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!
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.
I am enjoying this series. Synching some of the habits and aspects of Victorian society with the needs of werewolves and vampires is very clever! Playful and light - great for the moment when I want a bit of escape from the current world!
This book really messed with my head in the end! It's an amazing series, with characters that seem almost too real. I tried to pick up a book that I already owned before buying the next, but Gail Carriger's world won't let me go until everything from the last book is settled.
That said, it takes a truly excellent story with peerless narration to pull me in this far. I laughed and cried with Alexia, and I look forward to continuing the series.
It surprised me at every corner, made me giggle; an 'alternate history' victorian england, where werewolf's and vampires are common and part of society.
This is a very funny and different take on the eponymos vampire literature so popular today. It is sexy and funny as well as suspenseful.
Great voice characterizations, funny and intelligent emphasis is this readers strengths, bringing out the best in this book.
Yes, it had me wanting to know what happens next, since it is a detective or espionage story as well as a love story.
Book 2 is just as good as book one, but the ending gave me mixed feelings. It also had me running to my computer to download the next in the series. I think if you enjoyed Soulless you're hooked for the entire series.
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I love the humor in these books and I want all the clothes except Miss Hisselpenny’s of course. Lord Maccon is rapidly becoming my second favorite Scotsman second only to Jamie Frasier! There are great lines in this book too numerous to mention. I love Alexia’s wit and strength. This series has made it on my favorites list.
Narrator , Emily Gray does a great job with all the characterizations and accents I will definitely look for other books she has narrated and she is now on my list of favorite narrators.
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