Ghost Train to New Orleans



[PDF / Epub] ☄ Ghost Train to New Orleans By Mur Lafferty – E17streets4all.co.uk Could you find a museum for a monster Or a jazz bar for a jabberwock 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 Could you find to New PDF/EPUB ä a museum for a monster Or a jazz bar for a jabberwock Zoe Norris writes travel guides Ghost Train Kindle - for the undead And she s good at it too her new found ability to talk to cities seems to help Train to New eBook ↠ After the success of The Shambling Guide to New York City, Zoe and her team are sent to New Orleans to write the sequelWork isn t all that brings Zoe to the Big Easy The only person who can save her boyfriend from zombism is rud 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.Ghost Train to New Orleans

Mur Lafferty is to New PDF/EPUB ä the author of Solo A Star Wars Story and the Hugo and Nebula nominated novel Six Wakes, Ghost Train Kindle - The Shambling Guides series, and several self pubbed novels and novellas, including the award winning Afterlife series She is the host Train to New eBook ↠ of the Hugo winning podcast Ditch Diggers, and the long running I Should Be Writing She is the recipient of the John Campbell Award for best new writer, the Manly Wade Wellman Award, the Best Fancast Hugo Award, and joined the Podcast Hall of Fame in , its inaugural yearTE Goodreads mail is NOT a good way to get in touch with me If you wish to reach me, contact information is available at my website.

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    Ghost Train to New Orleans PDF/EPUB Ô Train to New write the sequelWork isn t all that brings Zoe to the Big Easy The only person who can save her boyfriend from zombism is rud 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."/>
  • Kindle Edition
  • 352 pages
  • Ghost Train to New Orleans
  • Mur Lafferty
  • English
  • 10 October 2017

10 thoughts on “Ghost Train to New Orleans

  1. says:

    I had almost reached the halfway mark before I stopped in disgust Although tempted to toss my reading material to the floor, my ingrained love for books is too strong, so I settled for setting it down firmly on the side table and taking a deep breath What set me off was a scene where Zoe, the lead character, picks a confrontation with one of her closest friends, following the female UF trope of 1 getting in a fight with supernatural beings because they eat people when the character alrea I had almost reached the halfway mark before I stopped in disgust Although tempted to toss my reading material to the floor, my ingrained love for books is too strong, so I settled for setting it down firmly on the side table and taking a deep breath What set me off was a scene where Zoe, the lead character, picks a confrontation with one of her closest friends, following the female UF trope of 1 getting in a fight with supernatural beings because they eat people when the character already knows that supernatural beings eat people, 2 getting ridiculously drunk as a way of coping with said stupidity, and 3 doing something so ridiculously stupid but needful for the plot that being drunk is the only way to explain it.So many in the UF genre and don t get me started on paranormal go straight to the trope ridden character and use those weakness to propel the plot forward through the mid twenties life stage challenges Maybe the key here is writing skill a good writer will use language that interests, build a world that engages and a character that evokes a reaction beyond the urge to slap someone upside the head It s my own fault, really I ve been reading Kraken and then this book arrived at the library I thought it might be a quick diversionary read while I waited for a long enough time chunk to devote to Mieville Instead, it highlighted the difference between a writer who is linguistically gifted and one who sorely needspractice in language, plotting and characterization.The premise of the Shambling Guide series is absolutely fabulous, and without doubt, it is the hook that keeps me reading Like Seanan McGuire s October Daye and InCryptid series, Lafferty does a great job bringing interest and character to a variety of ancillary supernatural characters including a Welsh death goddess, a Valkyrie and an Irish ghost The idea of Zoe being a human editor of a team of supernatural writers is genius Lafferty leads chapters with entries from the Guide, which gives it a fun flavor and ties the premise in One of the structural problems here, however, is that writing the guide takes backseat to various nefarious activities, as well as the drama and angst of Zoe s boyfriend Arthur The rest of her coterie team continues to tell her how worthless she is as an editor, until she unleashes her authority in a fit of micromanaging, dictates they do something entirely unrelated to their job to prove she is boss, and subsequently wonders why things aren t going well I don t know why then don t eat her, honestly I don t, except of the vague threat of the vampire publisher to eat anyone who harms her.Come to think of it, what I really don t like is Zoe She s rude to people who are being perfectly polite, she makes a million assumptions I might be exaggerating , generally lacks compassion but is perfectly capable of feeling sorry for herself, has virtually no investigative skills or interest in exploring the city, and is frequently horrified by the coterie around her in short, everything an editor team leader shouldn t be if one is reaching out to the public to write a book Imagine Sookie confronting werewolves in a bar, but with a leadership position Oh wait you probably read that one.To make matters worse, Zoe s secret skill which everyone seems to know by the end of the book becomes compounded withskills Oh, and we discover she is an orphan ok, that might have been in the last book, but she wasobsessed with getting over her old romance and didn t talk about it very often and had a distant relationship with her adoptive parents That s right the tropes of Speshul Snoflake and Orphan Discovering Her Past makes a fast and furious appearance, bustling in with new skills to save the day and a stack of excuses for irrational behavior Of course, no one tells her how to use these skills, so she whines a bit, stomps off and then complains she doesn t know what to do.Sigh So what I m saying is, Zoe s kind of a jerk, and I really don t like spending much time with her much like immature October Daye review but since she seems to change according to authorial needs, I m not sure if it is a characterization issue or a character one On the positive side, the world building is very clever and the New Orleans setting is well done For those that enjoy a little romance, there s a distracted relationship with a tropey Grumpy Man from The Opposing Side that is unsatisfying and unbelievable on many levels.Overall, a disappointing follow up to the Shambling Guide to New York City, not even satisfying in the Cracker Jacks category.Two and a half shambling stars, with a bonus half a star for not having a woman with tattoos bare midriff shrouded in shadow on the front cover

