Ghost Train to New Orleans by Mur Lafferty

Published: 2014

Genre: urban fantasy

Length: 352 pages

Setting: mostly New Orleans, present day

Interest: It’s the second book in the Shambling Guide series that’s available to listen to on iTunes for free until July.

Summary: Zoe’s first book, The Shambling Guide to New York City, was successful enough that her boss wants her to do another monster guide-book. New Orleans is chosen as the location for the next book, and Zoe’s writing team rides the ghost train to New Orleans. There’s a bit of excitement on the train when Zoe meets another city-talker, and it seems that a ghost posse is trying to kill him. They make it to New Orleans, but the difficulties don’t end. Zoe’s attacked by a demon, Kevin (a vampire working with Zoe) kills a human and had to be killed, and Arthur (her boyfriend) is pushing her away as he searches for the doyen who can make the herbs to prevent him from becoming a zombie. There’s a big battle again, this time in the swamps, and Zoe is able to use more of her powers in the fight.

Final thoughts: Just as enjoyable as the first book. I particularly liked Zoe’s exploration and learning different aspect of her powers as a city talker. Recent history (namely Hurricane Katrina) impacted the city, both physically and, as we see through Zoe’s powers, spiritually. The city’s gone a little off her rocker, which causes its own set of problems. Poor Zoe never seems to get time to eat or sleep and has to run from one crisis to another. Even so, there’s interesting things that happen to her. Cinderella fabric anyone? It’ll become whatever you want/need it to until the stroke of midnight. We do start to see a bigger problem Zoe’s going to have to deal with soon when the Grey Cabal makes its presence known.

Again, each chapter ends with an excerpt from the monster travel book. And I love hearing the book read in Mur’s voice. She does and excellent job with the different characters and brings out the emotion in each scene beautifully.

Title comes from: It’s the mode of transportation the writing team takes to New Orleans.

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

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