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Manners & Mutiny by Gail Carriger
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Manners & Mutiny

by Gail Carriger

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Series: Finishing School (4), Parasol Universe (4)

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Judging by the other reviews, I think I will be in a minority here.

I tried to read this one two years after I read the others, which I read in 2014. Unfortunately, this fourth one just did not do it for me. At all. I wish I'd written down why this one didn't sit well with me at the time in 2016--it's hard to remember now two years after trying it.

Mostly, I just remember being really irritated at how forceably quirky this book felt it had to be: the names, the personalities, the clothing, the housing, the dialog, the circumstances, the steampunk, the love interests. Everything about it was so over-the-top that it bordered on inane to me. The preceding three were also this way, but for some reason with this one it was just too much. Kind of like how sometimes even though you are reading them for the quaint and familiar and predictable nature, some cozy mysteries can be overly formulated to be too perfect and too saccharine to make them enjoyed. This is like the paranormal historical fiction version of that.

I also vaguely remember being irritated at the continued strong theme regarding her inability to choose between the vampire and the werewolf because it seemed... I don't know... contrived? Drawn out? Unnecessary? I lost interest, frankly.

I may try the series again someday because it could have been that I just wasn't in the right mood for it at the time, but that is doubtful. ( )
  trillianiris | Jul 13, 2018 |
It's Sophronia Teminick's final year at finishing school, and her most challenging yet. She doesn't attend many classes, because the school is under attack. Again! All of the events of the previous books come to a head and Sophronia, her friends, and her mentors will need all their skills to keep the Picklemen from controlling everything.

A mostly satisfying ending to the series. Sophronia gets to use her skills that she has been cultivating for all this time, to save the school that she loves. My only regret is that she does this mostly on her own, in the end, without her friends. They're better together! I will miss all the characters from this series, but they all ended up in good places and I can rest assured that I could see them pop up again in different sub-series of the same universe. ( )
  norabelle414 | Jun 4, 2018 |
The fourth book in the Finishing School series finds Sophronia and her friends in the midst of another adventure. Picklemen came on board their floating dirigible school, but no one believes what Sophronia saw. What nefarious scheme are they up to now?

Threads from the previous three books are tied up nicely in this final book. Sophronia is fun to follow, though not infallible, and the wry, witty silliness abounds. If you're a fan of the series, you'll get the kind of story you're expecting and won't be disappointed. ( )
  bell7 | Apr 27, 2017 |
Manners & Mutiny picks up shortly after Waistcoats & Weaponry ends. The action starts almost immediately, as Sophronia once again finds herself privy to a secret plot that could destroy her entire world. Yet again, she relies on her training to save the school and her friends from harm and maintains her dignity as a lady of quality the entire time.

While the story occurs within the school environs, there is very little narrative devoted to school itself this time. Instead, we see Sophronia and her friends applying what they have learned to outside situations. In many ways, Manners & Mutiny is a final exam for her, as she is quite literally pushed to her limits to thwart the Pickleman plot. We see Sophronia in real danger for the first time, and it adds an element of realism to this silly story.

At the same time as Sophronia must use everything she has learned from her instructors in order to stay alive, she also comes into her own as a woman. Within this subplot, we see Sophronia understand what sacrifice is as well as what love means. The third book showed Sophronia learning about the messiness of love, and this final novel provides a lovely conclusion to that part of her story.

One of the best parts of the entire series is the sly commentary on women and their roles in society that Ms. Carriger sneaks into the dialogue. In Manners & Mutiny, Sophronia spends a fair amount of time lamenting the fact that women must give up their professions upon marriage and how men always disregard women as worthy opponents. While the series occurs during the 1800s, modern readers can relate to much of her frustration and can celebrate every time Sophronia proves that opinion wrong.

Manners & Mutiny is everything I have come to love from Gail Carriger and more. Her satire game remains strong, and there are plenty of ridiculous scenarios to test our dauntless heroine on her etiquette and her intelligence training. In fact, I could not ask for a better conclusion to this rollicking good story.
  jmchshannon | Mar 27, 2017 |
Well, I've finally Finished. . . a series by Gail Carriger, that is! Though I enjoy her books in small doses, I tire of them if I try to binge-read them. This was a delightful conclusion to the Finishing School series: it answered questions, resolved plot points, and hooked this series and its characters neatly into the larger Parasol universe. Plus, there were some deliciously funny bits. The scene with the harp and the wicker chicken was particularly good comedic value. Of course, if you're new to the series you should start at the beginning -- but if you're already a fan, there's plenty to enjoy here. ( )
  foggidawn | Mar 26, 2017 |
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Quirk, MoiraNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Expected November 3, 2015 per Amazon.

When a dastardly Pickleman plot comes to fruition, only Sophronia can save her friends, her school, and all of London...but at what cost? Our proper young heroine puts her training and skills to the test in this highly anticipated conclusion of the rousing, intriguing, and always polished New York Times bestselling Finishing School series!

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In an alternate England of 1851, Sophronia Temminnick is the only hope for her friends, her school, and all of London when she must put her espionage training to the test to thwart an evil Picklemen plot.

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