Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Soulless (The Parasol Protectorate) by Gail Carriger

I was looking for fun steampunk fiction and I happened across Soulless by Gail Carringer. Book one in The Parasol Protectorate, it seemed like it could be a fun, campy read- and that it was. The main character, Alexia, is a Victorian age spinster who also happens to be a preternatural. In a world where vampires and werewolves are a respected part of society, she is the one with the secret. Born without a soul, she is known as a "soul-sucker". A mere touch renders the supernatural merely human, although they return to "normal" when her touch is removed.

The book opens with the accidental impaling of a vampire and our heroine finds herself more concerned over the loss of a good treacle tart. With fun characters and an engaging mythos, this light hearted romp was an easy read. Unfortunately I must add a word of warning- I wasn't quite expecting the steamy in the romance, and although it was written in a manner less inclined to titillate and more likely to illicit snorts and snickers, it would definitely receive an R rating (possibly higher). Due to this, I can't actually recommend the book, despite its campy fun. I'm not sure if I will read books two and three and simply skim past this, or forgo it completely, but the setting and story itself was quite fun.

I know there are many types of books that fall under the steampunk heading, both fantastical and more historical. I would love any recommendations you may have!


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