Victorian romance mixes seamlessly with elegant prose and biting wit—and werewolves—in Gail Carriger’s delightful debut novel. Soulless introduces Alexia Tarabotti, a parasol-wielding Londoner getting dangerously close to spinster status. But there are more important things than finding a husband. For Alexia was born without a soul, giving her the ability to render any vampire or werewolf completely powerless.
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"Carriger debuts brilliantly with a blend of Victorian romance, screwball comedy of manners and alternate history....This intoxicatingly witty parody will appeal to a wide cross-section of romance, fantasy and steampunk fans." (Publishers Weekly)
No idea. I have only listened to the audio version. I haven't read the print version.
Carriger's books are their own special category. They are witty, dry, sarcastic, silly, and Victorian. They are steampunk, full of vampires and werewolves, evil scientists, and funny machines. They are fun, fun, fun.
I enjoyed them all. The characters are great, Emily Gray doesn't completely transform between characters, but her voice is pleasing and keeps the flow the story. I liked her.
Yes. I've listened to it more than once because it was quite nice.
I am looking forward to her other books. The Parasol Protectorate is great and I've just started the Finishing School books. They're excellent.
Will this book is overall rather enjoyable to read it follows a similar patter to many others I have read. Also the I know it is hard to write books with strong female charters, but I think this books tries a bit hard and over does it. But its not a bad book with an imaginative world, and some good humor. I probably will not read the rest of the series, but I do not regret giving it a try.
This is one of those books I think really was better on audio than it would have been to read. The narrator was outstanding. I loved her in another performance and thought she was perfect for this part. I enjoyed her accents and the different voices she used for each character. I like witty banter in my “regencies,” which Soulless served up nicely. I liked that this story doesn’t take itself too seriously. I would consider this a romance, or at least as having a very strong romantic element. Some scenes had heat, but none were too hot for audio (IOW, it never sounded like a porn soundtrack). The characters, the (fairly basic) mystery plot, and steampunk elements were woven in with the paranormal (mostly werewolves and vampires—ghosts were discussed) without overwhelming the story. I was looking for another fun series on audio and I seem to have found it.
I will listen to the next in the series and see where it goes from there.
The heroine of course
The narrators male voices weren't very convincing. However, I may just be picky.
I didn't realize it but I love mysteries. Science Fiction and Fantasy are a particular favorite though I like travel logs, science essays.
It's a Victorian era paranormal romance and mystery. The writing is clever and even had me laugh out loud at points. The romance scenes are decent and while sexy, mild.
Emily Gray is a wonderful narrator and perfect for the outspoken and often snooty character of Alexia Terrabotti.
At 26 Miss Terrabotti is a spinster and a blue stocking (basically a woman interested in knowledge as opposed to just fashion), she was also born without a soul. This is a power that neutralizes the abilities of the supernatural and defines her as a preternatural. While at a ball that promised comestibles but offered only punch, she is attacked by a vampire lacking all the knowledge and training of one. After dispatching him she has to deal with Lord Maccon who often finds her trying his patience. Thus we are introduced the the actors of our story, their sexual tension, and the mystery of an rogue and uneducated vampire.
This book is pure brain candy, but quite fun.
Set in an alternate Victorian England, this tale is wonderfully witty, full of humor, set within a horrific story . Miss Tarrabotti is what they call a preternatural, that can neutralize the effects of the supernatural. She is one of very few of her kind, who finds herself in all kinds of predicaments that ends up in the hands of the supernaturals' own police dept, thus enters Lord Maccon. These two are always at odds, thus becoming attracted to each other, with banter that delights the listener. Elsewhere, in the story is a group of sinister scientists that are out to exterminate anything unnatural, putting our main characters in peril. The whole book is made up of a very amusing group of characters that keeps us in chuckles while solving mysterious disappearances of vampires and werewolves.
The narration is excellent in capturing the language and wit intended.
This series fills me with polarizing emotions. On the one hand, the blending of so many genres is delightfully creative, and it's clear the author has considerable imagination. The characters themselves are all very appealing and distinctive. And there are some very funny moments. On the other hand, there are decidedly weak points. I'm not sure if this is the narrator, whose voice I find inexplicably irritating because it sounds like she's trying too hard to enunciate, or the writing, but every time there is a scene of suspense, I want to scream, "Get to the point!" Somehow the narrator and/or author have no sense of urgency and bog us down in boring detail and an agonizingly slow play-by-play. Throughout the entire series, scenes that probably take 5 minutes within the story take something like a half hour of narration with so much description. Also, for all the clever wordplay, I want to ban the phrases "at this juncture" and "with this matter." They have long since ceased to be witty.
Love the series although this is not my typical genre. I was eager to listen to the audible book but the narrator is awful. So disappointing.
I would recommend this book to a friend and have already done so. I have also listened to it for a second time.
Alexia is a strong, intelligent and interesting character who is at odds with her status and with her century's expectations of women.
I thought that Emily Gray's performance was wonderful. Her British accent was perfect and really brought me into the story and the world in which it is set.
Fantasy meets Steam-Punk -- let the fun begin.
Strong Intelligent Character
I Shall Wear Midnight - different feel to the books but the female leads in both are strong women who haven't the perfect life, looks or "all the answers" - but they still manage to mold their worlds with their natural abilities - regardless of who (or what) stands in their way!
Alexia takes time during the wedding day preparations to keep a promise made to Lord Akeldama.
Laughed often... but would love to know more about the hedgehog incident
I hope the storyline is continued - so many options with the new characters introduced during the series.
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