The Shambling Guide to New York City by Mur Lafferty


Published: 2013

Genre: urban fantasy

Length: 368 pages

Setting: present day NYC

Interest: I’ve read all of Mur’s books that I can get my hands on (I’ve reviewed Marco and the Red Granny and Playing for Keeps so far) and I enjoy every one. So, when I found out there was a free podcast of her new book (it’s free through the 15th of December, so hurry if you’re interested), I was all about it.

Summary: Zoe has recently moved to NYC. She had to leave Raleigh because she slept with her boss. Turned out that was a spectacularly bad idea as his wife, Lucy, was chief of police so when she found out, Zoe was in danger. Zoe managed to get a job in a publishing house in NYC, but it’s not your typical publishing house. This one is run by coterie and Zoe is tasked with creating a travel guide for the hidden society of fey, undead, demons, etc. As she’s adjusting to the knowledge that more than humans inhabit the city, the zombies go on a rampage. She eventually discovers that Lucy is behind the zombie uprising. Lucy is a zoetist and she’s coming to NYC to trap the spirit of the city in a golem of her own making. Zoe and her new friends, both coterie and human, try their best to stop Lucy. It’s touch and go for a while, but they do manage to succeed.

Final thoughts: A highly enjoyable book. I found Zoe and the supporting characters to be highly believable. Zoe doesn’t make all the right decisions, and she doesn’t come through the battles miraculously unscathed. Instead, she muddles through and manages to come out right in the end because she’s willing to make friends in unlikely places. I love the concept of a travel guide for the coterie and the excerpts at the end of each chapter were some of my favorite parts of the book. Lafferty also does a great job with the coterie – no sparkling vampires or mindless zombies here. Nothing too deep, but it’s fun and exciting, and I’m curious to see what Zoe does next in Ghost Train to New Orleans.

Title comes from: It’s the name of the travel guide Zoe was working on for the coterie in NYC.

Reading challenges fulfilled: None since I listened to the audio version of the book instead of reading a paper copy.

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