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Touched by an Alien by Gini Koch
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Jul 09, 2012

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This is essentially an urban fantasy novel with aliens as the paranormal critters instead of the more common vampires or werewolves or angels or what have you. Oh, there are some sci-fi trappings in there, but it could just as easily be explained by magic without losing anything from the story. If I had to sum my thoughts on the book up in one sentence, it would be this: Touched By An Alien is wish fulfillment cranked up to 11. Kitty is good at absolutely everything. She is never wrong, not even when she's disagreeing or finding fault with plans and theories created by people who have been dealing with the demonesque creatures (called "superbeings") for decades. Every idea that successfully defeats a superbeing comes from her, she's able to shoot on target the first time she holds a gun, and she seems to be irresistible to the super hot aliens. Even the female aliens are drawn to her (although not sexually attracted to her like the males), but while they're also all kinds of superhot, they don't present any threat to Kitty because they're not interested in the same kinds of men she is. The other characters are constantly talking about how smart Kitty is, and she repeatedly makes giant leaps in logic to come to what the book tells us is the correct conclusion despite not having enough information to make that leap. In other matters, though, she's so dense as to be frustrating. ("Why is this guy so mean to me? I mean, I've only had three different people try to tell me he's attracted to me, and I can't figure out why he's glaring at me as I make out with his cousin!")

The whole book is this same kind of over-the-top from the first page right up until the end. And it's not just Kitty: Martini (one of the suit-wearing aliens) proposes to her within minutes of meeting her. She laughs it off as a joke, but one of the other characters tells her it's meant in earnest. He's an empath, so there are some allowances to be made for feeling he knows her faster than others might do, but last I checked, an empath can read or feel someone else's emotions, they don't read someone's soul. But then, I could be nit-picky here because in general I'm not fond of men who insist on referring to grown women as "baby," especially when they're so aggressive in their attempts to hit on her.

There's also a lot of exposition going on here. I realize this is the first book in a series, and as such has a lot of set-up to do, but I felt like half the book was yet another conversation explaining to me what was happening and why it was happening. While there are a good number of action scenes, there's also an awful lot of talking heads, characters having lengthy conversations about what they're about to do before they can do it, even when they're supposed to be in a hurry.

With all that being said, I think the "summer blockbuster"-style cover art is absolutely appropriate for the story this is. Touched By An Alien is wish fulfillment, but it's a lot of fun. It's not the best written book I've ever read, and once this review is done I'll probably forget a lot of it, but I enjoyed myself while I was reading. If it was a movie, it would sell a lot of popcorn and give people a couple of hours of fun special effects they'd forget about the minute they left the theatre. And you know what? There's absolutely nothing wrong with something that's just for fun.

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Shannon (Giraffe Days) I can see you absolutely loving this - but I could be completely wrong!

Anna I'm hoping!

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