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    How would you like to attend a masked Carnival ball hosted by a shady dude called The One Who Kills and Is Thanked For It when you ve packed only grubby clothes and you re flanked by two omni gorgeous goddesses Zo isn t crazy about it, but it s all part of her job editing travel guides for the undead and immortal It s a job she s very good at and while, yes, it can be a little nerve wracking overseeing writers who d love to eat her brains, smite her dead, or drink her blood, times are tough How would you like to attend a masked Carnival ball hosted by a shady dude called The One Who Kills and Is Thanked For It when you ve packed only grubby clothes and you re flanked by two omni gorgeous goddesses Zo isn t crazy about it, but it s all part of her job editing travel guides for the undead and immortal It s a job she s very good at and while, yes, it can be a little nerve wracking overseeing writers who d love to eat her brains, smite her dead, or drink her blood, times are tough and Zo needs the steady income Plus she now has a water sprite, a death goddess, and a Valkyrie as her best friends, which can sometimes be unsettling but is still pretty cool At least that s what Zo thinks most of the time.I can t resist this witty urban fantasy series and one of the best things about it is Zo , a non paranormal human who recently discovered she isn t quite as ordinary as she thought It turns out she can talk to the souls of cities a trick that may come in handy for a travel editor if she can figure out how to master it In this book she and her team of writers take a high speed ghost train to New Orleans to gather material for their next city guide, but Zo is also hoping to help her new boyfriend Arthur find a voodoo like herbalist somewhere in the swamps who may have medicine to stave off Arthur s zombie infection Right from the start there are difficulties Zo is relegated to coach while her writers ride first class because the paranormals in charge don t consider humans quite equal, their train is robbed by a bunch of ghosts in badly fitting cowboy costumes, and Arthur is refusing Zo s help and has knocked himself out with Benadryl for the trip so they can t talk about it Once in New Orleans Zo starts assigning stories, but the sultry, playful, paranormal rich ambiance of the city is not helping anyone s focus, though it is quite entertaining to read about.Zo has mostly embraced her unusual job and new experiences, plunging ahead with all the determination and common sense she can muster even when it s hard to tell ally from foe While she sometimes has an attitude, Zo always almost tries to do the right thing, even wanting to console a deeply depressed vampire co worker who s tempted to use her for comfort food With great characters, ongoing suspense, plenty of surprises, and lots of laughs I finished Ghost Train to New Orleans longing for Zo s next adventure

