The hero of Mur Lafferty’s Shambling Guide to New York doesn’t wear tight pants, tote a crossbow, or have the most special power ever. She doesn’t fall in love with any magical creatures, or have everybody smitten with her. She’s just a travel book editor trying to finish her supernatural guidebook on time, and we love her.
And the first person who can work in “counterpoint the surrealism of the underlying metaphor” into the discussion – seamlessly – will win an ARC of The Ghost Train to New Orleans…
I have worked with my local awesomesauce indie book/comic store, Chapel Hill Comics, to provide signed copies of my books to anyone who wants to purchase online. So if you don’t see yourself hitting any of the cons I’m attending (and there are only two left this year), this is the best way to get a signed copy.
There’s a live chat with me over at Shindig next Wednesday night! Go check it out and RSVP if you’re interested (we are hoping for many RSVPs), I’m really hoping I won’t be all alone asking myself “a/s/l?”
Most new hires try to negotiate a higher salary. When Zoe takes a job editing a new travel-book series for Underground Publications, she needs to decide whether to get paid in hell notes, blood tokens, occult favors, or regular dollars. In Lafferty’s entirely believable world, New York City is secretly inhabited by vampires, zombies, fay folk, and assorted monsters. Public Works not only takes care of streets and sanitation, they are also responsible for keeping the balance between humans and “coterie”—the preferred term for nonhumans. Zoe’s pretty tough, and she thinks she can handle her assignment of creating a coterie guidebook to the city. But she’s ill-prepared for what awaits her in the underworld and soon finds herself succumbing to the erotic advances of an incubus coworker, tracking down raging zombies, and ultimately getting involved in an epic battle for the (literal) soul of the city. 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.