Tuesday, December 28, 2010
Where's a Good Martini When You Need One?
For My Thoughts
I have @bellie7 and @buckeyegirl31 and their love of all things alien to thank for moving Touched By An Alien by Gini Koch to the top of my TBR. I can state with 100% certainty that these two girls have been touched by an alien and his name is Jeff Martini, the gorgeous Armani suit wearing, empath from Alpha Centauri. In fact @buckeyegirl31 got a kindle for Christmas and named it Martini. She’s got a baaaaaad case of alien fever!
Touched By An Alien right off the bat reminded me of a cross between Men in Black meets X-Files meets V. If you are not a fan of aliens, monsters and over-the-top science fiction then you may not enjoy this book. But if you are willing to temporarily suspend belief then there is lots of goodness to be had between the pages of Touched By An Alien.
Let’s talk about the heroine - Miss Katherine Katt. She has an awesome name that lends itself to all kinds of opportunities for some off color cat humor. Kitty is the nickname she's most commonly referred to as but other “pussy” references are bountiful. I was kind of disappointed that the obvious one Ms. Koch could have used Pussy Galore (James Bond character from Goldfinger) was absent - it would have been a purrrrrrfect fit for this book.
Then there’s Jeff Martini..I‘d take him shaken not stirred (another James Bond reference)...hell I’d take him anyway I could get him, but I fear I would have to fight @buckeyegirl31 in a duel to the death for him.
Don’t let it be said that Mr. Martini (or The Horndog as he is lovingly referred to by a certain Miss Priss) doesn’t know what he wants. About five minutes after meeting Ms. Katt he knows beyond a shadow of a doubt he wants to marry and have children with her. Of course this may have seemed all tongue in cheek at first - but Mr. Martini is nobody’s fool he knows a cool Katt when he sees one. And just in case she got any ideas about hooking up with any of the other hunky Alpha Centauri agents, he told her they were all gay (liar, liar pants on fire).
Undeniably Kitty is one smart cookie. After hanging with the Alpha Centauri for a couple of days she had the whole intergalactic puzzle pieces figured out which was something the A-C’s had spent twenty years trying to solve and still couldn’t crack. She’s also fearless in the face of danger. After all who would face down a 12 foot monster infested with a parasite just waiting to take up residence in their body and not bat an eyelash? Why Miss Kitty of course! She's a natural born killer - of aliens that is and the saviour of the human race. Most importantly she knows how to wield a can of hairspray.
I, like Miss Katt know the importance of hairspray when battling beasts. Ok so my beasts are more of the eight-legged variety, not quite in the same league as those Kitty battled, but hey beasts are in the eye of the beholder…or the can of hairspray. I can’t count the number of times over the years I have relied on hairspray to aid my efforts in the elimination of spiders. It works...it really, really works.
Laced with humorous, often sarcastic, rapid-fire banter between all the characters, Touched By An Alien is a fun, out of this world read. Take a Katt with nine lives and Macgiver-esgue skills, give her a ballpoint pen, a can of hairspray, some boiling water and watch her save mankind. It made me smile a time or two and shout Go Kitty! Go Kitty! In addition I may have sighed more than once “I sure could use a good martini“.
Oh and for those of you who were wondering the answer to the age old question - it’s true...once you go alien, you never go back (especially if that alien is Jeff Martini).
Live long and prosper...err go purchase Touched By An Alien.
Next up in the series is Alien Tango...what will the next instalment of the Kitty Katt tales deliver? It’s available now so you don't have to wait to find out.