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The Shambling Guide to New York City

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Mur Lafferty is a writer, podcast producer, gamer, geek and martial artist. She loves to run, practice kung fu (Northern Shaolin five animals style), play WORLD OF WARCRAFT and DRAGON AGE and hang out with her fabulous geeky husband and their eight-year-old daughter.


This entertaining urban fantasy is populated with fantastical beings who narrow the gap between the human and supernatural worlds. It seems that what supernatural creatures really want is a tourists' guide to the Big Apple-one written for the out-of-town monster, or coterie, as they prefer to be called. And that's what Underworld Publishing has hired Zoe Norris, a native (and human) New Yorker, to do. Zoe has returned to the city after a nasty experience with her former publisher/boyfriend and is desperate for a job, even if it means her new boss and coworkers are vampires, zombies, and an irresistible incubus. Morgen, a charming and cheerful water sprite, leads Zoe on a boisterous tour of coterie hot spots. VERDICT Lafferty, a 2012 nominee for the John W. Campbell Award for best new writer, introduces a spirited, indomitable heroine who is bound to be a favorite of urban fantasy devotees.-Deb West, Gannon Univ. Lib., Erie, PA (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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 Zoe 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. Zoe'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) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Without Mur Lafferty, the SF genre would be a much duller place. -- 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, author of EMPIRE STATE THE SHAMBLING GUIDE TO NEW YORK CITY is a high-concept, high-comedy romp through the supernatural underworld. It's like nothing you've ever read before - and that's a good thing. -- Seanan McGuire (aka Mira Grant, author of FEED and PARASITE) 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 If Buffy grew up, got therapy and found a real job, it would look like this. -- Scott Sigler An extremely exciting and incredibly amusing read * SCIFI NOW * Well-written and immersive . . . a travel series you'll definitely want to stick with * SFX (four stars) * Lafferty's novel has wit, style and plenty of sardonic dialogue, like Douglas Adams writing an episode of BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER -- James Lovegrove * The Financial Times *

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