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Urban Shaman (Walker Papers Series #1)

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

What can I say?

This book is fantastic, and I can't even tell you why! It's everything! I wouldn't do Jo justice if I attempted to describe her, she's just so brash and in-your-face. This is also a great opening book to an even better series (Thunderbird Falls and Coyote Dreams are ...
This book is fantastic, and I can't even tell you why! It's everything! I wouldn't do Jo justice if I attempted to describe her, she's just so brash and in-your-face. This is also a great opening book to an even better series (Thunderbird Falls and Coyote Dreams are even better!) which is great for when you get attached to a character and want to read more. (And trust me, you will get attached to Jo, and Gary, and even Mortison, for that matter!) Do not miss this!!

posted by AmorDeLibros on May 2, 2009

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Unsatisfactory and Uncoordinated

This book awkwardly intermingles Celtic myth with Native American legend to solve a rather slow moving supernatural murder mystery set in a rather mundane urban world. For me, the book just didn't work. The imagery of the demigod Cernunnos leading the Wild Hunt is extre...
This book awkwardly intermingles Celtic myth with Native American legend to solve a rather slow moving supernatural murder mystery set in a rather mundane urban world. For me, the book just didn't work. The imagery of the demigod Cernunnos leading the Wild Hunt is extremely vivid, but the heroine's woo-woo shamanic (out-of-body) experiences combined with her exaggerated klutziness is close to unpalatable. Further, the murder/mystery solving is secondary to the whole woo-woo shamanic factor. The pace and plot are erratic, sometimes slowing down or racing during the heroine's spirit journeys, and, then, perversely launching into a real 'world' event at an inapposite pace. Resolution of the murders/mystery is also marred by a somewhat unsatisfactory climax in which the bad guy is partially healed. (I'm not a fan of 'healing' rather than destroying the bad guy.) The only good action occurs in a scanty two (maybe two and one-half) confrontations between the heroine and Cernunnos. Taken as a whole, I cannot recommend this book.

posted by dalnewt on July 30, 2009

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2013

    Derivative but moderately entertaining

    The problem with this book is the oafish, not terribly heroic protagonist, Joanne. Another mechanic, like Mercedes Thompson, but entirely without the charm. And we are supposed to believe that scores of line cops would prisk their jobs to save hers? Please. She's just not likeable enough.

    That said, I enjoyed the story well enough, even though little here is new. I'd probably give it a 3.5 over all.

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  • Posted December 1, 2011

    not too bad

    the book isn't too bad. it tends to vere off on a tangent with all the Babylon stuff going on. a little hard to keep track of who is who. otherwise quite interesting.

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  • Posted July 18, 2009

    Main character too formulaic

    Yawn. The main idea and the plot are highly paranormal, but the characterization is like old school film noir, which is fun to watch as an "old movie," but lackluster in a contemporary novel. The main character is too predictable and in general, boring about 2/3 of the way through. I had to force myself to finish. I was disappointed because the premise, from the cover pic and info, seemed edgy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2007

    Has potential

    I have to say that I liked how this book started off, but it seemed to go downhill from there. It seemed to try to be a mystery novel along and an urban dark fantasy novel much like what we see popping up everywhere. It failed to keep my attention up until the end, though the characters are great.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2007

    This book was okay, but not great! Definite 3 stars.

    Urban Shaman had a good beginning, but just never quite took off. Whenever my mind wanders while I'm reading, and I keep thinking I should put this down and read a more interesting book, I know it's not that great. Joanne Walker was a good character. I liked her. The book just didn't quite pull it off as an interesting read. I doubt I would buy anymore in this series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2006

    better books out there

    this book is only good to read as a time killer if you have no other good books to read. the plot could have been so much better and i think the characters were too pretentious. the author either lacks the understanding of human nature or she chose to ignore it and developed characters as she wished. still, i'd be willing to read the next one just to see if it has a better plot line.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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