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A travel writer takes a job with a shady publishing company in New York, only to find that she must write a guide to the city — for the undead!

Because of the disaster that was her last job, Zoe is searching for a fresh start as a travel book editor in the tourist-centric New York City. After stumbling across a seemingly perfect position though, Zoe is blocked at every turn because of the one thing she can't take off her resume — human.

Not to be put off by anything — especially not her blood drinking boss or death goddess coworker — Zoe delves deep into the monster world. But her job turns deadly when the careful balance between human and monsters starts to crumble — with Zoe right in the middle.

Review:

"Surviving in New York City is tricky even if one doesn't encounter paranormal entities, but Lafferty's charming debut offers a helping hand for coterie ('monster is pejorative') and humans alike. Desperate for work after a disastrous affair sends her back from Raleigh, N.C., to New York, guidebook expert Zoë Norris applies for a gig with Underground Publishing and lands an interview with a company rep who turns out to be a vampire. Undeterred, she quickly takes to her job as managing editor for a coterie guidebook to New York. She becomes fast friends with a water sprite and a death goddess, has to fend off the attentions of an incubus, and starts self-defense training with Granny Good Mae, a homeless assassin with connections to the government anticoterie department called Public Works. Zoë's romance with a Public Works agent lacks credibility, but excerpts from the guide and adventures at coterie hangouts make the novel an enjoyable tour of the city's supernatural side. (June)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Review:

"What, you thought only humans wanted to travel? Monsters are tourists, too." New York Times bestseller Scott Sigler

Review:

"The hip, knowing and sometimes hysterically funny narrative, interspersed with excerpts from the guide of the title, lurches along in splendid fashion. Combine wit, style and acute observation: the result is irresistible." Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review)

Review:

"[Lafferty] introduces a spirited, indomitable heroine who is bound to be a favorite of urban fantasy devotees." Library Journal (Starred Review)

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"The Shambling Guide to New York City shows that Mur Lafferty has something different to bring to the urban fantasy genre. She's created a character that can experience the human/non-human dynamic via researching a travel guide, which we'd never see through the usual detectives and ass-kicking central characters, and with snappy dialogue, a creative cast and can-do central characters, we have fun tagging along." Gavin Pugh, tor.com

Review:

"This debut is a refreshing departure from the dark and sexy face of so much urban fantasy. Creative and funny, it explores a world where monsters live amid humans. A sarcastic protagonist, well thought-out details and an authentic picture of New York City further bring the tale to life." RT Book Reviews

Review:

"Lafferty's novel has wit, style and plenty of sardonic dialogue, like Douglas Adams writing an episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer...sheer bravura fun." Financial Times

Review:

"In Lafferty's entirely believable world, New York City is secretly inhabited by vampires, zombies, fay folk, and assorted monsters....This is a funny, thoughtfully conceived, and thoroughly entertaining romp that will be a sure bet for urban-fantasy readers — and might even surprise people who don't think they'd enjoy a paranormal novel." Booklist (Starred Review)

Review:

"Well-written and immersive...a travel series you'll definitely want to stick with." SFX

Review:

"An extremely exciting and incredibly amusing read." SciFiNow.co.uk

Review:

"Now THIS is the urban fantasy heroine we want." i09

About the Author

Mur Lafferty is a writer, podcast producer, gamer, geek, and martial artist. Her books include Playing For Keeps, Nanovor: Hacked!, Marco and the Red Granny, and The Afterlife Series. Her podcasts are many, currently she's the editor of Escape Pod magazine, the host of I Should Be Writing, and the host of the Angry Robot Books Podcast. Personally, she loves to run, practice kung fu (Northern Shaolin five animals style), play World of Warcraft and Dragon Age, hang out with her fabulous geeky husband and their eight year old daughter.

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Dreenali, May 3, 2014 (view all comments by Dreenali)
This is a fun example of how urban fantasy can be fantastic! Vampires, Zombies, and Golems, OH MY! Finished it in about 48 hours or less. :-) Good read!
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MelHay, December 15, 2013 (view all comments by MelHay)
Zoe has moved back to her home city, New York City, after a terrible incident with her last boss and...his unbeknownst to her, wife. She has some money to live off of, but needs a job. She is a wiz at travel guides and the book store and coffee shop she stumbles into has the perfect add on it's board:
Underground Publishing
LOOKING FOR WRITERS
Underground Publishing is a new company writing travel guides for people like you. Since we're writing for people like you, we need people like you to write for us.
Pluses: Experience in writing, publishing, or editing (in this life or any other), and knowledge of New York City.
Minuses: A life span shorter than an editorial cycle. (in this case, nine months).

