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Soulless (original 2009; edition 2009)

by Gail Carriger

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Title:Soulless
Authors:Gail Carriger
Info:Orbit (2009), Edition: Original, Mass Market Paperback, 384 pages
Collections:Your library, Recently Read, Permanent Collection
Rating:****1/2
Tags:read, fiction, supernatural, victorian, vampires, werewolves, steampunk, *BeSerene, LT-inspired

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Soulless by Gail Carriger (2009)

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    Crocodile on the Sandbank by Elizabeth Peters (nessreader, lquilter)
    nessreader: The heroine of Soulless has a similar outlook to early Amelia Peabody (but I should warn that the Peabody series is cosy crime/romance, with no supernatural element while Soulless is gleeful fantasy) Both have strong willed on-the-shelf spinsters who are active protagonists in their story.… (more)
    lquilter: Without knowing, I'd imagine that Gail Carriger had read Elizabeth Peters' Amelia Peabody series (beginning with Crocodile on the Sandbank) before writing Blameless (et seq). Similar era, similarly cranky and forthright spinster protagonist, similar sort of love affair, similar witty dialog and observations. The Amelia Peabody books are, of course, "straight" historical mystery, without the steampunk elements of Carriger's series, but I imagine that Carriger fans who read out-of-genre also will enjoy the Peters' series. Similarly, Peters fans who like SF, steampunk, or vampires/werewolves, might enjoy the Carriger series.… (more)
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    Sorcery and Cecelia, or, The Enchanted Chocolate Pot by Patricia C. Wrede (kiesa)
    kiesa: Sorcery and Cecelia is a young adult novel but aspects of Soulless reminded me of it.
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    To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis (rhonna)
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    Changeless by Gail Carriger (VampLibrarian)
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    The Strange Affair of Spring Heeled Jack by Mark Hodder (GirlMisanthrope)
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    Tooth and Claw by Jo Walton (MyriadBooks)
    MyriadBooks: For Victorian heroines of inhuman nature.
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    Kat, Incorrigible by Stephanie Burgis (amysisson)
    amysisson: Although this book is YA while "Soulless" is more adult, they have a similar feel and wit.
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    New Amsterdam by Elizabeth Bear (GirlMisanthrope, jlynno84)
    GirlMisanthrope: vampires and dirigibles, too. One of my favorites.
    jlynno84: Paranormal, steampunk with a mystery to solve
  12. 21
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    Mumugrrl: Both books are set in urban, alternative realities, with humans openly interacting with preternatural society. Both have great strong heroines.
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    BookshelfMonstrosity: These two books are witty satirical fiction in which London, England is a main topic.

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Steampunk/alternate version of England in the late 1800s. Some fairly blatant innuendo and some mildly graphic romantic moments/conversations. ( )
  benandhil | Sep 28, 2016 |
A friend of mine lent this to me and told me if I ever wanted to read anything fluffy, it would be this one.

I read it during my first two weeks of uni and it really allowed me to relax and not think about the work I had to do. It's really camp and jaunty and there are a few historical inaccuracies that made me scrunch up my nose (supernatural shenanigans aside) but it was totally readable and it was what it said on the tin.

My only real wish is that she had gone into more depth about certain aspects of the book, whether it be plot or character development or little details. It was light and sweet but I wish it had more punch sometimes.

If you like paranormal, urban fantasies with historical aspects and a little bit of steampunk, you'll probably enjoy this book. ( )
  lydia1879 | Aug 31, 2016 |
What a great Pride and Prejudice parody, full of biting wit and humor. The only thing this first volume of the Parasol Protectorate series needs is a prequel, starting with the hedgehog incident. ( )
  wandaly | Jun 30, 2016 |
At first I found the book hard to get into and dull...it could have been because I was tired when reading it, or else was impatient with the dry writing style. It should be understood this book is supposed to stand as a constant comedy - amidst the unusual characters and the funny situations, it's easy to chuckle or smile every few pages. The heroine is a unique one, which adds to the comedic feel. Lord Maccon - sexy. Their interaction was the focus point of the book, which made it all the better. I'd see this one more as a paranormal romance rather than a straight-out Urban fantasy because of romance being such a major focus. ( )
  ErinPaperbackstash | Jun 14, 2016 |
My favorite of the series and, in my opinion, the best as well. ( )
  Half-elf28 | Jun 1, 2016 |
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Carriger debuts brilliantly with a blend of Victorian romance, screwball comedy of manners and alternate history.
added by Shortride | editPublishers Weekly (Aug 24, 2009)
 

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Gail Carrigerprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Caballero, DerekPhotographersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Gray, EmilyNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Karlin, LenaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Panepinto, LaurenCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Miss Alexia Tarabotti was not enjoying her evening.
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Professor Lyall was reminded of his Alpha's origins. He might be a relatively old werewolf, but he had spent much of that time in a barely enlightened backwater city in the Scottish Highlands. All the London ton acknowledged Scotland as a barbaric place. The packs there cared very little for the social niceties of daytime folk. Highland werewolves had a reputation for doing atrocious and highly unwarranted things, like wearing smoking jackets to the dinner table. Lyall shivered at the delicious horror of the very idea.
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Alexia Tarabotti, a woman without a soul who is viewed as unable to marry, works with werewolf Lord Conall Maccon to clear her name after she accidently kills a vampire and is suspected of the disappearances of other undead members of high society.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0316056634, Mass Market Paperback)

Alexia Tarabotti is laboring under a great many social tribulations. First, she has no soul. Second, she's a spinster whose father is both Italian and dead. Third, she was rudely attacked by a vampire, breaking all standards of social etiquette.

Where to go from there? From bad to worse apparently, for Alexia accidentally kills the vampire -- and then the appalling Lord Maccon (loud, messy, gorgeous, and werewolf) is sent by Queen Victoria to investigate.

With unexpected vampires appearing and expected vampires disappearing, everyone seems to believe Alexia responsible. Can she figure out what is actually happening to London's high society? Will her soulless ability to negate supernatural powers prove useful or just plain embarrassing? Finally, who is the real enemy, and do they have treacle tart?

SOULLESS is a comedy of manners set in Victorian London: full of werewolves, vampires, dirigibles, and tea-drinking.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:09:29 -0400)

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"Alexia Tarabotti is laboring under a great many social tribulations. First, she has no soul. Second, she's a spinster whose father is both Italian and dead. Third, she was rudely attacked by a vampire, breaking all standards of social etiquette. Where to go from there? From bad to worse apparently, for Alexia accidentally kills the vampire - and then the appalling Lord Maccon (loud, messy, gorgeous, and werewolf) is sent by Queen Victoria to investigate. With unexpected vampires appearing and expected vampires disappearing, everyone seems to believe Alexia responsible. Can she figure out what is actually happening to London's high society? Or will her soulless ability to negate supernatural powers prove useful or just plain embarrassing? Finally, who is the real enemy, and do they have treacle tart? SOULLESS is a comedy of manners set in Victorian London: full of werewolves, vampires, dirigibles, and tea-drinking."--Nielsen.… (more)

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