Fantasy/Steampunk: Soulless, by Gail Carriger

January 8th, 2011 Posted in 52 Books in one year challenge, Fantasy, Fiction, Kelly

Soulless by Gail Carriger

Soulless is a fun mix of fantasy and steam punk. Alexia Tarrabotti is a spinster in Victorian England. She’s also soulless, the opposite of werewolves and vampires, who have too much soul.  The story gets off to a brisk start, as a vampire at a ball attacks Alexia, and she accidently kills him with her hair pin and brass parasol. The vampire should have known it was a mistake to attack Alexia—after all, she neutralizes his powers—and this event sets up the rest of the novel.

I enjoyed the humor, and appreciated how Soulless gently satires historical novels.  I tried not to think too deeply about some of the issues around being soulless. For example, the author says, “Alexia. . . always dresses in the height of fashion because her soulless state seems to mean that she doesn’t have her own taste.”  Alexia clearly has preferences and the romantic aspect of this novel doesn’t work without them.

If you enjoy the Southern Vampire series by Charlaine Harris, I’d recommend Soulless.

Reviewed by: Kelly

Novel: Soulless
Author: Gail Carriger
Read: January 2011
Source: Public Library

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