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Thunderbird Falls (Walker Papers #2)

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The sequel to 2005's Urban Shaman pits beat cop and reluctant shaman Joanne Walker (real name Siobhan Walkingstick) against her deadliest foe yet: an ancient serpentine spirit bent on crossing over into modern-day Seattle -- not to order an iced mocha latte from Starbucks but to take over the world!

Just a few months after meeting the Native American trickster god Coyote a...more
Paperback, 408 pages
Published May 1st 2006 by Luna (first published January 1st 2006)
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Murphy tried to write one of those stories where nothing is as it seems, and then a big revelation at the end changes everything. She failed. Hard.

Imagine watching The sixth sense with Bruce Willis's character looking like Casper the friendly ghost; or if you still want him to be Bruce Willis instead of some cheap CGI, how about trying to picture him walking through solid objects and winking in and out of view in the middle of a scene without any of the characters acknowledging the oddity of nor...more
Dec 27, 2008 CD rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: nobody
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Joanne Walker, aka Siobhan Walkingstick, is back in the second installment of The Walker Papers. Unfortunately, the force of her personality and the awesome cast of secondary characters introduced in Urban Shaman and back in this installment isn't quite enough to put Thunderbird Falls on my "must not be missed" list.

There's good stuff here, most significantly the growing emotional tension between Joanne and Captain Michael Morrison. I swear, I just love every second they're in each others' compa...more
Carol. [All cynic, all the time]
I'm continuing to struggle with reading this book. The main character is so flawed, I find it hard to be sympathetic to her, although it could be because her character is inconsistent. At one moment, she is wanting to use her power to heal, at another supposedly afraid to acknowledge it exists. If she is scared of it/ refuses to acknowledge it, why does she keep doing things like looking in the spirit realm for someone who recently died? It's also surprising that instead of believing her teache...more
Again, a whole stack of friends are telling me to read this series. I tell them to read or see all sorts of crap, so I'm giving them the benefit of the doubt.

This was a definite drop back from the pretty-good first book (Urban Shaman). Our heroine, forced in the first book into awakening latent shamanic powers and now trying not to use them, is told to find a teacher as well as to fix the large climate shift she generated in the first book. Meanwhile, there will be at least one mystery for her t...more
Shera (Book Whispers)
“Let me guess.” Was pretty much the only thoughts I had while reading Thunderbird Falls. OK, clearly not the only thoughts. But they were pretty much on replay the whole way through. Lot's of readers complained about how much Jo pisses and moans about her new powers. Which I'll talk about. My main complaint was how terribly predictable this book was.

Each new character, plot point, or anything introduced was so glaringly obvious I had this mental image of myself beating my head against a school...more
Holly Booms Walsh
Although I like this main character for a lot of reasons, C.E. Murphy's descriptions of the magic Joanne does leaves me feeling confused and unsatisfied. It's a lot of talk about energy and fire and force, and I never get what happened after the big scene is done. This is the second book of hers I've read and I think I'll pass on the rest of the series. The Joanne, Morrison, and Gary characters are so strong that I feel very sad to leave them behind.
Feb 27, 2011 Marsha rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Adults
Thunderbird Falls is a good story with poor execution. In this installment, Joanne Walker has to face her ambivalence with her new Shaman powers. She has not been studying her craft and her spirit guide, Coyote goes silent. However, a new guide, Judy shows up and begins teaching her how to use her power. While all of this occurs, her friend Gary the cabbie has a heart attack and is in the hospital trying to recover.
After finding a dead girl,Cassandra in a locker room shower Jo attemtps to disc...more
Carolyn F.
Re-read by audiobook. I also read the library paperback. I'm not liking this book as much as the first time, but I think that was because of the change in narrators. The first narrator was okay but this one made every man sound so marble-mouthed, slow talking, it was a little ridiculous. And speaking of ridiculous, I'm not exaggerating when I say that Joanne woke every morning after passing out and not knowing where she is. Every morning. Passing out is bad, so I'm thinking brain damage and not...more
Douglas Meeks
Well finally finished Thunderbird Falls (The Walker Papers, Book 2) and I will have to say by the end of the book I would give it a solid 4 Star rank, it continues the story of Joanne Walker and her coming to grips with her Shaman powers, this series is one where you have to grow with the heroine and at times its a bit frustrating for readers like me who want to just point a finger and all bad guys blow up. not gonna happen here but she gets a bit smarter (unlike Rachael in the Hollows) with eac...more
Lady Jaye
I rated this a 3 stars because I felt it was much better written than the first one, and I liked it better. What kept me from liking it even more is that better writing notwithstanding, many of the same problems from the first book plague this one too.

