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)
"reading junkie" I read or listen to almost anything except for non-fiction or history, unless I find it interesting.
I really enjoy steampunk novels. This is an inventive series with a good take on the supernatural set. The author seems to be very good at what she does. The characters develope well and there is a fair amount of humor.
This book combines supernatural with good plot, funny moments, and light romance.
The first 15min are a bit boring (not at all indicative of the rest of the book) and the name Tarabotti is a bit irritating to the ear but once you get used to that (10-15m) the book is GREAT!!!
I fell in love with the characters :)
The narrator on Soulless does an excellent job for most of the book, but delivers Lord Maccon's dialog in such a way that he comes across sounding slow and a bit dull-witted because she slows her speech, pitches her voice lower, and attempts a bit of a Scottish accent. I would prefer if Emily Gray simply narrated his dialog without attempting any affect, or limited herself to the Scottish lilt alone, since it's a little disappointing to imagine Lord Maccon as a dimwit.
I own the hard copies of this entire series but I never have had time to finish them. I finally switched to audiobooks and am delighted to hear the full story for the first time. So aside from the above criticism, I am enjoying the audio.
This is a paranormal steampunk set in London with a clever premise and much wit. A fun listen.
Alexia has no soul, a rare condition which enables her to negate the powers of other supernaturals. She also has little prospects being a spinster with a dead Italian father which makes her nose a bit too big and her skin a bit too swarthy . She is also a bit too curvy and much too independent and smart. This is a romance, although this mixes in a lot of genres, that starts when a vampire oddly loses his manners and tries to make a meal of her in the drawing room at a party. She is soon drawn into the mystery of why vampires and werewolves have been disappearing around London and into contact with an annoying Alpha werewolf leader in charge of the investigation and Lord Akeldama, who as a vampire knows more than just the latest styles. The different societies, werewolf, vampire and upper crust Victorian human, are well depicted.
Settle in for some comfortable fun listening and learn why a lady is never without her parasol.
The narrator is terrific and it is a fun story that moves right along. Enjoyed it in the car while commuting.
The book compares a bit to the Amelia Peabody books in that the heroines carries a dangerous parasol and have passionate relationships with their incorrigible husbands.
Emily has great accents - very easy to tell who is talking.
I love this series, having already read the first three of the series before discovering the audio versions. Emily Gray is perfect - just the right voice for every character.
Of course Alexia is my favorite character. She reminds me of Amelia Peabody created by Elizabeth Peters.
I listen to audio books while walking. This series is so good that there have been many times when I have walked further than planned, having become lost in the book. They always make me laugh.
The author hits the exactly correct note of arch whimsy required in a steam punk fantasy. Her protagonist is intrepid but always correct in her usages even as she wields her parasol in defense of the empire! The story is unique in that it imagines a Victorian England in which vampires, ghosts, and werewolves are fully integrated into society (finally, a rational explanation for the necktie). Those who like their supernaturals skulking in the shadows will be disappointed. For others, Soulless is a wild romp through the drawing rooms and gas lit streets of a fantastical London filled with conventional manners and unconventional situations. Gail Carriger serves up Alexia's story in a gleefully mannered deadpan that is spot-on and never wears. The romantic elements of Soulless are satisfying without eclipsing the other excellent qualities of this solid science fiction/fantasy title. Recommended.
"The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen" with more fun and less punk.
Emily Gray is pitch perfect as the voice of Alexia Terabotti. If I had a complaint it would be that she Americanizes some pronunciations (e.g., al-UM-in-um vs. a-lu-MIN-i-um).The flaw undermines the intent of the author's voice, which is to be terribly, terribly British at all times, no matter what. It's doubly strange since Mrs. Gray is, in fact, English.
I bought extra credits to rip through the first 3 books of this series. They are that good.
Interesting, Different and Funny
The characters were so very funny. The whole idea of steampunk was new to me and so very enjoyable
Yes, I believe she did differentiate the characters BUT the pauses between the paragraghs an chapters DROVE ME CRAZY! I thought my mp3 player was broken. I really think this can be easily fixed by whoever records the book.I am now on the 3rd book and because of the great pauses I am losing interest. Well, maybe not losing interest in the book just in the audio book. In fact, I believe I read over half of the first book and most of the second.Ms Gray is a slow reader too, which I can handle but not those durn pauses!!
If it were not for the great pauses ( and I even turned up the speed) I probably could have listened to the book in a sitting. You could shave at least an hour off of each book.
You CANNOT listen to this in the car if you are driving, you'll have time to fall asleep while waiting for the next part of the book to be read.
Before I buy any more of this readers book I will check out for LONNNG Pauussesss.
I really think this pause thing is a problem with the recording people.
The opening scene had me laughing out loud. Great writing and great narration. I could listen to this book again.
I thoughly enjoyed this delightful and original approach to a story of Vampires and Werewolves
If you are looking for a a fun light-hearted romp with werewolves and vampires in Victorian England this is the book for you.
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