Posts Tagged ‘Gail Carriger’

Timeless. Fitting end to the Parasol Protectorate series.

March 14th, 2012    Posted in 52 Books in one year challenge, Fantasy, Fiction, Kelly
 

Timeless starts up about two years after the end of Heartless. Alexia and her husband are still living in Lord Akeldama’s second-best closet to allow them to participate in their daughter, Prudence’s, upbringing with her adoptive vampire father. Life is normal for everyone, well, as normal as living with a toddler able to steal the magic of others temporary turn into, for example, a toddler vampire or tiny werewolf, can be.

But trouble is brewing, and Alexia is summoned to Alexandria. Why does the most powerful vampire in the world want to see Lady Maccon? And will the Egyptians know how to properly prepare tea?

Timeless brings the Parasol Protectorate series to a satisfying close while leaving enough room in the writing-sandbox for the new YA series involving Prudence. Major plot threads, like Alexia’s father, are resolved. Prudence is a delightful addition to the story, bringing humor to the story. Some of the supporting characters, like Biffy and Floote the Butler, play bigger roles to good effect.

Title: Timeless

Author: Gail Carriger.

Source: Purchased (E-book)

Read: February 2012

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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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