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Sunday, March 9, 2014

19) The Ghost Train to New Orleans by Mur Lafferty

The Blurb :

Could you find a museum for a monster?
Or a jazz bar for a jabberwock?

Zoe Norris writes travel guides for the undead. And she's good at it too—her new-found ability to talk to cities seems to help. After the success of The Shambling Guide to New York City, Zoe and her team are sent to New Orleans to write the sequel.

Work isn't all that brings Zoe to the Big Easy. The only person who can save her boyfriend from zombism is rumored to live in the city's swamps, but Zoe's out of her element in the wilderness. With her supernatural colleagues waiting to see her fail, and rumors of a new threat hunting city talkers, can Zoe stay alive long enough to finish her next book?

My Thoughts :

I really enjoyed the Shambling Guide to New York and have been eagerly awaiting the release of this sequel.  Recently I haven't been able to pick up my Kindle as often as I would like but this is the book I have been grasping at every time I got the chance to.  As soon as it arrived on my Kindle I started it and couldn't wait to see what happened to Zöe this time around and how the author would continue the crazy but amazing paranormal tale she started in the first book.

If you are fed up of the usual vampire, werewolf and ghost Paranormal Urban Fantasy thing then you really need to try the Shambling Guides series.  The first book already showed how unique it was but this second book only builds and enforces the originality of the series.  Totally different to anything else I have been reading this is a sight for sore eyes.  Fresh and fabulous the general story, characters and concept are just wonderful.

This time around the Shambling Guides crew of writers are, as the title of the book promises, off to New Orleans on a Ghost Train.  There are some interesting revelations in this book and there are some very cool developments regarding to Zöe's abilities.  I have to say that I wasn't really impressed with Zöe's relationship with Arthur and welcomed all the decisions the author made about this aspect of the story.  I enjoyed the trip to New Orleans and finding out more about the Supernatural elements and found the new bits and pieces to be fun and intriguing.

Want something new and different then look no further.  The Shambling Guides, courtesy of Mur Lafferty, show that there is still some pretty cool ideas out there and they are being offered up to us, the lovers of everything paranormal.   Make sure you start with the first Shambling Guide to know what is what, who is who and why everything is happening.  Otherwise just curl up and enjoy the trip!

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