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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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    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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    kiesa: Sorcery and Cecelia is a young adult novel but aspects of Soulless reminded me of it.
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3.3 stars

I read this for the Werewolves square for Halloween Bingo

Lord Conall Maccon,Earl of Woolsey, was Alpha of the local werewolves, and as a result, he had access to a wide array of truly vicious methods of dealing with Miss Alexia Tarabotti.

Alexia is a preternatual, she has no soul and is therefore, something between the living and the supernatural. Whenever she touches a supernatural she renders any powers or offshoots of their supernatural ability moot.
Conall is an Alpha werewolf leading the Woolsey pack and works for BUR, an organization that monitors, investigates, and keeps supernaturals in check.
Alexia and Conall's back and forth sassy and grumpy chemistry was fun to follow along with but the supernatural world dominated this story.

The puritans left Queen Elizabeth's England for the New World because the queen sanctioned the supernatural presence in the British Isle. The Colonies had been entirely backward ever since: religious fingers in all their dealings with vampires, werewolves, and ghosts. It made America into a deeply superstitious place.

It's the Victorian age and with a bit of alternate history, the world knows about supernaturals. Vampires, werewolves, ghosts, and the very rare preternaturals all knowingly exist. It took me until around 40% before I felt comfortable in the story. The pace and tone is written in a bit of a frenetic way and with so many new terms, beings, frameworks, and relationships thrown at me, it took awhile for me to catch up.

"I am beginning to understand," she said in a quiet deadly voice, "who is the monster."

The story is written with a bit tongue in cheek, is it more damning that our heroine is a preternatural or spinster? English decorum must always be displayed, regardless if one is dealing with vampires, werewolves, or villainous scientists. I liked this bit of irony on manners and how the author subtly took a jab at cultural norms, ideals, and human nature.

I could have stood for more structure and development of relationships and less of the felt forced in steam punk components but overall, this was a fun world to visit for a couple hours. I'll read the next in the series and hopefully the groundwork laid in this one will allow me to hit the story running and secondary characters and relationships will flourish more. ( )
  WhiskeyintheJar | Feb 14, 2019 |
Jag kom på att jag inte har avslutat den här serien så jag tänkte att det var lika bra att börja om från början igen. Det är trots allt en riktigt trevlig serien. Att den var så humoristiskt skriven hade jag glömt bort. Och den var lite mer avklädd än jag kom ihåg. ( )
  litetmonster | Jan 25, 2019 |
I should have closed the book when I saw the author liked to use silly names. For some reason, silly names make me really irritated. It's not particularly well written, and the premise is cloudy at best. I do think this has an audience but I am definitely not it. ( )
  Katie_Roscher | Jan 18, 2019 |
What a delightful, funny find!

Before I read this book, my few encounters with steampunk had not been very successful, and I was convinced that this genre was not for me: well, Gail Carriger's Soulless (the first in the Parasol Protectorate series) changed my mind from the very beginning of Chapter One. After all, how could I resist a heroine who, seeing herself repeatedly assaulted by a hungry vampire, was shocked not so much by the attack as by the fact that “We have not even been introduced!”?

Tongue-in-cheek humor and a fresh writing style are indeed the winning elements in this book.

Full review at my blog: http://spaceandsorcery.blogspot.it/2014/06/soulless-gail-carriger.html ( )
  SpaceandSorcery | Dec 25, 2018 |
Turns out, I hadn't reviewed this book before, which is weird because I've read it many, many times. Soulless kicks off a series of steampunk romance novels that themselves kicked off the explosion of steampunk romance and it is still, about a million rereads later, fun and sexy and a heck of a romp through Victorian England -- with added vampires, werewolves, ghosts, and dirigibles, of course! Carriger knows her way around quirky British humor, flirtation, and tea -- as well as having a strong head for character development -- so the best parts of the book are the quips, conversations, and kissing between our favorite spinster, Miss Alexia Tarabotti, and those she holds dear and/or despises (it's romance, my friends, so those designations do change!). Her delightful side characters add real joy and, lest you think it's all just tea and flirting, there is a good bit of action toward the end. Also nakedness! Overall, this is the perfect antidote to gloom and agony, and the perfect fix to a reading slump. I'm glad to have visited this old friend again. ( )
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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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