Monday, December 22, 2014

Kat On A Hot Tin Airship

Kat On A Hot Tin Airship: A Penny Dreadful Review

            What happens when one takes a Tennessee Williams play as a jumping off point and adds demons? Why, ask Sam Stone. She wrote a book about it – Kat on a Hot Tin Airship.
            In the scant years since her literary debut, Kat Lightfoot has transformed from a shop girl with a good head on her shoulders to a gun-toting demon-slayer. With her journalist friend George Pepper and her inventor friend Martin Crewe, the practical young lady destroys any forces of the Darkness she happens across. Often, she gets paid for this and is therefore able to support her mother and little sister.
            Her brother finally makes a proper appearance on the page. The Lightfoot family travels to New Orleans to celebrate his marriage to the daughter of a wealthy landowner. Sam Stone takes the oppressive miasma of secrecy that hangs over the characters of any given Tennessee Williams play and turns it into the oppressive miasma of a vengeful spirit/demon. I find that this meshes quite well.
            There are a lot of twists, turns, and revelations featured in this book, and I must say that it can be a little difficult toward the end to keep track of who is what and haunting or possessing whom. I must say, though, that poor Kat is also exceedingly confused. I don’t think she’ll sort out quite what happened until she gets home to New York. Maybe she’ll figure out this book by the next book?
            At any rate, Kat Lightfoot and her family are a delight to read about. The characters are so vivid and the demons are pretty creepy. This book did not give me nightmares like the last one, but perhaps this is because demon possession doesn’t disturb me quite as much as the walking, talking corpses of my loved ones.
            Kat on a Hot Tin Airship was a delight to read. I give it three and a half gears out of five and look forward eagerly to the next installment of Kat Lightfoot’s adventures. I suggest that you track down a store selling the publications of Telos Publishing and purchase a copy.

Your Correspondent From The Bookstore,

Penny J. Merriweather