Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Universal Alien-Gini Koch

Universal Alien
Gini Koch
Daw, Dec 2 2014, $7.99
ISBN: 9780756409302

In less than five years, Kitty Katt-Martini has come a long way from being an Arizona marketing manager, but nothing compared to her husband Jeff the alien from Alpha Four in the Alpha Centauri system and now Vice President of the United States.  However, you may take the girl out of Arizona, but not Arizona out of the girl; as Kitty cannot hide her boredom with many of the Second Lady social functions such as her ennui while attending a cricket match in Australia.  Insulting the host country and causing havoc for the Secret Service, Kitty decides to leave; but ungracefully falls and bangs her head.

When she regains consciousness, a confused Kitty finds she is the solo alien and married with children to her “handler” Chuckie Reynolds; and that the Alpha Centauri entourage including Jeff Martini never came to earth.  At the same time another Kitty resides amidst aliens.  In both worlds, each Kitty must confront the Mastermind if she is to return home to her Jeff on her earth.

The tenth Alien science fiction (see Alien In The House and Alien Research) is a madcap what if thriller in which the heroine gets a double taste of what could have been (think of George Bailey in It's a Wonderful Life).  As always frantically-paced and jocular, Universal Alien is a lively over the top of Mount Kosciuszko entry.

Harriet Klausner

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