Atrocity Archives, The

Charles Stross
Bob Howard is a computer-hacker desk jockey, who has more than enough trouble keeping up with the endless paperwork he has to do on a daily basis. He should never be called on to do anything remotely heroic. But for some reason, he is.


Reviewed: 2016-06-24


Note: This review is for The Atrocity Archive - the short story included in the book "The Concrete Jungle" will be reviewed separately.

How can I describe The Atrocity Archive? What I've been telling people thus far is to imagine Sheldon from The Big Bang Theory, take away his tendency to be completely insulting, turn him into a hacker and then force him to become the sci-fi version of a secret spy.

I can't quite say I enjoyed my read of The Atrocity Archive. It was...often bogged down by what I've been calling "techno-babble." Stross clearly wrote The Atrocity Archive for people who are very knowledgeable in the practical application of advanced technology/mathematics. Or he was making crap up out of whole cloth. Either or.

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