Kitty Goes to Washington (Kitty Norville) Audio CD – Audiobook, CD, Unabridged
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"Amongst the recent explosion of lightweight vampire (and similar) novels, Carrie Vaughn's Kitty Goes to Washington stands out. This is a fun novel, but it deals superbly with very real issues of difference, fear and prejudice. Well worth a read." (David V Barrett FORTEAN TIMES)
"A fun read and worth the price of admission." (Heather Worthy STARBURST) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
There's a hot were-jaguar in town, and Kitty's hungering for his touch . . . --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product description
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"Kitty Goes To Washington" starts a month after those events when Kitty is called to testify to a senate hearing on werewolves and vampires. She arrives in Washington and spends some time as a tourist, and alongside the usual American monuments and museums she visits a Werewolf bar (where she meets the rather lovely were-jaguar Luis) and the vampire Mistress of the City, Alette, with her sidekick Leo.
However, whilst waiting to be called to testify, Kitty finds herself investigating the Rev Elijah Wood's church, breaking into a US facility with Cormac and interviewing a former Nazi werewolf. And time time for her testimony is becoming dangerously close to the full moon.
As in the former book, this is a really good fun read with some fast pacing, some interesting vignettes into werewolf life, a little love interest and a lot of amusing plot. Kitty is a great character with a winsome naivete but with a streak of iron through her too.
As an English reader I noticed a classic American mistake; Alette and Leo apparently have a "British Accent"; of course there is no such thing - there's English, Welsh, Scottish, Irish and others as well but "British" can't refer overall to one accent. Still I got the message - that they probably seem like your traditional film villain because of that accent. It also became very clear that Carrie Vaughn is a bit of a tourist herself with some very gushing descriptions of Kitty's time looking round Washington.
"Kitty Goes To Washington" doesn't have complete backstory so those who haven't read the first book might not get all the nuances, particularly with regard to why Kitty left her pack. There are more supernatural creatures in this book than the previous but it isn't overloaded with them like some urban fantasies these days.
Carrie Vaughn sticks to all the traditional tropes for this genre - vampires being allergic to garlic, werewolves to silver, etc - but she infuses her own interpretation on what it might be like to be one of these creatures. I liked the way that we see into Kitty's head, we follow her trying to rationalise her situation, to see the good in it and to help others see some possible benefits of their status as different from normal humans. I've made it sound a bit philosophical which it isn't, it's just a fun book with a possible deeper message in there for those who want to look.
But not many urban fantasy authors bother to deal with that part of the story, because it's much harder than werewolf packs or vampire politics. But Carrie Vaughn give it a fair shot in "Kitty Goes to Washington," a smart, tense little urban fantasy that takes our werewolf heroine into government conspiracies and vampire takeovers.
Kitty is subpoenaed by the Senate, to appear at a special hearing examining the existence of weres, vampires, and other supernatural creatures. Apparently she's representing... all of them, as some sort of expert.
But her arrival causes a stir in more than the Senate, where the existence, nature and danger of supernaturals is being hotly debated. She starts exploring Washington's lyncanthrope population (including a very sexy werejaguar), and is taken under the wing of the city's vampire, Alette (although Kitty can't quite bring herself to trust her).
Unfortunately Kitty has a Bible-thumping fanatical senator determined to destroy her, the eerie faith healer Elijah Smith, and a mysterious scientist who might be willing to do ANYTHING for funding. And after Kitty deals with the mystery of Smith's "church," she finds herself at the mercy of men who want to reveal what she is to the world... and they're not terribly picky about how they do it.
One of the things that sets Carrie Vaughn's books apart is her heroine. In a genre full of leather-clad, gun-waving, sex-mad, heartily obnoxious superwomen, it's nice to occasionally see a heroine who is smart, courageous, stable, humble and more inclined to use her brains than a knife or gun. In other words, no AnitaBlakeitis here.
In fact, Vaughn even takes a few teasing pokes at the genre's cliches ("Vast halls filled with pouty Eurotrash vampires -- yeah, that was the image"), and some of the myriad werecreatures that populate other books (a guy inquiring about werealpacas).
And though a story about a series of Senate hearings sounds dull, she manages to convincingly show the societal ripples that supernatural creatures would cause, and the questions they would raise. Not to mention the fanatical wackos (like Duke) they would enrage. The subplots are what generate more excitement -- breaking into a government lab with Cormac, dealing with vampire schemes, and trying to figure out who's a friend and who's a foe.
But the story takes a darker, nastier turn about two thirds of the way through, when Kitty confronts the malignant Elijah Smith, gets trapped on live TV during the full moon, and faces off against a nasty usurping vampire. The clash with Smith goes by too quickly -- seriously, is that all it takes? -- but otherwise it's a nice, tightly-written swirl of conspiracies and crime.
"Kitty Goes To Washington" is a smart look at what would hapen if vampires and weres not only existed, but were outed to normal human society. Humorous, dark and tightly-written.
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