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Soulless (Parasol Protectorate #1)

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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?

SOULLESS is the first book of the Parasol Protectorate series: a comedy of manners set in Victorian London, full of werewolves, vampires, dirigibles, and tea-drinking.

Review:

"Carriger debuts brilliantly with a blend of Victorian romance, screwball comedy of manners and alternate history. Prickly, stubborn 25-year-old bluestocking Alexia Tarabotti is patently unmarriageable, and not just because she's large-nosed and swarthy. She's also soulless, an oddity and a secret even in a 19th-century London that mostly accepts and integrates werewolf packs, vampire hives and ghosts. The only man who notices her is brash Lord Conall Maccon, a Scottish Alpha werewolf and government official, and (of course) they dislike each other intensely. After Alexia kills a vampire with her parasol at a party — how vulgar! — she and Conall must work together to solve a supernatural mystery that grows quite steampunkishly gruesome. Well-drawn secondary characters round out the story, most notably Lord Akeldama, Alexia's outrageous, italic-wielding gay best vampire friend. This intoxicatingly witty parody will appeal to a wide cross-section of romance, fantasy and steampunk fans." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

"Buffy the Vampire Slayer" meets Jane Austen in this wickedly funny debut novel, which kicks off Carriger's new series set in an alternate 19th-century London that not only knows about vampires and werewolves, but accepts them into the upper tiers of society. Original.

About the Author

New York Times bestselling author Gail Carriger writes to cope with being raised in obscurity by an expatriate Brit and an incurable curmudgeon. She escaped small town life and inadvertently acquired several degrees in Higher Learning. Ms. Carriger then traveled the historic cities of Europe, subsisting entirely on biscuits secreted in her handbag. She resides in the Colonies, surrounded by fantastic shoes, where she insists on tea imported from London.

The Parasol Protectorate books are: Soulless, Changeless, Blameless, Heartless, and Timeless. Soulless won the ALA's Alex Award. A manga adaptation released in Spring 2012 and a young adult series set in the same universe — the Finishing School series — launched in Spring 2013. Gail is soon to begin writing a new adult series, The Parasol Protectorate Abroad (2015).

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libwitch, August 4, 2012 (view all comments by libwitch)
This book, at first glance, seems like a bunch of random ideas tossed together: vampires, werewolves, tea, high manners, victorian england and parsols.

And yet once thrown together and stirred, what emerges is a well crafted and absolutely hysterical world that sets up a slightly steampunk world where manners are as much a matter of life and death (and aligning yourself with the supernatural).

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AmyJo, January 19, 2012 (view all comments by AmyJo)
This was such a fun read! One of my favorites of this past year.
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MissSnarkerson, September 13, 2011 (view all comments by MissSnarkerson)
I admit it - I picked this book up only because I happened to be walking past and the cover caught my eye. I had never read steampunk before, despite being drawn to the style for quite a while (even if it is the eurotrash of nerd-dom) and was a bit leery at first. However, I'm a sucker for a well-developed alternate reality and the concept of vampires, wherewolves and ghosts being put to practical use in the British government was so intriguing! Add to that parasols, tea, witty dialog and Gail Carriger's superbly crafted characters and this book (and the rest of the series) quickly vaulted onto the "favorite" section of my bookshelf!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780316056632
Author:
Carriger, Gail
Publisher:
Orbit
Subject:
Fantasy - Historical
Subject:
Romance - Fantasy
Subject:
Vampires
Subject:
Humorous fiction
Subject:
Science Fiction and Fantasy-Fantasy-Historical
Subject:
Victorian society; Spinsters; Vampires; Accidental deaths; Werewolves; Mysterious disappearances; Adversaries
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Mass market paperback
Series:
Parasol Protectorate
Series Volume:
01
Publication Date:
20140401
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Pages:
416
Dimensions:
6.75 x 4.25 x 1 in 0.41 lb

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Product details 416 pages Orbit - English 9780316056632 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Carriger debuts brilliantly with a blend of Victorian romance, screwball comedy of manners and alternate history. Prickly, stubborn 25-year-old bluestocking Alexia Tarabotti is patently unmarriageable, and not just because she's large-nosed and swarthy. She's also soulless, an oddity and a secret even in a 19th-century London that mostly accepts and integrates werewolf packs, vampire hives and ghosts. The only man who notices her is brash Lord Conall Maccon, a Scottish Alpha werewolf and government official, and (of course) they dislike each other intensely. After Alexia kills a vampire with her parasol at a party — how vulgar! — she and Conall must work together to solve a supernatural mystery that grows quite steampunkishly gruesome. Well-drawn secondary characters round out the story, most notably Lord Akeldama, Alexia's outrageous, italic-wielding gay best vampire friend. This intoxicatingly witty parody will appeal to a wide cross-section of romance, fantasy and steampunk fans." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" meets Jane Austen in this wickedly funny debut novel, which kicks off Carriger's new series set in an alternate 19th-century London that not only knows about vampires and werewolves, but accepts them into the upper tiers of society. Original.
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