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Low Midnight

Low Midnight (2014) Carrie Vaughn Book thirteen and all that’s left is the finale. This is NOT a Kitty book, this is a Cormac and Amelia book. Amelia had insisted on putting magical protections on the laptop, a protective rune here and an arcane mark there. Cormac wasn’t sure electronics worked that way, that magic […]

Kitty in the Underworld

Kitty in the Underworld (2013) Carrie Vaughn I still don’t like this story. Rick is gone and Angelo is acting Master of Denver. Roman has taken out one of the master vampires who was on their side, and everyone is worried that war is coming. Meanwhile, Kitty gets kidnapped by a group led by an […]

Kitty Rocks the House

Kitty Rocks the House (2013) Carrie Vaughn Kitty is back in Denver, slowly rebuilding her show after the fall-out of her keynote speech in London. She and Rick are also working to build forces against Roman, a slow and very daunting prospect. Having recently re-read Rick’s origin story, his actions in this book are far […]

Kitty Steals the Show

Kitty Steals the Show (2012) Carrie Vaughn Kitty, Ben, and Cormac are all headed to London. Kitty and Ben to attend the First International Conference on Paranatural Studies, Cormac to look for Amelia’s family. Luckily, Kitty has friends across the ocean, including Emma, Allete’s great(s)-granddaughter, and Tyler and Schumacher representing the US government’s interests. We […]

Kitty’s Big Trouble

Kitty’s Big Trouble (2011) Carrie Vaughn After finding an old interview with a Civil War soldier claiming that General Sherman was a werewolf, Kitty goes looking for a way to prove it one way or another. She’s also get some other historical figures who may or may not have been supernatural as well. When a […]

Kitty Goes to War

Kitty Goes to War (2010) Carrie Vaughn Book 8–since I was starting to lose track. The story opens with the radio show. After hearing about it more times than might be coincidence, Kitty asks about strange and/or supernatural events that happened at or around Speedy Marts. And gets more information than she expected. She also […]

Kitty’s House of Horrors

Kitty’s House of Horrors (2010) Carrie Vaughn Kitty–and several others–agree to be on a supernatural reality show, but all have suspicious as to what the producers are really planning. “Okay. Fine. You know why horror-movie characters always get killed? Because they’ve never seen horror movies. They don’t know how it works. Right? But we do. […]

Kitty Raises Hell

Kitty Raises Hell (2009) Carrie Vaughn This is, essentially, the sequel to Kitty and the Dead Man’s Hand, but it’s reached the point in the series where more questions are being asked than answered (which is fine, as long as they’re not cliffhanger answers). Tiamat is after Kitty, and something has followed her home from […]

Kitty and the Dead Man’s Hand

Kitty and the Dead Man’s Hand (2009) Carrie Vaughn Kitty and Ben are getting married, but to make things simpler, they decided to run off to Vegas to do so, and KNOB manages to make it a work trip for Kitty, with a live televised show in Vegas. Which resolves some of the issues Kitty […]

Kitty and the Silver Bullet

Kitty and the Silver Bullet (2008) Carrie Vaughn Cormac is in the clink. Kitty and Ben are trying to settle into the new pack of two. Then everything comes crashing down when Rick shows up asking Kitty to help him overthrow the supernatural power structure in Denver, followed by a call from Kitty’s father that […]

Kitty Takes a Holiday

Kitty Takes a Holiday (2007) Carrie Vaughn After being outed on national television as a werewolf, Kitty has gone to the mountains to recover and–theoretically–write a book. Trouble was, you could get away from society and learn to be self-reliant, like Thoreau advocated. Turn your nose up at the rat race. But you couldn’t escape […]

Kitty Goes to Washington

Kitty Goes to Washington (2006) Carrie Vaughn The second Kitty book finds her taking her show on the road after being forced out of Denver, and the getting called to Washington to testify before a Senate hearing. One of the best things about this book is the contrast between Alette the vampire and Senator Duke, […]

The Rook

The Rook (2012) Daniel O’Malley I spent what felt like an entire day starting a book, then putting it aside because THAT was not what I was in the mood for. Or what I thought I might want to read I don’t have as an ebook. Whine whine whine. So I opened up Calibre and […]

Kitty’s Greatest Hits

Kitty’s Greatest Hits (2011) Carrie Vaughn Il Est Ne – Wolfsbane and Mistletoe (2008) A Princess of Spain – The Secret History of Vampires (2007) Conquistador de la Noche – Subterranean Online (2009) The Book of Daniel – Talebones #39 (2009) The Temptation of Robin Green – The Mammoth Book of Paranormal Romance (2009) Looking […]

Kitty and The Midnight Hour

Kitty and The Midnight Hour (2005) Carrie Vaughn I’ve got the last Kitty book still waiting to be read, so I’m going to (hopefully) selectively re-read to get caught back up with the story. It’s funny, I’ve re-read this before, but every time I forget precisely how complex the story and characters are. After all, […]

Who Killed Sherlock Holmes

Who Killed Sherlock Holmes (2016) Paul Cornell This is the third Shadow Police book, and finds the group in sad shape. The three other members of his team were standing apart from one another, looking off in different directions, like they were an indie band posing for an album cover. Quill is troubled by his […]

The Hanging Tree

The Hanging Tree (2017) Ben Aaronovitch I just went back and checked, and I pre-ordered this August 2015. The publication date of this book got pushed back a lot. Yes, there were three (almost complete) comics published in the interim, but I know that didn’t appease a lot of people. Me? I’m good with it. […]

