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Ghost Train to New Orleans (The Shambling…

Ghost Train to New Orleans (The Shambling Guides) (2014)

by Mur Lafferty

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Series: The Shambling Guides (book 2)

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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 Sbambling 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?"--… (more)



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3.5/5 stars. The Shambling Guide to NYC was a great hit with the coterie, so Zoe and some of her writers are taking the ghost train to New Orleans to write a travel guide for that city. My complaint from the first book in this series was that the travel sections often came before the action, spoiling it, and that's fixed in this book, with the travel sections now coming after and supporting the action.

Though the first book threatened all of New York City, Zoe included, this book seemed more threatening to her on a personal level. One of her writers would happily kill her, she gets shot on the train, and some mysterious guy hints that she could be in huge danger just based upon who she is.

There is a mysterious African god Zoe meets in Jackson Square and I encourage those of you who don't recognize him right away to google him. I think it'll enhance your reading to know who and what he is, and it won't take anything away from the story.

Zoe learned a lot of coterie and human-coterie history in this book and I'm fascinated to see where it goes. Yes, obvs, I am hoping for more in this series.

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  tldegray | Sep 21, 2018 |
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I had originally meant to start the Ghost Train To New Orleans when it was initially released but it ended up falling on the back-burner of my TBR. Because of that I was a little rusty about the knowledge of characters and events of the previous novel, but once I picked up the book everything came back to me.

The second book starts off with Zoe reeling from the loss of friends from the battle in New York. Though is she more knowledgeable about the coterie (supernatural) world she still has a lot learn. The novel takes its readers to New Orleans home of delicious seafood, creole culture, Mardi Gras, and notable locations all from the view of the spirit world. Zoe and her crew continuously work on the travel guide while she tries to enjoy the city and stay out of danger.

I like that the second book is set in a new city full of new characters, good and bad. It added extra zest to the plot and while New York was full of coterie, Zoe comes face to face with many new creatures all while dealing with her own personal issues. It’s revealed early on in the book that she is in fact a city-talker and has to keep this secret under wraps since her kind are extinct.

Zoe bonds more and becomes closer to characters such as Gwen (my favorite) and learns that even though she feels alone she still has someone to talk to. Zoe also goes through a major character development in this books. Arthur’s impending zombie-dom and her job puts a strain on their relationship and she comes so close to danger after mysterious and deadly events happen on her trip. I admired her bravery to stand up for herself and navigate through obstacles.

I love urban fantasy and what makes these books so fun it that it meshes the supernatural with travel. I’ve always wanted to travel to New Orleans and I felt I could experience a bit of what the city had to offer. My favorite scenes were the ones that took places on the ghost train. They were action packed and the concept was really cool!

These books were published some years apart and there’s been no news of whether the series will continue or not. I hope it will since it’s such an immersive urban fantasy series! ( )
  Rlmoulde | Nov 25, 2017 |
Ghost Train to New Orleans is the sequel to The Shambling Guide to New York City and it was just as fun as the first book. Zoë and her colleagues head to New Orleans to write their second Shambling Guide and from the moment they board the ghost train, everything changes for Zoë. Luckily, everything is happening is a gorgeous, supernatural New Orleans where there are parties and beignets and plenty of things to hide from. I wish there were more books in the series because she mentions heading to London next!

http://webereading.com/2017/08/a-big-stack-of-books-fantasy-and-sci-fi.html ( )
  klpm | Aug 5, 2017 |
Not 100% pleased with where citytalkers went, but not bad! ( )
  adamwolf | Nov 24, 2015 |
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To my parents, Donna Smith and Will Lafferty, who provided to a young writer the Time-Life fantasy books, the Brother word processor, and the love and encouragement she needed to thrive. I love you both so much.

And to Ursula Vernon, who provided to an older writer a last-minute road trip, a beignet-stealing adventure, and a swamp tour in which a misinformed guide learned about ivory-billed woodpeckers.
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Zoë Norris would have rather had a root canal than conduct this interview for a new writer.
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