Kitty and the Midnight Hour (Kitty Norville, Book 1)

by Carrie Vaughn | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 0446616419 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingJudySlump612wing of Minneapolis, Minnesota USA on 5/18/2012
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Journal Entry 1 by wingJudySlump612wing from Minneapolis, Minnesota USA on Friday, May 18, 2012
This was a pleasant surprise - a paranormal story written with style and wit. The ostensible plot was pretty forgettable, but the main character, Kitty Norville, was interesting and fun to spend time with. Vaughn was really clever at thinking up the questions posed on a midnight talk-radio show for the "supernaturally disadvantaged," and the answers Kitty would give them. She also used the show very effectively as a plot element - the best scenes in the book are set in the broadcast booth, or driven by Kitty's determination to keep her individual success going.

This, of course, is disloyal to the group mentality of the wolf pack. Vaughn does a nice job of showing us Kitty's divided instincts, describing the comfort of sleeping and waking up in the pack, then four pages later commenting "A werewolf pack was the most codependent beings in existence."

Vaughn also balanced perfectly on the razor's edge of being slyly funny without being either silly or flippant. Here's an example, as Kitty identifies a vampire by his speech: "...that clipped diction that usually meant someone had learned to speak in a culture that valued refined grammar, which meant not recent culture." And finally, she pays homage to tradition by having Kitty ask, "Come on, what could possibly happen? Just a couple of hours," on her way out to a nightclub.

But that's just one person's opinion. Future readers, what do YOU think of this book?

Journal Entry 2 by Silvernfire at Saint Paul, Minnesota USA on Sunday, May 20, 2012
Received at Twin Cities meetup. Happy to get it, since I've been mildly curious about this series for a couple of years now.

Journal Entry 3 by Silvernfire at Saint Paul, Minnesota USA on Wednesday, November 21, 2012
A fun, fast read, although with a bit of a formulaic feel to it. As the first book in its series, a lot of it is an introduction to this world, and the first subplot (a serial killer) is pretty incidental to the main story. But I liked how the second subplot, centering on the mysterious Elijah Smith, sound like it's going to be developed slowly over several books. Kitty is a likable character, and Vaughn does a fine job of showing how running her own radio show lets her grow and develop confidence. And a bonus point for having a cop character who's A) female and B) willing to believe in the supernatural!

Released 6 yrs ago (12/16/2012 UTC) at Gingko Coffee Shop - Snelling and Minnehaha in Saint Paul, Minnesota USA


Released at the monthly BC meetup.

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