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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.
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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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    Tooth and Claw by Jo Walton (MyriadBooks)
    MyriadBooks: For Victorian heroines of inhuman nature.
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    The Strange Affair of Spring Heeled Jack by Mark Hodder (GirlMisanthrope)
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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.
  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)
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    Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger (kgriffith)
  12. 10
    The Clockwork Scarab by Colleen Gleason (al.vick)
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    The Rook by Daniel O'Malley (crimeminister)
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    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.
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    Dead Witch Walking by Kim Harrison (caittilynn)
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    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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What a fun book!

It had me laughing all the way through. Already bought the sequel and excited to read it! ( )
  Diamond.Dee. | Jul 3, 2015 |
A strong, funny, interesting opening bow to a series I will definitely read more of. Alexia is a strong, amazing leading lady. I like the mythology Gail Carriger establishes in her universe. Her vampires are not uninteresting, more like undercover dandies (which fits in this Victorian era). I'm looking forward to the reading the next one. ( )
  writerlibrarian | Jun 28, 2015 |
Soulless is the first novel in the Parasol Protectorate series by Gail Carriger.

Plot:
Alexia might be from a good family and have a lot of smarts, but she’s also old – over 20! – and still unmarried, half Italian and she doesn’t have a soul, though that last part isn’t widely known. Not having a soul has the advantage of neutralizing the powers of vampires and werewolves she touches, which means that when a vampire attacks her, it’s a rather ineffective attack that leads to Alexia accidentally slaying said vampire – which puts her right into a bigger plot, as well as under the stern gaze of Lord Maccon, alpha werewolf and head of the BUR (Bureau of Unnatural Registry). Said gaze might be the most dangerous thing for Alexia, as she tries to understand what she stumbled into, all with the help of flamboyant Lord Akeldama (vampire), the moral support of her best friend Ivy (human and very unaware of Alexia’s state) and the advice of Professor Lyall (beta werewolf).

Soulless is an engaging book, that pulls you right in and sweeps you along. It’s fun and entertaining to read, even if there were a few things that didn’t work so well for me.

Read more on my blog: http://kalafudra.com/2015/06/20/soulless-gail-carriger/ ( )
  kalafudra | Jun 23, 2015 |
No es que fuera malo , para nada . Simplemente no me gustó . Como diría Panam (la Xuxa argentina .... cuak!) :

.A-bu-bu-bu-rrido!

A-bu-bu-bu-rrido!.
( )
  LaMala | Jun 7, 2015 |
Let me tell you the first three and a half chapters of this book were Snoozeville!!! I almost put it down on several occasions. However I'm glad I stuck it out. It did have some other slow moments but the characters are deliciously funny and the overall story was pretty good, once it got going that is. ( )
  bookjunkie57 | Apr 17, 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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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.

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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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