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
GenreHorror, Fantasy, Urban Fantasy, Science Fiction, Fiction

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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • David
    This review is based on an ARC given to me for free by the publisher via Netgalley. This does not in any way affect my review. This book is slated for release on October 30, 2018.The Laundry books started as pastiches of spy thrillers and then went into urban fantasy. In a way The Labyrinth Index has come full circle. It is an out and out spy thriller, albeit one cloaked in the trappings of Stross’s Laundry. Lovecraft-styled fantasy, now rapidl...
  • Kam
    This review is based on an ARC given to me for free by the publisher via Netgalley. This does not in any way affect my review. This book is slated for release on October 30, 2018....there are still aspects of this book that readers will find enjoyable – in particular, the characters. I am glad that the author has started writing about the female characters of his series, and was especially pleased with his portrayal of Mo O’Brien in The Annih...
  • Ken
    It was good, about the peak of what I expect from the Laundry series nowadays. It had a feel of "something always happening" that reminded me (pleasantly) of Dan Abnett or an Avengers movie. I really liked the choice of narrating from Mhari's perspective; it felt well-done to me, much more so than Charlie's narration of Mo or Alex. It gave a great sense of fallibility and not seeing the whole big picture, while still being a strong protagonist.Ni...
  • Jo
    I'm a Laundry Files fan, and this is my favorite book in a while -- mostly because it's a bit less depressing. Oh, the world is still basically run by Elder Gods and humanity is hanging on by a thread, but ... somehow, there's a sense of hope.This book is from Mhari's POV. She's been a bit character and mostly an antagonist for much of the series, but she's like one of those X-Men characters that goes from being a baddy to a good guy. Yes, she's ...
  • Michael
    This book is part of a series. The earlier ones were all narrated by a character Bob Howard who went from a low level civil servant IT support person to a secret agent. The more recent ones are narrated by other characters. This specific book is narrated by Mhari Murphy, a former VP in the financial industry and also a former opponent of said Bob Howard, now an employee at the same agency as Bob. I liked the older books more than the more recent ...
  • Alick
    Not really sure who I was reading, but it certainly wasn't Mhari. And that's a shame because I've always loved this series.It was more like a female-Bob; every situation was compared to vintage video games or was explained using a geeky reference, and everything was assessed in that context. Thats not the type of inner monologue I ever associated with Mhari who's an ultra corporate power-suit wearing ladder-climbing ambitious woman from the banki...
  • Sontaranpr
    Book 9 and shit is only getting more real. Far too close to comfort when considering actual current events. The Black Chamber are making their move and starting a long term plan to awaken Ol' Tentacle Face themselves. As part of the plan they've magicked the entire US into forgetting the President exists and intend to harness the belief gap to forward their schemes. Meanwhile, the Black Pharaoh is rather enjoying their reign as PM of the UK (incl...
  • Jon Austin
    The plates spin higher and faster...but spin they doMr. Stross has a tough row to hoe with this series because the most likely conclusion is the end of all existence. It's like the parable about the king and the peasant and the grain of rice on the chess board: it doesn't take long to scale up to unrelatable issues and characters.And yet he keeps managing to keep the story line together. With the Laundry Index, the cast of characters keeps growin...
  • Judi
    Stross really ups the ante on this one: it's both funnier than past books -- Mhari's meaner wit is pretty hilarious -- and also more horrific, which makes sense for a book about Cthulhu. Mhari is super competent, which means that she ends up being a high-functioning operator for Britain's new evil ruler, with disturbing consequences. This book also explains a few things that had been unclear about the goings-on, like who are all these Elder Gods ...
  • Bonnie
    F*** me, this is goodPerfect pacing, suspense, a closer look at a group of surprisingly relatable, previously-minor characters... And a few moments that will grip your heart and squeeze.As always, I recommend reading the entire Laundry Files series, starting with The Atrocity Archive, just so you can get to know all the characters and the history and enjoy the changes in pace, perspective and tone. You won't regret it.
  • John Kaye
    Maybe three's generous. I have enjoyed the Laundry Files series very much until this one. The originality of the idea and the juxtaposition with the normality of British bureaucracy made for entertaining reads. In this book, the approach was, for me, missing the humour, and most of what I thought of as essential elements of the series were also missing. I'd think hard about reading the next, if there is one.
  • Frank Burns
    Everything Stross gets an automatic 4 stars for me. The creeping dread of the Laundry Files is a much enjoyed setting for me. That being said, this one only gets the base 4 stars. I just get the feeling that when he moves the story to an American setting the books are just a little weaker (the same feeling I got with the Apocalypse Codex). Still, this was a rollicking read and moved the overall story along nicely,.