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KAT AND MOUSE: GUNS FOR HIRE

New pulp action.

By Alexander.Hollins, member

Mar 2, 2011: Kat and Mouse is, as much as I hate the x meets y cliche, Shadowrun meets the pulp action novels, Doc Savage and the like. The action and jokes fly fast, the body count racks up, and weaponry shines and sings. The writing is quality, and the characters, a pair of self declaritve bitches, will have you coming back again and again.

The story IS a bit violent,. death coming quick and brutish, blood flowing and forgotten. Squeamish readers beware;

One lady loves guns, the other her knives. Together they are Kat and Mouse, and they are here to play.

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KAT AND MOUSE: GUNS FOR HIRE

Hot. Damn.

By Eli James, editor

Oct 8, 2009: I enjoyed Kat and Mouse. Fast. Funny. Lots of blood between paragraphs. Read it while liveblogging at The Dispatch. Kept me entertained.

Damn.

Abner Senires has the skills. The chops, as they say in the biz. Writing reads snappy. Characters a little on the diptzy side, though. Lots of action. Good light reading. Very little commas.

Hard to imagine it as a book.

Maybe a comic.

Like I said, damn.

Kat’s a ronin. Mercenary. Mouse her sidekick. Story structured around these two. Keep getting in over their heads.

With the mob, whatever.

Lots of gore.

Somehow they always survive.

Intact, that is. They’ve got biomods. Additions to make them bulletproof, superfast, accurate, you name it.

The other characters don’t matter. Can find them in any cyberpunk novel.

Like they go by different names. Under different authors. Or something.

Emotional investment? Hah. No emotional investment.

Like I said, fast reading. Fun. Give it a try, if that’s your thing.

Just . . . don’t expect to be moved.

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KAT AND MOUSE: GUNS FOR HIRE

Action Packed and Fun Serial

By Frances Gonzalez, member

Oct 3, 2009: I appreciate a story about female heroes that don’t take any shit, and that’s basically what Kat and Mouse is about: two futuristic gun-toting, sword-wielding busty babes in the style of the Dirty Pair, wreaking havoc mission by mission.

The writing is very straightforward, more focused on action and dialogue than introspection, with sparse descriptions. The narration of Kat, laden with fluid slang, is on the mark, consistent and quick, and the highlight of the series. Kat’s relationships with her partner Mouse and her old mentor Murphy ground the story and give it its real force. The world is well-created, if not very original, and explained to the reader easily without slowing down the pace of the plot.

The slang is a good choice on the part of the author and well-done, consistent without being heavy-handed. It serves to make the action sequences more delightful than if they had been written in a traditional voice, while also giving us insight into Kat’s frame of mind.

There are two main negatives. The first is the repetitiveness of some of the scenes, especially the interrogation scenes, in which questions and denials go back and forth quite a bit. Some of the action scenes are less than should be as well. Several times the narrator, Kat, pumps herself full of “adrenaline stimulators and the world slid[es] into slo-mo.” When the world slows down, the fight slows down for us too. Fighting is chaotic, and the chaos doesn’t come across on the page.

Kat and Mouse: Guns for Hire is an action-packed series that recalls such anime as Dirty Pair and the lighter episodes of Cowboy Bebop. Happily, you don’t have to be an anime fan to enjoy the series. If you like adrenaline-pumping, gun-toting bounty hunters, this is a series for you.

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