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December Books 3) Thunderbird Falls

3) Thunderbird Falls, by C.E. Murphy

I regret that I haven't been able to get hold of the first book in this series. Urban Shaman sold out, apparently, even on the side of the Atlantic where it was available, which is not this one. I did at least get hold of the short story that comes between the first and second books.

The heroine of Thunderbird Falls is a Seattle policewoman who turns out to have psychic powers, in an environment drawing substantially from Native American traditions, with a certain helping of Celtic lore and the author's own imagination. It is very difficult to convey such a setting without falling into the trap of being either too twee or too earnestly evangelical, and it is very much to the author's credit that she manages it; the dangers, both physical and psychic, to the narrator make it clear that this is very far from the fotherington-tomas "Hullo clouds hullo sky hullo sun etc" view of nature.

The plot, unfortunately, depends a bit on the heroine not asking certain important questions that occur to the reader (at least to this reader) fairly early on. OK, we are given good reasons why she doesn't think her situation through, but it's a nagging concern. Also, I was kind of hoping (this is the romantic in me) for a more definite resolution of the various sexual tensions surrounding our narrator's life. Having said that, I really do hope there is another book to follow, and that I somehow get hold of the earlier one.

I was slightly thrown yesterday by someone on my friends-list referring to a car called Petite, owned by a character called Jo, and thought, "Gosh, that's someone who's reading the same book I'm reading..." ...and then realised in fact it was the person who wrote the book that I was reading. It is a small world.

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bellinghman
Dec. 5th, 2006 08:30 pm (UTC)
Mwahahaha!

(I have Urban Shaman in the to-read stack right now, it having come through from Amazon a week or two back.)

Catie and Ted were wandering round Octocon giving out books, and one of them was a triptych - Lackey, Lee and Murphy doing a story each. The Murphy story was one that takes place between US and TF, and I happily read it while waiting for the ferry to turn up at Dun Laoghaire to carry my poor, broken down car back to civilisation, or at least that part wherein my rescue policy is valid.

(Oh, yes, that'll be the story you mentioned.)

Hmm, Amazon UK shows US in stock.
mizkit
Dec. 5th, 2006 08:37 pm (UTC)
If you haven't gotten a copy of URBAN SHAMAN by P-Con I shall bring one for you. :) (God it's weird to pull up my LJ flist and find somebody reviewing something I wrote. O.O)

COYOTE DREAMS, the third book, will be out in May. :) I'm glad you're generally enjoying the stories. :)
marykaykare
Dec. 5th, 2006 09:13 pm (UTC)
He isn't the only one. I've reviewed/mentioned them favorably in my LJ as well and I really really do enjoy them. I live in Seattle and particularly enjoy reading novels set in places I know well as well as novels in this new paranormal sub-genre. So this hits 2 good buttons for me! I mention it in this entry, if you're interested.

I've wondered, do you live in Seattle or nearby? Or just do good research?

MKK--eagerly awaiting 3rd book
mizkit
Dec. 5th, 2006 11:28 pm (UTC)
*beam* I'm delighted you're enjoying them. I don't live in Seattle, though I've visited there several times (I'm from Alaska originally and live in Ireland now), but I do try to suck the brains of my Seattle friends when I need Seattle geography. I hope it works. :) (I chose Seattle because Alaskans feel kind of possessive of it, and I didn't want to set it in an Alaskan city because ... well, because I didn't. :))
bellinghman
Dec. 5th, 2006 11:24 pm (UTC)
Better get used to it!

I hope that Amazon link I provided works - if you keep handing out books the way you were doing in Maynooth, well, how are you going to keep warm in your old age by burning them in your stove going to make any money at all?
mizkit
Dec. 5th, 2006 11:30 pm (UTC)
Hopefully by getting enough people in Ireland interested in the books to order them through Amazon even if they can't buy them in the BOOKSTORES here (argh! not the bookstores' fault, either.)! :)
wyvernfriend
Dec. 5th, 2006 11:53 pm (UTC)
Got me hooked. Amazon kindly supplied both books and I'm using Thunderbird Falls as incentive to get some backlog read.
bellinghman
Dec. 5th, 2006 11:34 pm (UTC)
Part of the reason I've started reviewing books this year (and I've just done my hundredth) is to try to reflect more deeply on what it is that I just read. I don't particularly expect or require anyone else to read them, though a few people such as marykaykare have commented on them.

Occasionally, I write a review knowing that the author may read it. Not that the author has friended me in all such cases, but even if they haven't, a friend or spouse does read my LJ. It's such cases that stop any attempt to come up with Dorothy Parker witticisms - and anyway, even if I don't like a novel, it doesn't mean that it has no value. And I would find it hypocritical to review with one set of rules for my friends, and another for everyone else.
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