I haven't seen anyone mention the recent Carrie Vaughn novels here,
so I'm giving my impressions.
I picked up _Kitty and the Midnight Hour_ on impulse at
Conglomeration. It was obviously a first novel, rough around the
edges, but had considerable charm.
The idea is that Kitty (yes, a werewolf named Kitty, something
mentioned as a bit of a running gag by characters in the stories),
who is a night shift DJ, gets inspiration from one of her callers
and starts talking about supernatural creatures as if they were
real. And quickly creates a cult hit, not just talking about
monsters but actually offering advice and listening to tales from
callers who claim to be werewolves, vampires and witches. Never
actually coming out and mentioning that she's a real werewolf until
several weeks later, when she has to talk a monster hunter hired to
kill her on the air out of doing his job.
I had seen there was a sequel - _Kitty Goes to Washington_ - but
didn't buy it at that time, something I regretted after finishing
the first book in the series.
I checked online, and most reviewers liked _Midnight Hour_ but not
_Washington_, so I wasn't in a hurry to buy it. I finally picked it
up at LACon IV (again from cousin Larry :-^) and read it during the
con. I actually liked it better than the first book. It had more of
the stuff I enjoyed from the first book and had Kitty as a more
developed character. Vaughn's writing has also improved.
In the second book, Kitty is supoened (SP?) to appear before a
Congressional advisory panel investigating reports that vampires,
werewolves and such are real. Besides the governmental power play
this investigation is being used to support, there's also a medical
researcher trying to get further funding for studying these
"diseases," a sensationalistic TV show host trying to interview
Kitty and use her to promote his work, and then there's the local
vampire master of the city, who is trying to "protect" Kitty from
the disorderly shapeshifters in the area. That's quite the mess our
little Kittywolf has gotten herself into. :-)
There is a third book coming out. I'm looking forward to it.
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originally posted by guest (Stickmaker) on 2006-09-02, no edits, entryid=307