Equoid (Laundry Files, #2.9)Equoid by Charles Stross

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

My daughter has just brought home a sparkly unicorn, and I am very afraid…

This is a Laundry files short story featuring Bob Howard. In this outing Bob has to deal with a report from a well qualified DEFRA vet who harbours suspicions of a potential outbreak of Equoids. The file Bob is given as briefing contains the letters of one HP Lovecraft that tell of HPL’s own experience of contact with an Equoid outbreak.

This is a highly entertaining story that provides a twist on unicorns and gives them an interesting life cycle which is truly horrific. It also has some laugh out loud points too.

UPDATE: this has been nominated for a 2014 Hugo Award, which is well deserved. One of the best I read in 2013.

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