Touched by an Alien (Katherine

Touched by an Alien (Katherine "Kitty" Katt Series #1)

by Gini Koch

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ISBN-13: 9780756406004
Publisher: DAW
Publication date: 04/06/2010
Series: Katherine "Kitty" Katt Series , #1
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 399,411
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Gini Koch writes the fast, fresh and funny Alien/Katherine “Kitty” Katt series for DAW Books, the Necropolis Enforcement Files, and the Martian Alliance Chronicles. She also has a humor collection, Random Musings from the Funny Girl. As G.J. Koch she writes the Alexander Outland series and she’s made the most of multiple personality disorder by writing under a variety of other pen names as well, including Anita Ensal, Jemma Chase, A.E. Stanton, and J.C. Koch. She has stories featured in a variety of excellent anthologies, available now and upcoming, writing as Gini Koch, Anita Ensal, Jemma Chase, and J.C. Koch. Reach her via: www.ginikoch.com

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WHAT GETS ME IS THAT IN ALL THE COMIC BOOKS and movies and even novels, whenever someone gets superpowers, there’s at least an eighty percent likelihood they’ll use said powers for good.
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"This delightful romp has many interesting twists and turns as it glances at racism, politics, and religion en route. It will have fanciers of cinematic sf parodies referencing Men in Black, Ghost Busters, and X-Men." —Booklist

"...a fun romp reminiscent of an extended X-Files episode. There are, of course, the Aliens mentioned in the title, a big bad guy, an ordinary-yet smart and capable woman thrust into unusual circumstances, humor, a spicy bit of romance...All make for a truly enjoyable read." —BookMom

"Trust me when I say, Koch makes it work. This book never tries to take itself too seriously; instead it’s all kinds of fun, and pokes a sharp finger at pop culture moments..." —Tempting Persephone
"...a fun, fast-paced and sexy read..." —ALPHA Reader

