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Book happiness: Urban Shaman

I just finished a very good book called Urban Shaman by C.E.Murphy. I highly recommend it.

Joanne Walker has three days to learn to use her shamanic powers and save the world from the unleashed WILD HUNT.
No worries. No pressure. Never mind the lack of sleep, the perplexing new talent for healing herself from fatal wounds, or the cryptic, talking coyote who appears in her dreams.
And if all that's not bad enough, in the three years Joanne's been a cop, she's never seen a dead body - but she's just come across her second in three days.
It's been a bitch of a week.
AND IT ISN'T OVER YET."


The main character Joanne is a self-denying, self-isolating car mechanic who suddenly has her non-belief system shaken by viewing a pack of surreal dogs chasing a woman through a church parking lot... and Joanne saw this happening from an airplane window. Yes, she goes through most of the book with most of the people around her thinking she's nuts. It's pretty interesting the different ways she either proves or doesn't prove to them that she's not nuts, but that she's just dealing on four different planes of reality.

My favorite character has to be Gary, the old guy who drives the taxi and gets mixed up in this only as a secondary/support character for the entire 300-plus pages. Gary never suddenly sprouts super powers at just the right (or wrong) moment, his sarcasm and wit are sufficient without force, and his character is just entirely likeable. ::nod:: I like him. I hope he's in the next book, Thunderbird Falls, whenever I get around to tracking it down.
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