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From the book:
"Miss Alexia Tarabotti was not enjoying her evening. Private balls were never more than middling amusements for spinsters, and Miss Tarrabotti was not the kind of spinster who could garner even that much pleasure from the event. To put the pudding in the puff: she had retreated to the library, her favorite sanctuary in any house, only to happen upon an unexpected vampire."
Soulless by Gail Carriger is a fun and quirky book right from the first paragraph. My first foray into steampunk transports me into an unlikely world of gagetry, flamboyant vampires, authoritarian werewolves, not to mention a preternatural minx with devilish wit and impecable fashion sense as well as a penchant for getting herself into awkward perdicaments. Alexis terrabotti is a dynamo that literally leaps off the pages, armed with her parasol and her cunning intellect, ready to face down rude vampires and overbearing werewolves, and anyone else who gets in her way.
Carriger's writing paints a vivid picture of Victorian London populated with supernatural, preternatural, and ghostly residents. Soulless is entertaining from start to finish, each of the characters were original, the plot was fast-paced and exciting, and I found myself laughing or gasping out loud several times throughout the audio.
While by no means high literature, this is a really fun book. It's witty and outrageous and will make you laugh out loud. I highly recommend it for anyone looking for a light, enjoyable read.
I've never read or even been introduced to Steampunk before this and I have to say I really enjoyed it. I liked the twist to history, the add in of the paranormal and yes, the romance. But what I loved the most was that I KNEW the author was having fun writing this and it just made all the difference in the world!! I have the books, and intend to have all the audio files as well. Well done Miss. Carriger!!
I was rather enjoying this book and character, however at the culmination of all story elements in the book the character inexplicably goes completely daft. To wit she forgets the same piece of critical information twice in the course of an hour or two and one of those times is literally minutes after hearing it again. Finally as she seems incapable of remembering it even after the second reminder someone else has to save the day. This literally consists of wiping away a bit of dust with a cloth. By the way that was the information she couldn't remember...its like those two chapters were written by some other person with no skill at all. The rest of the book is a treat, but honestly after those two critical chapters I can't recomend it to anyone.
I probably would not. I have listened to this story a second time now and it annoys me just as much as the first time around. The story sounds like it should be amazing but the two main characters, Alexia and Lord Maccon, are irritating. The story has potential but I find most of their interactions completely frustrating and they take me right out of the story.
The romance. I am all for a good - well written - romance in a story but the one in this novel just tastes like a bad imitation. Additionally, that the main character is a Mary Sue. She has physical "flaws" that aren't really flaws (big nose, olive skin) and her personality is TOO...something. I can't put my finger on it but she's pretty unlikable to me. The best example I can come up with is no matter what happens - she keeps a cool head which is decently unrealistic.
Anything with Lord Akledema. He is just divine.
Not to me. I have listened to this twice now (I have an hour left) and I just don't care to finish it.
I don't think I'll be picking up anything else in this series. I am interested in her other novels but I'll only read/listen to them if I can get them for free/library. No use wasting a good credit!
Emily gray is not my favorite narrator. I hated her in a Hansel and gretle book i listened to and cringed when i heard her voice this time. it wasn't quite as bad this book. this book is first in a series that includes other sub series. i read all this other sub series first. they were narrated by moira quirk, who i adore. other than that, the book is great and i love this world crated by Carriger!
I liked the old school feeling of the writer and narrator. The female heroin is mysterious and a bit reckless as we learn about her world and who she represents in it. The attraction of two strong forces to each other can we quite exciting.
Alexia Tarabotti was quite the character, but can relate to many woman now a days where as we have strength, but still weakness at times. Sometimes, when not expected.
Wolfie, must have been hard to play but fun.
Yes, but It had to be in several settings throughout work related terms of availability. I am however looking forward to the next in the series. Thank you.
I enjoy historical, paranormal, and contemporary romance. Also steampunk, sci-fi, fantasy, suspense, and fiction. I'm open to about anything
Setting: London, Victorian era
The are three kinds of people: natural, supernatural, and preternatural.
Naturals, or mortals, have the normal amount of soul. People like clerks, accountants, and ladies who lunch (etc.). Supernaturals have excess soul. People like vampires, werewolves, and ghosts (though they are no longer people). Also actors, artists, musicians, and other creative types. They are the kind of people who volunteer to become vampires and werewolves. Preternaturals have no soul. People like Alexia Tarabotti. She is one of the very few soulless in England. Her touch can turn a supernatural into a mortal while they are in contact. This would allow her to kill them if she should want to. But she doesn't want to. Most of the time.
Alexia gets involved in a mystery with Conall Maccon, who runs the BUR (Bureau of Unnatural Creatures). They are looking for who is making and turning loose untrained vampires.
Lord Maccon, the Alpha of the Woolsey Pack, is a grouchy, barely civilized werewolf. She is a mostly proper, acerbic spinster. They have a very contentious relationship, which changes as they spend time together during the investigation..
There's some riveting action in the mystery, but that takes a backseat to what's going on between Lord Maccon and Miss Tarabotti, which grows and changes over the course of the tale. There's a lot of crisp though somewhat acrid dialogue, especially in the first part of the book. Even as the relationship evolves, the dialogue can be snappish. But slowly, they reach toward a HEA.
I like that this isn't a love-at-first-sight, and sex at the second kind of romance. You're allowed to get to know the characters. Alexia is no simpering Miss, and Conall isn't the perfect hero. Their romance is allowed to grow organically. There are also good descriptions of the environment and characters.
As this is the first of The Parasol Protectorate, a series of five books, the most important secondary characters are introduced. Professor Randolph Lyle is the reserved Woolsey Pack Beta. Ivy Hisselpenny is Alexia's rather dippy best friend. Floote is the faithful butler who had served Alexia's father, and now serves Alexia's mother & step-father's household. And Lord Akeldama, the rove vampire (unassociated with a hive) who is leader of fashion and gossip, is one of Alexia's dear friends. More tertiary characters include Biffy, one of Lord Akeldama's drones (human servant to a vampire), and Tunstill, one of Lord Maccon's clavigers (someone who helps control werewolves during full moon).There's also a passing mention of Countess Natasdy, the vampire hive queen who also comes up in future books.