Aimlessly Going Forward

blog by Tomas Sedovic

The Atrocity Archives by Charles Stross

book, review, science-fiction

This review was originally posted at Goodreads and imported here later with next to no spell/grammar checking.

4/5 stars

This was quite a treat. I absolutely adore the book’s premise/setting, which is: certain mathematical operations have side effects that ripple through other universes, ergo Cthulhu.

This is basically a spy thriller/fantasy/sci-fi/lovecraftian story, where magic and the Old Ones are real, but you need heavy computations or obscure mathematical proofs to interact.

I was never much into horror in general, so the Lovecraft stuff mostly went by me, but this book just took that and put it in a context I’m much more comfortable with. It then tops it off with good writing, computer and maths references and a bit of humour.

The story feels like it ends a little abruptly (though it makes more sense as the first book in a series) and it’s not very heavy on character development, but I’ve enjoyed it very much and will definitely keep on reading.

As an aside, this can probably win the prize for the most uninteresting book and series title. If I hadn’t have multiple strong recommendations, I’d probably just pass it by.

Screenshot and link to the website for the Dose Response game

Hi! I wrote a game! It's an open-world roguelike where you play an addict called Dose Response. You can get it on the game's website (pay what you want!), it's cross-platform, works in the browser and it's open source! If you give it a go, let me know how you liked it, please!