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message 1: by Jess (new)

Jess | 3721 comments This thread is for the discussion of Urban Shaman by C.E. Murphy Urban Shaman (Walker Papers, #1) by C.E. Murphy to begin in March.

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This thread WILL contain spoilers. If you would like to make a comment or ask a question without reading spoilers you can visit the March BOM Roll Call Thread and post there instead.


message 2: by Heather (new)

Heather T (horrorvacui000) I just finished this last month. I liked the series, but the whole deal with her Captain is still driving me nuts. It's a decent series. Plus, it makes me miss living in Washington state.


message 3: by Jess (new)

Jess | 3721 comments I put a hold on this from the library, I'm just waiting for it to get to me.


message 4: by Kelley Anne (new)

Kelley Anne | 1619 comments Ok, I have the audio for this and I plan on starting it tonight at work!


message 5: by Kelley Anne (new)

Kelley Anne | 1619 comments I'm almost exactly halfway through, and I must admit that I am a bit lost! Anyone else have this issue? Either the story itself has lost me or else I got distracted and have missed something important! This story isn't really keeping my attention very well.


message 6: by The Flooze (new)

The Flooze (the_flooze) | 1831 comments The mythology could use a good amount of work. I loved the characters though. Jo and Gary crack me up!


message 7: by Darcy (new)

Darcy (sunnytat462) | 3119 comments I too love Jo and Gary together. They have a great relationship. I also love Billy Holiday the police detective, love that he cross dresses and not many people give him crap. Of course that might have to do with his wife and packs of children he has.


Literary Ames {Against GR Censorship} (amyorames) | 237 comments Kelley Anne wrote: "I'm almost exactly halfway through, and I must admit that I am a bit lost! Anyone else have this issue? Either the story itself has lost me or else I got distracted and have missed something impo..."

I found it confusing too. I had to re-read certain paragraphs to try to understand what was happening and even then I still wasn’t sure.

I loved Gary and Morrison but despite being fit for his age I really wondered whether Gary could keep up with Jo without stroking out!

What I didn't like was that although Jo never fully embraces her magic she seems to automatically know what to do and when to do it and succeeds at everything she attempts. What were her limitations? In most magical stories there are limitations as to what magic can do for you but that didn't seem to be the case here.


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Sarah (sarah_anne) | 253 comments Amy or "Ames" wrote: "What I didn't like was that although Jo never fully embraces her magic she seems to automatically know what to do and when to do it and succeeds at everything she attempts. What were her limitations? In most magical stories there are limitations as to what magic can do for you but that didn't seem to be the case here."

I think this might be (at least partially) answered in later books. I can't remember the plots for each individual book (and I'm at work, so my books aren't handy), but her proficiency has to do with things that she can't remember from her childhood/teenage years.


Literary Ames {Against GR Censorship} (amyorames) | 237 comments Oh, well I haven't read the other books (I read this a few months ago). I didn't particularly like this one. I thought that Gary and Morrison were the only good things about it. Maybe the other ones are better and this was just first book syndrome but I'm not interested in reading any more of this series.


message 11: by Kelley Anne (new)

Kelley Anne | 1619 comments Amy - that's how I felt about how easy she was able to pick up on everything. That and she barely seemed surprised at the supernatural world. I mean, I know that if I was to all of a sudden be told that the supernatural world was real, I'd be freaked out for at least a little while! I wouldn't just accept things that easy!


message 12: by Jess (new)

Jess | 3721 comments I skipped over what everyone wrote because I didn't want to see any spoilers. I just wanted to say I got the book this weekend and will probably start it today.

