Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Review: Coyote Dreams by C. E. Murphy

Coyote Dreams (The Walker Papers, Book 3)Book Details:
Coyote Dreams (The Walker Papers, Book 3)
By C. E. Murphy
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Published 2007, LUNA
Paperback, 408 pages
ISBN: 9780373803057

          Instead of powerful forces storming Seattle, a more insidious invasion is happening. Most of Joanne Walker's fellow cops are down with the blue flu—or rather the blue sleep. Yet there's no physical cause anyone can point to—and it keeps spreading.
It has to be magical, Joanne figures. But what's up with the crazy dreams that hit her every time she closes her eyes? Are they being sent by Coyote, her still-missing spirit guide? The messages just aren't clear.
Somehow Joanne has to wake up her sleeping friends while protecting those still awake, figure out her inner-spirit dream life and, yeah, come to terms with these other dreams she's having about her boss….
I never am sure how to evaluate the books in this series, because I understand so little of what is occurring. Joanne is the type of character who lives moment to moment, and still comes out smelling like roses. In the first book, this didn't feel like it would work for me, but now I'm quite used to it. The irony is that what used to surprise me so unexpectedly had quite ceased to have that sort of effect.
The plus side to all of this is that Joanne no longer seems to be fighting her shamanic role as much and is excepting who she is and what she can do. Even her boss seems to be adapting to the idea, which can be quite hilarious at times. The chemistry between them is as visible as lightning, but for some reason neither one wants to act on it, which is frustrating to no end for me.
I was really hopeful through most of the book that the new male element was as good as he seemed, because he was perfect for Joanne in so many ways. The way her life changed on a dime did not seem to phase him, and neither did her shamanic duties. It was like he had this secret knowledge that he knew exactly what she needed, and it was the hottie standing in his shoes. Alas, these things are always too good to be true.
I enjoyed the focus on sleep and dreaming that this book had, it was a more unpredictable element for Joanne to work with and it made her expand her limits and comfort zone. This also allowed her to venture into her boss's mental garden, which was both surprising and exciting and added a new layer to their evolving relationship.
I was not really satisfied with the ending, but the great thing about series is that this still has the potential to change. I look forward to the next book in the series, Walking Dead (The Walker Papers, Book 4).

The Cover: The design on the cover is fitting for the plot line. It shows the main character asleep and much of the book is about sleep and dreaming.

First Line: "Someone had driven a tire iron into my skull."
Even though I have no idea if this line is literal or figurative, I'm so used to Walker's character by the third book that this opening does not impact me as strongly as I'm sure the author intended.

Favorite Quote: "Imagination trumps reality."

Read For: Twenty-Eleven Challenge, Strong Heroine Challenge, 101 Fantasy Challenge


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