Gail Carriger created a fascinating steampunk vision of Victorian England in her “intoxicatingly witty” (Publishers Weekly, starred review) debut novel Soulless—the first in the best-selling Parasol Protectorate series. Changeless is the second in the series and finds Alexia Tarabotti, now the Lady Woolsey, quite put out after her werewolf husband goes missing. So, armed with her trusty parasol, Alexia boards a dirigible and heads for Scotland to find him.
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With a new parasol in hand, Alexia sets her sights on a hefty, new task: Train her husband, and the pack, to heel. Alexia takes on this task with the help of her most trustworthy companion, Ivy, and one of her petty and self-involved sisters. In this installment, we learn more about the influence of preternaturals; Professor Lyall continues to suffer in silence, and Major Channing Channing of the Chesterfield Channings makes quite an impression. While I know cliffhangers are frustrating, the cliffhanger in Changeless does not detract from the fact that this is a wonderful book and a phenomenal series. But to truly enjoy this series, it is important to read or listen to the books in order. So, catch-up, because Heartless, the fourth book, is coming out on July 1, 2011. As always, Emily Gray is brilliant!
Yes, I would listen again. Alexia is straight forward and amusing at the same time. The character development of all the characters is well thought out and most of them are extremely unexpected.
Alexia is my favorite character in these books. As a pragmatic woman, who speaks her mind is extremely entertaining. Her attitude toward the acceptable and social status expected in the class conscious England of the late 1800 is refreshing and laugh out loud in it's boldness.
All scenes in which Alexia swings her parasol rate high on my list. When she first meets the BUR head investigator makes you laugh out loud. And in the humor and craziness around her, there are also touching scenes, like when Alexia helps an old vampire watch a sunset unharmed.
I read while I drive. I didn't want to reach my destination as I wanted to hear what happened next.
The entire changeless series is delightful. I would recommend you listen to all of them in order, and be prepared to laugh out loud.
Gail Carriger has created a wholly enjoyable series! Alexia and her whole cast of friends are very entertaining. I am an Amelia Peabody fan and, after reading Soulless, have concluded the Alexia and Amelia are definitely cut from the same, very proper, English cloth! Alexia just has the added twist of battling supernatural creatures along with her mysteries. :) I HIGHLY recommend this whole series! Emily Gray does a fantastic job of portraying the characters. This is a wonderful listen!
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If you enjoyed the first book and are interested in the characters, give this book a chance. Don't expect it to be as gripping and enjoyable as the first book, though. I'll definitely be reading the third book in the series because Carriger was smart enough to end this one with a surprise and a shock.
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Yes. This series has vampires, werewolf, and more. It is a great Steampunk novel. Steampunk is a genre of fiction where steam power, spring gadgets and modern marvels of the 20th century are thrown back to Victorian aesthetics. Technology in a Neo-Victorian setting.
The characters, dialogue and the relationships between the characters.
All the momentss between Alexia and her husband
The book was fine and enjoyable until the very end.
I really didn't get why a major character went off the handle. I mean isn't it obvious why and how could he be so horrible to Alexia? For me the mystery seemed so obvious and I think a lot of reader would agree with me. I have to read the next book to see if my guess is right or not. He must have been devastated but his action seems a bit harsh!
Ending aside, I enjoyed the story and had fun. I do hope hewill grovel real well in the next novel.
Changeless is the second book in the Parasol Protectorate series. While I enjoyed it well enough, I felt it was a weak follow up to the first book Soulless. There just wasn’t the same amount of oomph for me, probably because the mystery in this one didn’t track as well as the first one did. It was more round about I guess.Even tho Alexia is now married to Lord Maccon there is still plenty of fun tension and antics between the two of them. We get to see much more of the silly Miss Ivy Hisselpenny and quite a bit of Alexia’s half sister Felicity as the three of them are setting off for Scotland. Which just so happens to be where Lord Maccon is from (and his former pack and only remaining relative) and where the trail leads as far as this books current mystery. The mystery being the odd stripping of the supernatural state from all of the supernatural community making them for all purposes human and mortal once again.
The highlights of this installment for me were the dirigible ride, the kerfluffle between Ivy and Felicity over Lord Maccon’s clavager Tunstall, and the introduction of the cross dressing inventor character Madame Lefoux. Oh yes and a big and tumultuous surprise at the end of the book. But other then that I felt the mystery weak and the culprit much too obvious. But overall still loads of fun. I’m obviously already half way done with the next book while writing this review and thankfully it’s a much stronger book.
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Another silly romp in Carriger’s paranormal Victorian world. These aren’t working for me quite as well as they did for Ruth (fellow reviewer at Fantasy Literature) — enough of the plot and dialogue is unlikely enough that it feels manufactured for laughs and quirkiness. I’m having trouble getting beyond that, but readers who are more willing to go along with the premise will surely enjoy it more. I think Carriger gets all these elements just right in her FINISHING SCHOOL series.
I hated the end of this book. Don't get me wrong, I understand why it happened, given the time when this book took place and all but still, it sucked. The writing was great and all, but I hate it when great couples fight. I will be purchasing the next in the series for sure! The story is an interesting one. I enjoy learning more and more about Alexia's father. Emily Gray is great, as usual- she does both male and female voices and multiple accents wonderfully!
I enjoyed the first book but had avoided the second due to hearing from friends that it wasn't as good. I got this on sale and it was worth the sale price I guess but I am glad I didn't waste a credit. Some interesting characters and ideas but mainly wasted. The start is slow, the middle is awkward and the end is just bad.
The narrator couldn't do a Scotch accent to save her life, oddly her female was worse than her male, which for a story where multiple characters are Scottish you think that would have been a priority.
Clearly Gail is trying to world build but it may help if she had more plot and less side characters. Also, she had mechanical descriptions that went on longer than any author besides Clancy I have ever seen. Add the newly wed snuggliness and this didn't leave much room for plot, most of which was guessable. Mysteries based on characters not speaking to each other always seem lazy to me.
Not the worst book but if you are picky enough to read comment sections than I would pick a different book.
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