I like funny. I can't do funny--I'm a doom and gloom kind of writer, but I love it when other authors do funny and do it well. Mur Lafferty, author of THE SHAMBLING GUIDE TO NEW YORK CITY, knows funny inside and out. Learn more about Mur here.
So it's been a tough couple of weeks, but having SHAMBLING GUIDE to act as an escape is pretty much a book at its best: an escape from real life into something way better.
That said, I'm not sure how I'd feel if a world with "zombies, vampires, and golems, oh my!" was reality.
So what's SHAMBLING about? When does it hit the shelves? And even more importantly, should you buy it?
Because of the disaster that was her last job, Zoe is searching for a fresh start as a travel book editor in the tourist-centric New York City. After stumbling across a seemingly perfect position though, Zoe is blocked at every turn because of the one thing she can't take off her resume --- human.
Not to be put off by anything -- especially not her blood drinking boss or death goddess coworker -- Zoe delves deep into the monster world. But her job turns deadly when the careful balance between human and monsters starts to crumble -- with Zoe right in the middle.
Are you interested? Because you should be. On Goodreads, I gave the book 5 out of 5 stars, and really, I don't do that too often.
I loved Lafferty's books for several reasons. I'm a fan of comic books, conventions, cheap sci-fi, and cheesy effects. It's obvious that Lafferty is as well. She knows her genre inside and out and thus can write a little tongue-in-cheek. I liked the book because the main character (besides being an awesome badass) is an author, and while sometimes I find that to be a little cliche or a cop-out on the author's part, Lafferty's MC really couldn't be anything better. This character fits her story.
The story itself has been woven seemlessly together. All the characters, if not likeable, make a standing impression in the reader's mind. I can see Lafferty's world becoming a cult classic.
Lafferty also researched her "monsters" well, and she's taken that knowledge and applied it to a version of New York City that almost seems plausible.
Beyond these levels of craft and skill that Lafferty so obviously has, the book is also just plain fun. And if you find yourself having a crappy week like me, I can't recommend anything better.
SHAMBLING comes out on May 28th, 2013, so order a copy now. It'll be a purchase you won't regret.