The Outlaw Demon Wails, book 6 of Kim Harrison’s Hollows series, was a very fun read. I’m afraid I whipped through it in one day. Granted, it was a day that involved a fair amount of waiting here and there, then collapsing at home to recover, which gave me lots of time to read.
I liked Rachel much better in this book than in the others. She has grown up a bit, and that’s encouraging. While there’s a big plot question left to answer, it felt a little bit like Harrison is almost done with this series. I hope that she does come back and wind up that last detail, at least. Even if Rachel goes on to live happily (in the) ever after at some point, the world itself is so rich that I would think there are many other stories to be told.
If you’ve read the other books in the series, you definitely want to read this one. If you haven’t, catch up first! I have read them, and I got a wee bit lost regarding some references to past events (due to a bad memory and fibro fog on my part, not any fault of Ms. Harrison’s).
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 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