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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
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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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    amysisson: Although this book is YA while "Soulless" is more adult, they have a similar feel and wit.
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An awkward start, but by the middle of the book (last quarter though, to be honest) the author hit her stride: characters started to get more comfortable in their skins, and the dynamics were clearer (though a bit two-dimensional on the part of the mother and two sisters-- they felt like a combination of Mrs. Bennet and Cinderella's two sisters, except superficially pretty). With Alexia/the author's voice warmed up, and the requisite but cumbersome business of Victorian supernatural worlding attended to, I could then enjoy the story, delighting particularly in the occasional humorous quip.

The villains seem ripped out of the pages of The X-Men though. Nice touch with the simulacrum, reminded me of the golems in a Ted Chiang story.

The scenes are not graphic, but somehow hot. Such was the chemistry between Alexia and Conall, that I had to pause a couple of times to pounce on my man, so it took longer than usual to get through this book.

I have to say I have also read many, many bodice-rippers, but this description of the consummation struck me as genuine and fresh (far from hackneyed):
What happened after that was all sweat, and moans, and pulsing sensation to which Alexia decided, after about one second of deep deliberation, she was not averse. It culminated in the most intriguing second heartbeat emerging right around the area where he had impaled himself.

Shortly thereafter, her husband gave a long low groan and collapsed back on the carriage cushions, cradling her against him.

“Ooo,” said Alexia, fascinated, “it shrinks back down again. The books didn't detail that occurrence.”


Moments like between the Lord and (future) Lady Maccoon are just so precious. I will probably read the rest of the series for lulz. ( )
  mrsrobin | Jun 24, 2017 |
An amusing book that features gentlewoman and spinster Alexia Tarabotti, who suffers from too large a nose, a dark complexion and an Italian (and dead) father. She is also without a soul, which makes her a preternatural and able with one touch to make any supernatural creature (vampires, werewolves) momentarily human. She sometimes butts head with Lord Conall Maccon, Alpha of the local werewolves. Their sparring is entertaining with Lord Maccon, of course, appreciating Alexia for her more 'Alpha' qualities. The romance takes center stage throughout this book, but there is also a mystery involving the disappearance of 'Roves' (werewolves and vampires who don't belong to a pack or hive). The only real problem I had with this book is that the author didn't begin to define what exactly a soul was and the effect it had on humans. The fact that Alexia was soulless didn't mean anything to me, and I didn't know how being without a soul affected her as a person. But overall this was well written, the characters were appealing and the alternate world was very creative. Three and a half stars. ( )
  dorie.craig | Jun 22, 2017 |
This was delightful and I can see why so many of my friends have enjoyed it! Alexia reminds me of a young Amelia Peabody (from the Egyptian mystery series by Elizabeth Peters) if you put her into a supernatural setting, with her scientific interests and no nonsense attitude. I loved her curiosity of the biological processes during the romantic interludes. I loved Lord Akeldama, with his cultivated foppish personality and his entourage, embodying don't judge a book by it's cover. I can tell that Alexia and I will have a lot more fun together, in defense of the realm of course! Poor Lord Maccon! ( )
  shaunesay | Jun 21, 2017 |
Prendete una donna dalle forme giunoniche, la lingua sferzante, un naso non propriamente alla francese e ancora nubile all’età di ventotto anni: avrete la composizione base di Miss Alexia Tarabotti, la protagonista di “Soulless“. Se a questo aggiungete un po’ di sangue italiano, un ombrellino parasole nero assolutamente dalla punta d’argento e che la suddetta Miss Tarabotti è, a tutti gli effetti, senza un’anima, potrete immediatamente capire che le premesse di questo romanzo sono tutt’altro da sottovalutare.

Una zitella dal carattere indipendente in epoca vittoriana, un branco di vampiri, licantropi fra le forze dell’ordine e scienziati (completamente pazzi!) alle prese con la ricerca della cura del soprannaturale… Se ancora non siete corsi a comprare questo romanzo non resisterete ancora per molto!

Miss Alexia Tarabotti è una delle eroine più incredibili e incontenibili – sotto tutti i punti di vista – che abbiamo mai avuto il piacere di incontrare. Un po’ Anita Blake (cacciatrice di vampiri dalla risposta pronta e perennemente nei guai) e un po’ Bridget Jones (single pasticciona da sempe alla disperata ricerca di un accordo con i suoi tanti difetti), Miss Tarabotti non fa altro che finire in un guaio dopo l’altro, dai quali si tira fuori grazie al suo fedele parasole dalla punta d’argento. A cominciare dalle primissime pagine del romanzo in cui si trova a doversi proteggere da un vampiro affamato completamente ignaro di ogni minima regola del bon ton. Attaccarla senza neanche chiederle il permesso! Inaudito!

Miss Tarabotti non ci pensa due volte e come le si pone l’occasione infilza il maleducato vampiro e lascia il povero Lord Cornall Maccon, licantropo Alfa, nonchè capo del Prin, a doverla coprire con i giornali scandalistici che non avrebbero di certo visto di buon occhio l’assassinio di un vampiro da parte di una zitella, sola e senza chaperon a un ricevimento di tale portata. Far uscire di testa – e dalla grazia di Dio – il povero Alfa sembra la missione di vita di Miss Tarabotti che non si risparmia in alcun caso battute, battibecchi e giochetti maliziosi che sembrano mandare in pura confusione il povero Lord che, in tutta onestà, non fa altro che correrle dietro pur di salvarla nelle sue rocambolesche disavventure fatte di rapimenti e fughe in carrozza....

Speciale "Soulles" con Recensione e Intervista (e Giveaways): Leggi tutto http://sognandoleggendo.net/blog/?p=5374 ( )
  Nasreen44 | Jun 8, 2017 |
What a fun book! I really enjoyed this Jane Austen-meets-Steampunk, vampires, werewolves, ghosts, paranormal book.

The best thing about this book, besides the excellent writing, is just the fun not too serious tone. It is just a good read. It has all the fun things of my favorite Jane Austen novels - the mother of the heroine who is just over board in her character, the society rules, the etiquette, etc. And then we throw in some fabulous vampires (well, one fabulous vampire and the other vampires) and some Scottish werewolves and what more could you need?

I do like the universe that Carriger has created here - the paranormal exists and in the UK it is mostly accepted. In the USA it is soooo not acceptable (gotta love the Puritans). I love how the book follows along historical truths in some ways - the Puritanical US thinking that the supernatural creatures are demon spawn, the UK's specific rules of how one behaves in society, etc.

I'm not doing a very good review. It's just a fun book to read, and I'm very much looking forward to reading the rest in the series. ( )
  wendithegray | May 1, 2017 |
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Carriger debuts brilliantly with a blend of Victorian romance, screwball comedy of manners and alternate history.
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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.

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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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