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Original Essays | August 21, 2014

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Etiquette and Espionage (Finishing School #1) by Gail Carriger
Etiquette and Espionage (Finishing School #1)

tmyres77, May 13, 2013

Sophronia'€™s knack for mechanics and a tendency toward mischief are hardly desirable qualities for a Victorian lady, but they do make her an ideal recruit for Mademoiselle Geraldine'€™s Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality.

When the 14-year-old girl arrives, she quickly discovers her school is unlike any other. Classes taught by werewolves and vampires are merely the beginning. Along with music and dance, Sophronia is schooled in the arts of espionage and intrigue - hardly subjects her mother would approve of, but ones she takes to with passion!

However, Sophronia quickly discovers school isn'€™t all fun and games and soon finds herself immersed in a mystery whilst pursued by flywaymen and shady characters intent on attacking the Academy. Armed with her mechanimal, Bumbersnoot, and a group of steadfast friends, Sophronia sets out to uncover the truth and, hopefully, put a little polish on her finish before returning home for the holidays!

Etiquette & Espionage is a delightful story, and Gail Carriger does a terrific job with her young adult debut. Filled with humor and witty dialogue, the story easily entertains and keeps the reader turning the page. Carriger’s penchant for creative character names is in full force with offerings such as Temminick, Mrs. Barnaclegoose and Dimity Ann Plumleigh-Teignmott, and she delightfully weaves in a few familiar faces (albeit younger!) from her wildly popular Parasol Protectorate series.

If you'€™re a fan of Carriger'€™s earlier books, you wonâ€'t want to miss the newest addition to her colorful universe. And if, somehow, you’ve never heard of steampunk’s comedic genius, this book is a great introduction to a world turned topsy-turvy by treacle tarts, flamboyant vampires, empowered women and flying dirigibles!
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Etiquette and Espionage (Finishing School #1) by Gail Carriger
Etiquette and Espionage (Finishing School #1)

tmyres77, May 13, 2013

Sophronia'€™s knack for mechanics and a tendency toward mischief are hardly desirable qualities for a Victorian lady, but they do make her an ideal recruit for Mademoiselle Geraldine’s Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality.

When the 14-year-old girl arrives, she quickly discovers her school is unlike any other. Classes taught by werewolves and vampires are merely the beginning. Along with music and dance, Sophronia is schooled in the arts of espionage and intrigue �" hardly subjects her mother would approve of, but ones she takes to with passion!

However, Sophronia quickly discovers school isn’t all fun and games and soon finds herself immersed in a mystery whilst pursued by flywaymen and shady characters intent on attacking the Academy. Armed with her mechanimal, Bumbersnoot, and a group of steadfast friends, Sophronia sets out to uncover the truth and, hopefully, put a little polish on her finish before returning home for the holidays!

Etiquette & Espionage is a delightful story, and Gail Carriger does a terrific job with her young adult debut. Filled with humor and witty dialogue, the story easily entertains and keeps the reader turning the page. Carriger’s penchant for creative character names is in full force with offerings such as Temminick, Mrs. Barnaclegoose and Dimity Ann Plumleigh-Teignmott, and she delightfully weaves in a few familiar faces (albeit younger!) from her wildly popular Parasol Protectorate series.

If you’re a fan of Carriger’s earlier books, you won’t want to miss the newest addition to her colorful universe. And if, somehow, you’ve never heard of steampunk’s comedic genius, this book is a great introduction to a world turned topsy-turvy by treacle tarts, flamboyant vampires, empowered women and flying dirigibles!
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Finishing School #01: Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger
Finishing School #01: Etiquette & Espionage

tmyres77, May 8, 2013

Sophronia’s knack for mechanics and a tendency toward mischief are hardly desirable qualities for a Victorian lady, but they do make her an ideal recruit for Mademoiselle Geraldine’s Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality.

