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Coyote Dreams (Walker Papers #3)

3.98  ·  Rating Details  ·  5,713 Ratings  ·  204 Reviews
Instead of powerful forces storming Seattle, a more insidious invasion is happening. Most of Joanne Walker's fellow cops are down with the blue flu--or rather the blue sleep. Yet there's no physical cause anyone can point to--and it keeps spreading. It has to be magical, Joanne figures. But what's up with the crazy dreams that hit her every time she closes her eyes? Are th ...more
ebook, 416 pages
Published June 1st 2009 by Luna Books (first published April 1st 2007)
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Feb 05, 2013 Carol. rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: C.E. Murphy fans, shaman fans
In the words of Kate Daniels, too much woo-woo hand-waving, not enough fights.

Okay, maybe that was me.

Still, too much vague spirit-walking, which might have improved if Murphy took a page from Phillip K. Dick and dropped some acid while writing it.

But I'm jumping ahead. The basic premise begins with Joanne waking up in bed with The Ideal Guy (supportive, easy-going, polite, funny, able to cook delicious food for multiple people with no notice and an empty fridge, makes no demands on her except
Mar 12, 2011 Tracy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy
Coyote Dreams, the third book of the Walker Papers, is a solid story with a tighter and better-paced plot than the previous book in the series, Thunderbird Falls. It's far more cohesive and I think it's the best of the first three books.

Without a doubt, C.E. Murphy's greatest strength in this series in particular is fantastic character development. I may not always like Joanne Walker (Siobhan Walkingstick) or the choices she makes, but I still love her as a character. She's so delightfully human
The Flooze
Dammit, Gary! Do you have to make me cry in every book?!

Coyote Dreams is incredibly successful in one particular area: Murphy makes me care about these crazy characters. Whatever the flaws in the series, I enjoy visiting with this reluctant shaman and her loony but endearing circle of friends.

I didn't love Thunderbird Falls, but with Coyote Dreams, Murphy seems back on track, bringing back the whimsy and emotion that characterized the first book.

And with a tighter storyline and more concise wr
Much, much better than the previous book. In fact, I would have enjoyed it a lot more if the second book didn't even exist. With some minor tweaks, this should have been the second book. It's still far from perfect, or even from very good, but I have to give it extra credit for turning around my opinion of the series. If it stays on this path, it has enough potential to be good.

Unfortunately, the second book did exist and now I'll always be a little on the fence about what might happen. It's not
Jan 16, 2012 Jacqueline rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy
I have never in my life ended a book more furious. I had steam coming out of my ears and ranted around the house for at least 2 hours. (view spoiler) ...more
Feb 11, 2015 Katyana rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, ebook

I'm not liking this series as much as I want to.

The stories are good, for the most part. But there are a couple critical problems that are really keeping me from being as invested as I feel like I could be in the characters.

I don't have a lot of tolerance for heroes that, three books in, are still denying reality. Frankly, I was over this in book 2. For her to still struggle with being a skeptic, at this point, makes her seem ridiculous. She's seen so much extraordinary, clearly superna
Lady Jaye
You know how sometimes you take a test, and it's a breeze, and other times, you feel like you are slogging through it? When the results come back, both are A's, but for the first grade, you sailed effortlessly to it, while you had to work like mad for the second A? Well, this book is like the second paper - it had to work like mad for the four star rating.

I am very pleasantly surprised by this book. I've complained that in the previous books, Joanne's attitude was off-putting and she acted like
Sep 18, 2010 Kt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hardcopy
Joanne finally realizes her feelings for Morrison in this book, just in time for Morrison to have started dating someone else, a cute little thing. So what does she do? She jumps off a cliff and into another man's arms, specifically, the cute little thing's brother. Yes, he is quite scrumptious, but he just isn't Morrision. Later on in the book Joanne is positively green with jealously and proceeds to make an absolute fool out of herself. What is even more astonishing is that she eventually admi ...more
“You take what you can get.” That is what Joanne Walker tells herself towards the end of a mind-numbing journey, and it encapsulates her essence.

