Posts Tagged ‘Soulless’
The fourth installment of the Parasol Protectorate series might be my favorite thus far. Alexia’s world is well developed, and the story gets off to a fast and funny start. Eight-months pregnant Alexia taking on the world of werewolves, vampires, ghosts, and Victorian society? Perfect.
When a crazy ghost (because in this world, ghosts slowly devolve into poltergeists as the longer they exist since death) contacts Alexia about a plot on the queen, the soulless one has to dive into action. It doesn’t help that vampires are trying to assassinate Alexia and her unborn child, and they’re not afraid to use demonic hedgehogs and exploding gravy boats.
The storyline is fun, and sheds light into the back-stories of several characters, including Alexia’s father. The resolution makes sense, and it’s a fun journey to get to the end. The novel sets up the fifth and final installment “Timeless” well, since Alexia’s baby isn’t necessarily what everyone expected.
The Parasol Protectorate series is great those who like supernatural novels with a mix of comedy and romance. It’s a great guilty pleasure read, and don’t be surprised if you find yourself craving strong cups of English Breakfast tea while reading this novel.
Read by: Kelly
Author: Gail Carriger
Source: Powell’s Books
Date read: July 2011
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
Author: Gail Carriger
Read: January 2011
Source: Public Library