The undead/supernatural cultural zeitgeist is still upon us, but maybe you are ready for a fresh take on the genre? Part Ghostbusters, part The Devil Wears Prada, The Shambling Guide to New York City focuses on the adventures of Zoe, a young book editor who is trying to break into the world of city guide writing in NYC. If the publishing world wasn’t cutthroat enough, Zoe has to contend with the fact that her both her new coworkers and her audience are, quite literally, monsters (coterie, in the language of the book).
Zoe gradually begins to win the respect of her colleagues. As she delves deeper into research for her upcoming book, she is immersed in a whole new world of coterie lifestyles and politics. Zoe takes most of it in stride, but her professional life is soon disrupted by some nasty baggage from her past that unfortunately overlap with her new life…and just when she was starting to get to know the cute-but-mysterious (human) guy across the hall. Soon, the balance of coterie and human worlds is thrown out of whack, and Zoe realizes she may be the only one who can set things right.
Lafferty is well known as a writer of urban fantasy, and this book is a great new title for fans of the genre. The Shambling Guide to New York City is a shaggy little monster of a book with a good sense of humor about its subject matter and a heroine who is weirdly relateable.