First things first. If you haven’t heard of the “I Should Be Writing” podcast, stop what you’re doing and head over to http://murverse.com/
This is the original podcast for writers, readers, and fans, and how I’ve come to know Mur. (And I say “know” like we’re friends, but really I’ve just been tuning in. Shows you how personal podcasts can feel…)
The Shambling Guide to New York City is a fun urban fantasy, about a human who is hired on to write a travel guide to New York City…for monsters.
The author has talked about her affinity for dialogue, and I can see why. It’s the strongest part of the book, and the conversations are refreshingly modern. The world-building itself isn’t too shabby. It’s nothing like an epic fantasy, but there are enough tidbits to make it worth your while.
Like vampires that order blood (off the “wine list”) at restaurant. “Irish descent, 1700s please. Male if you have it.” Or water sprites that make orders such as “anything pre-pollution from the Nile area would be great, thanks.”
Each chapter starts with a sample entry from the titular guide, where it’s clear that Mur had a lot of fun writing more tidbits about the world.
It’s a fast, light, and new summer read, so give it a try!