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Touched by an Alien 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 152 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This main character had a great sense of humor, for me it was like a female Jack O'Neill (from SG-1). You laughed out loud while getting sucked into the action. I'm not so big on romance, but this wasn't too sappy to make you groan at the sillyness. And I have to say I am Sci-Fi enough to enjoy the references to things like Star Wars and Star Trek, things I can relate to. I look forward to the next in the series and hope the author can keep up the same high level of humor. I can't wait for her male "geek" friend to meet these women.
Lynz_in_Love More than 1 year ago
Ok, this book was a complete off the wall pick for me but I kept seeing it pop up in all the book blogs that I read and I just had to find out what this book was all about. So, Friday afternoon I ran by the book store to grab this book and Saturday afternoon I sat down to read it. Oh my goodness, I couldn't put it down and stayed up till 2 in the morning finishing it. I'm not sure if it was the different genre that pulled me in or the incredibly hot aliens, but either way, I loved the story, I loved the heroine, and I simply just loved this book. I'm heading back to the book store this week to buy the next book in this series, Alien Tango. Can't Wait!
harstan More than 1 year ago
In Arizona, marketing manager Katherine "Kitty" Katt completes jury duty. Crossing the street after leaving the courtroom, she sees a minor fender bender, but the male driver gets into a rage shouting at the woman in the other vehicle. The man sprouts wings and starts slicing up the woman with his sharp feathers. Kitty takes out her expensive Mont Blanc pen and stabs the out of control male in his jelly like back. He dies and Alpha Centauri based secret agent Jeff Martini asks her how she knew what to do; Kitty says it just felt right. As the cops arrive at the scene, Jeff takes Kitty with him. Kitty learns superbeings exist but unlike comic book superheroes they are not. Instead ET parasites.have mutated ordinary people. Jeff and his peers from Alpha Centauri explain they came to earth tracking a nasty alien who has apparently has taken control of a nasty terrorist chief. As Jeff and Kitty are attracted to one another, she learns how to use weapons of evil alien destruction like hair spray. This is an enjoyable science fiction tale that lampoons comic book and movie superhero thrillers. The story line feels like a amalgam of Earth Girls Are Easy merged with Evolution. Although at times the parody overwhelms the action, readers who enjoy a fun at times inane Space Invaders spoof will want to read Touched by an Alien. Harriet Klausner
RStrom More than 1 year ago
This was a very fun and quick read. It just grabbed you from the first scene and kept you that way until the end. With humor and a dynamic interaction between the main characters, I was hooked. The writing was extremely detailed, there were no gaps in the plot and it was just plausible enough that you could sit there and go "yep, that could happen". The insight in to a mind that is not quite linear was a hoot. I loved how the character of Kitty's mind worked. And her interaction with Martini and the rest of the ACs was just priceless, slight sarcastic with a dash of "OMG how did I get in this mess" going on. I read this in one sitting and immediately wanted more. I think the best aspect of the book is the humor. There were sad parts, icky parts, and romantic parts but through it all there was this thread of humor that kept me grinning at what was happening to the characters. Gini Koch made you care about what was happening to the characters and I am eagerly looking forward to the next book in the series.
kpTX More than 1 year ago
My mom says-you gotta read this book, she kills an alien with her ball point pen. So i bought it and then the next one.. and have the next one all lined up. It's not hard science or hard military, but a good funny story that is up beat. I love this series.
BookAddictPatti More than 1 year ago
I was first made aware of this book by Danielle at ALPHA Reader. She gave it such a good review, I thought, "I don't usually like stuff with aliens but I'll put in on my TBR." Then, for my birthday, my son bought it for me, and then I HAD to read it :) But I kept putting it off - I'm not really a big fan of alien stories. This book is made of awesome! I want to stand in front of the bookstore in my tinfoil hat and tell people "Buy this book!" I loved it! (This always happens to me,btw, I put off reading a book and end up loving it.) Katherine "Kitty" Katt, is leaving jury duty when she witnesses an accident and the resulting argument. Suddenly though, things take a turn for the weird when the man turns into a horrible monster and kills the other driver (his wife) and starts attacking the courthouse! Instead of running, Kitty grabs her Mont Blanc pen and ends up killing him with it. When the police show up, so does Jeffery "Jeff" Martini (love that last name). He's a hottie, and Kitty is definitely attracted! He's giving off a "Men in Black" vibe, and Kitty ends up going to meet his superiors, where she learns there's much more to Jeff and his crew than meets the eye! This book has it all - witty, sometimes campy dialogue, smokin' hot sex, international and interplanetary intrigue, and maybe even a lesson to learn. If I had to pick a quote, I'd probably put in half the book; I really loved Jeff and Kitty's repartee. The secondary characters were engaging and I probably developed feelings for half of Kitty's team; especially Jeff's cousin Christopher. I adored her larger than life parents and their menagerie. We heard a lot about but didn't actually meet Kitty's three best friends; I'm hoping we'll meet Best Friend Chuckie in the next book - Alien Tango. There were some parts I felt like could have been pushed through a little - technical stuff that I would have accepted as part of the world building without a lengthy explanation, but even that was interesting to read the whys and whereofs of different abilities and gadgets. I've officially got a new fictional boyfriend (check my list at the left) and Gini Koch has a new stalker! In case you hadn't figured it out yet, I'm giving this book 6/5 stars - (Officially it's 5/5 but my son said since he bought it for me I had to give it an extra star) This book is going on my keeper shelf and I know I will reread it many times! Thanks Danielle and Ian!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If anyone out there is looking for a new set of stories to read and enjoy, this is a great starting point. Gini's stories are funny and sexy with danger thrown into the mix. The good guys win but not always at 100% which makes the stories more real. She is working on her 17th story in this series. I have just finished reading all of them again and had great fun yelling at the characters when I knew they were heading in the wrong directions. I can't wait for the next one! Gini's books are always winners!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed the light reading. Good Sci-fi romance. Suspenseful yet believable. Good use of alien technology. Funny & scary at the same time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved it. Fresh and original and what wonderful characters, human and alien. I read this book and immediately bought the other 14. Highly recommend this series for an entertaining read. I can't wait for Kitty and crews next adventure.
