Carrie Vaughn Books

Carrie Vaughn was born in 1973 in the US. She studied at the Occidental College and then at the University of Boulder, Colorado where she studied for a degree in English Literature. She settled in Boulder after her university studies. Once she finished university, moreover, Vaughn began to emerge as an author, having her work published in magazines. Vaughn is best known for her science fiction works, and she has written both short stories and novels. Some of her novels also form sizeable series. As well as authoring science fiction and fantasy novels, Vaughn also has written several romances. Indeed, she describes herself as having emerged from the fantasy and science fiction genres only to become widely known as a romance writer. She has won several awards and credits for her fiction writing, the most prestigious of which was probably a nomination for a Hugo Award.

Order of Carrie Vaughn Short Stories

Order of Carrie Vaughn Short Story Collections

# Read Title Published
1 Straying From the Path 2011
2 Kitty's Greatest Hits 2011
3 Amaryllis and Other Stories 2016

Order of Carrie Vaughn Standalone Novels

Order of Golden Age Series

# Read Title Published
1 After the Golden Age 2011
2 Dreams of the Golden Age 2014

Order of Kitty Norville Series

Anthologies/Collaborations

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Vaughn’s most famous books are arguably the novels that make up her ‘Kitty Norville’ series. This series of novels falls within the genre of urban fantasy. Norville is a werewolf, though many people simply believe her to be a regular teenaged girl. Norville hosts a chat show on the local radio, and by discussing issues with various listeners who phone in to the show, she comes to learn about the latest events in the supernatural community. Her main foe throughout the series is a local religious preacher, who is always attempting to entice members of the supernatural community (including Kitty Norville herself and her werewolf pack) to join his traveling Bible show so that he can ‘save’ them. Norville and her listeners gradually come to realise that this Bible show is not all that it seems. Aside from this series, Vaughn has written several other shorter series of novels including the ‘Golden Age’ series and various standalone novels (for instance ‘Voices of Dragons’ which was published in 2010).

CARRIE VAUGHN AWARDS:

As mentioned above, Vaughn has been nominated for a Hugo Award. The Hugo Awards are given to an author who is deemed to have written the best science fiction or fantasy novel over the past year. They are named after Hugo Gernsback, who was a science fiction magazine editor – his magazines published short stories of the kind that first got Carrie Vaughn known for her writing. Carrie Vaughn has also been mentioned in several roundups of highly prized writing, including in titles such as ‘The Year’s Best Science Fiction’ and ‘The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror’.

BEST CARRIE VAUGHN BOOKS.

In this section, we will delve a little deeper into those of Vaugn’s works that are most highly prized by her fans. The two books under discussion here both come from the Kitty Norville series. The first is named ‘Kitty and the Midnight Hour’ and the second, ‘Kitty Goes to Washington’. They represent the first and second books in the series respectively.

In The Midnight Hour, we are first introduced to Kitty Norville. She is a late night DJ and, somewhat by accident, she starts her own late night talk show (hence the book’s title, ‘The Midnight Hour’). The talk show’s theme is vampires, werewolves, and other supernatural beings. Norville herself is a werewolf, but she attempts to keep this fact about herself a secret from her listeners, and in fact she wants to discourage her listeners from believing that being a supernatural being such as herself is ‘cool’. Gradually, it emerges that an itinerant preacher is attempting to ‘save’ members of the supernatural community. By talking with some of her listeners, though, Norville begins to suspect that this preacher has a sinister purpose. This plot point is not entirely wrapped up until the second book of the series, though, to which we now turn.

In Kitty Goes to Washington, Norville heads to Washington and gets to know a vampire properly. She also makes various other contacts there, and her relationship with her love interest, Ben, is developed. Norville discovers that the preacher whom she first encountered in the first book of the series is in fact a ‘fae’. The fae lives by feeding off the supernatural community and so he has adopted the guise of a preacher offering to cure them so that he can get close to them. Will Norville be able to defeat the fae and save her community?