Soulless (The Parasol Protectorate) (英語) マスマーケット – 2009/10/1
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Alexia Tarabotti is laboring under a great many social tribulations. First, she has no soul. Second, she's a spinster whose father is both Italian and dead. Third, she was rudely attacked by a vampire, breaking all standards of social etiquette.
Where to go from there? From bad to worse apparently, for Alexia accidentally kills the vampire -- and then the appalling Lord Maccon (loud, messy, gorgeous, and werewolf) is sent by Queen
With unexpected vampires appearing and expected vampires disappearing, everyone seems to believe Alexia responsible. Can she figure out what is actually happening to
SOULLESS is the first book of the Parasol Protectorate series: a comedy of manners set in Victorian London, full of werewolves, vampires, dirigibles, and tea-drinking.
"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 (Starred Review)
"Deliciously, vampiricly satiric, a tremendously clever, sexy read."―Karen Marie Moning, New York Times bestselling author
"Laugh out loud funny and refreshingly different, SOULLESS kept me turning pages well into the night. I enjoyed every minute of this wonderfully unexpected twist on paranormals...Wickedly funny."―Angie Fox, New York Times bestselling author of The Accidental Demon Slayer
"I was enchanted from start to finish."―sfrevu.com
"Light-hearted and fast-paced, Soulless will please fans of fantasy, historical fantasy and paranormal romance alike."―The Miami Herald
"Soulless is a character-driven romp with great world building and delicious rapier wit that recalls Austen and P.G. Wodehouse."―i09.com
"Soulless has all the delicate charm of a Victorian parasol, and all the wicked force of a Victorian parasol secretly weighted with brass shot and expertly wielded. Ravishing."―Lev Grossman, author of The Magicians
The book only gets 4 stars because of the out-of-nowhere visitor at the end of the book. In fact, the entire ending seems quite abrupt. Still, definitely looking foward to seeing everything that this book introduced developed further.
I took it on a 5-hour train ride and the time flew by. A pleasurable way to pass the time; luckily, there are two more in the series to sink my teeth into.
While not particularly spectacular in any single element, it is refreshing to have such a constellation of characters.
have finally gotten a copy of this novel, the first book in the series. I love the
characters like Alexia Tarabotti, Lord Akeldama (he's a hoot!), Alexia's friend Ivy,
Lord Maccon,and Professor Lyall. I love how the author blended Victorian England
with the supernatural. I could not put this down! Also contains an interview with the
author and previews for the second book in this series - Changeless and Etiquette and
Espionage, the first book in the Finishing School series. Must read! Buy this book!
And then to top it all off, the loud and rather poorly dressed Lord Maccon arrives to investigate in all his grumpy werewolfishness and won't allow her to find a bite to eat - the dead vampire fell over the tea trolley with the little cakes on it making them inedible - and then he goes and threatens to tell her mother on her if she doesn't cooperate, of all the things...
But the curious thing is that there shouldn't be a new vampire on the streets of London, because the only Westminster hive queen who can turn anyone denies having done so. What started out as a curious investigation for Alexia turns into a deadly adventure of the high society kind as she has to circumvent all of the various social etiquettes for the vampires, the werewolves and the ghosts as well. All while trying to hide her after hours extra curricular activities from her obnoxious mother.
Seriously, this book starts from one exciting and rather funny situation to the next and it really doesn't stop. With a series of books based on Gail Carriger's lovable characters, the Parasol Protectorate is one of those laugh out loud, can't put it down for nobody kind of books, you really should grab a few of them at once and find a place to hideaway for a few days without the kids to read. Just laugh and read.
Loved it! Highly recommend it, especially if you love steampunk, paranormal, magic and mystery adventure.
5 out of 5 stars for Soulless, 5 out of 5 stars for the whole series.
This is a Victorian/steampunk novel. Supernaturals are openly interacting with society. Lord Conall Maccon, Earl of Woolsey, is a an alpha of a wolf pack and head of an agency investigating the matter. Lord Akeldama (vampire) and others make up the cast of characters. Alexia’s family is present to remind us how prim and proper the English are in contrast to Ms. Alexia. Professor Lyall, beta to Maccon’s alpha, is a character of whom I am particular fond.
The first 30 percent of the book is basically world building and was difficult for me to wade through. The Victorian era is full of propriety and fashion. Once past that, however, the adventure and romance is fast, fun,. and witty.
I am grateful to my buddy readers who urged me to continue. This is thoroughly entertaining and I will continue with the series. Ms. Carriger’s writing style is clever and well phrased.