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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit (4 Mar 2014)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 0356501914
  • ISBN-13: 978-0356501918
  • Product Dimensions: 12.5 x 2.1 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 329,677 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Witty urban fantasy from fan favourite Mur Lafferty, about a travel writer who agrees to write a guide to New Orleans - for the undead

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COULD YOU FIND A MUSEUM FOR A MONSTER?

OR A JAZZ BAR FOR A JABBERWOCK?

Zoe 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 New Orleans. The only person who can save her boyfriend from zombism is rumoured 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 rumours of a new threat hunting citytalkers, can Zoe stay alive long enough to finish her next book?

Praise for this series:

'If Buffy grew up, got therapy and found a real job, it would look like this'

Scott Sigler

'I want to live in Mur's New York'

Cory Doctorow

'Well-written and immersive... a travel series you'll definitely want to stick with'

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Derek R on 4 Mar 2014
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I enjoyed the first book in the series and I love the second. The World building is fantastic, very well thought out and detailed. The characters are believable, and funny. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes Jim Butcher or Neil Gaiman, and I can't wait for the next book in the series.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Louise Postlethwaite on 23 Feb 2014
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I don't usually buy books when they first come out, but after reading "The Shambling Guide to New York City" I've been eagerly awaiting the sequel. Ghost train to New Orleans does not disappoint. I started reading while on the bus home, and not only didn't notice the bus stopping (luckily my stop was the last one on the route) but couldn't resist reading it during the twenty minute walk home.

Zoe is not your typical hero, but you can't help rooting for her. Nothing is clear cut, and you certainly get the feeling that all the characters have their own dramas going on that doesn't involve Zoe at all. Zoe is very much the outsider to this culture, and it shows in her missteps and her attempts to navigate. It makes for a very engaging read.

But what I enjoyed most, is that the author's voice came through so clearly. I'm a fan of Mur Lafferty's "I should be writing" podcast, and it was rather comforting to be able to hear her warm tones so clearly in her writing.

I am very much looking forward to Mur's next book in this series.
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This is becoming one of my favourite series. Which after two books isn't too bad.

We are back with Zoe again, but this time we're moving from New York to New Orleans. The premise however stays the same. We're looking at a new tour guide, in one of the main centres of supernatural life.

Without wanting to give too much away, the story moves at a fair clip, still packed with little geek jokes, but with a slightly darker tone. It's not that surprising that not everyone comes back from this trip.

We also get to see Zoe start to understand what, and who she really is. This changes the dynamic of the book, and i reckon the after affects of this will be seen throughout the rest of the series. There's a slow, but steady world building going on here, that in time I believe will really pay dividends.
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