Sorry for ignoring everyone, once I finish I will read everything :)


Sarah ~Sehrenity~ | 766 comments I just picked it up this morning. I am liking it, though. Jo is hard to like, but it's more like she's not bad, just snotty. I can get over that in her case, I think. I'm sure she has a lot to learn.


message 14: by Jess (new)

Jess | 3721 comments Ugh.. I'm about 100 pages in and I'm not really liking it. I keep finding myself saying "what's going on? Huh? What?" lol. Maybe I'm just slow, but I'm feeling confused at the moment.


message 15: by Darcy (new)

Darcy (sunnytat462) | 3119 comments Jess it is a slow read at first.


message 16: by Kelley Anne (new)

Kelley Anne | 1619 comments I got sidetracked with listening to this book. I had finished the first half and just felt completely lost! So, I put it aside to read other things. But today, since I had a bunch of cleaning that I needed to get done, I thought that I should finally give it a chance and finish the book. I have about 3 hours left (the book is a total of 10 hours) and the second half is a bit better than the first half, but I still keep finding myself kinda lost and wondering how in the world it is that she is able to just do all of this stuff without any real help!


message 17: by Kelley Anne (new)

Kelley Anne | 1619 comments This whole Babylon thing has me really confused!


message 18: by Kelley Anne (new)

Kelley Anne | 1619 comments Sorry, I know that this makes three posts in a row for me, but I've been focusing on finishing this book today! And I did. There were parts that I thought were interesting. Some of the characters I really liked. Enjoyed the interaction between her and the Captain. Thought that was pretty funny. But overall, I am still scratching my head over a lot of the things that happened!!! I'm still not even 100% sure who exactly the bad guy is! I mean, yeah, I know one of them, but what about the other?

I don't know. Someone would have to make a really good case for the rest of the series to get me to keep reading them!


message 19: by Jess (new)

Jess | 3721 comments You did better than I did Kelley Anne. I gave up lol. I just found I had no interest in what was going on, I could care less about the story line. And Jo was whiny.


message 20: by Darcy (new)

Darcy (sunnytat462) | 3119 comments I do think the first book suffers from 1st book syndrome. The series does get better, or at least it did for me. But every book isn't for every person, so if it didn't entertain you then maybe this one falls into that category.


message 21: by Sarah (new)

Sarah (sarah_anne) | 253 comments Darcy wrote: "I do think the first book suffers from 1st book syndrome. The series does get better, or at least it did for me. But every book isn't for every person, so if it didn't entertain you then maybe th..."

I'm going to have to agree. I wouldn't say that this book is a favorite of mine, but I didn't mind it at all. The characters really grew on me, but I did read the first three books all together.


message 22: by Darcy (new)

Darcy (sunnytat462) | 3119 comments I read the first 3 all at once too, which is a good thing and a bad thing. Nice because you get a lot of answers right away, but bad because it is hard to separate then from each other.


message 23: by Jess (new)

Jess | 3721 comments Just thinking about continuing the series makes me cringe. I don't know really know what it was about it.. just definitely not for me.

I'm glad others are enjoying it though. Or if not enjoying not suffering as I was ;)


Sarah ~Sehrenity~ | 766 comments I liked the story as a fun read. I didn't seem to have as much trouble getting into it as some of you did, but I do get that a lot of the magic is hokey. And don't even get me started on the unreal "police" work going on... still, I liked it. Jo and Gary are an unlikely, but amusing pair. And yes, I like the captain. I wish there had been more of him.


message 25: by Heather (new)

Heather T (horrorvacui000) Each book gets a little better, a little more focused. However, there are moments in the second where you get lost too. It does get more interesting, but they're the kind of books you need to read back to back. If you put them down, you won't want to start up again. You'll just stare at the book and hope someone tells you the plot and ending instead.


Nichole ~Bookaholic~ (nicholebookaholic) | 672 comments I started listening to the book...made it to about an hour in....and just can't bring myself to finish....it will be put back in the TBR/TBL pile and will try again another time......


message 27: by Dawn, Desperately seeking new worlds (new)

Dawn (dawnv) | 4044 comments Nichole wrote: "I started listening to the book...made it to about an hour in....and just can't bring myself to finish....it will be put back in the TBR/TBL pile and will try again another time......"

You are not alone I think I made it to page 75 or something and I was like I need a break LOL, I hope to finish it I mean I kind of like it but it just is not holding my attention now.


message 28: by Jess (last edited Mar 25, 2010 07:55AM) (new)

Jess | 3721 comments LOL. I'm so glad I wasn't the only one!!


message 29: by Dawn, Desperately seeking new worlds (new)

Dawn (dawnv) | 4044 comments Nope you are not alone


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