- The Atrocity Archive
- The Jennifer Morgue
- The Fuller Memorandum
- The Apocolypse Codex
- The Rhesus Chart
- Short Stories/Novellas: Down on the Farm, Overtime, Equoid
Anyway, this re-reading was all lead in to the new release, The Annihilation Score.
Having not previously read all of these books in quick succession like this, I must say, I was ecstatic to have new narrator for the latest installment, because, taken in a big gulp, one becomes painfully aware of all the verbal tics of the narrator that make annoyingly consistent appearances in the prior installments.
I realize that at least some of it—the endless callbacks to the nature of pure mathematics relationship to magic, the origin of the Laundry, etc.—is intended to let people start in the middle of the series without being totally lost, but I’m not convinced that that is necessary or beneficial to restate so many things almost verbatim—I’ll point to Steven Brust’s Taltos novels as an example that does not display this behavior—or at least not quite so baldly.
I still enjoy them, but I will have to remember to pace myself should I ever undertake a front-to-back re-read again.
Anyway, I would say that the low point for me is definitely The Jennifer Morgue; the Bond referentiality just doesn’t quite work for me. The Fuller Memorandum and The Apocalypse Codex are probably the best of the list, with everything else occupying a still-enjoyable middle ground.