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Soulless (The Parasol Protectorate) (original 2009; edition 2009)

by Gail Carriger

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Title:Soulless (The Parasol Protectorate)
Authors:Gail Carriger
Info:Orbit (2009), Edition: Original, Mass Market Paperback, 384 pages
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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.
  3. 100
    To Say Nothing of the Dog; or, How We Found the Bishop's Bird Stump at Last by Connie Willis (rhonna)
  4. 103
    Changeless by Gail Carriger (VampLibrarian)
  5. 40
    Tooth and Claw by Jo Walton (MyriadBooks)
    MyriadBooks: For Victorian heroines of inhuman nature.
  6. 41
    The Strange Affair of Spring Heeled Jack by Mark Hodder (GirlMisanthrope)
  7. 20
    A Most Improper Magick by Stephanie Burgis (amysisson)
    amysisson: Although this book is YA while "Soulless" is more adult, they have a similar feel and wit.
  8. 20
    New Amsterdam by Elizabeth Bear (GirlMisanthrope, jlynno84)
    GirlMisanthrope: vampires and dirigibles, too. One of my favorites.
    jlynno84: Paranormal, steampunk with a mystery to solve
  9. 31
    Phoenix Rising by Pip Ballantine (reconditereader)
  10. 31
    The Serpent's Shadow by Mercedes Lackey (lyrrael)
  11. 10
    The Clockwork Scarab by Colleen Gleason (al.vick)
  12. 10
    Dead Witch Walking by Kim Harrison (caittilynn)
  13. 21
    Moonshine by Alaya Johnson (Mumugrrl, MyriadBooks)
    Mumugrrl: Both books are set in urban, alternative realities, with humans openly interacting with preternatural society. Both have great strong heroines.
  14. 10
    Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger (kgriffith)
  15. 11
    The Rook by Daniel O'Malley (crimeminister)
  16. 12
    The Information by Martin Amis (BookshelfMonstrosity)
    BookshelfMonstrosity: These two books are witty satirical fiction in which London, England is a main topic.
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Interesting new paranormal being took awhile to understand but eventually led to an exciting story with added humor. Soulless spinster Alexia accidentally kills a vampire and werewolf Lord Maccon investigates.
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  Dawn772 | Jan 29, 2015 |
This is my first steam-punk novel and I have to say its a wonderful introduction to the genre.

The heroine, Alexia, is a no nonsense woman who isn't afraid to use her umbrella on unsuspecting vampires. In the paranormal community she's considered soulless. A creature who can negate a werewolf's or vampire's powers with a touch of her hand. When she accidentally kills an impertinent vampire at a party she unwittingly becomes wrapped up in a series of strange events. Before the party she had been a spinster who had rarely popped up on anyone's radar. Now she's getting invitations from vampire queens, creepy men are trying to abduct her, and Lord Maccon, the local werewolf alpha and BUR investigator, is getting a little handsy. She's fully prepared to get to the bottom of all of this though. After all, this is the most excitement she's had in a long while.

I would be hard pressed to chose a favorite character in this book, because it seems like every one that popped up was wonderful. I loved the subtle homages to P.G. Wodehouse and the Amelia Peabody series that popped up. I also find that I can't say much about this book, because I only really want to gush. I also don't want to spoil anything. All I'll say is that if you like your fantasy books with romance, mystery, humor, and an original setting then you need to pick this up. ( )
  Book_Minx | Jan 24, 2015 |
Ora aqui está uma opinião difícil de escrever porque tanto adorei como detestei este livro, pelas razões que vou passar a explicar.
O primeiro impacto que tive com Soulless foi a linguagem. Já é um bocadinho complicado para mim ler em inglês (mas até me desenrasco relativamente bem) mas a autora tentou ser fiel ao que seria a linguagem dos ingleses do séc. XIX, recorrendo a vocabulário mais rebuscado e pouco usual. Por isso mesmo dei por mim a não perceber certas piadas e a ficar frustrada com isso. O tipo de humor é “nonsense” e que funciona muito bem sendo, sem dúvida, um dos seus pontos fortes. Tudo parece um pouco bizarro: uma senhora inglesa com vestidos elaborados a matar um vampiro com um acessório para prender o cabelo e fingir um desmaio para pouco depois beber uma chávena de chá enquanto fala com dois lobisomens.
A seguir é a criatividade. Apesar de retratar vampiros, lobisomens e outras entidades sobrenaturais integrados na sociedade (Olá Sangue Fresco!), esta é uma sociedade do séc. XIX, uma versão alternativa à nossa em que os sobrenaturais se revelaram ao mundo durante o Renascimento e por isso a sua tecnologia é mais desenvolvida para a época. A Gail Carringer conseguiu surpreender-me várias vezes, tanto com o conceito de “prenatural”, ou sem alma, ou por ter adoptado vampiros e lobisomens sob a sua forma mais tradicional: não podem ver o sol, animais noctívagos e que enlouquecem com a lua cheia. Também gostei bastante do mistério no livro que, apesar de pouco elaborado e até um pouco previsível apresentou-se como suficientemente interessante e diferente de outros que já tinha lido.

Ler o resto da minha opinião no meu blog "Ler e Reflectir..." ( )
  tchetcha | Jan 15, 2015 |
Not bad. Not bad at all. ( )
  IsaboeOfLumatere | Jan 14, 2015 |
Description: 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.

Thoughts: Why, oh why, did it take me so long to read this book? It's a riotous good time! I have literally been laughing out loud repeatedly over the past two days. I haven't enjoyed a supernatural book this much since originally reading Christopher Moore's wonderful Bloodsucking Fiends.

Firstly, Alexia Tarabotti might be the best character since Amelia Peabody from The Crocodile on the Sandbank by Elizabeth Peters (Amelia is wonderful in the rest of the series too, but especially spectacular in the first book). Granted, Alexia is VERY similar to Amelia- a "spinster", very intelligent and curious, viewed as strange by family members, independently minded, facially unastounding but otherwise quite attractive, and even preferring the same kind of "feminine" weapon, namely a parasol. And apparently attracted to similar men- the number of times Lord Maccon made me think of Radcliff Emerson were too numerous to count. Did this bother me? NOT A BIT! It was actually rather exciting!

All of the characters in Soulless are equally fun. Ivy, Alexia's best friend, is nothing like the heroine, but she's wonderful and supportive (and clearly wishes she was as brazen as her friend). Floote, Alexia's butler, is shaping up to be a character to watch. And Lord Maccon.... well, he is seriously swoon-worthy. Lord Akeldama, Alexia's vampire friend, and Professor Lyall, Lord Maccon's second-in-command, are certainly interesting in their own rights (and more than they seem which is exciting).

Was this book overly imaginative? Obviously not since I can find so many things it reminds me of. Was the mystery really hard to crack? Not really, even though I will admit I was a tad off in one instance. Was the "courtship" between Alexia and Maccon true to period? Nope. But it was DAMN good fun! This is not high literature. But in a world of bad paranormal romances that are boring and ridiculous and offensive to read, this was a shining light. This is certainly no Twilight, thank heavens.

Can't wait to get the second book!

http://www.librarything.com/topic/130721#3231344 ( )
  leahbird | Jan 12, 2015 |
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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.

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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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