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Kitty's Mix Tape by Carrie Vaughn
Series: Kitty Norville #16
Published by Tachyon Publications on October 16, 2020
Genres: Urban Fantasy
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The final installment of the bestselling Kitty Norville series showcases the paranormal escapades of Carrie Vaughn’s fan-favorite werewolf talk-show host. This engaging short fiction collection - with its own soundtrack for each tale - is sure to delight both existing Kitty fans and anyone who enjoys urban fantasy at its grittiest and best.
“The only urban fantasy world where I want to read every book of the series.” -The Denver Post
“Enough excitement, astonishment, pathos, and victory to satisfy any reader.” -Charlaine Harris, author of the Sookie Stackhouse series
Kitty Norville still can’t stay away from trouble of the supernatural kind.
Everyone’s favorite werewolf DJ is here to mix it up just one last time. Here you will find, or even newly discover, the irrepressible Kitty Norville with friends and enemies alike: Rick the vampire; Jessi Hardin, paranormal detective; Kitty’s husband Ben; Cormac, the bounty hunter; and the villainous Dux Bellorum. These irresistible tales are full of unpredictable twists and turns: lupines experimenting with astronomy, a cheating boxer with preternatural strength, vampires arriving from the Philippines.
It’s been five years since Kitty Saves the World and I loved the recent book about her good friend, Rick in The Immortal Conquistador. Kitty’s Mix Tape is a collection of new and reprinted stories in her world. I always appreciate short story anthologies so one doesn’t have to go out and find them separately in different publications. I don’t know the mix of old vs. new but I was unfamiliar with them and I always try to read everything in a series.
Other than Kitty or Ben, there are stories about many other favorite characters in the world, as well as a main villain. I enjoyed the stories with Kitty in them the most, or Rick, but they are all great character development additions to the series.
It took me a long time to read because some stories were more interesting to me than others. I would not recommend this for those who have not read the series. As a fan who has read every book in the Kitty Norville series, I enjoyed it.
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Reading this book contributed to these challenges:
This is an interesting idea, to bind up a bunch of short stories in a particular series, but it does have a limited audience, if only those reading the series would enjoy it. Still, I like the sound of these characters?
Several authors / series have them including Harry Dresden, Iron Druid, Jane Yellowrock and more. I love them but most would not be something I would recommend to non-series readers. But I always want to read everything in order. I do like the theme based short story anthologies and the well-written ones I enjoy without the series. In fact, I found the Kitty Norville series, the Riley Jensen series and the Sookie Stackhouse series through a short story anthology.
does sound different and a fun way to get the lowdown on kitty
When I’m reading a series, I love these to learn more about the character or the side characters in the stories.
It’s good to know about reading the others, Anne. You’ve intrigued me with the series now.
It’s a great series. I have read them all, including some of the short stories before this.
Shorts can be hit or miss. I do want to try this series.
This is a terrific series. It would be another Read-along candidate some year..
This is a lovely way to provide more Kitty goodness for fans who are still mourning the end of the series:)). I enjoyed the first two or three of these books, but didn’t go further for some reason. Thank you for sharing, Anne.
yes and they are really enjoyable. I binge read them (from the library in paperback!) when I first discovered UF! (along with Ilona Andrews and Jeanienne Frost and Keri Arthur and Charlaine Harris’ books.
I can’t believe it’s been five years! I need to see if my library has this.
There is also an amazing book about Rick which came out last year, The Immortal Conquistador. I have always liked Rick.
They do! 🙂
I haven’t read the Kitty Norville series or heard much about it. I’m a fan of UF so I’d be willing to give it a try. Yeah, short stories can leave you wanting. Still, fun it the contain beloved characters.
Some of the stories were great, most of them, but a few were either about characters I didn’t care about or a little odd. I love this series. I might do it as a Read-along at some point.