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    Amusing Fantasy Romp through Non Human New OrleansI actually enjoyed thisthan the first book in the Shambling Guide series, The Shambling Guide to New York City.In part, I don t think the first book captured New York City where I live that well.It was fun to journey to New Orleans with Zoe and her crew.I also found this book funnier than the first one.The basic premise is similar Zoe Norris is the human editor for a publisher of travel guides for coterie the polite term for non hum Amusing Fantasy Romp through Non Human New OrleansI actually enjoyed thisthan the first book in the Shambling Guide series, The Shambling Guide to New York City.In part, I don t think the first book captured New York City where I live that well.It was fun to journey to New Orleans with Zoe and her crew.I also found this book funnier than the first one.The basic premise is similar Zoe Norris is the human editor for a publisher of travel guides for coterie the polite term for non human monsters There is a huge underground population of ghosts, sprites,incubi, fae, gods and goddesses, demons, dragons, zombies, vampires, etc There are also humans who can create golems zoetists , and other humans with special gifts Zoe s magazine is a travel guide for coterie.Sometimes there is tension between Zoe and some of her coterie coworkers for example, she is sometimes afraid she will be eaten or bitten by them Sometimes they don t respect her leadership But for the most part they get along A government department Public Works keeps coterie in line i.e., keeps them from killing and eating all the humans so coterie and humans can live in balance Zoe is discovering that, although she is human, she has special powers Those special powers come to lightin this book.Zoe s vampire boss, Phil, sends her and a crew of writers mostly coterie to New Orleans to write a book on New Orleans travel for coterie They include vampires Opal and Kevin, Death Goddess Gwen and Healing Goddess Ire, and Birdie a sort of were dragon who has both human and dragon forms Zoe s Public Works employee boyfriend, Arthur, is in serious trouble and has to come along on the trip to try to save his life.Some reviewers have complained that Zoe spends a lot of time feeling sorry for herself, but to me, that just makes herhuman haha.Lafferty has a lot of fun with this There is a invitation only party for coterie, fae made evening dresses that change shape to fit their wearer and a climactic fight scene of course Zoe and her crew do lots of partying and drinking alcohol for Zoe, blood for the vampires, ancient souls for the Death Goddess, aged river water for some of the other coterie, etc Sometimes the whole premise seems a little silly or overdone, but Lafferty is a charming reader of her own stuff, and it s free for now on her podcast, The Murverse Annex

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    Hi, This is the UBP How May we help you Hi Just to be sure, this is the Universal Book Police, that UBP Yes thats us Do you have a book problem Yes I DO I need to report a crime of the highest order The shambling guide series by Mur Latterty while the author has many ideas ready in her head, readers ALL OVER THE WORLD must have been brainwashed not to read the first two in the series, cause according to the author only those two will be published, the others she had planned only MI Hi, This is the UBP How May we help you Hi Just to be sure, this is the Universal Book Police, that UBP Yes thats us Do you have a book problem Yes I DO I need to report a crime of the highest order The shambling guide series by Mur Latterty while the author has many ideas ready in her head, readers ALL OVER THE WORLD must have been brainwashed not to read the first two in the series, cause according to the author only those two will be published, the others she had planned only MIGHT be realised by shelf publishing some time IN THE FUTURE The series has NOTHING WRONG WITH IT, great writing,great characters, original setting and plot, jokes, love stories,mysteries etc etc Oh NO Such a horrible crime I will put our best agents on the case Dont you worry dear we will fix this in a jiffy The next week the rest of the series was scheduled for realise during the next 4 years with 6 months breaks All thanks to agent Irene and Diesel

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    I thought this was an enjoyable read Definitely not super difficult to read or understand I think if you read the first one and liked it you will also enjoy this book A lot of the main action is saved for the very end of the book much like the first one which I think is something that can be improved but I am looked forward to another sequel if there going to be one I finished this book in 4 days so this is not a long read but this is a nice light read if you want to take a break and read so I thought this was an enjoyable read Definitely not super difficult to read or understand I think if you read the first one and liked it you will also enjoy this book A lot of the main action is saved for the very end of the book much like the first one which I think is something that can be improved but I am looked forward to another sequel if there going to be one I finished this book in 4 days so this is not a long read but this is a nice light read if you want to take a break and read something fun and easy Dany

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    The Ghost Train to New Orleans picks up where The Shambling Guide to New York City left off, taking Zoe and her team some of them new, some familiar to New Orleans, and deepening the plot concerning Zoe s abilities It s a little tropey Zoe is an orphan, and the reason that her ability is rare is due to a purge in the coterie community where, for some reason, they felt a bit cross about people like her using their abilities to kill people Zoe continues to be rather put off by some of the co The Ghost Train to New Orleans picks up where The Shambling Guide to New York City left off, taking Zoe and her team some of them new, some familiar to New Orleans, and deepening the plot concerning Zoe s abilities It s a little tropey Zoe is an orphan, and the reason that her ability is rare is due to a purge in the coterie community where, for some reason, they felt a bit cross about people like her using their abilities to kill people Zoe continues to be rather put off by some of the coterie around her, their abilities and tastes, and sometimes that just doesn t make her look good.But it s still a really fun read, and I ate it up I appreciated the way it dealt with Arthur and Zoe s little budding romance which dies on the branch before the end of this book, in case anyone was worried about urban fantasy tropes , and the way it was affected by Arthur s problems It becomes very clear that nothing comes for free in this world, which takes a particular character in an new direction which could ve been fascinating, if there were anybooks to come.I m probably overlookingfaults, but honestly I wasn t interested in picking nits I really enjoyed the tone and some of the lore, and I wanted to know what happened That was enough for me.Instead, alas, I learn that Orbit only took on the two Publishers, you re mad I d grab the third book eagerly if it existed I read the first two in two days.Reviewed for The Bibliophibian

