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Soulless
Gail Carriger
Adult Fiction CARRIGE

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Avatar for KaliO KaliO said:
Almost everything about Alexia Tarabotti goes against the grain of Victorian society. Her deceased father was Italian (dreaded foreigner). Her looks are swarthy, full figured, and big nosed (not a delicate English rose). Unattached at age twenty-six, she’s considered unmarriageable (spinster). Plus, she’s soulless. She still has a personality and feelings and all that, she’s just lacking a soul. This is very rare and a carefully kept secret in Alexia’s day and age, even though in this alternate history Victorian England has fully accepted the society of vampires and werewolves. Vampires live in hives and werewolves live in packs; members of both supernatural groups hold high positions in the government and in the aristocracy. So when Alexia comes across a vampire at a ball one evening, she’s not at all surprised. She is quite taken aback, however, when the vampire launches himself at her, fangs drawn, without so much as a formal introduction. Alexia defends herself with her handy parasol and ends up an accidental murderess. When Bureau of Unnatural Registry official/ Alpha werewolf Lord Conall Maccon shows up to investigate, Alexia is launched into a world of mystery and intrigue that involves newly made vampires, vanishing werewolves, preternatural powers caused by her own soulless state, and a relationship with Lord Maccon that blossoms—when the two aren’t bickering. Alexia is a delightfully fresh and funny character, wielding her parasol, sleuthing in a not-so-subtle manner, and ready to defy convention at every turn--especially if convention gets in the way of a platter of treacle tarts. Author Gail Carriger has a fine sense of humor and creates a witty parody that takes the genres of fantasy, mystery, romance, historical fiction, screwball comedy, and steampunk and stands them on their head in an entirely original fashion.
posted Nov 27, 2009 at 7:03PM
Avatar for KaliO KaliO said:
Almost everything about Alexia Tarabotti goes against the grain of Victorian society. Her deceased father was Italian (inferior foreigner). Her looks are swarthy, full figured, and big nosed (not a delicate English rose). Unattached at age twenty-six, she’s considered unmarriageable (spinster). Plus, she’s soulless. She still has a personality and feelings and all that, she’s just lacking a soul. This is very rare condition in Alexia’s day and age, even though in this alternate history, Victorian England has fully accepted the society of vampires and werewolves. Members of both supernatural groups hold high positions in the government and in the aristocracy. So when Alexia comes across a vampire at a ball, she’s not at all surprised. She is quite taken aback, however, when the vampire launches himself at her, fangs drawn, without so much as a formal introduction. Alexia defends herself with her handy parasol and ends up an accidental murderess. When Bureau of Unnatural Registry official/ Alpha werewolf Lord Conall Maccon shows up to investigate, Alexia is tossed into a chaotic mystery complete with newly-made vampires, vanishing werewolves, mad scientists wielding devious new technologies, creepy robot men, and a relationship with Lord Maccon that blossoms—when the two aren’t bickering. Alexia is a delightfully fresh and funny character, wielding her parasol, sleuthing in a not-so-subtle manner, and ready to defy convention at every turn—especially if convention gets in the way of a platter of treacle tarts. Author Gail Carriger has a fine sense of humor and creates a witty parody that takes the genres of fantasy, mystery, romance, historical fiction, screwball comedy, and steampunk and stands them on their head in an entirely original fashion. Alexia is set to star in a whole series of mysteries called The Parasol Protectorate; the second book is Changeless and book three, Blameless, is due September 2010.
posted Jun 8, 2010 at 11:39AM
Avatar for Plymouth Library Plymouth Library said:
Fantasy, steampunk, and London all come together in this, the first book in the Parasol Protectorate. In a world of vampires and werewolves, Alexia Tarabotti is a preternatural Soulless- a being who can turn supernatural human again as long as she is touching them. When she accidentally kills a vampire, she is thrust into the middle of an investagation (for Queen and Country, of course) with gruff but handsome Lord Maccoon, who just happens to be the local werewolf Alpha. Together they run afoul of mad scientists, vampire hives, and bad fashion. Can Alexia find who's making these rogue vampires without falling a foul of fiendish fashionistas? Will Lord Maccoon and Alexia realize their love when everyone else (in book and out) realized it on page 12? And can Alexia convince her friend Ivy Hisselpenny to give up her fondness for hideous hats? Read on to discover. If you like Pythonesque humor and steampunk, this is a book for you.
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main characters Alexia Tarabotti
Female
Age: 25
Spinster
Stubborn; doesn't have a soul; attacked at a party by a vampire which she accidentally killed; determined to clear her name of being responsible for the disappearance of several vampires.

Conall Maccon
Male
Werewolf
Brash; loud; investigating the death of a vampire and the mysterious disappearance of several others.
Government official



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