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"This delightful romp has many interesting twists and turns as it glances at racism, politics, and religion en route. It will have fanciers of cinematic sf parodies referencing Men in Black, Ghost Busters, and X-Men. Meanwhile, readers who like the smart sf silliness of Douglas Adams’ Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy novels, Lois McMaster Bujold’s Vorkosigan Saga, Pat Murphy’s There and Back Again, and A. Lee Martinez’s The Automatic Detective will find it distinctively different, for Koch’s humor is more in the vein of MaryJanice Davidson in her Undead series, but darned amusing, all the same."—Booklist
 
"It's one hot, fast-paced, crazy romp, with plenty of humorous banter to go with the blood spatter and discussions of wedding dresses."—Locus
 
"If you like your futuristic adventure with heapings of over-the-top fun and absurdity, Koch has the series for you.... A rip-roaring and outlandish romp!"—RT Book Review
 
"Aliens, danger, and romance make this a fast-paced, wittily-written sf romantic comedy."—Library Journal
 
"A hyperspeed-paced addition to a series that shows no signs of slowing down."—Publishers Weekly
 
"Campy, hyperactive, implausibly entertaining, there's a lot of fun here, and more fun to come in future installments."—SF Site

About the Author

Gini Koch lives in the American Southwest, works her butt off (sadly, not literally) by day, and writes by night with the rest of the beautiful people. Touched by an Alien, the first in her Alien/Katherine “Kitty” Katt Series, received a starred review from Booklist and was named one of Booklist’s Top Ten adult science fiction and fantasy novels of 2010. Alien Tango released December 7, 2010, with Alien in the Family releasing April 5, 2011, and Alien Proliferation in Winter 2011. Gini started writing as an excuse to stay up late playing on the computer while listening to rock music and mooning over pictures of hunky men. She's thrilled all that drooling has finally paid off. She can be found at ginikoch.com.
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Product Details

  • Series: Alien Novels (Book 8)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 544 pages
  • Publisher: DAW (December 3, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0756409438
  • ISBN-13: 978-0756409432
  • Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 1.5 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #265,845 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gini Koch writes the fast, fresh and funny Alien/Katherine "Kitty" Katt series for DAW Books, the Necropolis Enforcement Files series, and the Martian Alliance Chronicles series. Alien in the House, Book 7 in her long-running Alien series, won the RT Book Reviews Reviewer's Choice Award as the Best Futuristic Romance of 2013. As G.J. Koch she writes the Alexander Outland series and she's made the most of multiple personality disorder by writing under a variety of other pen names as well, including Anita Ensal, Jemma Chase, A.E. Stanton, and J.C. Koch. Gini also has short stories featured in a variety of current and upcoming anthologies, writing as Gini Koch, Anita Ensal, and J.C. Koch. Gini can be reached via her website: www.ginikoch.com

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Gini Koch is keeping her Alien series fresh and engaging. I don't believe in spoilers so I won't say much about the plot.

As book 8 in the long running series, Gini Koch ran me through the gamut of emotions as she added to the Kitty Katt-Martini story. I laughed, I cried, I got pissed off, and mourned. Putting the story down was not an option. The fast-paced action & snappy humor helped weave a strong story. While I've enjoyed all the books in the series, I have to say this one ranks #1 for me.
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Kitty is ready for a quiet day spent with her daughter Jamie and her friends, while her husband Jeff is going to work at Congress. She is still not really used to the fact that Jeff is a member of Congress. But as soon as the limo taking them to their favourite restaurant for breakfast leaves the Embassy, that peace is destroyed. Members of Club 51 and other hate groups are protesting their existence, and bombarding the limo with dirt and garbage.
And later, when they want to leave the restaurant, they get a visit from the Cabal of Evil, wanting to make deal with Kitty. Of course Kitty is not interested in it at all, her best friend Amy is still trying to get control over her father’s company, and the Board is preventing that from happening.

Back home at the Embassy, there is more bad news waiting for Kitty. The FBI has finally come up with their own version of an Alien Division, just like Chucky is heading for the CIA. And the new director is testing them, wanting to start a congressional inquiry into the happenings at Gaultier Enterprises and Titan Security. Of course the A-C’s don’t want that to happen, too many secrets might come to light, like them killing some of the really evil bad guys. Then Kitty gets a phone call from Walter, who usually runs security at the Embassy, that he and all the other security personnel who went for training to Dulce, are in big trouble. Before Kitty can react to that, the unthinkable happens, and they are hacked. Their complete database is stolen, and all their data is wiped out. Their own resident hackers are powerless to counter that. There is only one hacker in the world who could have done that, and that is Chernobog the Ultimate. Most think he is only a rumor, but one of them knows it for a fact.
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Will Kitty ever get a quiet day? The answer is no. There are always plots out there to take them down.

Now how to review this book? Omg, you can't review a Koch book properly. I can't begin to explain all the things going on, it has to be experienced. You know what, I just realized what an awesome tv-series this would be..ok back to the point now.

Stuff is going down! Evil guys are back. Plans are made. Crazy religious nuts are protesting. ACE is still missing. There will be struggles.

This book felt darker than the rest, I will not tell you why, but it was.

Non-stop action and good things at the end that made me want to read more at once. Oh oh! I almost forgot about a certain revelation, I did not see that coming!

See, the review makes no sense. Just go and read this series!
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I really enjoyed reading this installment and have been a loyal fan since the beginning. Without throwing spoilers out there, she had me in tears constantly throughout the book and I must admit that this one was the toughest to get through for that reason.

My only complaint would be the constant playlist of songs throughout the book. I know that Kitty has always been a huge music fan and there has always been music incorporated into the books. However, I just felt like it was kinda overkill in this one.

Other than that, can't wait for the next installment!
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Very exciting, much more like her original 3 books in this series. More fun, pithy dialogue, more action, less introduction of more characters we can't keep track of.
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I have eagerly awaited the new book in this series since reading the first one several years ago, even pre-ordering to make sure I could read it immediately. This book (#8) did not live up to the previous books, and I had to push myself to continue reading by hoping it would get better. Unfortunately, there were several disappointments with this book. Since Gini Koch has skillfully woven together bits and pieces from earlier plots, along with a new primary plot, into an enjoyable and complete book previously in this series, I am hopeful for #9.

The biggest negative of the book was excessive Kitty orations - often to the "preachy" level. This also appeared to be filler, but was a distraction either way. By the 8th book, Gini's soapbox issues - and all of us have some of those - is well established, so the extensive explanations were unnecessary to series readers (a succinct explanation could have been provided once for each issue as a concession to new readers without being a distraction to returning readers). At one point, I actually found myself thinking "yeah, yeah, yeah; here we go again", before skipping that part to continue with the actual story. Most of us read the series for relaxation and entertainment, rather than issues.

There was almost a grim tone to this book. The apparent killing of some 2nd level characters (who have played significant roles in most of the previous 7 books) was a depressing turn, especially since it seemed to be for the primary purpose of added drama. It is also unsetting as it may indicate a significant turn in the storyline for some 1st level characters. A serious, and somewhat depressing, drama approach has not been a characteristic of the series, which is why I read it.
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