Mur Lafferty is one of the people who inspired me to begin podcasting, so I am used to consuming her work in the audio format. She is an excellent nar...moreMur Lafferty is one of the people who inspired me to begin podcasting, so I am used to consuming her work in the audio format. She is an excellent narrator whose voice transports the listener into whatever slightly odd world she has created. I actually listened to The Shambling Guide to New York City at normal speed, instead of speeding it up like I usually do when listening to fiction.
I have been following Mur Lafferty's writing for several years, but I can honestly say that The Shambling Guide to New York City is her best work yet. It has her trademark humor along with a completely realized world, well-rounded characters, and a compelling story.
What makes Mur Lafferty's writing stand out from the current rash of fantasy novels is her sense of humor. The Shambling Guide to New York City represents her most mature and compelling work. She has a created a complex, believable version of New York City. In addition, her protagonist is fully realized and immensely likable, but she also has inner reserves of strength and courage that make the reader care about her future. I can't wait to see what will happen in the next book.(less)
I enjoyed this book very much and listening to Will Wheaton narrate the audio added immensely to the experience.
I was a young adult during the 80's so...moreI enjoyed this book very much and listening to Will Wheaton narrate the audio added immensely to the experience.
I was a young adult during the 80's so I remember the movies even though I didn't play most of the games featured in the story. Cline does such a good job of describing the games that I never felt left out. Best of all the last part of the story contains a few surprises.
One warning, especially if you are listening to the audio version: the story does start out rather slowly. At first it seems like just another post apocalyptic story. (The real world has become so bad that people prefer to spend their entire lives in virtual reality.) But once the narrator becomes the first person to solve the first part of the multipart puzzle that a genius game designer has left behind, the story really picks up.
I wanted to know more about the fortunes of the German Shepherd Dog breed, which is what Orlean wrote about in a recent op/ed piece in the New York Times. But this was really a book about the people including the owner of the orginal Rin Tin Tin, a TV producer, and a lady in Texas who is breeding descendents of Rin Tin Tin. While her research was meticulous, none of them seemed like anyone I would want to meet.(less)
I listened to this book on Audible.com after hearing it recommended by Andy Ihnatko. I intentionally listened to it while commuting to and from my job...moreI listened to this book on Audible.com after hearing it recommended by Andy Ihnatko. I intentionally listened to it while commuting to and from my job as an emergency physician in rural Alabama. It was both inspiring and illuminating.
Every physician should read this book. It may remind you why you went into medicine. It will certainly stimulate reflection. Actually everyone who has an interest in the problems of our healthcare system should also read this book.
Dr. Farmer has managed to do so much with limited resources that it really makes you wonder where all our heathcare dollars are going!(less)