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Soulless (2009)

de Gail Carriger

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Sèrie: Parasol Protectorate (1), Parasol Universe (5)

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5,3424961,634 (3.89)738
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?… (més)
  1. 291
    Crocodile on the Sandbank de Elizabeth Peters (nessreader, lquilter)
    nessreader: The heroine of Soulless has a similar outlook to early Amelia Peabody (but I should warn that the Peabody series is cosy crime/romance, with no supernatural element while Soulless is gleeful fantasy) Both have strong willed on-the-shelf spinsters who are active protagonists in their story.… (més)
    lquilter: Without knowing, I'd imagine that Gail Carriger had read Elizabeth Peters' Amelia Peabody series (beginning with Crocodile on the Sandbank) before writing Blameless (et seq). Similar era, similarly cranky and forthright spinster protagonist, similar sort of love affair, similar witty dialog and observations. The Amelia Peabody books are, of course, "straight" historical mystery, without the steampunk elements of Carriger's series, but I imagine that Carriger fans who read out-of-genre also will enjoy the Peters' series. Similarly, Peters fans who like SF, steampunk, or vampires/werewolves, might enjoy the Carriger series.… (més)
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    Sorcery and Cecelia, or, The Enchanted Chocolate Pot de Patricia C. Wrede (kiesa)
    kiesa: Sorcery and Cecelia is a young adult novel but aspects of Soulless reminded me of it.
  3. 121
    To Say Nothing of the Dog de Connie Willis (rhonna)
  4. 113
    Changeless de Gail Carriger (VampLibrarian)
  5. 51
    The Strange Affair of Spring Heeled Jack de Mark Hodder (GirlMisanthrope)
  6. 40
    Tooth and Claw de Jo Walton (MyriadBooks)
    MyriadBooks: For Victorian heroines of inhuman nature.
  7. 20
    God Save the Queen de Kate Locke (binarydude)
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    Kat, Incorrigible de Stephanie Burgis (amysisson)
    amysisson: Although this book is YA while "Soulless" is more adult, they have a similar feel and wit.
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    GirlMisanthrope: vampires and dirigibles, too. One of my favorites.
    jlynno84: Paranormal, steampunk with a mystery to solve
  13. 10
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  14. 10
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    Mumugrrl: Both books are set in urban, alternative realities, with humans openly interacting with preternatural society. Both have great strong heroines.
  18. 10
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    nessreader: Steampunk romcom urban fantasy (urbane fantasy!) pitched to anglophiles.
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Hilariously witty! Great steam punk fun! ( )
  panamamama | Aug 2, 2022 |
Carriger, Gail. Soulless. Parasol Protectorate No. 1. Orbit, 2009.
Soulless is the book that launched Gail Carriger’s career. It blends Victorian comedy of manners, a marriage plot that would be at home in a Jane Austen novel, steampunk, a paranormal mystery with plenty of blood, some lovable vampires and werewolves, some not-so-lovable vampires, and a big dollop of steamy romantic sex. Heroine Alexia Tarabotti is an upper-middleclass woman a few social challenges. She has a sharp wit and a no-nonsense-please personality that strikes some as unfeminine. At the ripe age of 26, she considers herself a spinster too close to her sell-by date. Worse yet, her father was Italian, giving her a complexion that is darker than those of most of her social class. Finally, she has no soul. In Carriger’s universe, soul is a measurable quality. Those with more soul can be turned into vampires, werewolves, and the like. Those with less soul will be killed by the bite. But Alexia has no soul, which makes her a preternatural whose touch will neutralize the paranormal and return the vamp or were-whatever to human form. Handy, since society is being plagued with some untrained vampires who don’t know their place. She and a hunky werewolf Count must solve the mystery. Their meet-cute involves sitting on a hedgehog, which will cool the doggy ardor with dispatch, but not for long. 4 stars. ( )
  Tom-e | Jun 23, 2022 |
Yeah. I'm just not the right audience for this kind of genre. ( )
1 vota MC_Rolon | Jun 15, 2022 |
Time for a re-read! ( )
  Malaraa | Apr 26, 2022 |
3 1/2 stars

Quite a good read interrupted by interpersonal intimate nonsense which really could have been kept out of frame much of the time. I'm sure there are those who enjoy such things, but it really got in the way of the action. And, really, right when the pair should have been focused on the danger, they were busy getting it on and throwing me out of the story. Do people in reality come this >. ( )
  fuzzipueo | Apr 24, 2022 |
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Carriger debuts brilliantly with a blend of Victorian romance, screwball comedy of manners and alternate history.
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Caballero, DerekFotògrafautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
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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?

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