Have You Heard About... The Shambling Guide to New York City

… the monsters who live among humans? Actually, they prefer to be called “coterie” in Mur Lafferty’s The Shambling Guide to New York City. If you were really desperate for a job, would you work with vampires, zombies, an incubus, a death goddess and other non-humans? That is the situation that Zoe Norris finds when she applies for an editing job with Underground Publishing. Fortunately, not all of her co-workers consider her a potential food source. In fact, it will probably be safer than her previous job, where she was having a relationship with her boss until she found out that he was already married to a local police officer. At least, it will be until her old boss and his wife come to town.

Mur Lafferty does a great job of keeping the action moving as Zoe adjusts to life with the coterie. Articles from the book on which Zoe is working – a travel guide to NYC for non-humans – start each chapter and help to give a little background and atmosphere. Readers also learn about the magic side of this world along with Zoe as she encounters different races and situations. Despite the dangers of this world, it doesn’t seem overly dark. Action is more the focus than horror, although there is some gore as Zoe deals with brain-eating zombies and a construct who is oddly familiar (well, parts of him are familiar). You’ll see the Big Apple through new eyes with The Shambling Guide to New York City.


Reviewed by Fran (staff)