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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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    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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    GirlMisanthrope: vampires and dirigibles, too. One of my favorites.
    jlynno84: Paranormal, steampunk with a mystery to solve
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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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Finally, finally finished. After a couple hundred pages this book actually started to get somewhat interesting. I'm not really sure why I didn't care for it as much as the rest of the world. I'm at the point where I don't really care if I find out what happens next or not. I'm not invested in these characters. ( )
  Heather_Brock | Nov 23, 2016 |
Soulless
4 Stars

Original premise and intelligent execution.

The humorous style, old-fashioned prose and sarcastic wit of the characters are fantastic. The steampunk elements are somewhat incongruent with the paranormal tone but are enjoyable nonetheless.

The mystery is compelling and the tension builds nicely toward the climax although the villains are a tad too obvious.

The characters and the dialogue are the heart of the book. Alexia is a complex and dynamic heroine who represents the conflicts in Victorian society. On the one hand, she is a misfit with her intelligence and sharp tongue but on the other, she also reflects the social norms and constraints of Victorian times. Her chemistry and banter with the gruff and tough Lord Maccon is particularly engaging.

The rest of the cast is also well developed from the spiteful half-sisters and social climbing mother to the bookish Beta werewolf and the foppish yet worldly vampire.

My one small nitpick is with the title "soulless" and it's meaning. It is evident that Alexia's lack of soul makes her preternatural and capable of nullifying the abilities of supernatural characters. However, the notion inherent in soullessness is that a person with no soul has no morals and lacks the ability to love. As this is definitely not the case with Alexia, why use the term "soulless" to classify her condition - unless the author is being ironic? If so, it is not at all clear. ( )
  Lauren2013 | Nov 19, 2016 |
Charlene Harris meets Regency Romance meets steam-punk, which sounds atrocious, but was quite nicely handled and simply loads of fun. ( )
  mkunruh | Nov 13, 2016 |
The lead character in this book is a charming amalgam of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Amelia Peabody, so if you like those characters you will almost certainly like this book. It's very wittily written. On the other hand, the characterization is pretty thin and if you tell me that you found the plot to be surprising and clever then I will believe that (a) you are lying or (b) this is the first book you have ever read. ( )
  gayla.bassham | Nov 7, 2016 |
This world is really compelling! Werewolves, vampires, steampunk. British ladies protecting themselves with parasols. I'd totally spend an afternoon there. And the story's not bad either. Alexis has a power the government cares a lot about, but she can't tell her silly family. So she "accidentally" goes on all sorts of adventures under the care of the Alpha werewolf. There are nasty scientists, fancy parties, and love. What more could you ask for? More books? Oh good, there are a bunch of those too! ( )
  jlharmon | Nov 3, 2016 |
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Carriger debuts brilliantly with a blend of Victorian romance, screwball comedy of manners and alternate history.
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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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