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Second in a series of urban fantasies which revolve around the writing of city guides for magical creatures. The premise works and some of the most interesting writing is in the descriptions for the guides. They are the story of a human operating in the environment of the paranormal where she is considered food by many of her co-workers. The protagonist is the editor of the guides who discovers her own paranormal powers in this volume. This book is not as good as the first but it is still good enough for me to buy the next one in the series when it is published.
... as much as I enjoyed the first book, and as many bright spots as this has, things are just a bit off here. The brisk writing is great; but there are only so many "my goodness, a human among monsters!" schticks you can throw at the reader before it gets repetitive, and the extend to which the work world of the publishing house is pushed into the background doesn't serve the story well. Neither does the transformation of Arthur into a sullen jerk; something for which I was hoping there would be an explanation that drove the plot forward, but which is just there as an off-key note. Whereas the Shambling Guide to New York was the kind of book you flew through because it was so much damn fun to read it, this felt like a bit of chore in the middle. Nevertheless, it's worth a read if you enjoyed the first book and I'm still looking forward to seeing where Lafferty takes this next.