The biggest problem is Joanne herself. In beginners' Spanish class, we learned a phrase: cabeza dura. Joanne tiene cabeza dura. That's the only explanation for how someone can be so dense, so incredibly stupid (her words, not mine. I just happen t...more
This is the second book in the Walker Papers series and it finds our heroine, Joanne, a few months out from the events of the first book. With the adrenaline of those events having worn off, Joanne has become more reluctant to use her shamanic abilities and to take on the responsibilities that go with it. As a result, she goes about tripping through a series of mistakes and errors in judgement in this installment. It turns out that the amount of power Joanne used in book one was not without cons...more
Second in this series about a Seattle-based female cop with newly awoken shamanic powers. Most of the story takes place in a dreamscape where she learns to use her powers. The rest of the story takes place during a heat wave in Seattle and involves a witches' coven and her friend Gary having a heart attack. Unfortunately, Joanne has been neglecting her shamanic studies for many months, so now that she needs them, she's on a crash course that nearly kills her. She makes a few horrible decisions a...more
I first met Jo Walker in October during a roadtrip to a wedding in Georgia. My second meeting occurred during a cubicle-stress-induced retail therapy session at the local B&N. Each time I meet her, I like her more and more.

Jo Walker was a mechanic for the police department. After an odd set of events in "Shaman Dreams," she is replaced in the mechanic pool and put on beat by her boss. In "Thunderbird Falls," she learns a bit more about her current direction, her loved ones, and ultimately wh...more
I've come to the conclusion that I'm just not all that interested in shamanism. I'm not all that into druids, either. Good old fashioned sorcery is more my taste.

Most of the characters were irritating, and more than once I sort of sighed and set the book aside. There are a lot of passages that just seem to ramble on. I find the author has a tendency to get a little too caught up in her own mysticism.

Ah well. I['m still interested in the whole Morrison relationship, and will read the final book o...more
Kathy Davie
Second in the Walker Papers urban fantasy series and revolving around Joanne Walker, a.k.a., Siobhán Walkingstick. Based in Seattle, it's been six months since Urban Shaman , 1.

My Take
Even though Murphy uses the oh, no, I don't really want this power and the if I ignore it, it won't be true tropes, Murphy brings in enough twist to it that I'm enjoying this. We do finally learn that, yes, Jo is a cop. We finally get the low-down on which role Jo actually plays: she was a mechanic for the cops an...more
Kat Klein
So I wanted to like this one as well as I'd liked the first one and the short story... unfortunately I couldn't. Not just because she took several steps back, basically ignoring the powers that she'd decided to work on in both the previous stories, but because it seemed like she also was ignoring any form of instinct or intuition.

She pretty much just accepted what everyone told her at face value, even when everything they told her to do made things worse. Not to mention the things they were wan...more
This is more of a 3.5 situation for me. I love these characters. Joanne is imperfect. I have read some people's reviews about 'confusion' about the kind of 'magic' Joanne does and I feel like THAT'S THE POINT PEOPLE!! She is a complete non-believer (by choice) thrown into the shamanistic history of both sides of her confused heritage at the same time and trying to work through some seriously heavy personal baggage. Joanne is a non-spiritual person who thinks very little of herself as a woman, ha...more
Christine Rains
Not as good as the first book. The misleading narration didn't work as it should and I was left unsatisfied with the story. I still like the concept, and since I have the next book in the series here with me from the library, I'm going to read it. Coyote is much more entertaining than a serpent!
Was not the biggest fan of this one. It was just okay. I felt like Joanne was stupid and stubborn for most of the book and it cost her big time. I was yelling at her in my mind for the entire book. I guess it had to happen for character growth, but I just wish it didn't take the entire book for her to come around. I thought the growth in her relationship with Gary was cute and sweet, and it was nice to see her open up to someone. The other characters are great, but Joanne was just so whiney and...more
Deborah Ideiosepius
Every bit as good as the first one, with a little, but not too much character development. Our main character, Joanne Walker is continuing to find her way semi blind in her newly discovered shaman skin.

