The Jennifer Morgue , by Charles Stross, Orbit 2006, 414pp.
The same blog entry by Rucker that praises Updike, also recommends this book by Stross. It's James Bond meets Cthulhu , with lots of computer geekiness thrown in ("I, for one, welcome our new feline overlords"). Its guilty pleasures reminded me of reading Rick Cook's Wizardry Compiled, which is more original. Jennifer is, after all, a pastiche, and though it was fast and gripping reading, I have now forgotten all of it except for the one partly original idea of having the Old Ones own the benthic zones of the world's oceans.