The sequel to The Atrocity Archives, this book once again shows Stross's creativity. This time, he's gone for a horror-Bond spy thriller cross, with the normal amount of system administration thrown in. It didn't quite catch me in the same way as the previous book, but it's great fun, and tries to catch a little of both Bond-in-the-books and Bond-in-the-films. It also throws in an extra little short story at the end, which is a fun freebie. Again, I'm a great fan of Stross, so I'm not likely to be too critical, but this is a good, fun, brain-free read.