A nice touch was the fact that, from the first book, the two main supporting characters were not used in the same way. Coyote the spirit guide is not there to rescue Joanne and feed her continuous words of wisdom. Gary a earthy moral support role is still there but in a totally different dynamic.

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BOOK REVIEW by Michelle 28th May 2014:


Where do I start with Thunderbird Falls?

I did enjoy it.

I really liked Urban Shaman # 1 in this series. Sure, I got a bit lost in the mythology, but I waded through it. I loved the sub characters and I loved Joanne’s witty ways.

I think Joanne got a little dumbed down in this installment if I was to be perfectly honest. I still enjoyed the read, but I could see where everything was going and I kept raising my voice at my book, in hand....more
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I want to like this more, but there's a bit of repetition (that continues to the third book) that's awfully distracting- I'm not going to make the effort to go check, but it seems as though the author actually cut and pasted some of the explanations from the prior book into this, in order to give the past history/setting for the character and the story. It's clumsy and distracting, though overall the characters are still jaunty and generally likable and the story is fine. There's an art, though,...more
Fangs for the Fantasy
Joanne Walker, or Siobhan Walking Stick and reluctant shaman, returns to face her powers that she can’t keep running from. After the vast events of Urban Shaman, she is intimidated by the power and the responsibility that comes with it – but she can’t deny the damage she did in saving the city last time, nor can she deny her urge to heal. After months of neglect, she’s finally acknowledges she needs to learn more, she needs to explore her powers and she needs to use them – to heal, to help and t...more
So this book was bad, a real disappointment, have faith though because the series does get better. in the end of the first book joanne was ssing informationmiimproving she was getting better, moving forward, healing, some time passes between then and the beginning of this book. in that short period of time we find that joanne has taken a complete u-turn, she went from actual, if reluctant, belief to denial she ignores her gifts, pretends that they don’t exist and everything that when down during...more
I liked and disliked this book for the same reasons as the first in the series, Urban Shaman. C.E. Murphy does a fantastic job describing alternate worlds but I got lost at times when reality's rules are discarded. Murphy did a great job in one scene describing the effects of heat, sunburn, dryness, dessication... Wow, she can describe things well. In our hero, beat cop Joanne Walker, begins to realize that she really needs to accept that she is a shaman and learn to control her powers. She agre...more
Joanne, having refused to learn any more about her powers is still completely winging everything. When she literally stumbles upon the body of a woman she blinding goes searching in the land of the dead for answers. As a result of this hasty decision she loses her spirit guide Coyote's support for most of the book. As a result, she becomes almost too trusting and accepts a new teacher vowing to heed everything she says. She gets caught up in a plot to free an ancient being that is supposed to he...more
So, I Read This Book Today
If you have a daughter, a niece, a daughter of a friend, I highly recommend this series. Joanne is flawed, without a doubt. She is low on confidence, but high in sense of self, and her journey is a fascinating one. Unlike a lot of the series out there that feature women leads, Joanne admits her flaws, but stands, for the most part, on her own. She accepts, and appreciates, the help of her friends, including a 70 year-old mentor whom you can't help but come to love, (yes, I would run away with Ga...more
Beth Cato
Despite having a massive backlog of books to read, Urban Shaman snared me so utterly that I had to go out and buy the sequel, Thunderbird Falls. I think this was a wise decision.[return][return]Thunderbird Falls picks up Joanne's story just three months after the end of the first book. Jo grudgingly accepts her shamanistic powers and knows she saved the world, but can't let go of her cynicism. Then, as luck would have it, she finds another dead body. Then her spirit guide vanishes. Adrift and de...more
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C.E. Murphy is a writer of fantasy novels and short stories. She also writes "action-adventure romance" novels under the pseudonym Cate Dermody, which was her grandmother's maiden name.
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