Saturday, July 9, 2011
Book 58: Kitty's Big Trouble
I was lucky enough to go from one Carrie Vaughn book to the next. I devoured the newest Kitty Norville novel, Kitty’s Big Trouble. It was the ideal way to spend an evening alone- to be completely engrossed into a book I love while being sprawled about a big red chair.
I was surprised how the themes carried over from Discord’s Apple to Kitty’s Big Trouble. Kitty’s Big Trouble in the ninth book in the Kitty Norville series while Discord’s Apple was a standalone book. Both books was about mythical Gods not staying in the realm of myth. Plus it was interesting to see how throughout both books you saw the idea, ‘Gods are powerful but they are still like normal “people”.’ But I loved how in this book, you saw Kitty’s reactions to meeting the Monkey God (Sun Wukong) and Mother of the West (Xiwangmu). She was shocked to see gods existed, mocked herself for being surprised (since she is a werewolf named Kitty), her trepidation to eating foods from the Gods and disappointment that it was only the best tasting food. That’s stuff I would do. But that’s why I always loved Kitty. I relate to her when she isn’t in werewolf mode.
But I loved this book. It’s back to full blown Kitty and the Midnight Hour Swing. The last couple books were good but not amazing like the first four books. But this one had what I loved in the early ones. The self-deprecation, the fun and awe of other magical creatures, and great characters. Plus it’s memorable. I hate to say it. Kitty Goes to War barely stands out in my head. But I won’t have that problem with Kitty’s Big Problem.
The only problem with the Kitty Norville books are the titles. They are just so blah. It’s easy to mock the book and know a good deal of what is going to happen. But the contents in the book is so magical that it makes up for the bad titles. Cause you want to see what happens to Kitty.
As I’m typing up this book, I realized I missed one of my favorite things about a Kitty Norville book-the werewolf perspective. I love that perspective yet at the same time, I wasn’t missing it in the book. I don’t think it would have fit. For Ben to change, that made sense but it didn’t make sense for Kitty to shift. It took me a day to realize it was missing from the book. By taking so long to register in my brain, I really wouldn’t say it’s a complaint.
This was a such a fun book. I would definitely recommend this book . Thank you for another magical book in the Kitty Norville Series. Also thank you for giving me one of my favorite moments by having a vamp calling Ben, “Mr. Kitty”. That was classic and makes me want a significant other get called “Mr Kathy” but of course I have to do something to warrant the name. Can’t just call a guy “Mr. Kathy” without having basis.