Book Review: Kitty’s Greatest Hits by Carrie Vaughn

February 8, 2013 Uncategorized 2

Pages: 381
Publisher: Tor
Review source: Library
Rating: 4
Reviewed by: Kathy Davie
Series (because there’s such a slew of ’em, I’m putting them in chronological order as opposed to their published order in this anthology:

Conquistador de la Noche” (Kitty Norville: Rick, 01)
“The Temptation of Robin Green” (Kitty Norville: Rick, 02)
“Looking After Family” (Kitty Norville: Cormac, 01)
“God’s Creatures” (Kitty Norville: Cormac, 02)
“Wild Ride” (Kitty Norville: TJ, 01)
“Winnowing the Herd” (Kitty Norville, 0.9)
“Kitty and the Mosh Pit of the Damned” (Kitty Norville, after 2, pre-Ben)
“Kitty’s Zombie New Year” (Kitty Norville, after 2, pre-Ben)
“Life is the Teacher” (Kitty Norville, 2.4)
Il Est Né” (Kitty Norville, 2.75)
“You’re on the Air”(Kitty Norville, 4.25)
“Long Time Waiting” (Kitty Norville, 6.5)

An anthology of fourteen short stories with all but ttwo revolving around the Kitty Norville series.

The Stories
Il Est Né” takes place after Kitty has fled Denver and her old pack. The first of her rescues of others.

Il Est Né” can also be found in Wolfsbane and Mistletoe.

A Princess of Spain” takes a step back into history with a focus on Catherine of Aragon and the “true” reason young Harry become Henrys VIII.

“A Princess of Spain” is also in The Secret History of Vampires, edited by Darrell Shweitzer and Martin H. Greenberg.

Conquistador de la Noche” is the story of Rick’s transformation.

Conquistador de la Noche” is also in The Mammoth Book of Paranormal Romance, edited by Trisha Telep.

The Book of Daniel” is a different take on the Bible story of Daniel and the Lion.

The Temptation of Robin Green” is an nasty little episode in Rick’s life that actually revolves around Lieutenant Robin Green and her love affair.

Looking After Family” is from Ben’s point-of-view and provides the background on how Ben and Cormac became so close. It’s just after Cormac’s dad’s funeral.

God’s Creatures” is an episode in Cormac’s werewolf hunting days when he tracks down a killer werewolf for Joe Harrison in Lamar.

“God’s Creatures” is also in P.N. Elrod’s Dark and Stormy Knights.

Wild Ride” is how and why T.J. became a werewolf.

“Wild Ride” is also in Running with the Pack, edited by Ekaterina Sedia.

Winnowing the Herd” takes place during a staff appreciation party at KNOB before Kitty outs herself.

Kitty and the Mosh Pit of the Damned” takes place after Kitty is outed on national television in Kitty Goes to Washington, and she’s at a bar in Denver to hear a band that’s making the news.

Kitty’s Zombie New Year” is another post 2 and pre-Ben story in which she outs a monster-maker.

Life is the Teacher” is about Emma, Alette’s great-great-greats-granddaughter, and how she copes with her new situation.

“Life is the Teacher” can also be found in Hotter than Hell.

You’re on the Air” is an example of Kitty’s influence on her audience.

Long Time Waiting” gives us Amelia Peabody’s background and how she hooks up with Cormac. It includes a flashback on how Cormac’s dad died.

The Cover
The cover is not the usual. Instead, it’s day and night with Kitty posed in shadow on the day side. It’s winter with bare trees in front of the hills of the Front Range in hues of blue and white.

The title refers to stories which are Kitty’s Greatest Hits that have affected her life in some way.

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