Zoe feels she's a perfect fit. The owner...not so much. Zoe learns of the special employees and that she might be in mortal danger from them. These beings are all through the city. Then the danger she comes upon with the city as a whole. Zoe tries to balance the attacks on her, find out who and why they are after New York City, and finish a layout for the new Travelers guide all at the same time.

Mur takes New York City and twists what we know to the supernatural lives as well. What we know as one meaning also has another to the supernatural world. We start with the implications and feelings there is something off with a few places. We are human and the supernatural do hide themselves rather well, but we the readers are looking for it and see the small flickers in their glamour. ;)

The first chapter left me wanting more. I was curious to what the world is like behind the curtains we don't know are there. I did get the feel there were some supernatural in the world. And when Zoe was talking about the publishing company; on yes, something was going on.

Zoe's personality is perfect. One that takes things in stride, and what she learns about what's been in New York City all these years, and everywhere, trips her up for a heartbeat but she goes on. She needs the job to badly and finds it all interesting at the same time. I love her thinking process on the monsters in the city. They'd been here for some time, so why was it different from last week? I love seeing Zoe interact with the "monsters" and all that is present in the world. The connections of Zoe's life to what's happening around the Coterie is not viewed as a coincidence by the Coterie. There is more to it. Then we meet Zoe's neighbor, nice young man, Arthur. But Arthur has a secret as well.

I love that we get Zoe's story and clips from her guide book at the end of each chapter. The clips give an insight to what we've already learned, places we've visited, and what's to come.

This story has a blend of everything here. Fun. Supernatural. Story that grows as we get more and more acquainted with the world. And a spark of relationships. Definitely a must buy series for me! Mur is wonderful at weaving fun into a story. She has a great cast of characters and twists things with a supernatural element along with her quick one liners that make me chuckle. Mur weaves a whole system to the supernatural world. One that keeps it secret to the human world as well.

Thank you Mur, and Orbit, for podcasting this book. I loved every minute of listening to it and HAD to get the book! I want this to show off and go back through.

This fun humored read and story is one I'll suggest to many for the fun and world. You'll be flipping the pages to learn what next is in this world and the humor that will come with it. Then, you'll find you are sucked in to a story that you didn't see coming.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780316221177
Author:
Lafferty, Mur
Publisher:
Orbit
Subject:
Science Fiction and Fantasy-Fantasy-Contemporary
Publication Date:
20130531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Surviving in New York City is tricky even if one doesn't encounter paranormal entities, but Lafferty's charming debut offers a helping hand for coterie ('monster is pejorative') and humans alike. Desperate for work after a disastrous affair sends her back from Raleigh, N.C., to New York, guidebook expert Zoë Norris applies for a gig with Underground Publishing and lands an interview with a company rep who turns out to be a vampire. Undeterred, she quickly takes to her job as managing editor for a coterie guidebook to New York. She becomes fast friends with a water sprite and a death goddess, has to fend off the attentions of an incubus, and starts self-defense training with Granny Good Mae, a homeless assassin with connections to the government anticoterie department called Public Works. Zoë's romance with a Public Works agent lacks credibility, but excerpts from the guide and adventures at coterie hangouts make the novel an enjoyable tour of the city's supernatural side. (June)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Review" by , "What, you thought only humans wanted to travel? Monsters are tourists, too."
"Review" by , "The hip, knowing and sometimes hysterically funny narrative, interspersed with excerpts from the guide of the title, lurches along in splendid fashion. Combine wit, style and acute observation: the result is irresistible."
"Review" by , "[Lafferty] introduces a spirited, indomitable heroine who is bound to be a favorite of urban fantasy devotees."
"Review" by , "The Shambling Guide to New York City shows that Mur Lafferty has something different to bring to the urban fantasy genre. She's created a character that can experience the human/non-human dynamic via researching a travel guide, which we'd never see through the usual detectives and ass-kicking central characters, and with snappy dialogue, a creative cast and can-do central characters, we have fun tagging along."
"Review" by , "This debut is a refreshing departure from the dark and sexy face of so much urban fantasy. Creative and funny, it explores a world where monsters live amid humans. A sarcastic protagonist, well thought-out details and an authentic picture of New York City further bring the tale to life."
"Review" by , "Lafferty's novel has wit, style and plenty of sardonic dialogue, like Douglas Adams writing an episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer...sheer bravura fun."
"Review" by , "In Lafferty's entirely believable world, New York City is secretly inhabited by vampires, zombies, fay folk, and assorted monsters....This is a funny, thoughtfully conceived, and thoroughly entertaining romp that will be a sure bet for urban-fantasy readers — and might even surprise people who don't think they'd enjoy a paranormal novel."
"Review" by , "Well-written and immersive...a travel series you'll definitely want to stick with."
"Review" by , "An extremely exciting and incredibly amusing read."
"Review" by , "Now THIS is the urban fantasy heroine we want."
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