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Kitty and the Dead Man's Hand (Kitty Norville) Mass Market Paperback – February 1, 2009
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"Funny, heart-wrenching, and thought-provoking."―VampireGenre.com on Kitty Goes to Washington
"Vaughn's clever new take on the supernatural is edgy and irreverent . . . will have readers clamoring for the next installment."―Romantic Time BOOKreviews Magazine on Kitty and the Midnight Hour
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An Air Force brat, she survived her nomadic childhood and managed to put down roots in Boulder, Colorado, where she lives with her fluffy attack dog, a miniature American Eskimo named Lily.
Visit her at www.carrievaughn.com
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For this fifth book in the series, there is really nothing here this time around. Slow going, no tension, little action, and a dead story. However, this does seem to be heading into something big for the next book, Kitty Raises Hell, where hopefully we'll see more of Odysseus, Evan and Brenda. Overall, this book is flat and just seems to be filler and set-up for the next book. Even though I enjoyed this book, it falls far below the standards set by the previous four books.
Dead Man's Hand is too hastily paced. The character's observations are superficial when they're not cliched, and her interactions with other characters feel flat and obligatory, the dialogue empty of anything but basic generalities. The protagonist meets the master vampire of the city, and an illusionist who might be a real magician, and an animal act that might be employing lycanthropes. As intriguing as the ideas are, they don't go anywhere for the first half of the book. She meets the characters, they tell her they won't give her an interview, and after shaking hands, she leaves! There's no sense of menace or foreshadowing or even wonder; these are basic introductions. This novel reads like inept fan fiction.
More irritatingly, the book takes place in Las Vegas as Kitty performs her first live show the same weekend she intends to marry. The author unnecessarily reinvents Caesar's Palace and the Luxor with brand-x replacements (the Greek-themed "Mount Olympus" and a ziggurat pyramid-shapped "Hanging Gardens"); as though the readers or maybe the real casinos would be offended if she didn't use coy symbolism to reference them. It gives the book's Las Vegas setting a weirdly foggy, distancing effect, unlike, say, the more precise and recognizable rendering of Rachel Caine's Las Vegas in the Weather Warden Series. For all that Vaughn says she researched Las Vegas in her dedication, the setting doesn't feel authentically Vegas.
Moreover, the heroine is staying in the same hotel and casino she's performing in, and - gasp! - there's a gun show convention in the same building!Read more ›
Contemporary Urban Fantasy Paranormal Romance
Grand Central Publishing
Sensuality Rating: Sexy
Rating: 5 Enchantments
Kitty Norville isn't your average radio personality. She hosts the talk radio show "The Midnight Hour" and she's currently the most well-known werewolf in the States, if not the world. Having someone film and televise her `change' will do that--but that's an earlier story. KITTY AND THE DEAD MAN'S HAND is author Carrie Vaughn's fifth book about Kitty's world and the special characters that populate it.
Kitty's life has become very complicated over the last few years. She's been bitten by and turned into a werewolf. She's been an escapee lone wolf from a crazy Alpha. She's been captured and filmed through her `change' to prove the existence of werewolves. She's been chased, cornered, and then saved by a bounty hunter who's now her friend. Her lawyer has been bitten and changed and is now her boyfriend. Her best friend died trying to save her. And her mother is dying of cancer. But life's not all bad news--her radio show is one of the most popular late night shows around and Kitty likes to think that she's helped both humans and `others' open a strange type of communication via her show. Now for the biggest news of all...Kitty's getting married!
Of course, Kitty's not exactly your normal blushing bride. So when the opportunity arises to escape the insanity and marry in Vegas? Well, Kitty's sure a vacation by the pool with Ben will be just the thing. But it doesn't take long for the vacation to become an opportunity for a little free advertising. It seems her boss has gotten wind of the Vegas trip and tosses Kitty the chance to do her show live in Vegas!Read more ›
It took me a while to get interested because even with all the things mentioned above, nothing was really happening that could keep me reading for any length of time. It is not until more than half way into the book that the story starts to get interesting. Things picked up, but even then there was something missing, that something that gets a reader anxious about what happens to characters. Cormac is mentioned several times and I kept wishing he was there. CV needs to parole him or break him out of prison, soon.
This story continues to the next book, which is out in March. I can't help but feel this was unnecessary. Dead Man's Hand needed to be tighter and then combine the next book with this one for one book. Hopefully this would have resulted in a better paced, exciting story.
I also thought the title didn't quite fit the story. Yes, there is poker but it is really just a vessel to put one of the characters in danger.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This was a pretty good story and addition to the series. Kitty and Ben are engaged and her ailing mother seems determined to guilt her into having the... Read more
Can't a woman get married in peace? Nope. Well, can't a woman elope in peace? Nope.
Gotta invite her parents - or at least, tell them that Kitty and Ben are headed to Vegas,... Read more
Some rather slow moments which is sad because it should have been non-stop reading. Vegas, Marriage, Mysterious Lycanthropic Vegas Act and so much more. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Michelle Carrell
Kitty and the Dead Man's Hand is not the better book, but I enjoyed it more than its more tightly-plotted predecessor, Kitty and the Silver Bullet. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Lannie
I really love this book. Love the characters. Will be reading the rest of the series.Published 4 months ago by Trish
If you'd asked me two books ago, I'd never guess I'd be giving a future book 5 stars or it being in part because I LOVE Kitty WITH Ben. Just showed me! Read morePublished 6 months ago by Berls
What's fun about Kitty's stories is how human the vampires continue to be. There's the supernatural element but what a person was before continues to exist. Read morePublished 13 months ago by David F. Teachout