation of the story I wanted and found out I’d been suckered into buying a new (not as engaging) story. This is more of a street-level super powers story than a lovecraftian spy v spy.

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  • Kenneth L. Rosado
  • 2023-05-21

A bit chewy, but overall good.

Good story, if a bit overwrought; it took me a while to get through the book. I like the story line and how it all connects to the laundry and how it's a bit of a spin off. It could have used some judicious editing or re writing to streamline bits and pieces throughout the story. But I did like it ultimately.

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  • Terry Griner
  • 2022-12-03

Good story, I like the tie in.

I really like the way this novel works in the timeline of the laundry. Eveie and Jeremy's mom were part of the Prosperity cult from "The Apocalypse Codex"! It gives a different view of the world of Case Nightmare Green.

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