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Review: 100. Kitty's Big Trouble by Carrie Vaughn...

August 2, 2011
I've been waiting and waiting and waiting (!) for more Kitty... And here she is!

kitty's big troubleTitle: Kitty's Big Trouble (Kitty Norville #9)
Author: Carrie Vaughn
ISBN-13: 9780765365651
eBook: 194 pages
Publisher: Tor, 2011
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Source: Purchased

drey's thoughts:
Kitty starts off this ninth installment of Carrie Vaughn's Kitty Norville series trying to find out if General Sherman could've been a werewolf, and somehow ends it in San Francisco's Chinatown chasing ancient artifacts and meeting Chinese gods.

The basic plot is simple--stop Roman from getting the artifact, without getting killed in the process.

I enjoyed the Chinese gods' appearance in this book.  Then again, I like most anything that has even a whiff of Chinese mythology.  But I do wish there was a bit more character development.   That's what really got me into the Kitty books after all.  Here though, we have Ben still having trouble with his wolf, and Cormac's still possessed.  The three (four?) are trying to get to comfortable with working together and it shows.  But that's it.  The interactions between Ben and Kitty make them seem like an old married couple, and they're so not.  And Cormac's even more stoic (not sure if that's the word I want to use, but it's the only one stuck in my head for now) than ever.  Dealing with Kitty/Ben, as well as that thing in him can't be easy, yet we don't quite hear from Cormac as much as I'd expect to.  Too quiet... Where's the Cormac who first appeared?  The snarky caller stalking the werewolf DJ?  I want him back.

I still enjoyed Kitty's Big Trouble, but I'm hoping the next installment gives me back my sassy smart-alecky werewolf DJ--instead of this one who's so concerned-alpha that she sometimes forgets she kicks ass just using words.

drey's rating: Pick it up if you're a Kitty fan. If you're not, start with Kitty and the Midnight Hour!

Have you read Kitty's Big Trouble? What did you think?


wheels209 said...

Hey drey,
I am kind of bored with Kitty to be honest. However, I still like Carrie's writing as far as her other projects go. In other news Sony helped me fix the problem that I had with my PS3 Woot,Woot!!!

Take care my friend,

holdenj said...

I just read Steel, which is a recent YA novel by Carrie Vaughn. I really liked it and the characters, so think I probably should check out Kitty next!

drey said...

Hey Steve,

I can understand. However with Kitty's House of Horrors, I was hoping that Carrie Vaughn was taking Kitty et al into more adventures and opening up the paranormal world... After all, she's a werewolf who's good friends with a vampire... I still like the humor, and I liked the new cultural figures that showed up here, but I stand by what I said in the review--I wanted more.

drey said...

Julia - I have that on my want-to-read pile. I liked what she did with Voices of Dragons, and I hope Steel is as fresh and fun.

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