Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Soulless by Gail Carriger

Alright my lovelies, here is my first book rec. of the year - Gail Carriger's Soulless.

I found this little gem by pure luck. I work at a comic/GN/SF/fantasy book shop in Copenhagen, Denmark, called
Fantask (all of my girls from the Sookieverse on know how I got this awesome gig). I was spending some much needed time reading up on current book releases, lo and behold I found a news article, with the wonderous title How Victorious is the Victorious Parasol?. How could I not stop and read it, the title practically begged to be read. Honestly, I didn't even have to read the, very short, article just looking at the cover made me want to read it - STEAMPUNK!

So like any other person would do, in this day and age, I googled it and this is what I found:
Alexia Tarabotti is laboring under a great many social tribulations. First, she has no soul. Second, she's a spinster whose father is both Italian and dead. Third, she was rudely attacked by a vampire, breaking all standards of social etiquette. Where to go from there? From bad to worse apparently, for Alexia accidentally kills the vampire -- and then the appalling Lord Maccon (loud, messy, gorgeous, and werewolf) is sent by Queen Victoria to investigate. With unexpected vampires appearing and expected vampires disappearing, everyone seems to believe Alexia responsible. Can she figure out what is actually happening to London's high society? Will her soulless ability to negate supernatural powers prove useful or just plain embarrassing? Finally, who is the real enemy, and do they have treacle tart? SOULLESS is a comedy of manners set in Victorian London: full of werewolves, vampires, dirigibles, and tea-drinking.

Victorian. Supes (supernaturals for those you who don't know the lingo). A mystery. Treacle tart. And where there is treacle tart, there is inevitably tea. Being the Anglophile that I am, I just had to read it.

In a world where anything involving vampires (don't get me wrong I love me some vamps) is an instant hit, it was refreshing to read a book where the main characters aren't vampires. The chemistry between Alexia and Lord Maccon is to die for - and I love a woman who doesn't take all the macho alpha male bullshit and knows how to fend for herself.

Even if you aren't into the whole urban fantasy/paranormal romance genre just reading it for the language is highly entertaining.

This is the part where I give you some awesome quotes, but I've lost my copy...or somebody stole it...or my place is just a mess...or I have too many books. I'm going with the stolen or too many books part.

Anyway, the book is a quick read, witty and totally worth spending a few bucks on. I have no idea where Gail Carriger got the idea for this book, but I hope the series will continue after the third book. The next two books will be published later this year.

My friend, Zigster, of made this great drawing of Alexia. All credit goes to her.

Gail Carriger writes an amusing blog about everything from her writing to Victorian meals. Visit her blog
here and her official website here.



OMG! You interviewed GC?? Zigs did an amazing drawing of Alexia?? Why am I so out of the loop? I feel like I've been steampunked back to the 19th century where communication is via unviable telegraphs and not aethographic transmitters! *runs off to catch a dirigible*

Carole said...

Wow, I have to go get this! It's been on my TBR for ages!

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