  7. says:

    I d read a few of Mur Lafferty s early shorter stories, in her Afterlife series, where she juxtaposes fantasy stories with everyday, normal joe, characters Fast forward eight years later and Lafferty s The Ghost Train to New Orleans is the second novel in her Shambling Guides series Atraditional urban fantasy series, we follow normal everyday Zo as she leads her assorted band of undead misfits to New Orleans to write the second travel guide for supernatural beings gods, vampires, zombi I d read a few of Mur Lafferty s early shorter stories, in her Afterlife series, where she juxtaposes fantasy stories with everyday, normal joe, characters Fast forward eight years later and Lafferty s The Ghost Train to New Orleans is the second novel in her Shambling Guides series Atraditional urban fantasy series, we follow normal everyday Zo as she leads her assorted band of undead misfits to New Orleans to write the second travel guide for supernatural beings gods, vampires, zombies, ghosts, etc Unfortunately, for her, she seems to spend most of her time getting into scrapes and coming to terms with her own nascent powers as she does writing a travel guide and consequently the guide suffers.Lafferty s writing has come on leaps and bounds in those eight years, with none of the stilted dialogue and characterisation that occasionally spoilt the flow in the Heaven story Not having read The Shambling Guide to New York City I didn t have any of the background, but Lafferty didn t make me feel left out, I was picking up concepts like Zoetists and City Talkers in no time at all The coincidence of the Zoetists and Zo herself felt a bit forced, but it wasn t referred to at all I assume it s either ridiculed to death in the first book or is some not at all subtle foreshadowing of a future story twist or both But, otherwise the remaining super naturals all seem to fit the existing ideals No sparkly vampires here thank goodness.Each chapter is separated with an excerpt from the presumably eventually finished travel guide And this was the weakest part of the novel to my mind It was a good idea, but poorly executed Like Zo herself spending too much time surviving New Orleans and not enough time writing her guide Lafferty has spent too much time writing a very enjoyable novel and leaving the travel guide sections as mere scraps in between Instead of adding to the novel and developing the world building they feltlike last minute additions They re small though, and their weakness doesn t detract too much from what is a good ol read The first book has been added to my to buy list and I m looking forward to what promises to be an interesting series

  8. says:

    Probably closer to a 2.5.I really enjoyed The Shambling Guide to New York City, which was a fun, light urban fantasy about a writer who gets involved with publishing travel guides for the supernatural The second book in the series stays with the conceit but goesserious than fun in a setting that might have called forlevity.The good is that we get a broader explanation and exposition regarding Zoe s powers in this one, but we trade it off with what ultimately feels likemeanderi Probably closer to a 2.5.I really enjoyed The Shambling Guide to New York City, which was a fun, light urban fantasy about a writer who gets involved with publishing travel guides for the supernatural The second book in the series stays with the conceit but goesserious than fun in a setting that might have called forlevity.The good is that we get a broader explanation and exposition regarding Zoe s powers in this one, but we trade it off with what ultimately feels likemeandering as we move from a ghost train robbery to speaking with the city to riding dragons and so on It might just be due to my reading a lot of Jim Butcher lately, but the fun and frolic that should have come about from this just felt flat and plodding this time around.I m not completely down and out on this series at this point, and will eagerly look for the third entry As far as where my expectations were, though, I was hoping for something

  9. says:

    Zoe, the editor of a series of travel guides for supernatural beings travels to New Orleans with her team to write the definitive book on the city for the undead, gods, goddesses and zombies But trouble seems to follow Zoe and it isn t long before she finds herself the target of a vengeful god, while another god of unspecified powers has taken an interest in her and wants her help These books are a quite a hoot The actual story isn t all that interesting I ve seen everything in this book man Zoe, the editor of a series of travel guides for supernatural beings travels to New Orleans with her team to write the definitive book on the city for the undead, gods, goddesses and zombies But trouble seems to follow Zoe and it isn t long before she finds herself the target of a vengeful god, while another god of unspecified powers has taken an interest in her and wants her help These books are a quite a hoot The actual story isn t all that interesting I ve seen everything in this book many times before But the premise a team of writers writing a travel guide works well and turns what might have been a little dull into an interesting page turner

  10. says:

    A nice follow up to the first book, hopefully we ll get to read manyeditions of The Shambling Guide

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