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Review: Alien Proliferation by Gini Koch

alien-proliferationTitle: Alien Proliferation

Author: Gini Koch

Genre: Science Fiction/Urban Fantasy

Series: Katherine “Kitty” Katt (Book #4)

Publication Date: December 6, 2011

Format: Paperback, 458 Pages

ISBN-10: 0756406978 (DAW/Penguin)

ISBN-13: 978-0756406974 (DAW/Penguin)

Reviewed by: Kristie

Synopsis:

Alien Super-Being Exterminator Kitty Katt is expecting her first baby. But the alien attacks are getting more dangerous, and now Kitty and her Alpha Centaurion husband, Jeff, have to find out who’s behind the conspiracy to kill Kitty’s secret agent mom and what caused Kitty’s transformation into a superhuman-and they’ve got to do it all before the baby shower…

Quick & Dirty: Super-duper alien fantasy novel with an over-sexed heroine with a crazy sense of humor but the over-abundance of dialogue sometimes kills the pacing.

Opening Sentence: You’d think after fighting parasitic jellyfish things from space that turn humans into fugly monsters, fending off some killer alligators while dodging mystery explosives, and warding off an alien invasion, I’d be able to handle anything, right?

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

The fourth novel in the Katherine “Kitty” Katt urban fantasy series continues with another strange installment into the life of Kitty Katt-Martini. These novels do heavily rely on the previous books but Kitty will do a good job of reminding/recapping what you need to know. This series is really fun for comic book and rock music fans because Kitty often uses these as inspiration. She is a huge Aerosmith fan.

Roughly eight months have passed since the end of Kitty Gets Married… oh, I mean, Alien in the Family. The beginning finds Kitty very much pregnant and really off of her game since no one will let her do anything. A major offensive takes place in Paris drawing Jeff and the rest of the Centurian crew away from Kitty. Then Kitty goes into labor and dies, which she blows off as not actually happening when the others around her treat her differently.

Motherhood changes Kitty for the better (at least in her eyes). Kitty’s smarts have already helped her foil a lot of the evil plans but now she will be more on par with the A-C powers. These powers come just in time because Kitty and her team are entangled in the deadliest scheme so far seen in the novels. Kitty is separated from her husband and her child in order to save the day and the entire A-C race.

Kitty is crazy smart but she does have a singular focus on sex. Her mind often focuses on some sort of sexy act. She often refers to her breasts as torpedoes, it was funny the first few times she said it but the thirty times after was kind of annoying. The one thing that I do like is that Kitty’s mind may wander but she really only has eyes and love for Jeff. Another make or break for this reading adventure might be the fact that every male on the planet seems to have the hots for Kitty, especially when Jeff gets uber jealous which is a lot.

These books are long. The story has many, many resolutions, just when you think the story has been solved there is still something else major that is going to happen. One thing that I think can drag the story down is the insane amount of dialogue because there are so many characters interacting during any of the major scenes that conversations are between so many people it is hard to keep track of who is talking so I often have to reread portions of the conversation. There was one conversation that I think could have completely been taken out of the novel and saved maybe ten pages, when Kitty and another character are trying to show how dense a character is, the conversation just keeps going in circles and is completely monotonous. So that is probably my one main beef with the writing.

Overall, I did have some beefs with the novel. It is dialogue heavy and I can get lost in it at times but I still really enjoy the underlying story with the aliens and how one really strange, outside the box, kick ass human woman can save the day.

Notable Scene:

“You have A-C regenerative powers, and you’re gaining speed and strength. No idea of what else yet.” Tito was reading the results from Melanie’s clipboard. “Standard recovery from an A-C female after pregnancy, by the way. Interesting.”

He pulled his stethoscope out of his scrub pocket and took a listen. “But still only a single human heart. So she’s not an A-C, just gained some of the abilities.”

Melanie nodded. “Her blood is different, so is Jamie’s. So is Jeff’s, but we already knew that. Comparing to the Gowers’ now, and Serene’s.”

Everyone, to a person, looked freaked out. “So, let me get this straight. I get hurt, I’m going to recover right away?” Heads nodded. “And I’m catching up to the A-Cs in the speed department?” More nods. “And I’m getting su-perstrong?” Nods again.

Considered all my reaction options. Wow, they were all the same.

“Oh, my God, are you kidding me? Are you serious?” I started jumping up and down. “This is the GREATEST! I’m Wolverine with boobs! I’m Wolverine with boobs! This is like the most exciting thing that’s ever happened to me.” Looked at Jeff’s expression. “Um, well, other than marrying Jeff and having Jamie. But right after that.”

Katherine “Kitty” Katt Series:

1. Touched By An Alien

2. Alien Tango

3. Alien in the Family

4. Alien Proliferation

5. Alien Diplomacy

6. Alien vs. Alien

7. Alien in the House

8. Alien Research

9. Alien Collective

10. Universal Alien

11. Alien Separation

12. Alien in Chief

13. Camp Alien

14. Alien Nation

15. Alien Education (May 2, 2017)

16. Aliens Abroad (December 2017)

17. Aliens Rescue (May 2018)

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FTC Advisory: DAW/Penguin provided me with a copy of Alien Proliferation. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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