The Ghoul Vendetta

The Ghoul Vendetta (2017) Lisa Shearin I adore this series. It’s so fun and enjoyable–despite all the ghouls and monsters. The nephew of a vampire lord is kidnapped at an elite yacht party Mac is attending with Rake (the wealthy goblin businessman and dark mage she’s sort-of dating, but still isn’t sure about.). This is […]

Battle Hill Bolero

Battle Hill Bolero (2017) Daniel José Older This is the sequel to both Midnight Taxi Tango and Salsa Nocturna. You don’t have to have read Salsa Nocturna for this, but you really really should. Events have come to a head, and Riley and Cyrus and many other ghosts are in open rebellion against the Council […]

Street Magicks

Street Magicks (2016) edited by Paula Guran I believe it took me less than a year to finish this anthology. Hopefully this is a new trend for me. “Freewheeling” by Charles de Lint “A Year and a Day in Old Theradane” by Scott Lynch “Caligo Lane” by Ellen Klages “Socks” by Delia Sherman “Painted Birds […]

A Fantastic Holiday Season: The Gift of Stories

A Fantastic Holiday Season: The Gift of Stories (2014) edited by Kevin J. Anderson & Kieth J. Olexa I picked this collection up solely for the Patricia Briggs story, but once I saw some of the other authors, read through the stories that interested me (but skipped the ones that didn’t grab me after a […]

Dead Heat

Dead Heat (2016) Patricia Briggs The fourth book in the Alpha & Omega series, and I think the end of my Patricia Briggs re-read binge. One of the things I particularly like about this story is the interaction between the kids. “Shut your piehole, punk kid,” Max said, thumping her on the head with the […]

Fair Game

Fair Game (2012) Patricia Briggs The third Alpha & Omega book finds Charles overcome by increase in killings he needs to do now that the werewolves have come out in public. I takes awhile for Bran to be convinced that this is harming his son. Asil left Bran alone with his thoughts then, because if […]

Hunting Ground

Hunting Ground (2009) Patricia Briggs The second book in the Alpha & Omega series takes place not long after the events of the first book. Bran has decided that the werewolves are going to come out to the public, and he is meeting with the European wolves–not to ask them opinion, but to see if […]

Cry Wolf

Cry Wolf (2008) Patricia Briggs One of the things I particularly like about this book (and spin-off series) is that we get to spend time with both Bran and Asil. Bran didn’t reply, just spun himself slowly, around and around on the little stool in the corner of the room. In his hothouse, Asil trimmed […]

Shifting Shadows: Stories from the World of Mercy Thompson

Shifting Shadows: Stories from the World of Mercy Thompson (2016) Patricia Briggs I really do like this short story collection. Pleasingly, Patricia Briggs is good with short stories, which makes this collection all the more enjoyable. Silver Fairy Gifts (previously published in Naked City) Gray (previously published in Home Improvement: Undead Edition) Seeing Eye (previously […]

Silver Borne

Silver Borne (2010) Patricia Briggs The fifth Mercy Thompson book finds things slightly settled down after the events of the previous two books, but there are two problems: first is that Adam brought Mercy into the pack, and many of the wolves are deeply unhappy with that, and the second is that Samuel is tired […]

Bone Crossed

Bone Crossed (2009) Patricia Briggs The fourth Mercy Thompson book takes place immediately following the events of the third book, continuing the final scene in that book, and–more importantly–fixing one of the biggest problems of that book: Mercy acting as if everything was okay. Although it makes for difficult reading, I really do love that […]

Iron Kissed

Iron Kissed (2008) Patricia Briggs I still have great difficulty reading this book, and flat-out skip most of a chapter because it is so hard for me to read. Just so you know. Mercy is called by Zee to look into a death at the Fae Reservation; this will allow her to repay her debt […]

Blood Bound

Blood Bound (2007) Patricia Briggs The second Mercy Thompson books finds Mercy helping the vampires–specifically Stefan, who is a friend of sorts. The Mistress of the City knows what Mercy is, but believes Stefan that Mercy is no threat to the local seethe, and so accepts Mercy’s place in the city (although Mercy still has […]

Moon Called

Moon Called (2006) Patricia Briggs I learned my lesson years ago, although sometimes I’d forget, this time I remembered: after reading Guy Gavriel Kay, I must read something absolutely different. If I read any kind of historical fantasy after Guy Gavriel Kay, I am always sorely disappointed. Since I was still in the mood for […]

Dark Heir, Audible Version

Dark Heir, Audible Version (2015) Faith Hunter, narrated by Khristine Hvam The story opens with the SOD (I shan’t elucidate for those who haven’t read the previous books) escaping from Leo’s sub-basement with the help of Adrianna, who Leo has kept bringing back every time Jane has killed her. Meanwhile, Jane and Beast are still […]

The Severed Streets

The Severed Streets (2014) Paul Cornell Well done, Paul Cornell, well done. He turned round and saw that he’d encountered the long legs of a man in black jeans, black T-shirt and black leather jacket who was sitting in a discreet corner of the bar, his mobile phone in his hand. He had a long […]

Midnight Taxi Tango, Audible Version

Midnight Taxi Tango, Audible Version (2016) Daniel José Older, read by the author The second Bone Street Rumba book is as much about Kia as it is about Carlos, and that’s one of the things I especially love about it. Kia is a teenage girl, bored with school, tired of being cat-called, and working for […]

The Dragon Conspiracy, Audible Version

The Dragon Conspiracy, Audible Version (2015) Lisa Shearin, narrated by Johanna Parker This is another audio book I finished earlier in the fall and forgot to review. The second SPI files book finds Makenna and Ian at a Gala opening at the Met, displaying a collection of rare gems that will soon be up for […]