5 I like this chick Much, much better than the previous book In fact, I would have enjoyed it a lot 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 easy to get excited about what s coming when you don t trust in the author Since I already have the next in the series, though, I might as well keep going.
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 cohesive and I think it s the best of the first three books.
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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, flawed and sometimes petty, petulant, and frustrating She s also got one of the most amusing internal monologues I ve ever read and her sarcastic and biting wit drives the action of the plot The first person narrative is a perfect vehicle for her character.
Supported by the familiar and spectacular secondary characters her boss Captain Michael Morrison and her pseudo paternal influence and robust septuagenarian cab diver Gary in particular Murphy s Coyote Dreams shines brightest during the continuing development of those interpersonal relationships And some of my favorite reading ever are any scenes between Joanne and Morrison Murphy has been absolutely brilliant during every single step of their tense and reluctant relationship.
I believe that the three books, Urban Shaman, Thunderbird Falls, and Coyote Dreams would ve been complete as a trilogy there was satisfying arc of character development and a plot theme that came full circle That being said, I m thrilled that the Walker Papers has been continued, and look forward to book four, Walking Dead Reviewed for One Good Book Deserves Another.
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 concise writing, Coyote Dreams is a page turner It was compelling enough to keep me up all night reading, anxious to discover who d succumb to the sleep state next Coyote Dreams also has fluid magic descriptions than the previous books Still not completely clear, but certainly improved.
The problems Joanne still hasn t fully come to terms with her position, and comes across as a bit whiny at times By the end though, her outlook is changing I think the next book will find her at peace with her situation Once again, the villain is too damn obvious from the beginning Clues are fine Blatant flashing signs that the heroine doesn t instantly cop on to are infuriating Be a little subtle, Murphy.
More references to the short story that most of us haven t read and can t seem to easily find Stop taunting us with info we don t have, lady.
Finally, I was disappointed in the choice Joanne makes at the end of the book It left me saddened to think she d closed the door on something important, and I can only hope Murphy finds a way to open it again Overall, I love the characters, the story was nicely paced, and I found plenty of reasons to laugh out loud and even one or two to start sniffling Despite my frustrations, I m definitely interested in picking up the next book and continuing my crushes on a 73 year old cabbie, an irascible super hero police captain, and a mechanic dubbed Thor.
Character growth Our Joanie finally grows up a bit, and just in time I was starting to get impatient with her moaning and groaning about magic and such and I m guessing it will continue some , albeit to a lesser degree but at least she recognizes it s a problem We also finally get some much needed backstory on her that gives us some insight into her character Oh, and her backup Gary, Billy, Coyote, Morrison, Phoebe, even Thor they re all great, and getting better every book Magic Joanne s shaman magic is cool I love when she has her visions, love when she gets glimpses into the past, present and future, and am loving learning about it along with her I was worried this series was going to be too close to Mercy Thompson or Jane Yellowrock Mercy because Coyote visits her and she s in the Pacific Northwest oh, and she s a mechanic Jane because she s Cherokee, a snarky, socially inept loner without much of a past, and because I knew they did a crossover novella together at some point But it s not Joanne is nothing like Mercy or Jane, and her magic is not even close to theirs It s unique and fun, and I can t wait to learn about it.
Plot I loved the premise behind this book Right from the start It was like this whole Sleeping Beauty, dreamwalker type of thing, and you never knew who was going to get taken out next The plots for book 1 and 2 got sort of murky, a little confusing, and I found myself not really caring what the outcome was The plot in this book had me hooked right from the start, and even when I thought I had it all figured out, I was still on the edge of my seat to find out if I was right I was only partially right Relationships I can t believe where things were ended here That s all runs off to read book 4, Walking Dead Another 3 1 2, I ve been in the good but not very good category for a while This could have been very good but I was disappointed in the TSTL moments, not getting the baddie, and how one of the relationships ended , view spoiler She has been pushing the Morrison love angle and when it finally comes front and center, kills it Well we know it is for the time being but it was really disappointing hide spoiler I love the writing and adore most of the characters but the story drove me out of my mind Murphy has a pretty open field with the Shaman gig She doesn t need to belabor every single aspect of shamanism And yet she does At length, ad nauseam.
Till I desperately skimmed to get to an interesting part Which happened a lot So much time is spend trying to describe the esoteric the actual story suffered Maybe I d feel different if I d read this ten years ago I Loved urban Shaman the first time I read it But now I just want Joanne to find her feet without hundreds of unnecessary pages.