Fun, fashionable, and frankly one you won't want to miss!

  • Nov 28, 2010
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+5
This review is for the audio book from Audible.com narrated by Emily Gray. Emily Gray was a wonderful narrator and did an amazing job of bringing these outrageous characters to life.

From the book:
"Miss Alexia Tarabotti was not enjoying her evening. Private balls were never more than middling amusements for spinsters, and Miss Tarrabotti was not the kind of spinster who could garner even that much pleasure from the event. To put the pudding in the puff: she had retreated to the library, her favorite sanctuary in any house, only to happen upon an unexpected vampire."

Soulless by Gail Carriger is a fun and quirky book right from the first paragraph. My first foray into steampunk transports me into an unlikely world of gadgetry, flamboyant vampires, authoritarian werewolves, not to mention a preternatural minx with devilish wit and impeccable fashion sense as well as a penchant for getting herself into awkward predicaments. Alexia Tarabotti is a dynamo that literally leaps off the pages, armed with her parasol and her cunning intellect, ready to face down rude vampires and overbearing werewolves, and anyone else who gets in her way.

Carriger's writing paints a vivid picture of Victorian London populated with supernatural, preternatural, and ghostly residents. Soulless is entertaining from start to finish, each of the characters were original, the plot was fast-paced and exciting, and I found myself laughing or gasping out loud several times throughout the audio.

I want to add here somewhere that I'm generally not a big fan of vampire/werewolf romance so I was a little hesitant to follow MadScientist's recommendation to read Soulless as an introduction to Steampunk. I'm SO glad that I did though. I was thrilled with the unique way Carriger brought her characters to life. Lord Akeldama, rove vampire, head of a harem of handsome drones, and owner of an impressive rococo themed home is one of Alexia's closest friends and and his peacockish ways was a source of hilarity for me. Lord Maccon, Earl of Woosley, alpha werewolf and head of the B.U.R. is alternately besotted and annoyed with Alexia's antics. Listening to those two bickering between kisses was another thoroughly enjoyable highlight. One of my favorite aspects was the fashion which was a frequent topic of discussion. Bustles, corsets, gaudy feathered hats, and glorious confections of taffeta and ruffles almost makes me wish I lived in that time period.

I want to thank MadScientist for recommending this book, and I, in turn, would recommend it to anyone else who wants to know about Steampunk.
Overall, I would rate this a 5, this series will undeniably become one of my favorites.
Fun, fashionable, and frankly one you won't want to miss! Fun, fashionable, and frankly one you won't want to miss!

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December 22, 2010
Spot-on review. There aren't too many books that make me actually LOL, outloud fer reals. This series does. Pure fun.
 
November 30, 2010
This sounds like a fun read, it's going on the TBR list right now! Thanks!
 
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review by . September 02, 2010
I had heard buzz about this book for a few months, SO I picked it up one day with idle curiosity and was surprised to find myself unable to stop laughing--at just the back cover. And I continued to LAUGH as I read the first chapter. Carriger's impeccable balance between tongue-in-cheek humor and a refined and proper tone is unique and engaging, and she cleverly slides in many humorous, oftentimes "improper", statements that will have you laughing and flipping the pages as fast as you can. The characters …
review by . April 16, 2010
Review courtesy of [...]    If you're a fan of Elizabeth Peters' Amelia Peabody Series and always thought the one thing they were missing was a healthy dose of werewolves and vampires, you will love SOULLESS. I know I did.    The world building is familiar with it's treatment of werewolves, but presents a welcome twist on vampires likening them to bees or ants in terms of structure with one queen ruling over each hive. The queen alone has the ability to make …
review by . February 12, 2010
"Soulless" is a quirky pleasure. A funny, delightful romp that I'm glad I don't have to categorize. Is it a romance? Steampunk? A mystery? In some sense, it is all of these things.     The setting is Victorian times. That world though has been totally re-done with the acceptance of vampires, werewolves, and ghosts as regular members of society -- at least in Britain. (In the Colonies we are just as primitive as ever; and the Pilgrims set sale to get away from such a tolerance …
review by . February 06, 2010
Quickie POV: A charming and very witty mix of a multitude of sub-genres. Soulless kept me fixated on the plot while entertaining me throughout with laugh-out-loud moments and I think I might have even blushed a few times. Even the author description was entertaining in its hilarity.    Review: Miss Alexia Tarabotti has accepted her spinster status and the fact that she is not in possession of soul like a true lady. Her mother and two half-sisters might be veritable dim-wits and …
review by . November 12, 2009
When trying to figure out how to categorize Soulless all I could really think of was 'Historical Paranormal Romantic Spoof'...because honestly everything and everyone, in the beginning of the book, was so over the top for their stereotype. Alexia was so in your face blue-stocking and Lord Maccon was so abrasive and beastly that you couldn't ever think they were anything else. The characters mellow however (or their personalities grew on me to an alarming degree that I should be ashamed to admit …
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Starred Review. Carriger debuts brilliantly with a blend of Victorian romance, screwball comedy of manners and alternate history. Prickly, stubborn 25-year-old bluestocking Alexia Tarabotti is patently unmarriageable, and not just because she's large-nosed and swarthy. She's also soulless, an oddity and a secret even in a 19th-century London that mostly accepts and integrates werewolf packs, vampire hives and ghosts. The only man who notices her is brash Lord Conall Maccon, a Scottish Alpha werewolf and government official, and (of course) they dislike each other intensely. After Alexia kills a vampire with her parasol at a party—how vulgar!—she and Conall must work together to solve a supernatural mystery that grows quite steampunkishly gruesome. Well-drawn secondary characters round out the story, most notably Lord Akeldama, Alexia's outrageous, italic-wielding gay best vampire friend. This intoxicatingly witty parody will appeal to a wide cross-section of romance, fantasy and steampunk fans.(Oct.)
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ISBN-10: 0316056634
ISBN-13: 978-0316056632
Author: Gail Carriger
Genre: Romance, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Publisher: Orbit
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