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The Shambling Guide to New York City (Shambling Guides)by Mur Lafferty
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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.
"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.
"What, you thought only humans wanted to travel? Monsters are tourists, too." New York Times bestseller Scott Sigler
"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)
"[Lafferty] introduces a spirited, indomitable heroine who is bound to be a favorite of urban fantasy devotees." Library Journal (Starred Review)
"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
"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
"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
"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)
"Well-written and immersive...a travel series you'll definitely want to stick with." SFX
"An extremely exciting and incredibly amusing read." SciFiNow.co.uk
"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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