Kitty Goes to War

Friday, March 4, 2011
A series by Carrie Vaughn

Kitty Norville is the host of The Midnight Hour, a radio call-in show.
She's also an alpha werewolf.
I'd never heard of this series before I picked this up but would like to read more. This particular novel is especially intriguing because it's timely: someone is creating werewolf soldiers to fight in Afghanistan -- and some of them have gone rogue.
Now they're loose in the U.S., and Kitty wants to track them down before officials do. She hopes to 're-humanize' them. The officials just want them ... gone.
As if that's not enough, she's also being sued by a convenience store franchise owner who's ticked off that she has implied on her radio show that his chain is attracting, shall we say, occult nastiness.
If this is a standard example of the series, it's a good series with well-developed characterizations. People are not necessarily all good or all bad. Even the ultimate rogue werewolf has his reasons -- not that they excuse his behaviour. And she explains the behaviours of the other members of the rogue pack in well-informed terms of lupine behaviour: wolf packs are highly organized, and the social order is extremely important. So what happens to the pack when the alpha male disappears?
Besides the human viewpoint, Vaughn also frequently attempts to give us a wolf's-eye view of things -- the view the werewolves have after they transform.
Overall it sounds like an intriguing series and one worth following.

4 comments:

{ Allan } at: March 22, 2011 at 8:38 AM said...

If you are interested in the werewolf genre you should look in to "Bitten" by Armstrong. From your description they sounds similar

{ Quote Queen } at: March 22, 2011 at 8:47 AM said...

This sounds interesting. I love novels about the supernatural, especially vampires. I enjoy how they incorporate humanness and animalistic qualities. It really just touches upon the good and evil in all of us.

{ Mona } at: March 22, 2011 at 9:27 AM said...

Allan: I'll keep an eye out for that one, thanks!
Justine: I love well-written supernatural stories. I've got a few books backed up here that I didn't care for, but I thought this one was impressive.

{ Mike Treadgold } at: March 22, 2011 at 1:34 PM said...

I was just looking at Laura's and Megan's blog, which also looks at fictional writing, and thinking about how recently, I've been kind of turned off of fictional writing and instead put all of my focus into non-fiction (biographies, profiles, etc).

It's nice to read some thorough analyses on fictional writing in this class's blogs because I think it could help me try to diversify what I choose to read.

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