- By Charles Stross

Equoid

  • Title: Equoid
  • Author: Charles Stross
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 361
  • Format: ebook
  • Equoid Free online fiction Novella Equoid is set shortly before the events of the The Fuller Memorandum It s the longest non novel length Laundry story so far And it explains among other things precisely wha

    Free online fiction Novella Equoid is set shortly before the events of the The Fuller Memorandum It s the longest non novel length Laundry story so far And it explains among other things precisely what H P Lovecraft saw behind the wood shed when he was 14 that traumatized him for life, the reproductive life cycle of unicorns, and what really happened on Cold ComFree online fiction Novella Equoid is set shortly before the events of the The Fuller Memorandum It s the longest non novel length Laundry story so far And it explains among other things precisely what H P Lovecraft saw behind the wood shed when he was 14 that traumatized him for life, the reproductive life cycle of unicorns, and what really happened on Cold Comfort Farm.

    1 thought on “Equoid

    1. Re-read 2/23/18:As good as the first time, or perhaps better. And even when I know what's coming, I still shiver when all the implications are driven home. It doesn't matter how many times I've read this. It still scares me shitless.Original Review:Oh my god that was a sharp one. I'm bowled over, not only because this was easily the best Bob Howard story I've read, including all of the novels, all of which I love, but because the tale was freaking sharp. There wasn't an ounce of fat on it, and i [...]

    2. Hello, Charles Stross, you’re my new friend.Or, I guess mate I should say, since you’re English or British? Scottish? What’s the proper term?Anyway! Equoid, Stross’ 2013 Tor (Tor again demonstrating that it is the greatest thing since the ansible) short work that won the 2014 Hugo Award for Best Novella is a really cool book and I enjoyed it in an eldritch and unspeakable way.First of all, it was funny and told with wit and charm. Any writer who can come up with a simile like this: "they [...]

    3. Now this is what I call a good horror story!Bob is called to a rural part of England to investigate a possible infestation of unicorns. The problem? They aren't fluffy white do-gooders that protect virgins like we know them from fairytales. These are the Lovecraftian version and let me tell you that they are bonechillingly wonderful!There's a lot of smoke & mirrors going on which prompts wonderful investigative work amidst the typical dry humour about life-or-death assignments still being be [...]

    4. There will be a swear in this here review. Ok.Here's the thing.I don't care how snappy your prose is.How complete your homage to H.P. Lovecraft.How much horror genre cred you're building.How clever your inversion of the unicorn mythos.How niftily you turned a legend of gleaming purity into something coolly twisted and dark.How much of a good guy author you are.You do not get to include a scene graphically depicting the sexual mutilation, rape, and killing of a thirteen-year-old girl.Unless you h [...]

    5. My experience with Stross before this story? Nada. I have several of his books on my tbr but at this point you probably have a book on my list. I didn't realize this was set in the Laundry Files world so I wasn't sure how I felt about reading this out of sequence(I'm a little weird that way). In the end I don't think it made any difference but I will go back and start at the beginning with The Atrocity Archives in the near future.I guess you would call this urban fantasy, it reminds me of The Ro [...]

    6. I have no idea why this story appealed to me as much as it did. It was funny, cleverly written, and original, and yet parts of it were pretty horrifying/sick (and this somehow turned out to be a good thing!). I'm not even really sure how to classify this novella, except for maybe "Urban Fantasy Lovecraft." I really enjoyed this one, but it is definitely not for everyone. I would warn you to read a bit of a more in-depth description before deciding if this novella is really for you. I had never h [...]

    7. Stross's Laundry series is one of those concepts that is maddeningly obscure and yet awesome: Take equal parts Lovecraft Mythos, James Bond, and Bastard Sysop From Hell, season with British black humor and computer science jokes, pulp and that's the Laundry and it's brilliant.In this novella (post-The Jennifer Morgue, pre-The Fuller Memorandum), Bob is up against flesh-eating alien parasites that look like horses and spread via mind-controlled girls. In short, unicorns, and they're out for murde [...]

    8. 4.5'What the hell do the love letters of that old fraud H. P. Lovecraft have to do with the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs?' I loved it. I am not surprised it won the 2014 Hugo Award for Best Novella. This time Bob Howard is sent to the country. The assignment is 'right up to his street'. Since the title is revealing, you won't be surprised by the thing he finds. But you will have to admit it is pretty original take on that particular being.

    9. 3.5 stars. Good paranormal horror short about Bob being sent forth to hunt for unicorns, which have rather more tentacles and carnivory than Bob (or the reader) expects. This won the Hugo for Best Novella in 2014 and you can read it for free!

    10. I haven't read any of Stross's Laundry novels, but I've read a few of his short stories, so I know the premise: "the Laundry" is the codename for a secret British intelligence service whose job is to prevent zombie outbreaks, demonic possession, and invasions of our world by eldritch horrors from beyond the stars. Stross tells these stories with a mix of dark humor and horror — the Laundry is made up of clever civil servants saving the world on a regular basis, but they're still a civil servic [...]

    11. The more Stross I read, the more I fall in love with his unique style. Call it conversational, call it British, call it rambly, call it what you will—again, there's no denying that Charles can write.This is a unicorn story like you've never seen before. Seriously. The horror and grotesquery makes this a novella I regret (not really) to reading at night.Also, there's a pretty heavy riff on H.P. Lovecraft in this novella. Not enough that I didn't enjoy it, but I'm sure fans will get an extra kic [...]

    12. Honestly, I wouldn't have tried to read this if it weren't a Hugo nominee. Given the Lovecraft connection+content warnings, I could predict I'd be unlikely to be into this, but given that it earned its place on the ballot fairly, I felt obliged to try it before voting. It started well enough: a humorous take on the horror of being an office drone with a Harry Dresden sort of weary hero. However, the descent into (view spoiler)[ a little girl being raped to death by a tentacled monster killed thi [...]

