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- Book 1 of 2 in The Shambling Guides
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"Mur Lafferty's debut novel is a must-read book for those who like their urban fantasy fast, furious, and funny. Terrific stuff!"―Kat Richardson
"This is a great start to what promises to be one of the gems of the comic urban fantasy crown. The Shambling Guide sets the wonderful world of the supernatural--and the slightly more esoteric world of travel guide publishing--on its ear, and the result is nothing short of delightful."―New York Times bestselling author Seanan McGuire
"An engagingly funny, and fun, romp through NYC. You'll love Zoe... to bits."―New York Times bestselling Tobias S. Buckell
"Shows exactly why so many writers have been buzzing about Mur Lafferty for so many years: an unbeatable mixture of humor, heart, imagination, and characterization. I want to live in Mur's New York."―Cory Doctorow
"Without Mur Lafferty, the SF genre would be a much duller place. Mur is constantly inventive, always great fun and deserves every success."―Paul Cornell
"A wild ride through the secret side of New York City, Mur Lafferty's mighty debut is urban fantasy the way it should be: fast, funny, with bags of action and characters you'll love. A total delight from cover to cover."―Adam Christopher
"The Shambling Guide to New York City is a monstrously fun romp by one of our most engaging new authors."―Tim Pratt
"Zombies and vampires and golems, oh my! The Shambling Guide to New York City rounds up the biggest cast of the undead and never-quite-alive ever to appear in a single novel, along with a wisecracking heroine whose picture belongs over the dictionary entry for spunky. This is a comic tour-de-force by a writer who lives and breathes popular culture. Mur Lafferty is throwing a monster party and you're invited."
―James Patrick Kelly, Hugo and Nebula Award Winner
"Mur Lafferty is a bright, shining light in speculative fiction. She brings a warm, humourous and startling fresh voice to the genre in The Shambling Guide to New York City."
--This text refers to the paperback edition.
- Publication Date : May 28, 2013
- File Size : 1433 KB
- Print Length : 361 pages
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Publisher : Orbit (May 28, 2013)
- ASIN : B0092XHVZ8
- Language: : English
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #182,678 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I was introduced to the work of Mur Lafferty with "Playing for Keeps" and was very pleased with her original approach. She's a writer to follow and I wanted to read this previous book of Lafferty's. I enjoyed it thoroughly. I simply wanted more of the contents of the guidebook her main character, Zoe Norris, was editing- "The Shambling Guide to New York." Those excerpts are worth the cost of the book alone. Light, funny, now this is urban fantasy!
Well, I mean...it's a travel guide for, you know, monsters. Except they don't like that term. It's kind of insulting. They prefer 'coterie.' And they are anything from dragons to fae to vampires to demons, and everything in between.
Where do dragons sleep when they visit New York City? Where should zombies eat? And what about visiting incubi and succubi? All these are answered in the book.
But, of course, the book wasn't just 'Zoë sits at her desk compiling a book about New York City,' because that actually would be pretty boring. She works with a couple of vampires, an incubus, a succubus, a death goddess, a water sprite, three zombies, a dragon, and a construct (think Frankenstein's monster). And there are no sexual harassment laws or health insurance. Still, it's a good enough job.
But then there's a zombie uprising because someone is poisoning their food supply, and the Public Works Department (the coterie police force) are suddenly having to battle all kinds of problems. Something big is about to go down in New York City. And to top it off, it looks like someone (other than / in addition to several of her coworkers) is out to get Zoë.
Being a book editor is dangerous business when you're food to a good number of your coworkers.
Highly recommended. As much as I hate to use this phrase, "It's a fast-paced tour-de-force that will have you on the edge of your seat." :)
I've been a fan of Mur Lafferty's writing podcast 'I Should Be Writing' for the last few years. She has a very candid way of approaching the struggles of the wanna-be writer, many of which she has encountered herself. While I've tried to listen to some of Lafferty's other podcast novels, this is the first one that I've actually finished. This is Lafferty's first big publishing contract novel, and it even earned her the Campbell aware – yay Mur!
My one sentence summary:
Navigating the ins and outs of cottery living in New York city is the least of Zoe's problems when her ex and his wife come to town and all hell breaks loose.
Lafferty's set up an interesting concept of an unseen monster society co-existing with our own. She's populated her city with some fascinating ghouls beyond the standard zombies and vampires. The incubi are seductive. The death goddess is terrifying. The water sprite playful. I love the mythology Lafferty has created. Her action scenes are definitely her strong suite. Zoe's a fiesty, if not reluctant, heroine who isn't afraid to get in the middle of a fight. Extra credit for Lafferty's seduction scenes with the incubus who works with Zoe. Any doubts I had that Lafferty's writing was YA in a grown-up wrapper disappeared when she started down a more erotic avenue.
While I am a fan of Lafferty's writing podcast, I've had a hard time getting into her narrative voice. There's something about it that just strikes me as aimed at a younger crowd. Zoe spends a lot of time in wonderment at the world she is discovering. I wish I felt more scared for Zoe, but there is little doubt that she'll preserver no matter what obstacles she encounters. It also takes a while to get to the major conflict in the story. The central conflict stemming from Zoe's past relationship with a married man is less than satisfying. In the end, it's hard to pinpoint how Zoe grew as a person or overcome anything more than external conflicts.
I was surprised at how much I enjoyed not only the story but Lafferty's reading of it. While it meanders and at times I wonder if there is real danger, the last third of the book kicks into high gear and races towards the grand finale. This book is on the lighthearted side, but a fun listen (if you can catch the audioversion while it's up). I also bought the ebook to support the author. This isn't a super-serious or horrific urban fantasy, but the Shambling Guide has charm and snark. I'm looking forward to seeing what Lafferty does with the next book, Ghost Train to New Orleans.
Top reviews from other countries
I actually bought this book three years ago and started it then but only just recently got around to picking it up again and finishing. This was due to a) limited free time and moving house in the interim but also b) the first four chapters being quite a chore to get through, enough to put me off initially. I went back to it as I realised that the cover art is by Jamie McKelvie, whose work I always have time for, and admittedly a slight dearth of other reading material; overall I don't regret reading to the end (finally) but the book is certainly not without its flaws.
I found the main character to be really rather irritating: she seems to repeat herself a lot, has great apparent difficulty passing the Bechdel Test at any point and her decision-making in the early part of the book seems pretty irrational. These issues were what made me give up on the book originally. Fortunately they lessened as the story went on, possibly because more characters were introduced and so some of the focus was taken off the main character. I also appreciated the excerpts from the eponymous guide at the beginning of each chapter, which acted as quite a neat literary device for delivering supplementary information and plot teasers. As it goes on, though, it becomes evident that the plot relies heavily on coincidences which can harm suspension of disbelief at times.
Overall I would be interested to give the second book a try at some point on the assumption that things get better with practice, but it probably won't be my highest priority. On an unrelated note, and looking back from 2020 with the benefit of hindsight, it seems strange that this series only ever merited two entries when other similar ones (including some frankly much worse than this) seem to go on and on.
She gradually learns about the monster's, and businesses that cater to them. discovers New York sewer workers and Cabbies live a more interesting life than you'd expect. That not all Monster Hunters are teenaged cheerleaders and that she'd encountered the alternate life styled before (and really seriously pissed one of them off).
Ever encountered delays at an airport? It could have been a lot worse.
Not a great book, but well written and would appeal to a wide range of readers.
It is reminiscent of the books by Ben Aaronovitch which are (mostly) based in London. The authors should talk! It could possibly be a great team-up.