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Kitty's Greatest Hits (Kitty Norville) Paperback – August 16, 2011

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Editorial Reviews


“Do you like werewolves? Vampires? Talk radio? Reading? Sex? If the answer to any of those is yes, you're in for a wonderful ride.” ―Gene Wolfe on Kitty and the Midnight Hour

“Vaughn takes on PTSD and gives it a new twist in the latest Kitty adventure…Vaughn's deft touch at characterization and plot development has made this series hugely entertaining and not to be missed!” ―Romantic Times Book Reviews on Kitty Goes to War

“Kitty doesn't have her usual pack, but she still emerges as a leader. We know going in this isn't going to go well ― but Vaughn makes it suspenseful and interesting through the voice of Kitty.” ―The Denver Post on Kitty's House of Horrors

About the Author

Carrie Vaughn is the New York Times bestselling author of the Kitty Norville books, including Kitty's Big Trouble, Kitty Goes to War, and Kitty and the Midnight Hour. She is also the author of the standalone novels After the Golden Age and Discord's Apple, and the young adult books Voice of Dragons and Steel. Vaughn had the nomadic childhood of the typical Air Force brat, with stops across the country from California to Florida. She earned her B.A. from Occidental College in Los Angeles, and a master's in English from the University of Colorado at Boulder. She has worked as a Renaissance Festival counter wench, a theater usher, an editor, a buyer at an independent bookstore, and an administrative assistant. She lives in Boulder, Colorado.


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Product Details

  • Series: Kitty Norville
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books; 1St Edition edition (August 16, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780765329578
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765329578
  • ASIN: 0765329573
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #344,824 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
This collection of short stories combines previously published and new stories in the Kitty world, some specific to Kitty, some just within the supernatural world. I've haven't read any of the short stories Carrie Vaughn's written, so this entire book was new to me. I picked out three stories to highlight with mini-reviews below. The main reason to pick this book up is the new Cormac short story. I've always found his character to be interesting, mainly because we know only what he shows us about himself, which isn't a lot. And while I may have never been in the Kitty/Cormac fanclub, Cormac showed me a different side to himself in his short story and I came away really feeling for the guy and interested in his character more than ever. (Possible spoilers for the Kitty series in the reviews below)

A short story told from both Cormac and Ben's point of view, describes the time when Cormac first moves in with the O'Farrell's after Cormac's dad is killed by a werewolf. Young Ben wants to be friends again with Cormac, like they were prior to his dad's death, but he's finding it hard to relate to Cormac. Cormac's just trying to figure things out in his head while still continuing what his dad taught him, hunt werewolves on the full moon. Ben convinces Cormac to let him go with during a nighttime hunt and it might be the first time Cormac's eyes are opened up about who he's really hunting, and not what. When a werewolf and his human brother find themselves staring at Cormac's gun, things that Ben says makes Cormac pause. He mentions that the werewolf, once shot, will turn into a human and that he needs to just let them both go. Everything Cormac was taught he started questioning that night and it ended up being a new start to his and Ben's friendship.
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This is an eclectic collection of short stories that are supposed to take place in the Kitty Norville world. Some are better than others. A few... I'm not sure what they're doing in this book at all. Here's a breakdown of the more memorable selections.

"Il Est Ne" - Being a werewolf is new to David. He can't control his changes; he has no pack. He thinks he'll never lead a normal life again. Then, he meets Kitty at a Waffle House on Christmas. She recognizes what he is and tries to guide him. As they talk, news reports come in, of a series of deadly attacks in the area. David immediately wonders if he is to blame. So he and Kitty work together to solve the murders. (This story takes place after the events of Kitty and The Midnight Hour.)

"Conquistador de la Noche" - This is the story of how Ricardo de Avila became a vampire. Yes, we're talking about Rick. He was one of Coronado's men, exploring the new world. After 10 years, he was approached by an old friend and lured to a neighboring village. It turns out that Diego is a vampire. Ricardo found out when Diego and three of his vampire friends attacked him and changed him against his will. The other men thought that once he was turned, Ricardo would be content to kill and plunder at their sides. They were wrong. Ricardo is made of sterner stuff. And while he'll never be human again, he won't be the evil thing they expected him to be.

"Looking After Family" - THIS is the kind of story I had in mind for this book. It's a little peek into the history of Cormac and Ben. It takes place right after Cormac's father is killed and he goes to live with Ben's family.
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Since Kitty's Greatest Hits is all Vaughn all the time, the anthology has a better flow to it even with a mix of different types of stories than typical multi-author collections do. A lot of these stories have been previously published, but even though Vaughn promised a few new ones - including a brand new Cormac story - and some hard to find ones originally appeared in magazines, I was still surprised to find there were actually a few more new-to-me-ones here than I'd expected. I was also surprised that I actually enjoyed most of the oldies more on the second read as well. As bonus - and I thought this was especially interesting - there's section at the back of the book which includes a discussion of the stories and their purpose. So for me that extra insight, plus the new novella length Cormac story, made Kitty's Greatest Hits worth the read.

Here's Kitty's Hit List:

Il Est Ne (in Wolfsbane and Mistletoe) - Facing a lonely Christmas in a diner, Kitty helps another werewolf recapture his humanity. I think I liked this one better the second time 'round, since I wasn't expecting a slice of the series and the shifter's plight is very sympathy stirring.

A Princess of Spain (in The Secret History of Vampires) - Not a Kitty story, instead a vampire plays a part in a historical story involving Catherine of Spain and King HenryVIII - this was okay but didn't really seem to belong here

Conquistador de la Noche (Subterranean Online, Spring 2009) Vampire Rick's background is explored a bit here, this was interesting and I would love more of Rick.

Book of Daniel (Talebones #39, Winter 2009) - A twist to the story of Daniel and the lions - I liked this one but again, it didn't really fit in a Kitty anthology.
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