    13. 4.5 StarsAwesome science fiction thriller / horror / mystery. I loved the start of this series it is tailor made to my likes. This is my first Stross novel even though he has been on my to read list for a very long time.Great characters.Great world.Great science fiction.Lovecraft!Gadgets.And more.I really liked it.This is a novella with HPL unicorns!

    14. "A host of small tentacles appeared around its open end, and it began to haul itself on suckers across the decay-slicked stones, proceeding in the direction of the stable doors & the darkness that I could even then sense lurking within." In Charles' Stross' Lovecraftian novella Equoid, we have poisonous cone snails, feral unicorns, a countrified farm/livery stable where all has run slub-slub, and an agent by the name of Bob Howard who works for a secret government agency known as "The Laundr [...]

    15. Shockingly entertaining given the fact that it's Hugo nominated fiction and therefore has high potential to be a pretentious load of idea-driven unicorn poop. (Especially since the author's bio contains the words "hard science fiction," an anathema to character-based storytelling.)Equoid is apparently elaborating on the events that took place in an earlier novel.(?) H.P. Lovecraft, he of the unreadable purple prose, must figure prominently in said work, and Equoid is in part an explanation of wh [...]

    16. Equoid by Charles Stross is a Hugo winner, in a year that's had quite a bit of controversy. Initially, I was impressed by the story, but the more I think about it, the less I am. Intelligent, articulate, and witty, it has undercurrents that are dark and disturbing.It's hard not to see echoes of Larry "Lord of Hate" Correia in Charles Stross' Equoid. Sure, there are fewer guns in Equoid than, well, anything that Correia writes, but I suspect that's only because Correia knows his firearms better t [...]

    17. Paranormal bureaucracy and a tongue-in-cheek British X-Files-y department investigating, essentially, a creature feature plaguing the English countryside. Equoid was well-written and kinda witty (but more by way of smiling wryly to myself than laugh-out-loud funny? I dunno, I just have pretty exacting standards when you can really really tell the author is trying to be witty; it takes a very deft hand to pull it off effortlessly, a la Douglas Adams).The novella is truly, utterly horrific and dis [...]

    18. Brainycat's 5 "B"s:blood: 3boobs: 1bombs: 0bondage: 0blasphemy: 4Bechdel Test: FAILDeggan's Rule: FAILGay Bechdel Test: FAILPlease note: I don't review to provide synopses, I review to share a purely visceral reaction to books and perhaps answer some of the questions I ask when I'm contemplating investing time and money into a book.If you like the Laundry series, you'll like this short. It's a very quick read and treads well worn ground, but all the things I like about the Laundry are in abundan [...]

    19. I would recommend this to people who like H.P. Lovecraft and unicorns. Well, actually, unicorns don't come off too well in the book, so maybe if you like Lovecraft and dislike unicorns. Lovecraft doesn't come off too well either, but I think that's because he's a character in a universe where the horrors are real and where his books don't always accurately describe the horrors. So I think if you like Lovecraft, you're still on target to like this book.I don't really like Lovecraft. I am up in th [...]

    20. Yet another great Laundry tale from Stross, this time twisting the unicorn mythos on it's otherworldly head. Add a couple of computer virus generated zombies and the usual Bob Howard apprehensions, and you're in for one of the better Stross shorts.

    21. A short (free!) novella set in the Laundry universe - so far I've only read the very first one which was sometimes clumsy, this one is so much better. It's about a 'regular IT guy' who works for a British secret government institution tasked with keeping Lovecraft's horror at bay. He's also (somewhat unbelievable, but then again you have Eldritch horrors running around) the go-to-guy for field work and investigations, so you get Lovecraft's investigator who has to battle Word macros possessing p [...]

    22. Really, really, creepy.And, not to mention, excellent explanation of why H.P. Lovecraft was a horror writer and a misogynist. 

    23. This was the first Stross I read and it will quite possibly be my last although I will not completely rule it out. I can see Stross' appeal with other readers but I cannot quite share it.I kept changing my mind about the book almost every paragraph. Is this fun, disposable entertainment, or dull derivative and intensely annoying?Is does he write in a flowing or stilted style?Is this exciting or am I just bored?I do not think it helped that I am not very familiar with the Lovecraft mythos and wha [...]

    24. This one is fucking amazing. I mean I do like Stross, in fact I think he is one of the greatest living SF/FF writers out there.This Novella, as all his Laundry series is a bit of an aquired taste, maybe, for some, as you need to be a bit geeky / nerdy, preferrably know / hate a thing or two about IT, and have a certain opinion about the 'Breast from Redmond', or commonly known as Microsoft :)While the other stories / books of the Laundry series are good fund and even better entertainment at high [...]

    25. This is an entry in Charles Stross' wonderful Laundry series, a free novella recently nominated for a Hugo award. This story depends on knowing considerable backstory: Bob works for the Laundry, a secret branch of the British government tasked with protecting queen and country from monsters from beyond space-time. What is funny about these stories is that Bob is a real character beset with troubles from the bureaucracy of a government agency and legitimately terrified of the beasts he stands up [...]

    26. tor/stories/2013/09/eqBe sure and pay attention to the Publisher's warning. This is graphic and not for those with weak stomachs.I think this has been my favorite Laundry story so far. The monster involved is truly creative and cringe-inducing. (view spoiler)[I've always been both fascinated and repelled by snails, slugs etc. (Nudibranchs for the win!!!) Somehow, Stross' parasitical relationship of virgin, snail, unicorn/tentacular horror just works for me and my weird sense of humor! (hide spoi [...]

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