SOULLESS by Gail Carriger
Lord Maccon scrubbed his face with his hand, reached desperately for a nearby teapot, and drained it through the spout.
Miss Tarabotti looked away from the horrible sight. Who was it that had said, ‘Only just civilized?’ She closed her eyes and considered, realizing it must have been she. В She fluttered one hand to her throat. “Please, Lord Maccon, use one of the cups. My delicate sensibilities.”
The earl actually snorted. “My dear Miss Tarabotti, if you possessed any such things, you certainly have never shown them to me.” But he did put down the teapot.
Review by Ann Wilkes (JAN 29, 2010)
If you like humor with your vampires, ghosts in your alternate history, spinsters with superpowers in your period fiction, or werewolves in your romantic comedy, Soulless (The Parasol Protectorate) is just what you’re looking for. Gail Carriger’s protagonist is a Victorian woman who has been deemed a hopeless spinster by her own mother because of her too-large nose and Italian heritage. As such, she is forgiven her directness and lack of discretion. Fortunately for all concerned, her excitable and easily scandalized mother doesn’t know Alexia Tarabotti is soulless as well.
As the tale begins, we find Alexia warding off the fanged advances of a most ill-mannered vampire. She wonders why the hive hasn’t told him about her. At a touch from Alexia, vampire and werewolf fangs retract and the wearer of said fangs is, so long as he or she is in contact with Alexia, human and mortal. She sticks her wooden hair “stake” into his chest. When he tries to strangle her instead, she drives the stake into his heart with her slightly weaponized parasol.
Alexia spent much time in the library with her late father’s books which encompass the study of supernaturals, science and anatomy with some provocative plates. She has no lack of curiosity of the matters of love, but no practical experience.
Lord Maccon, the Fourth Earl of Woolsey, is one of the oldest werewolves alive and he’s the local head of BUR, the Bureau of Unnatural Registry. Lord Maccon is completed confounded by the ways of women and enamored with Alexia, nose, dark skin and forthrightness notwithstanding. Imagine the hilarity that ensues when the two strive to uncover the mystery of the disappearing vampires and werewolves coupled with (pardon the pun) the appearance of non-registered, ill-mannered vampires. And then there’s the supernaturally strong guy that’s stalking Alexia. This guy’s face looks not quite finished and devoid of emotion.
I love how Carriger showed werewolves having to deal with their “monthly” problem, the complications of finding clothes after traveling in wolf form and the supernatural sub-culture. I devoured this book in a couple of days and I look forward to the sequel, Changeless, which is due out in March.
|AMAZON READER RATING:||from 350 readers|
|PUBLISHER:||Orbit; Original edition (October 1, 2009)|
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|AUTHOR WEBSITE:||Gail Carriger (very entertaining!)|
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