cer-2 More than 1 year ago
Well 2 1/4 stars. Series Could Get Good. Series has potential; lots of interesting elements even beyond the premise of earth girl meeting alien. PROS: any sitcom, rock group, science fiction series or movies--all there. Heroine gets kickass moments and usually outsmarts the men. Science gets explained. Arch--arch comments, arch villains, arched eyebrows, an arch/snarky tone overall...and CONS: repeat all the preceding. All too implausible for me. Series could get good; but, i could not get into past opening chapters I sampled that had fast paced action and vivid writing. Never really got into main character as she, like the story, really jumped around a lot and tried too hard to be too cute and too funny. Really did not work for me when it was relentlessly jumping from spoof to pseudo-science info dumps to sex scenes to religion and moralizing to heroine über perceptive when story wanted or dense when plot needed. Lengthy infodumps of attempted science in one chapter blithely refuted with another long infodump in others. Chick lit cliches like pulling in strange family dynamics worked better than the attempt to pull in the science. Did have some chuckles and writing good overall if uneven; so, if rest of series gets a better flow could be good. If I had not been reading for a goodreads group game, I would have set aside to read in spurts between other books and probably liked better. Reading all at once was actually tiring. More suited to a set of shorter graphic novels.
ChuWuti More than 1 year ago
After reading readers' ratings of this book, I expected a great read. However, this is 'adult' fiction only because there are a number of graphic sex scenes thrown in periodically to enliven the otherwise inane dialogue and plot. The basic idea for some of the aliens comes right out of Heinlein's Puppet Masters (1951); to counter the parasitic puppet masters in this story, the author threw in some beautiful aliens who are not only too good to be true but also--despite their super powers and technological superiority to humans--so dumb that the heroine (not really of superior intellect) has to do their thinking for them. Unless you're primarily interested in the sex, this book is not worth your money.
Stone_Wonder_Cloud More than 1 year ago
This was a great read. It was cheeky, action filled, sexy, romantic, and the main characters were people I wanted to know. It was so much fun I didn't want to put it down until I was done and at the end, I was disappointed there wasn't more to read. I am looking for another book from her -- and would not be disappointed if it was about this same group of loving families from on this planet and off.
Faeschild More than 1 year ago
Finally a heroine that is an actual heroine!! She is smart, tough, funny and has great taste in music. This book was funny and exciting. It is well written and hard to put down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I did not realize this was her only book published so far. After I read it I went looking for more by this author. Can't wait for the next book. I love the romance, erotica, weirdness and the sarcastic humor.
Anonymous 6 days ago
Love this series
Jac8604 on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Not great, but solidly good. Despite some info dumping and pacing issues, it was fun. I'll definitely check out the next one in this series.
KDSarge on LibraryThing 5 months ago
This is a good book, mainly because I love a good mayhem story. The heroine is smart and strong without a need to punch people to prove it. I felt the book would have been better if it weren't in first person, but that only caught me a couple times.
pacey1927 on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Don't let that horribly embarrassing title fool you. "Touched By an Alien", the first in a series by Gini Koch, ended up being absolutely adorable but every time someone noticed what I was reading I was a little embarrassed. I love the cover though and thought it really fit the book. Anyway the title unfortunately wasn't the only cringe worthy aspect, as the heroines name is Kitty Katt. No really. The plot was unique and fun. Kitty Katt accidentally saves the day when a monster shows up downtown and wrecks havoc on the city. Immediately she is ushered away from the scene by a group of government officials. Who end up being Aliens from another planet. But these are the good aliens, and that big old nasty monster Kitty killed? He was a bad alien. Soon enough they want to recruit Kitty. Enter into this amazing world. The characters are fleshed out and won my heart immediately. Kitty is surrounded by handsome, fun, alien men, but one immediately stands out to her. His name is Jeff Martini and he has declared his love for Kitty and wants to marry her. Jeff isn't your standard hero either. He comes with some alien baggage and yet is witty and a little crazy and a lot of fun. Her parents are unusual and a lot of fun. I hope to see them a lot in upcoming books. The action sequences are among some of the most intense, but plain fun, that I have read. The monsters and Kitty's solutions to killing them are really unique. Overall this book was really good. There were some cheesy things that I could have lived without (including the title) but this book is so different and kinda quirky. I really think fantasy and paranormal readers would get a huge kick out of this series. I hope it gets some love.
TheLibraryhag on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Kitty is just your average girl until the day she witnesses a monster attack and decides to attack the monster back. Now she is part of an elite group, made up mostly of incredibly hunky aliens who protect the world from parasites who turn normal people into monsters. This book is too much fun. Kitty and her family are great. The aliens are a study in "smarter isn't always better". The world is well developed but not terribly complicated. There is plenty of action and a few red hot love scenes too. Kitty is all human (at least I think she is) with no special powers. She snarks the best of them. Enjoy.
