Thursday, January 14, 2010

More Soulless stuff

These are the questions I sent to Ms. Carriger...some probably won't make sense unless you've read the book.

Personally, I have always loved the Victorian era - the literature, the science, the fashion of the time. You have some interesting theories about the Victorian society. Would you tell the readers why you chose to set your books in this era and mixed it with steampunk? What was your inspiration?

You've created these amazing characters for Soulless. Miss Tarabotti is the epitome of a classic, spitfire heroine: she reads to much, is not afraid to let her opinions be known (especially when it comes to hats and food), and she always seems to get in trouble. Lord Maccon, is scruffy, dangerous and very much an alpha-male, and together with his beta, Professor Lyall, they resemble a were version of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson. Last, but not least, there is the decadent and delicious vampire, Lord Akeldama (one of your favorites I've heard).

In one of the numerous blogs you have contributed to you said your life is filled with many colorful people, that they have sneaked into your stories. What else inspired you when you came up with the characters?

The language you use in Soulless is wonderful and witty. Was it difficult to stay in that frame of mind throughout the writing process of the three books? What authors have influenced you throughout your life?

You are an archaeologist; will that play a part in any of the future Alexia books?

There are many attributes associated with the octopus, however most noticeable is its ability to adapt and transform in an element that is always moving, as well as being governed by the wax and wane of the moon. Why the fascination with this aquatic chameleon? Will we ever find out its significance to the story? A hint, maybe?

Last two questions. Will there only be these three books for the Parasol Protectorate or will Miss Tarabotti go on more adventures? And will she ever get to ride on a dirigible?

This is dandy time to add those quotes I keep promising.

"how marvelous of you to find the time to walk at such short notice! What a hideous bonnet. I do hope you did not pay too much for it."
"Alexia! How Perfectly horrid of you to criticize my
hat. Why Should should I not be able to walk with you this morning? You know I never have anything better to do on Thursdays. Thursdays are so tiresome, don't you find?"

I just love this! Really, they go from being perfect ladies one moment to catty bitches the next. Awesome!

"Lord Akeldama began undulating toward her. He managed to write this way across the floor, like some sort of purple snake, the velvet of his beautiful coat slippery enough to aid his progress."

Now don't you just love the imagery? I do feel sorry for Lord Akeldama's poor coat, it'll be a right mess before he gets out of whatever is going on (sorry not giving you any hints).

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

A little of this and that

I am happy to announce that I found my copy of Soulless...under my bed...which of course should have been the first place I looked. With the re-emergence of Soulless I will post the missing quotes tomorrow.

I usually don't write a lot about myself, but if people ask I don't mind answering their questions. AS it happens I have some exciting news, which require a little bit of back into.

I have a master's degree in English from the University of Copenhagen, Denmark. Graduated in Feburary 2009, with minors in history of religion and ancient Egyptian religion. During uni I worked part time at a library for five years, however, when I graduated the library didn't want to hire me full time, so like so many others I was without a job. I must have sent out a billion applications and only got one interview (I didn't get the job). Honestly, it was the best thing that could have happened. Later I had to do a job hunting workshop the city forced me to do. As part of the workshop I had to get a four week internship somewhere - either find it myself or the instructors would find me one (most likely I would have ended up washing dishes somewhere - not that's a bad thing and I have done it before). As it were I got an internship at a SF/Fantasy/comic book shop in Copenhagen called FANTASK. The shop opened in 1971 and is one of Copenhagen's little unknown treasures. After the four weeks my boss decided to hire me full time. I don't think I could tell you how much I love my job, it's amazing and I'm surrounded by books all day. BLISS!

I was asked if I had any ideas for the shop and I asked if I could start a book blog (will be up on Friday, but it's in Danish). Last week the boss and the rest of the employees told me to get cracking on it...which I did...but I couldn't have done it without the help from my friend, Zigster. She made a great banner for the blog as well as helping me out with some very annoying html codes. Thanks girl, loves ya!

Finally the exciting part! As you may have read I absolutely adore Gail Carriger's Soulless and I follow her on Twitter. She's always kind enough to write back so I thought "what the heck, ask if she wants to do an interview for the blog." So I did and yay she said yes! Since I got a "yes" from one author, why not ask somebody else? One of my favorite authors, Jeaniene Frost, has a book out this Feb., First Drop of Crimson - a spin off to her Night Huntress series. I contacted Jeaniene and she said yes as well.

Hopefully, this week I'll be interviewing Gail and in April I'll be interviewing Jeaniene.

I'm totes excited.

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.