The Shambling Guide to New York City

Orbit: Hachette. May 2013. 368p. ISBN 9780316221177. pap. $14.99; ebk. ISBN 9780316221160. FANTASY
OrangeReviewStarThis entertaining urban fantasy is populated with fantastical beings who narrow the gap between the human and supernatural worlds. It seems that what supernatural creatures really want is a tourists' guide to the Big Apple—one written for the out-of-town monster, or coterie, as they prefer to be called. And that's what Underworld Publishing has hired Zoë Norris, a native (and human) New Yorker, to do. Zoë has returned to the city after a nasty experience with her former publisher/boyfriend and is desperate for a job, even if it means her new boss and coworkers are vampires, zombies, and an irresistible incubus. Morgen, a charming and cheerful water sprite, leads Zoë on a boisterous tour of coterie hot spots.
VERDICT Lafferty, a 2012 nominee for the John W. Campbell Award for best new writer, introduces a spirited, indomitable heroine who is bound to be a favorite of urban fantasy devotees.
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