AbundanceofBooks on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Kitty is leaving jury duty early when she witnesses a fender bender that quickly escalates into an insane winged man (with a jelly fish thing attached to him) attacking everyone within reach. The people dying, and the realization that this guys is enjoying the chaos and death, causes Kitty to react on instinct - grab weapon (a pen) and go stab the crazy winged guy right through the jellyfish thing on his back. Her years of track and some martial arts training help her react on instinct and before she knows it, the guy is dead, the police are headed for her, and a hottie in Armani (and no wedding ring) is taking her away for a debriefing.She's suddenly thrust into a super secret world of aliens, former Mossad agents (her mother), presidential task force members (her mom again), NASA code breakers, giant fuglies bent on destruction, and super hot aliens! The aliens want to recruit Kitty to work for them, which she's still thinking about while on the run from a terrorist and a giant space monster who are trying to kill her. On the bright side, did we mention all the aliens are hot? Did we mention one wants to marry her?Touched By An Alien was a fun and fast paced romp of an alien adventure. There were times that Kitty's "feminine intuition" were making leaps that defied the narrative, but just go with it, it's explained. I loved her pop culture references, the sarcasm, the humor, and her very loving and overly protective family. Jeff Martini (head hottie alien) was a cute character and quite a departure from most alpha males. As an empath he's very sensitive to people's emotions but is also pretty open and honest about his own. He thinks Kitty is fantastic from the get go, and pursues her pretty relentlessly. Yes, their relationship moves quickly, but it's explained that as an empath Martini can know somebody very well and deeply in a short amount of time. While I felt that the world building was well done, there was a lot of "science" that had to be explained and I thought it got a bit... much. I can't think of a better way to explain it. It wasn't unnecessary, cumbersome, or drawn out, there was just a lot of explaining. That being said, Touched By An Alien had me laughing out loud several times, I really enjoyed it.Loads of fun! This book struck me as more of a science fiction romance with a definite sense of humor and the sci-fi elements were well explained. If science fiction isn't your thing, you might want to pick this one up at the library first. I give it 4 stars.
raboyer on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Amusing AliensThis book gets a definite 5 out of 5 gnomes for humor, characters, having a very sci-fi action movie type cover, superbeing fighting, and for being a supremely fun read. I checked this book out from the library and definitely plan on buying it so I can reread it. First, a funny story about what happened after I finished reading Touched by an Alien. The next book that I read just happened to have a character named Martin but each and every time I came across the name Martin in the book I kept reading is as Martini. So now you've been warned that this book may indeed stick with you.There's action right from the beginning as Kitty sees an altercation where a man seems to be changing into a monster. She then proceeds to kill the monster by stabbing a jellyfish looking thing that's attached to him with a Mont Blanc pen. Then all of a sudden men in suits show up to take care of everything and whisk Kitty away.I love the references to Men in Black, a truly awesome movie, that Kitty keeps making as these guys are pretty evasive about who they are at first. Kitty figures these guys out pretty quick since the aliens or Alpha Centaurians are really bad at lying.This book has a little bit of everything and is a lot of fun to read. I love that their transference devices (transporters) are located in Men's bathrooms at air ports. Kitty's parents and her menagerie of pets are very entertaining especially Dutchess. I too would have the same problem with the alarm clock that Kitty did. While reading you have the feeling that it would be great to be friends with these characters especially Reader, Lorraine and Claudia. Speaking of friends, I have the feeling that her friend Chuckie, a conspiracy buff, might play a part in later books.There are two love interests thrown into the mix. There's Jeff Martini and Christopher White. Martini is an empath, which makes things very interesting throughout the story. Christopher has the power to change images which lets him make sure pictures of aliens and superbeings don't show up everywhere. He also has what Kitty calls a "patented glare" this glare can vary in severeness. There are indeed some steamy scenes for Kitty. I am firmly on the side of Team Martini even though in the book her Mom seemed to like Christopher more but of course everyone has their own opinions.There's plenty of action and even some explosions. The bad guy is one heck of a character with quite the back story, goes by the devilish name Mephistopheles. Kitty is such an awesome heroine with her love of music and her sense of humor. There's love, betrayal, aliens, and more. This is a one of those books that you just know you're going to read over and over. I personally would love to see a TV show or movie made from this and future books. Martini and Kitty have quite an intense chemistry between them and I can't wait to see what happens next.A great quote from toward the end of the book, "Martini smiled and I saw my future."The ending of this book is wrapped up well and the story continues in the next book Alien Tango.
FantasyDreamer on LibraryThing 5 months ago
When I first started reading Touched by an Alien, I felt it was a bit cliche and was wondering where the book was going. Well, it didn't take long for me to figure it out, it was "Men in Black" meets romance while looking very, very good in Armani. The tried and true of what you know in the worlds of fun science fiction, adventure, romance and snark is to be found here. I had so were many dejavu feel-good moments throughout this book, that it was one of those that I wished wouldn't end. As you can tell, I loved, absolutely loved this book!Kitty was so much fun as the snarky and smart heroine who always speaks her mind. Martini, one of her possible love interests, was so damn sexy and lovable with his heroic sensitivity that I feel hard for him myself. There are so many more memorable characters but really you need to read this for yourself to know what I'm talking about here.I'll also say that I'm more of a Urban Fantasy/Paranormal romance reader so this book being more based in the realm of science fiction is a bit outside of my realm of reading. This being the case, I put off reading this one until I started seeing the glowing reviews. I'm so glad I read this one sooner rather than later.Anyways, I can't wait for Alien Tango to come out, I really need me some more A-C alien lovin'! As a matter of fact, I want my own Martini and five minutes alone in an elevator. ;)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love this series!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Action, sex, and a smart mouth kick ass take charge heroine! Then add the sexy hot aleins! My kind of sci-fi and romance book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Funny, great characters, and well developed theme.