In response to the reviewer who complained this was a "Harlequin-like" novel - well Luna is the new fantasy line from Harlequin. The books are suppos..Show More »ed to be about strong female characters in fantasy settings. Harlequin novels are good novels more often than some would like to admit. And this novel is no exception.
Urban Shaman follows a mechanic who becomes a cop due to her particular circumstances. It is also about coping with dual - but similar heritages. Something a lot of people don't realize is that the Cherokee and Scots-Irish melded so well in Appalachia because their cultural beliefs were so similar! (I'm talking about first wave settlers.)
This book is exactly what it claims to be - an urban fantasy from Luna. And it is well-worth listening to. I do enjoy the narrator and wish she had come back for the second book, but, Gabra Zackman is also an excellent storyteller.
I really enjoyed "Urban Shaman". Thunderbird Falls fell short. Change in narrators is always risky, and while Gabra Zackman did a fair job, she set a ..Show More »different tone than Christine Carroll did. Added to the stale story, Gabra Zackman's dry narration increased my frustration with this book.
But the real problem of this book is all C.E. Murphy's fault. Our grease monkey shaman accomplished NOTHING since we left her last. Actually, she accomplished reverting back to a only semi-believing in her powers... WTF? How can anyone believe that is what would happen after book one? Book one convinced her and us that she had real powers and that she was going to be a good little shaman and work on them... then book two starts the whole process over and she has to be convinced again that her powers are real and she needs to learn to use them.... ugh!! Book three can wait, I don't know if I can risk book three being another book about her denying her powers.
C.E. Murphy has a wonderful story in this series, there is a LOT of potential. But, so far it looks like she's afraid to write it. It shouldn't take two books to convince her main character that magic is real, and she should learn how to use her powers better.
I don't usually write reviews but when I saw some of the negative reviews I had to step up! I LOVED this audiobook! I wonder if some of the listeners..Show More » who wrote negatives are just new to the series? This is definitely a series that must start with Urban Shaman or else you will be lost for sure. I love how much Joanne has grown since the last book. I also love how the relationship between Joanne and her boss has developed. I usually just listen to audiobooks in my car and read print books at home but with this one I popped my ipod out of the car put on some headphones and listened for hours (an audio version of a book you just can't put down)....I have even taken to haunting the author's web site hoping there will be a change in the 2009 publication date for the next book. Unlike an earlier review I am NOT happy a new series is coming out soon because that means she is not working on The Walker Papers series! :)
Murphy creates a wonderfully vivid world with all the emotional trimmings. Joanne Walker is a dynamic heroine with a wonderful inner voice. This ins..Show More »tallment focuses on Joanne's role as protector and healer and we see Joanne heal herself as well as find out more about Coyote. Murphy is a fantastic writer and this is an excellent book!
In the latest installment of the Walker Papers, Seattle police detective and shaman Joanne Walker finds herself in the middle of transformational hiji..Show More »nks and murder. At this point in C.E. Murphy’s fantasy series, Joanne Walker is maturing and gaining much needed confidence in herself and her talents. But don’t worry her self-deprecating and hilarious internal monologue is still present and priceless. Morrison’s and Joanne’s relationship is still remarkably awkward but makes slight progress only to take a monumental step back. While I find the lack of romantic progress irritating, this is a wonderful series and Spirit Dances is a solid addition.
Though I love Gabra Zackman for Joanne's voice, I don't believe it was the best for Gary's. An older male voice, warm and humerus would been a better..Show More » choice, I feel.
This is not a standalone story and should only be read for best enjoyment after books 1 - 7 of the Walker papers has been read. This story is Gary's side trip in Raven Calls.
I had trepidation in reading it, because Gary is one of the most beloved side characters ever and reading of his loss and heartbreak was almost more than I could bear. But when I finally dove into it, it really was a celebration of his life and his high points and his love. Of how he not really saved Annie, but helped her to save herself. The ending is a little iffy as to what really happened so I have to be patient to hear more especially after Gary's call to Joanne at the end of Mountain Echoes.
I can't say I even learned a lot from this story, other than enjoying Gary's POV as we have learned a lot of him and most of this over the course of the Walker Paper books, but at the same time it was all in one place and very enjoyable. We also learned more of 'Horns' and the Hunt.
If one is a fan of the Walker Paper series and have a soft spot for the cabbie, Gary, then this will definitely be a fun read. I so enjoy hearing the older protagonists empowered, strong and dynamic.
Wow this series just gets better and better.I just loved it. Continuing directly from the 7th book, Joanne directly goes from her fight in Ireland..Show More » straight to North Carolina. This time following her father's heritage and her own past. It has time traveling, zombies, flying cars, and ancestor sprits... If you don't know the series, people are just going to scratch their head with that description. And for the first time I am going to put this into my "romance shelf"!
Although the series is published by Harlequin (well Luna), the stories are never quite romantic or cannot be categorized as romance. But in this 8th book it finally has romance worth mentioning. Well it's not as if there were no men in Joanne's life. I admit there were Thor and of course Cayote. Well, this time it's with the very very long awaited MORRISON!! So of course it's different and special. In any case I missed him very much in the previous book so I was very happy he was with Joanne all through the book. On the other hand no Garry, he is left in Ireland. I guess though the next book will be with him. I just bought No Dominion so that will probably tie it up to the end of this book I'm hoping.
Another satisfying read and again it's going to be agony waiting for the next book!!
And of course another great narration by Gabra Zackman! She does "Walker-ism" soooo well.