The Labyrinth Index (Laundry Files, #9) by Charles Stross

The Labyrinth Index (Laundry Files, #9)

The arrival of vast, alien, inhuman intelligences reshaped the landscape for human affairs across the world, and the United Kingdom is no exception. Things have changed in Britain since the dread elder god Nyarlathotep ascended to the rank of Prime Minister. Mhari Murphy, recently elevated to the House of Lords and head of the Lords Select Committee on Sanguinary Affairs (think vampires), finds herself in direct consultation with the creeping cha...

Details The Labyrinth Index (Laundry Files, #9)

TitleThe Labyrinth Index (Laundry Files, #9)
Release DateOct 30th, 2018
GenreFantasy, Horror, Urban Fantasy, Science Fiction, Fiction, Paranormal, Vampires

Reviews The Labyrinth Index (Laundry Files, #9)

  • Bradley
    Okay. So I admit I've been chomping at the bit to get my hands on this and I seriously couldn't wait. So I devoured it.Only to be devoured. By K Syndrome. And then I was volunteered for a Mission Impossible with other K Syndromes and other oddities in the United States! And the President... has been erased from everyone's minds. The Gesh! What a Gesh!!! It's almost like he gave us our greatest wish while making it totally evil at the same time. :...
  • Trish
    Apocalypses are easier slept through than experienced. I finished this on Halloween. As expected/hoped, it was a wild ride with the author pulling out all the stops (that were never there). The reason I post the review only now? Because I needed some time. Time, amongst other things, to digest the events here.This 9th volume in the series is from Mhairi's point of view (Bob's former girlfriend, I hadn't known that that was how her name was spelle...
  • kartik narayanan
    The Labyrinth Index has rekindled my interest in the Laundry Files. I was getting a bit bored with the series since it seemed to be repeating the same formula over and over again. In fact, I don't even remember a single thing about most of the later books. The two changes that Charles Stross has brought in - focus on a different character and focus on consequences - makes this book a lot more memorable.Mhari is a great protagonist as her supporti...
  • Jacqie
    Thanks to Netgalley for providing a copy of this book for review.It's weird to think of a book describing the Lovecraftian singularity as comfort reading, yet it is for me. At least, I reach for the Laundry Files whenever I need a sure thing, a book I know I'll like and read as fast as I can. Thank you, Charles Stross, for continuing to turn these out regularly! This one came along just when I needed it.Bob and Mo do not appear in this book excep...
  • Lindsay
    CASE NIGHTMARE GREEN is in full effect. The UK is under the New Management, an ancient evil only slightly less horrible than the alternatives and the USA seems to be undergoing a similar change with the President missing.Mhari Murphy has been tapped by the new resident of 10 Downing St to reform the Special Operations Executive (SOE), an early predecessor organization of the Laundry and assigns her to deal with the American problem. With a collec...
  • C.T. Phipps
    THE LABYRINTH INDEX is probably the book which is the most like a James Bond pastiche after a long period of the series poo-pooing on the very concept. It stars an arrogant sexist protagonist who fights against a sinsiter cartel with a world-ending scheme that doens't actually make a whole lot of sense. The big difference being that Mhari is a woman sexist against men (referring to her boyfriend and partner as "****boy" for most of the novel) plu...
  • Michael Burnam-Fink
    Okay, the President has not technically been kidnapped. Rather, the Operational Phenomenology Agency, aka the Black Chamber, aka the Nazgul, has worked a geas across the entire United States to make them forget that the President even exists. Mhari Murphy, Laundry Officer, PHANG, (oh, and Bob's ex from book 1) is the Bad Dude responsible for getting him back, along with a team of high-level Laundry agents doing old-school 'Set Europe Ablaze' styl...
  • rixx
    **The Labyrinth Index**, the latest entry in *Charlie Stross*' Laundry Files series … escalates. When the last volume of the Laundry Files ended fairly apocalyptic, I was under the impression that Charlie was fed up with reality overtaking his books pre-publication, and escalated to a level reality isn't yet willing to follow.The Labyrinth Index introduces Mhari as the protagonist and POV character, which I found refreshing and nice. Laundry pr...
  • Chris
    Ack! These are so complex now that I almost need to reread the entire series when each new book comes out. Mental note to do that before the next one... This one was mainly from Mhari's POV after the shocking developments of book 8 have had a chance to sink in a little bit.
  • David Harris
    I'm grateful to the publisher for an advance copy of this book (thanks Nazia!)Stross's Laundry Files are now, I think, his most numerous and long lasting series, running to eight or nine novels (with The Labyrinth Index) and several novellas and short stories (depending how you count the stories in The Atrocity Archives, the first book).While always having at its centre The Laundry itself, the UK's occult service ("occult secret service" would be...
  • David Wintheiser
    The first Laundry Files book where we see the aftereffect of the Faustian bargain made by the leaders of the Laundry to save themselves from annihilation at the tentacles of the Sleeper in the Pyramid. This book also gives us a longer look than most other books into the workings of the Operational Phenomenology Agency, a.k.a.: the Black Chamber, the lords of which have been consistently referred to in other Laundry works as the Nasgul.It's a curi...
  • Peter Tillman
    After a slow start, and almost-fatal damage to my WSOD —N’yar Lat-Hotep (aka the Black Pharaoh) as PM !— Stross almost pulls this one off with a rousing finish. I never really believed the Concorde rescue-scheme could actually work, though I don’t doubt the precursors Stross researched, and his writing is as good as ever. I just don’t like this series very much. Even less since almost none of the principal characters are human anymore. ...
