[At the Amazon Kindle Community forum there is a monthly thread where participants list and comment on which books they’re reading at the moment on their Kindles. These aren’t full reviews, but people find the comments interesting or useful for their own book shopping. I’m copying over some of my comments made there into Book Bits posts here.]
I just finished Kitty’s Big Trouble by Carrie Vaughn. It was released on Tuesday and is the ninth book in the Kitty Norville urban fantasy series. It was a good, solid addition to the series.
What I appreciate most about Vaughn’s writing is that it only takes a couple sentences before I’m swept away and immersed in her world. Her writing is very fluid. She also has a nice touch with adding in some humor. Here’s an example:
“Was it made by dragons or magicians? Is that important?” I said.
“It was created by a magician,” Anastasia said. “There’s no such thing as dragons.”
I raised an eyebrow at her. I never knew anymore what was going to turn out to be real and what wasn’t. Being a werewolf tended to give one an open mind.
However, where I think her writing lacks, and this comes from reading the stand alone novel Steel also, is she doesn’t really do intensity. She does good adventure and interesting characters, but the danger doesn’t seem too perilous, the emotions seem a bit lukewarm, etc.
Which makes her books very enjoyable, light reads, but they don’t have the depth and meat that makes a book truly compelling.