Introduced to readers in the novels The Atrocity Archive and The Jennifer Morgue, the Laundry is a secret British government agency charged with preventing dark interdimensional entities from destroying the human race. Now, in “Overtime,” the Laundry is on a skeleton staff for Christmas—leaving one bureaucrat to be all that stands between the world and annihilation by the Thing That Comes Down Chimneys. Written especially for the Tor.com holiday season, Charles Stross’s novelette is a finalist for the 2010 Hugo Award.
Christmas: the season of goodwill towards all men — except for bank managers, credit scoring agencies, everyone who works in the greeting card business, and dodgy men in red suits who hang out in toy shops and scare small children by shouting “ho ho HO!”
I know, this was sort of a cheat. But hey, Goodreads counts it as a book, so I’m taking the win! Goodreads 2013 Challenge completed! Okay, I’m not one for Novellas. It’s like reading an excerpt of a book and never really knowing what’s happened in the begging or the middle or the end. However, I really loved this short story. It has my kind of humor and that is always a plus! Weirdly enough, this short story is Christmas appropriate because it is set during Christmas time. I have not read the actual Laundry series by Charles Stross but after reading this… they are definitely making it onto my to-read list!
‘Twas the night before Christmas, the office was closed, The transom was shut, the staff home in repose; The stockings were hung by the chimney with care, But St. Nicholas won’t be coming because this is a Designated National Security Site within the meaning of Para 4.12 of Section 3 of the Official Secrets Act (Amended) and unauthorized intrusion on such a site is an arrestable offense…”
It’s 32 pages… what do you have to lose? And if you are doing the Goodreads Challenge, this shizz counts! Get on it!