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Product Details

  • Series: Alien Novels
  • Mass Market Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: DAW (April 6, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0756406005
  • ISBN-13: 978-0756406004
  • Product Dimensions: 4.4 x 1.1 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (125 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #651,830 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Koch's derivative debut piles on the comic book clichés. Katherine Kitty Katt's orderly world is shaken when she sees a man on the street turn into a monster. After she manages to kill it, secret agents whisk her away and explain that these superbeings are humans mutated by alien parasites. The agents are aliens themselves, visitors from Alpha Centauri who are tracking a particularly powerful superbeing that has taken over the mind of a terrorist leader. Handsome agent Jeff Martini instantly becomes obsessed with Kitty, who unaccountably finds it sexy and romantic when he acts like an aggressive stalker. The plot moves quickly and Koch's prose shows promise, but the action scenes drag a bit, and the constant erotic overtones of Jeff and Kitty's banter are painfully intrusive. (Apr.)
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*Starred Review* When Katherine “Kitty” Katt instinctively uses her Montblanc pen to slay an alien parasite after leaving the courthouse following some jury duty, she’s swept into a secret community of Armani-clad, superfast Alpha-Centaurians and gorgeous humans that is fighting a parasitic alien menace. The parasites turn emotional humans into a variety of horrifying, supervillainous monsters. Kitty is taken to a secret installation deep below New Mexico, where she discovers that her parents lead far more exciting lives than she had ever imagined. Traveling with empath and love-interest Jeff and crew to a remote location to battle a crowd of supervillains bearing hilariously unoriginal supernames, Kitty uses her iPod, an armored vehicle, hot water, and hairspray as weapons. 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 (2000), and A. Lee Martinez’s The Automatic Detective (2008) 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. --Diana Tixier Herald

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Customer Reviews

I WANTED to love this book but, sadly, I just didn't.
Veronica L. Gonzalez
The action was great, the "love" story was fun and not overwhleming to the plot.
Also, I love the strong and intelligent character of Kitty Katt.
Shannon Hoblitzell

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

30 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Dee18 TOP 1000 REVIEWER on April 12, 2010
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This is the first book in Gini Koch's Katherine "Kitty" Katt series. It is available as both a paperback and e-book.

I really thoroughly and surprisingly loved this book. Seriously, it's awesome.

I found this book because of the cover art. The artist is the incredibly talented Daniel Dos Santos, who draws all of Patricia Briggs's `Mercy Thompson' US covers. I saw this image up on his website as apart of his book covers portfolio - and because I do judge a book by its cover, I went hunting and found it was Gini Koch's `Touched by an Alien'.

The title kind of threw me, and I almost didn't bother. Aliens may be how the science fiction genre got its kick-start, but I wasn't sure about an alien themed book. The closest I've come is Ann Aguirre's `Sirantha Jax' series - which I really love, but is set in another galaxy, not present-day earth. I was under the assumption that any alien invasion scifi book would be along the geeky lines of Star Trek. Boy, was I wrong and naïve.

A lot happens right from page one. The opening chapter involves Katherine "Kitty" Katt (yes it's a stupid name, she only has her parents to blame) witnessing a domestic dispute turn deadly. She watches as a man kills his wife, and then sprout wings with dagger feathers. Katherine bizarrely goes into autopilot; grabbing her Mont Blanc pen she rugby-tackles this weird creature, and innately knows precisely where to stab and kill him.
After her hero-routine she's swooped up by a group of hunky Armani-clad `agents' who take her somewhere called `home base' in New Mexico where they none too delicately break the news to her that aliens exist, and she might just have a job killing them...

Intense, huh?
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Aliza Mansolino on April 8, 2010
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While I enjoy urban fantasy/paranormals, I am so very tired of tormented vampires, werewolves, etc. and the tough yet sexy women who love them. I picked this up because, hey, aliens! I really enjoyed it - it was totally entertaining. The heroine is smart, funny, Jewish (how often to do you run across that in UF?), and has a great relationship with her parents. She doesn't wear leather pants and her weapon of choice is hairspray. The hero is too good to be true (he's an empath with amazing, umm, stamina who looks great in Armani) but he's brood-free! It's a fun "girl kills evil alien, meets a bunch of really cute good aliens and falls in love while saving the world" read. Pick this up if you're looking for something a little different.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Pamela VINE VOICE on October 15, 2010
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The cover originally attracted me to this book. Artistically, it's well done. And it features a couple of good-looking people making out while holding guns in front of an explosion.

How could I resist that?

Now that I think about it, "good looking people making out while holding guns in front of explosions" pretty much sums up Touched By An Alien. It's the book version of a B-movie, one that stars Bruce Campbell and that enjoys being campy and silly and as over-the-top as it possibly can be. It was definitely a fun read, but that doesn't mean that it doesn't have issues that made me a little twitchy. I'll start with the good stuff.

Koch's writing is funny and lighthearted, and I found myself laughing out loud pretty often. The major characters, from protagonist Katherine "Kitty" Katt to ridiculously gorgeous alien special agent Jeff Martini to Kitty's parents, were all pretty well-developed, and for the most part, their motivations were understandable and in Jeff's case, quite sympathetic. Christopher, ridiculously gorgeous alien special agent #2, ranked quite a bit lower on my likability scale mainly because he spends most of the book being a jealous jerk. The supporting characters are pretty one-dimensional--the super-smart, super-sexy female aliens, in particular, irritated me--but honestly, with the B-movie vibe of the book, I didn't expect a bunch of well-rounded characters.

A major plus for this book: the love scenes were SMOKING hot. Smoking.

Kitty's ingenuity in the action scenes was pretty entertaining; killing her first alien superbeing creature with her Mont Blanc pen was a fun surprise, as was her creative idea to spray the big baddie in the face with extra hold hairspray.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Laurel on September 15, 2012
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Please do not make the same mistake I did. The blurb makes it sound fun, a silly romp.

But no.


Stay away for the love of space god.

Kitty is a terrible character. She knows how to solve every problem the aliens have had in a day. She can translate ancient texts they got wrong. She can kill their most feared enemies. She realises they are allergic to alcohol. She can fly a plane with no training. She spends the book going around telling everyone what's what because she just knows everything. Because she was chosen by space god.

She is 'geeky' in the sense the author knows one or two comic character's names. She worries all the time about being a slut. She thinks the other girls she meets are silly because they don't like pretty dudes. She's mean and bitchy, and it's presented as spunky awesomeness.

Martini, the main love interest, is a creeper. He goes from being a grabby, way too friendly, and proposing marriage, to an jerk who hates Kitty because a guy molested her. What a catch. For some reason she still likes him.

The other love interest is a jerk who tries to rape her, but then he gets a tragic past so it's ok. Or something. The views on love in this book are weird.

But here is the worst part:

The book is boring.

Things occurred all the time, but it felt like nothing happened. They spend dozens of chapters talking exposition in cars. Plot revelations come out of no where and have no impact. Bad guy shows up? Eh, Kitty knows what do do just because. Love interest pissed at Kitty? Eh, I hate him anyway, good riddance.

I finished this book because I was stuck on a bus with nothing else. You don't have to do that. You have a choice. Please read something better.
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