Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Book Preview: The Shambling Guide to NYC by Mur Lafferty

The Shambling Guide to New York City by Mur Lafferty

Having heard about this podcast of a book that is coming out soon (May 28, 2013, which may be the past depending on when you read this, adjust verb tenses accordingly) from Forgotten Classics, I decided to give it a listen. So this isn't so much a review as a preview, but it's looking like a lot of fun.

The podcast version is at chapter three right now. I'm enjoying the book a lot. The premise is fun--a book editor named Zoe who had to leave another publishing house returns to New York City to find a dream job. The opportunity arises when she runs across an opening at a new publisher in New York City looking to make travel guides. Zoe had started a successful, off-beat travel guide series at the first publisher. The thing with the new publisher is that they are staffed by fantasy creatures like vampires and zombies, etc. So they don't think she will fit in. She has a lot of intestinal fortitude and it looks like she will get the job. I just hope she gets to keep her intestines intact!

The reading has the right blend of lightness and earnestness. Ms. Lafferty (reading her own book!) sounds a bit like Holly Hunter (who in her younger days would have been perfect to play Zoe in a screen version) and has great delivery. I can't wait for the next episode! Check out the podcast here or go pre-order or buy the book at the link below.

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