Joanne is a half Irish, half Cherokee officer for the Seattle Police Department. As detailed in the two previous books in the series, she started out as a garage mechanic for the department. In her spare time she still loves working on her vintage Mustang. She recently came into her power as a Shaman whose visions allow her to fight demons and spirits,
Carolyn F.
I'm listening to the audiobook and also have the paperback.

I just finished Thunderbird Falls and was complaining about Joanne always being tired. And then I go and read the blurb for this book and it talks about everyone falling asleep!! Oh no!!!!! Help me! I'll persevere and hopefully not fall asleep myself.

I loved this book until the ending and then it was a WTF - is it real or take the promotion - and me sitting there thinking why can't it be both. But now that I'm typing this, I'm thinking
Oct 06, 2010 Jessie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: guilty-pleasures
This barely even made it into the category of "guilty pleasures" because it gave me almost no pleasure at all. I mean, it's a crappy urban fantasy series, but it was entertaining enough for a bit. I don't know, maybe I'm just too used to some romance, but I don't think it's fair to build up to two characters getting together...and then not do it! Ugh.
Oct 13, 2009 Joy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crap-that-sucks
by the third book I was SOOOO sick of Jo. Another whinny, bitchy girl with a tragic sex life in her youth. What a crock! I've known way too many REAL women with worst problems in their past that aren't even close to this stupid and dense. Get a therapist. Speed read this one if you must.
Oct 25, 2012 April rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantastical
I honestly don't know why I keep reading these books. They're not that good and she spends so much time explaining stuff that happened in previous books that I end up skipping entire pages. Can't she just assume that if people want to know what happened in previous books they'll READ them? Why do the people who've already read them have to suffer through recaps? I started out really enjoying the snarky/funny/bumbling part of the main character but by book 5 you'd think she'd have her s*** togeth ...more
Feb 25, 2013 Melani rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy
I spent the first two books of this series irritated with Joanne. I kept reading the books because I’d already purchased them. I’ve now read all of the series that I have and I will NOT be picking up the next book. I’m so far beyond done with this series and CE Murphy. I wasn’t quite so irritated with Joanne in this one, and I honestly thought this would be the book where the series picked up. And then I realized that no, this book was mostly a book where Joanne realizes she’s in love with her b ...more
Lynsey   • The Demon Librarian
From the opening scene of this book, when Joanne wakes to discover she has the world's worst hangover...and a strange guy in her bed, I just knew I was going to enjoy this more than the first book. It made me realise what was lacking last time, actually, and that was that everything just plodded along too nicely, there was nothing that happened that really ruffled Jo's feathers, but I enjoyed the fact that from the very first paragraph in this book, she was already thoroughly discombobulated.

Dec 21, 2008 Angela rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy
I have of course expressed my fondness for this series in past posts and am happy to say that this one was a nice addition to the ongoing storyline. This story's all about our plucky car-loving heroine Joanne Walker finally getting her metaphysical feet under her in more ways than one, complete with some sardonic self-awareness about how she's even tired of her own whining about having to suck it up and deal with the supernatural. After the first two "ZOMG what am I doing?!" sorts of stories, it ...more
For me, it was almost impossible to like this book because the main character, Joanne Walker, disliked herself so much. And all the stupid mistakes she made, one after another after another after another. The chain of her mistakes that led to suffering for everybody seemed endless. Basically, the whole book was about her running around like a headless chicken and falling in and out of spirit quests or trances. It was way too long and the mysticism seemed overwhelming, leading to a general lack o ...more
Sep 08, 2008 Josh rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I will admit to being a bit wary of staying with the Walker Paper novels after reading Thunderbird Falls. Joanne walked into so many obvious traps and bad decisions I was ready to lock her in her room.

In Coyote Dreams, Joanne makes a comeback. No, she's not perfect, and still gets into trouble, some of it embarrassing, but she's generally thinking before jumping. More importantly, she has to face the consequences of her previously poor judgment, and takes responsibility. In short, character gro
Coyote Dreams is the third instalment of the “Walker Papers” from C.E.Murphy, the story of Irish/Native American Siobhan-Joanne Walker-Walkingstick: part witch, part shaman and all cop. If you don’t like your books heavy on the magick, you’re going to really hate this story, but I do so I really enjoyed it. There is a level of sameness about this book, there is a slightly differing story and a few new characters but there is a lack of real development in Joanne Walker. She has several quite majo ...more
Kat Klein
Feb 10, 2014 Kat Klein rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After what may possibly be the best description of a hangover I've ever read, Jo's day goes from bad to much worse.

