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Kitty’s Greatest Hits

Posted by spragujs on March 19, 2012

Kitty's Greatest Hits cover artAnd while I’m talking of Carrie Vaughn, I’d better get around to writing about Kitty’s Greatest Hits which I listened to recently.  Again narrated by Marguerite Gavin, who’s awesome (if a tiny bit mealy-mouthed sometimes), this one was great fun to listen to.

This is apparently most of the Kitty universe short stories published between 2003 and 2010, plus You’re on the Air” (about a vampire gas station attendant finding his dead self) and the novella “Long Time Waiting”.  While there are a few Kitty stories collected in this book, for me the more memorable ones focus on some of our (or at least my!) favorite “side” characters or historical figures from said universe.  Rick and especially Cormac are featured characters with two stories apiece (that I remember for sure).  The novella mentioned above is Cormac’s side of things from when he was in jail, and explains the presence of Amelia.  I’d love to hear another story from Cormac’s POV about Amelia now that  Cormac’s out of jail!

Let’s see, the ones I can be sure to remember were in the novel, from Vaughn’s bibliography:

“God’s Creatures” where we get to see what Cormac is up to when he’s not in the Kitty books.

“Wild Ride” was T.J.’s origin, revealed.

“The Book of Daniel” is a retelling of the story of Daniel in the lion’s den.

“Conquistador de la Noche” is the origin story of Rick the vampire! Where did he come from, and did he really know Coronado?

“The Temptation of Robin Green” (if I have this one right) includes a young researcher who finds more than she bargained for in the paranormal and includes an appearance by Rick.

“Il Est Ne” in which Kitty spends a Christmas alone and meets another rogue wolf.

“Life is the Teacher”, a story in which we check up on Emma, from Kitty Goes to Washington.

“Kitty’s Zombie New Year” when a new year’s party goes a bit wrong for Kitty.

“A Princess of Spain” where Catherine of Aragon finds danger and intrigue in the court of Henry VII.

“Looking After Family” in which a sixteen year old Cormac hunts his first werewolf.

“Winnowing the Herd” a Kitty story, takes place before the first novel: It’s the staff appreciation party at KNOB.

“Kitty and the Mosh Pit of the Damned” when Kitty shows up to interview a band that’s got some supernatural power over their audience.

In any case, I really enjoyed these stories and strongly recommend them to anyone who’s caught up with the Kitty series!

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