KITTY'S GREATEST HITS
An absorbing and surprisingly cohesive anthology. Fans of Vaughn’s Kitty Norville series will want to add this to their collections, while new readers will have no trouble engaging with the universe or the characters. Each story stands fully on its own while illuminating a different facet of the world.
This collection of 14 stories set in Kitty’s universe could serve as an excellent introduction to the series for new readers. Not every story features Kitty, but her influence is felt in many of them. Highlights include “The Book of Daniel,” which sheds new light on Daniel in the lions’ den; “God’s Creatures,” where an unlikely werewolf meets a timely and sad end; and “Kitty’s Zombie New Year,” in which a zombie crashes a party and puts a real damper on all the festivities. The strongest tale in the book, however, is the previously unpublished novella, “Long Time Waiting,” which details monster hunter Cormac Bennett’s time in prison for manslaughter. (TOR, Aug., 320 pp., $25.99)