When the 14-year-old girl arrives, she quickly discovers her school is unlike any other. Classes taught by werewolves and vampires are merely the beginning. Along with music and dance, Sophronia is schooled in the arts of espionage and intrigue ��" hardly subjects her mother would approve of, but ones she takes to with passion!
However, Sophronia quickly discovers school isn’t all fun and games and soon finds herself immersed in a mystery whilst pursued by flywaymen and shady characters intent on attacking the Academy. Armed with her mechanimal, Bumbersnoot, and a group of steadfast friends, Sophronia sets out to uncover the truth and, hopefully, put a little polish on her finish before returning home for the holidays!

Etiquette & Espionage is a delightful story, and Gail Carriger does a terrific job with her young adult debut. Filled with humor and witty dialogue, the story easily entertains and keeps the reader turning the page. Carriger’s penchant for creative character names is in full force with offerings such as Temminick, Mrs. Barnaclegoose and Dimity Ann Plumleigh-Teignmott, and she delightfully weaves in a few familiar faces (albeit younger!) from her wildly popular Parasol Protectorate series.

If you’re a fan of Carriger’s earlier books, you won’t want to miss the newest addition to her colorful universe. And if, somehow, you’ve never heard of steampunk’s comedic genius, this book is a great introduction to a world turned topsy-turvy by treacle tarts, flamboyant vampires, empowered women and flying dirigibles!
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Soulless the Manga #1: Soulless: The Manga, Vol. 1 by Gail Carriger
Soulless the Manga #1: Soulless: The Manga, Vol. 1

tmyres77, November 8, 2012

I have long been a fan of graphic novels and, to a lesser degree, manga. So when I heard that Soulless would be produced as a manga, I was intrigued.

After getting my hands on a copy, I can say I'm impressed, both by how well the text translated over to manga and by the art. To say REM's work is incredible is an understatement. The expressiveness of the characters, the Victorian setting and costumes, the backgrounds - absolutely breathtaking. Condensing the book into a manga couldn't have been easy, but the volume easily tells the story without leaving out anything vitally important.

Manga wouldn't be manga with sexual overtones, but I think REM kept it extremely tasteful and in line with Carriger's books.

I definitely recommend this to any manga or Parasol Protectorate fan. It's top notch!
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Parasol Protectorate #4: Heartless by Gail Carriger
Parasol Protectorate #4: Heartless

tmyres77, September 30, 2011

Oh my! Where to begin? There are too many wonderful things in this book to cover them all and do so without giving away any major plot points or spoilers!

First of all, let’s begin with the absolutely lovely change in tenor in Connall and Alexia’s relationship. In the past, they’ve relied heavily on barbed comments and physical affection to communicate their love for each other. In book four, we finally see them learning to communicate through words. I’m so happy to see this evolution in their relationship. While the humor of their earlier exchanges was delightful, this new aspect of their relationship is far more realistic and enjoyable for the reader. They are now truly believable as a couple. It’s nice to see Connall’s affectionate and gentle side when it comes to tending to his wife.

As always, Carriger is a master at juggling the several relationships she’s established throughout the series. There were a few heart-wrenching moments for poor Biffy as he struggles to adapt to a new situation in his life. But again, Lord Maccon’s newfound softer side comes in to play here, which is quite sweet.

I was so pleased to learn more about Professor Lyall. I had always wondered certain things about him, and Ms. Carriger does not disappoint in providing him a suitable and complex background.

Madam Lefoux gets considerable page time, but that being said, I felt like she was here and there and gone again without really contributing much substance to the story in the earlier pages. However, that might have been exactly how Ms. Carriger wanted it. The inventor’s flighty appearances and distracted demeanor are a direct result of something that occurs later in the book. So, her harried appearances are quite believable when you get the pay off at the end.

Speaking of relationships, one of the most interesting aspects of the book is how ��" over time ��" the Woosley Pack and Westminster Hive become more and more intertwined. I’m fascinated how these two groups, who have been enemies, are slowly becoming… not friends, but at least tolerated allies. The evolution of this relationship has been slow and steady. Kudos to Ms. Carriger for making it a highly believable event when it finally comes to fruition!
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