More Fun Reading from Carrie Vaughn

I real­ly need­ed anoth­er fic­tion author to fol­low, right? But I’ve seen this series of books about a were­wolf named Kit­ty, and I final­ly got a chance to read them. I fin­ished the first, Kit­ty and the Mid­night Hour, today and jumped right into Kit­ty Goes to Wash­ing­ton. I have Kit­ty Takes a Hol­i­day all lined up and ready to go, but I’m already wish­ing that I had the next vol­ume, Kit­ty and the Sil­ver Bul­let. And that, my dears, is a sign of a fine author spin­ning a very good yarn, con­sid­er­ing all the oth­er books wait­ing and ready on my shelf.

The library has the books labeled as hor­ror, but I’d put them in the para­nor­mal romance/dark fan­ta­sy cat­e­go­ry. Hap­pi­ly, the “romance” part isn’t the most sig­nif­i­cant one and does­n’t get in the way of a good plot. There was a moment today when I won­dered if Vaughn and Kim Har­ri­son had shared a brain to a small extent, but they’ve dealt with a super­fi­cial­ly sim­i­lar issue in very dif­fer­ent ways.

If it weren’t for the fact that I just final­ly got done with my school assign­ments for the week, and must get up when Sam does in the morn­ing, I’d prob­a­bly be sit­ting up reading!

Now I real­ly need to find a source for these short sto­ries, though. Any of you have the rel­e­vant mag­a­zine issues?

  • “Kit­ty Los­es Her Faith” Weird Tales, #333, Fall 2003
  • “Kit­ty and the Mosh Pit of the Damned” Weird Tales #338, Jan-Feb 2006
  • “Look­ing After Fam­i­ly” Realms of Fan­ta­sy, Feb­ru­ary 2007
  • “Kit­ty’s Zom­bie New Year” Weird Tales #345
Cyn is Rick's wife, Katie's Mom, and Esther & Oliver's Mémé. She's also a professional geek, avid reader, fledgling coder, enthusiastic gamer (TTRPGs), occasional singer, and devoted stitcher.
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3 thoughts on “More Fun Reading from Carrie Vaughn

  1. Yeah, Car­rie Vaughn is one of my new favorites. Of all of the “badass chick who’s real­ly a werewolf/ vampire/ vam­pire-hunter/ witch/ shaman/ what­ev­er” authors, she’s by far the best, IMHO. 

    New authors? Have you tried Storm Con­stan­tine? Cath­erynne Valente? Jacquline Cary? Robert Hold­stock? Francesca Lia Block? George R.R. Mar­tin? James Reese? If you’ve missed any of the above, check ’em out, and enjoy!

  2. Hi, Satyr! I like Kit­ty much bet­ter than, say, Bet­sy in the “Undead” series (anoth­er blonde, though Vaughn said she could­n’t think of any blonde heroes oth­er than Buffy). She calls her­self whiny, but she isn’t near­ly as annoy­ing as Ani­ta Blake when she’s off on one of her guilt trips. The fact that her courage is per­son­al, rather than com­ing from her added abil­i­ties as a were­wolf, makes her more of a hero in my mind.

    I think I may have read a short sto­ry by Con­stan­tine at some point, but I’m fair­ly sure I haven’t read any nov­els. Which do you sug­gest? I’ve nev­er heard of Valente, Hold­stock, or Reese before, but I’ll look them up. 

    I read the first two of Carey’s Kushiel nov­els, but Sam said the third isn’t Cyn-safe. He offered to mark off the parts I should­n’t read, but I real­ly can’t trust myself to stop even though I know I should. I HATE miss­ing any­thing, but I’ve got way too much real-life night­mare fod­der, and seri­ous­ly can’t han­dle any­thing that graph­i­cal­ly describes child abuse.

    I’ve read sev­er­al of Block­’s nov­els, and I think my daugh­ter owns almost all of them. I enjoyed the Weet­zie Bat books, but just can’t get into Vio­let and Clare for some reason. 

    I start­ing read­ing the Wild Card books back when they first start­ed, but found them ter­ri­bly dark and just not sat­is­fy­ing, for some rea­son. I’m not a big super­hero fan, and I can­not stand hav­ing heroes die. I thought they’d gone away, ’til read­ing some­thing on Vaugh­n’s web site about her read­ing for a new anthol­o­gy. That’s all that comes to mind right off when I think about Martin.

    Thanks for the recommendations!

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