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Ghost Train to New Orleans: Book 2 of the Shambling Guides

By Mur Lafferty

Rating: 4 stars

The sequel to The Shambling Guide to New York is equally fun, as Editorix extraordinare Zoe Norris leads her team to New Orleans to expand Underground Publishing’s guidebooks for the magical. While she’s there, she has to deal with a boyfriend who’s trying not to succumb to zombieism, a newish vampire staff writer with a hell of an attitude problem, a secret society and learn more about her own new found power and her heritage.

This book takes the time to expand much more on coterie society, especially human coterie such as the zoetists, and the city talkers, Zoe’s own speciality. We find out more about recent history and why there are so few city talkers. I liked this, but can’t help thinking that the secret society/cabal thing is possibly laying it on a little thick.

I did enjoy the many pop culture references (I squeed a bit at Zoe’s goldfish being called Lister and Kochanski) and the nod to recent(ish) events in New Orleans, with an alternative explanation for the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina.

Now, when can we get the next book?

Book details

ISBN: 9780356501918
Publisher: Orbit
Year of publication: 2014

The Shambling Guide to New York City

By Mur Lafferty

Rating: 4 stars

Zoe Norris has come back to her home town of New York and is in need of a job. She sees something interesting, and despite the attempts of several people to put her off, she applies for and gets it, as managing editor of a small publishing house that’s just starting up. It’s at this point she discovers that it’s a very niche publishing house, whose director is a vampire, and with co-workers including a death goddess, some zombies, a water sprite and an incubus. With a new world of monsters coterie opened up to her, she tries to get a travel guide to New York published while at the same time trying to deal with what she’s learned and getting over her last relationship.

I really enjoyed this novel. I first became aware of Mur Lafferty when she used to read occasionally for the short story podcast, Escape Pod, later becoming its editor. She’s created a great character in Zoe and the people around her, whether human or coterie. Her New York, that most of its inhabitants are completely unaware of, is sparkling and vibrant and the little excerpts from the eponymous Guide deepen the world and make you curious to find out more. I’ll certainly look forward to the sequel.

Book details

ISBN: 9780356501901
Publisher: Orbit
Year of publication: 2013

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