  • Matthew
    Imagine if a male character refered to his partner as slut or f$%^toy or some other derogitory name all the time. No need for it. Stross's work unfortunetly has gotten worse. Such a shame as it was an awesome series
  • Julie S
    Hey Stross is still kicking butt with these books. Even though good old Bob was nowhere to be found in this book, we have the same kind of adventures of civil servants fighting or perhaps abetting the Elder Gods. Somehow the president is missing and it's up to Mhari to save the day. You probably could start with the series by reading this book but I'd recommend starting at the beginning.
  • Laura
    Stross has made me empathize with a vampire. A vampire who, when she was human, appeared to be a sociopath. Who used to be the HR manager for a bunch of quants. And who is now a baroness and Nyarlothotep's executioner. Stross is amazing. The Laundry Files have always been dark. Since at least the days of Queen Elizabeth I, it seems, the Brits have been keeping demons on the payroll for the greater good, James Bonding their way to save humanity fr...
  • Bentgaidin
    A compelling page-turner in the espionage thriller tradition, with added occult menace and more vampires than you can shake a stick at. America's president has been vanished - removed from the memory of every human citizen - and so Madhi, businesswoman, vampire, and occasional secret agent, has been tasked by the dark god posing as Britain's Prime Minister to assemble a team of politically expendable agents to resolve this problem, one way or ano...
  • Mark
    Well, that escalated quickly.With Bob stuck in a box marked "open only in case of apocalypse", the new POV character is Mhari, previously seen contracting a nasty case of vampirism and then parlaying it into a top job. This isn't a side story though: with that apocalypse very clearly looming on the horizon, the many actors - human or otherwise - are jockeying for position, and Mhari is tasked by the New Management of the UK with finding out exact...
  • Karlo
    The latest on the Laundry series uses Mhari as our POV narrator. The plot of this one is just bonkers - a coup has taken place on the US, and the populace has forgotten the Presidency exists as a concept, and POTUS is on the run. Mhari and other recurring players make an appearance, but both Bob and Mo are both largely absent. Stross does a good job of making me care about Mhari, who I've generally disliked throughout the series. Her relationship...
  • David C Ward
    A continuing series where it helps to have read the previous books. Britain and America are both controlled by paranormal aliens - the British variant is less bad - and the American ones are about to reveal themselves, a plot triggered by an amnesiacal spell that makes people forget the President. A fast paced rescue of the president by a British team led by a vampire ensues with occasional stops for lectures about blood science, occult geas, and...
  • Kevin Hogan
    It's a heist story, of a sort. If the protagonists pull off the heist, then things continue to get worse (and by extension, worse for humanity in general). If they fail, things will become Very Bad Indeed.This book is told from a new POV, that of Mhari Murphy, Baroness Karnstein, PHANG, ex-HR.
  • David
    Technowitty. 3.5 stars.
  • Agnès Denie
    Okay so I love this entire series for being (a) an accurate description of functioning in a bureaucracy (b) accurate understanding of international relations and (c) amazing characters.This installment has another thing I love. Fake relationship. This whole book was all of my catnip.
  • Lensvol
    It is still brilliant, terrifyingly smart and utterly unpredictable kaleidoscope of cosmic horror, dangling morsels of denied knowledge and gut clenching despair.Charlie, you did it again. I am afraid for your sanity. I am anxious for more.
  • Titus Fortner
    There are lots of things to like about this book, but it seemed to meander more than previous installments, with some subplots just kind of fading away. The previous book recaptured the wit of the early installments that this book was missing for me.
  • Eric
    Well, that was worth the waitI've had this book on pre-order for months, happily so after having read the first eight in the series at least twice each. This one was superb and I can see myself re-reading it starting sometime this week. Edit: or, ok, maybe later November. Review with more Spoilers to follow at a later date also...
  • Will
    Stress has finally written a decent female protagonist.
  • Allen Adams
    2018-11-14 a book reviewer, dealing with ongoing series can be tricky. Leaving aside the fact that you need to have started from the beginning – no mean feat when new books are constantly crossing your desk – you have to find ways to keep your own viewpoint fresh as an overarching narrative unfolds over six, eight, 10 books. So as a rule, I don’t usually wade into those waters.But every rule has its exception...
  • Michael
    Planet Earth is in deep doo-doo. And I'm not talking about global warming; this is CASE NIGHTMARE GREEN, where god-level eldritch horrors from the great beyond have established beachheads on our planet and are preparing to suck our brains dry, slaughter billions, and generally wreak havoc. As you may recall from "The Delirium Brief" -- and STOP RIGHT NOW IF YOU HAVEN'T READ THAT BOOK -- the Laundry ultimately cedes the government of the UK to an ...
  • Ziggy Nixon
    Summary:4+ stars! As exquisitely written and deliciously complex as any of Stross' Laundry Files tales! In this tale, the proverbial other-worldly scheisse has truly hit the fan and the world is a very different place indeed. But somehow CS still manages to pull off this wonderfully twisted and suspenseful tale with all the grace and aplomb of the previous books! And even more amazingly, that is with only a scant appearance by everyone's favourit...