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Posted by Lynn at 2:25 am in Audio Books, Novels, SciFi/Fantasy

Soulless (The Parasol Protectorate) by Gail Carriger is an alternate Victorian History, where vampires run the politics, werewolves run the military with a little Steampunk thrown in.  I really like Miss Alexia Tarabotti, the protagonist of this fun read.  She’s spunky, witty, very resourceful, oh–and soulless.  However that doesn’t make her a bad person just different.  To make up for this deficiency, she has read many books to develop her ethics.  She also has her father’s journals, where she has learned a great deal about being soulless (as he was too) and a variety of other topics, (which shouldn’t be discussed in polite company).  Miss Tarabotti is also known as The Cursebreaker because when she  touches a supernatural creature, like a vampire or werewolf they become human again.  Her family and friends are unaware of her supernatural proclivities.  To them she is an intractable unattractive spinster.  Her dearest friend, Miss Ivy Hisselpenny, has no sense of style, constantly wears the most outrageous hats and she has the poor taste to fall for a–thespian!  The horror!  Miss Tarabotti and the resident hunky werewolf Lord Conall Maccon, the Earl of Woolsey are constantly bickering so we can absolutely expect them to fall in love, if they haven’t already.  (Do you see shades of Pride and Prejudice here?)  I cannot overlook Lord Akeldama, he is an ancient vampire who looks like a young dandy and (gasp) he fancies men.

Ms Carriger does a nice job of explaining the supernatural terminology and the hierarchical structures within the werewolves and vampires.  I appreciated not having to search for a glossary.

Out of curiosity, after having read the book, I decided to listen to the audio book.  Emily Gray is the reader and she is fantastic.  Her interpretations and deftness in creating the characters and setting the pace are wonderful.  Honestly–don’t read the book, listen to it and if you have read the book, you will get even more out of listening to it.

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Vampires, werewolves and panthers, oh my!
Posted by Lynn at 7:46 pm in Audio Books, Novels

Wow, Johanna Parker was fantastic reading the Sookie Stackhouse (Sookie Stackhouse/True Blood) series by Charlaine Harris. I put more miles on my car the past couple months than I have in almost a year just so I could listen to her read. Now that I’m done listening to the series, I feel like my best friend has moved away.   If you’re not familiar with The Southern Vampire stories I’ll give you a brief overview.

Sookie is a waitress in Bon Temps, La. and she can read minds.  Although I think “hear” would be a better description.  Her brother Jason is a were-panther.  She’s been involved with several supernatural creatures, a vampire, a weretiger and then there is her witch roommate and Bob the cat who wasn’t a cat before and well let’s just say now he’s a cat.  But Sookie’s perky attitute, keen observations and the clever remarks (that frequently have me thinking that’s something I would say) help her survive everything that shows up at her door.

Ms. Harris has created a character that I would have liked to be my friend–a friend I would  have warned about getting so involved with the supernatural.  Slowly the problems and dangers build up as Sookie life becomes more entwined and by the last book I wanted to take my friend away and help her recover from the emotional and physical beating she had been experiencing.  I would be interest to see what Ms Harris has planned for Sookie because Sookie has changed so much and has to change to survive .   There is no going back only coping and adapting however I see a very dark future for her.

Below are links to a couple of the audiobooks. To find all of them on Amazon you will need to search on both Sookie Stackhouse and Parker.
Dead as a Doornail: Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire Mystery #5

All Together Dead (Sookie Stackhouse)All Together Dead (Sookie Stackhouse)

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