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Soulless (2009)

by Gail Carriger

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Series: Parasol Protectorate (1), Parasol Universe (5)

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5,3844941,586 (3.9)738
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?… (more)
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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. 121
    To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis (rhonna)
  4. 113
    Changeless by Gail Carriger (VampLibrarian)
  5. 51
    The Strange Affair of Spring Heeled Jack by Mark Hodder (GirlMisanthrope)
  6. 40
    Tooth and Claw by Jo Walton (MyriadBooks)
    MyriadBooks: For Victorian heroines of inhuman nature.
  7. 20
    God Save the Queen by Kate Locke (binarydude)
  8. 20
    Kat, Incorrigible by Stephanie Burgis (amysisson)
    amysisson: Although this book is YA while "Soulless" is more adult, they have a similar feel and wit.
  9. 20
    Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger (kgriffith)
  10. 31
    Phoenix Rising by Pip Ballantine (reconditereader)
  11. 20
    Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho (Luisali)
  12. 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
  13. 10
    Silver in the Blood by Jessica Day George (al.vick)
  14. 10
    The Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman (ablachly)
  15. 10
    The Dark Days Pact by Alison Goodman (lazybee)
  16. 10
    Dead Witch Walking by Kim Harrison (caittilynn)
  17. 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.
  18. 10
    The Clockwork Scarab by Colleen Gleason (al.vick, al.vick)
  19. 00
    The Wisteria Society of Lady Scoundrels by India Holton (nessreader)
    nessreader: Steampunk romcom urban fantasy (urbane fantasy!) pitched to anglophiles.
  20. 22
    The Rook by Daniel O'Malley (crimeminister)

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Carriger, Gail. Soulless. Parasol Protectorate No. 1. Orbit, 2009.
Soulless is the book that launched Gail Carriger’s career. It blends Victorian comedy of manners, a marriage plot that would be at home in a Jane Austen novel, steampunk, a paranormal mystery with plenty of blood, some lovable vampires and werewolves, some not-so-lovable vampires, and a big dollop of steamy romantic sex. Heroine Alexia Tarabotti is an upper-middleclass woman a few social challenges. She has a sharp wit and a no-nonsense-please personality that strikes some as unfeminine. At the ripe age of 26, she considers herself a spinster too close to her sell-by date. Worse yet, her father was Italian, giving her a complexion that is darker than those of most of her social class. Finally, she has no soul. In Carriger’s universe, soul is a measurable quality. Those with more soul can be turned into vampires, werewolves, and the like. Those with less soul will be killed by the bite. But Alexia has no soul, which makes her a preternatural whose touch will neutralize the paranormal and return the vamp or were-whatever to human form. Handy, since society is being plagued with some untrained vampires who don’t know their place. She and a hunky werewolf Count must solve the mystery. Their meet-cute involves sitting on a hedgehog, which will cool the doggy ardor with dispatch, but not for long. 4 stars. ( )
  Tom-e | Jun 23, 2022 |
Yeah. I'm just not the right audience for this kind of genre. ( )
1 vote MC_Rolon | Jun 15, 2022 |
Time for a re-read! ( )
  Malaraa | Apr 26, 2022 |
3 1/2 stars

Quite a good read interrupted by interpersonal intimate nonsense which really could have been kept out of frame much of the time. I'm sure there are those who enjoy such things, but it really got in the way of the action. And, really, right when the pair should have been focused on the danger, they were busy getting it on and throwing me out of the story. Do people in reality come this >. ( )
  fuzzipueo | Apr 24, 2022 |
Over the top steampunk historical romance involving dreamy werewolves, flaming vampires and a fierce herione, armed with trusty parasol. Hilarious, entertaining, and altogether quite the thing, don't you know.

Re-read as an audio book -- the narrator is quite different from the other series, but it's lovely to meet Alexia as a bright young thing again. ( )
  jennybeast | Apr 14, 2022 |
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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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Eckwall, JensineIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Gray, EmilyNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Karlin, LenaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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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? 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?

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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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