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ISBN13: 9780316056632
ISBN10: 0316056634
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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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hthayer, September 4, 2011 (view all comments by hthayer)
At first I was dubious when my friends were recommending this series, after all, vampires and werewolves tend to make for juvenile reading and generally pretty bad writing. But once they mentioned that dirigibles were involved, I decided to give these books a try. These are simply So Much Fun! Well written steampunk with Victorian manners, a smattering of sex and romance (tasteful, of course) together with vampires and werewolves makes for a highly entertaining read. The world that the author has created is believable and fun and she is a gifted author who knows how to turn a good phrase.
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dsbs, January 21, 2011 (view all comments by dsbs)
a fun read. Couldn't put it down. the characters are well drawn. the combination of supernatural and a book of manners was a delight.
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Carriger, Gail
Fantasy - Historical
Romance - Fantasy
Humorous fiction
Science Fiction and Fantasy-Fantasy-Historical
Victorian society; Spinsters; Vampires; Accidental deaths; Werewolves; Mysterious disappearances; Adversaries
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Mass market paperback
Parasol Protectorate
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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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