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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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