Sunday, April 08, 2007

Kitty Takes a Holiday

Just spent a delightful week with the new Carrie Vaughn book " Kitty Takes a Holiday". I say spent a week because there are some books you just want to last, instead of gobbling them up in a day. And sometimes, you just feel the need to tell the world about a really great new author and some really , truly fun books.

Kitty Takes a Holiday is the third book in Carrie Vaughn's Kitty Norville series. The first two, Kitty and the Midnight Hour, and Kitty Goes to Washington are on my short list of books that Need to be re-read. Again and again.

A lot of book reviews ( and this is my first ) spend quite a bit of time , it seems to me, describing the plot, ending with " And if you want to see how it ends...." but I know you people, you don't want to know the plot. You can ( and should ) read the books if you want to know what happens. (ok, one sentence: Kitty Norville is a Werewolf who has a talk radio show called Kitty and the Midnight Hour, that's all you need to know )

No, I know you, you want to know " Can Carrie Vaughn write" . Yup. She sure can. More than that, she is a wonderful storyteller, and has created a wonderful character. I know Kitty. She is real. Very real. She could be a friend of mine. I think of her that way. I want to know what's up with her. I wish she would come over for tea someday.

Ms Vaughn does the thing I like most in a writer, and that is she reads. A lot. You can tell. Sometimes it is only one small line, but you can tell ( I have seen writers do this ) that she has read, one, maybe two, perhaps three different books, to get that one bit of information.

( She also includes playlists of what she was listening to while she wrote. The women has great taste in music. There, I have now tied this post into music. I'll even tie it to my new cd, I can tie anything to my new cd. Wait till she hears it! )

She also reminds me a little of Eddi Izzard ( bear with me here ) If you have ever seen his comedy, you know he will throw a whole lot of balls up into the air, and one by one, by the end of his show, he brings them all back in. You may have forgotten they were up there, but he hasn't. Carrie Vaughn is like that. She will surprise you .

These books are fun. A lot of fun. They make me laugh. They make me happy. Sure, Werewolves and Vampires are scary, but they are also people. It's nice to think what life would be like if they were running around with us. I'd hang with Kitty any day.

We'll do steak. Make mine rare.

Love and Stories,


At 1:05 PM , Blogger tuaregblue said...

Yay! I'm always looking for new books. This sounds like a good one.:)

Heehee..Eddie Izzard. He's my favorite male comedian.

At 3:32 PM , Blogger ariandalen said...

I'll keep Ms. Vaughn, and Kitty, in mind. :)

Have you, or anyone else, read Kim Harrison's books? I like them a lot. The first, of five so far, is Dead Witch Walking . Witches, vampires, werewolves, elves, and demons. Oh, yeah, humans are there, too.

At 3:45 PM , Blogger Nadine said...

Has anyone watched The Riches-the new show with Izzard? If so,is it any good?
I like both Carrie and the Kim Harrison books-have you read the new one yet?

At 4:45 PM , Blogger Kitty Cat said...

Miss Quiche Lorraine & I watched the premiere episode of RICHES, and we realy enjoyed it, so very much going on, although truth is I haven't seen any of the follow-ups. Nadine, i rec checking it out, certainly.
and yeah, Kitty did really take a holiday this last week, sick sick sick. thanks for covering for me, Lolo.
xo me

At 5:34 PM , Blogger Yoga Gal said...

God bless BBC America; that's how I got to watch Eddie Izzard wonderful one man shows. To answer Nadine's question I have seen "The Riches" show, it's a little dark in humor and Eddie look takes a getting use to, prefer the man in drag. But the show is interesting and very funnny at moments but it's still rather dark. Hope that helps you Nadine. Lorraine, how was your performance this Saturday? Did you take photos? Namaste.

At 8:43 PM , Blogger tuaregblue said...

ariandalen - I like Kim Harrison's books too..just wish she could write 'em as fast as I read.;)

I watched the Riches premier online (don't have cable) and I quite liked it, though Eddie's accent tends to wander a bit.

Kitty hope you're feeling better.:)

At 3:41 AM , Blogger Dan Guy said...

I've been enjoying The Riches. The last episode, in which Izzard and Driver discussed their own marital troubles while pulling a con on the ex-wife of the man Izzard has been impersonating was brilliant and moving.

And I love that their youngest son is a little drag kid and the mother's line that she loves him just how he is but he needs to pick one gender for the con. (And then he shows up at the prep school as a boy with a barette in his hair!)

At 6:37 PM , Blogger Yoga Gal said...

"Death or cake?" How lovely to read that there are so many Eddie Izzard fans!
Hey, you LA Lamies; did you feel the earthquake last week? Well, I wasn't imagining things, we did have an earthquake last week, it's center was in Palm Springs. Which means, eek! Activity there means we may have more shakers ahead. I know, I grew up in LA. So I would advise my fellow LA friends to wear your jammies to bed (I usually sleep la natural) have shoes near by, lots of bottle water, flash lights and cash, ATM don't work after an earthquake. I'm sleeping in my yoga clothes for the next three weeks. But my HardTail yoga clothes are very comfty to sleep in. Namaste.

At 7:53 PM , Blogger Malena said...

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At 7:54 PM , Blogger Malena said...

"Sure, Werewolves and Vampires are scary, but they are also people. It's nice to think what life would be like if they were running around with us."

Hey! I'm here aren't I?

At 7:16 AM , Blogger ariandalen said...

"There are stranger things in the universe, Horatio, than are dreamed of in your philosophy." Hamlet William Shakespeare.


At 4:28 PM , Blogger Yoga Gal said...

"We are the stuff that dreams are made of." Shakespeare
People are interesting creatures enough to read about and can be so exotic that they can make vampires, witches and other creatures of the night look rather dull.
By the way, has anyone seen the film "GrindHouse" yet? I been reading rather mixed reviews but it sounds like great fun! Still, it's 3 hours long! That a long time to sit with one's popcorn and soda. Please, if anyone has seen it let me know. I admire your opinions so! Namaste.

At 5:21 AM , Blogger Rubius said...

I have not seen Grindhouse so I have no knowledgable comment to make... the commercials however did leave me with an opinion... that it is totally not the type of movie that interests me. I think I would have to see it with someone who was REALLY into it for it to make any kind of good impression on me. Too much violence, too much glorification of violence. But that is just the opinion I gained from the trailers and everyone likes different movie types.


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