Billy is in a coma, and no one, including Joanne can figure out how to wake him up. All she knows is that it's not a natural sleep. And may very well be caused by her prior events.

Pretty soon, more of the city is falling to the same unnatural sleep, and Jo is scrambling around desperately, trying to find out why, and wake them up.

This book was immensely better than Thunderbird Fal
Jul 13, 2014 Lokki rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's about a month after the events of the last book, and Joanne apparently managed to pick up a new guy named Mark at the police officer's July 4 picnic. Her boss, Morrison (who Joanne pretty blatantly has a crush on at this point) has also picked up a date, Mark's cute-as-a-button twin Barbara. Joanne can't stand her from the getgo, but finds Mark pretty nice, albeit too-good-to-be-true in some ways. But then again, anyone who's comfortable with the word "shaman" right off the bat freaks Joann ...more
Feb 03, 2016 Sara rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Better than the second book, but still too much whining. Jo has the potential to become a strong and powerful shaman and I just wish she would get on with it. I do love all the secondary characters in this series, and even Jo herself most of the time, so I will stick with it to see where the next book goes.
Nov 16, 2009 Valorie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy
I really enjoyed this 3rd book of the Walker Papers. I think so far it is the best of the series. Great mysterious plot and adventures for Joanne is this installment.
Nov 17, 2014 Celest rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I tried giving this series a good hard try, but after this third installment, I gave my copies to a local used bookstore and never looked back. The main character just never connected with me and though I finished the first three books, it was with a lot of foot dragging and putting the book down to take a calming breath before diving back in. When I first came across this series, I thought it would be great with the combo of Celtic and Native American mythology, but it just trickled into meh la ...more
Aug 27, 2007 Claire rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ever had one of those days where you didn't want to wake up? Unfortunately for Jo Walker, it appears most of the city is having them.
Jan 12, 2015 Livey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Joanne was a little slow to pick up in her gifts in the last book and walked into trouble every other page.
In this book she has a bit more sense and isn't near as gullible. She is naked in bed after she got drunk at a 4th of July picnic with her coworkers the night before and seems she ended up in bed with this gorgeous man all because she can't have her older boss.
This is my kind of book so many unexpected tasks she was takes on to heal the city that I had to know what happened next. I look fo
Aug 14, 2015 Lorelei rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy
I was so disappointed... (view spoiler) ...more
May 07, 2016 Suz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy, audio
3.5 stars

The story for addition to the series was pretty good, even if the conflict resolution was a bit anti-climactic.

I'm still not feeling the attraction to the romantic lead, though. Jo explains her reasons in this books but it felt a lot like telling and now showing. I find Morrison just rough and stand-offish and there aren't many hints that he might reciprocate how she feels.

I was glad to see her agree to start working with her powers, though, and hope to see significant character growth
May 08, 2014 Sue rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This series is really starting to grow on me. I still feel a bit at sea when Jo goes off on her hippie dippie strolls through metaphor land but I'm getting used to the rhythm of them and know when I can skim. I love Gary and Billy and Mel and we really (view spoiler) ...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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“You think you're special? I promise you, you're not! That goddamned piece of stone is supposed to keep you safe while I try to figure out how to fix all the crap I've fucked up. I need you to have that rock, Morrison, because how am I supposed to do my job if I'm worrying about you? Sure, great, you gave the fucking thing to a beautiful woman, guess that makes you a real hero, doesn't it? Just like you're supposed to be, the handsome cop saving the girl. Good for goddamned you, Morrison, but what the hell am I supposed to do if something happens to you? I'm trying to protect you, Morrison, because I don't know what--” 0 likes
“Morrison was treading on very thin ice, the words strained, and the only reason he was doing it was for me. I looked at him and wondered what he'd do if I curled myself against his chest and held on. I didn't even think I had it in me to cry. I just wanted to be somewhere safe for a little while, and Captain Michael Morrison's arms seemed like the safest place in the world right then.” 0 likes
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