Coyote Dreams

Coyote Dreams

Book - 2007
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Much of the city can't wake up. And more are dozing off each day.

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....
Publisher: New York : Luna Books, c2007.
ISBN: 9780373802722
Characteristics: 408 p. ; 21 cm.

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Jan 14, 2012

Joanne Walker – or Siobhan Walkingstick as named by her parents – is Murphy’s original reluctant urban shaman.

Somehow in my first pass through this series, I skipped this one. In fact, I was convinced at first that I had read it, but then admitted that I hadn’t. I finally got around to requesting it again this month, and I’m happy to report that it is a first-time read that’s worth tracking down.

As the summary says, the big conflict is the epidemic of coma-like sleep spreading across the city. With nothing physical to square off against, Joanne’s conflict is played out in dream realms, and arguments/discussions with friends.

I found myself thinking about halfway through the book ‘well, this has more complexity than the others’ – though I can’t quite put my finger on the difference. The plotline meanders from present-day, back to Joanne’s childhood, then to her adolescence, and around again. This gave her character more depth than I’d seen in the other books. On the flip side, the Big Bad was… a bit of a let-down.

In short – lots of strong points, worth tracking down more in the series

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Jan 14, 2010

The best of the series so far, this story really hits it's stide and never falls off. The characters are as spellbinding as always, and the interaction between them tense and thrilling. To say it leaves you craving more is a gross understatement, and if reading it for the first time, be advised you might want to have the next one handy.


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