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Changeless

de Gail Carriger

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Sèrie: Parasol Protectorate (2), Parasol Universe (6)

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"Alexia Tarabotti , the Lady Woolsey, awakens in the wee hours of the mid-afternoon to find her husband, who should be decently alseep like any normal werewolf, yelling at the top of his lungs. The he disappears - leaving her to deal with a regiment of supernatural soldiers encamped on her doorstep, a plethora of exorcised ghosts, and an angry Queen Victoria. But Alexia is armed with her trusty parasol, the latest fashions, and an arsenal of biting civility. Even when her investigations take her to Scotland, the backwater of ugly waistcoats, she is prepared: upending werewolf pack dynamics as only the souless can. She might even find time to track down her wayward husband - if she feels like it."--back cover.… (més)
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    Crocodile on the Sandbank de Elizabeth Peters (majkia)
    majkia: Alexia Terabotti Maccon and Amelia Peabody seriously have a lot in common. And not just parasols. Also bear shaped husbands, attitude, and intrepidity (if that's a word)
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    Boneshaker de Cherie Priest (GirlMisanthrope)
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Originally reviewed here at Anime Radius

The first book of the Parasol Protectorate series, Soulless, had held much promise for me as a reader but only scored a C rating for a multitude of flaws, partly a growing pains sensation of having to introduce such a wide universe of supernatural steampunk Victorian London in so many pages. I had indicated in my previous review that its sequel, Changeless, was one I would be looking forward to in anticipation of seeing Gail Carriger earn her popularity and acclaim by fans and reviewers alike. Now that I've read the second book in the Parasol Protectorate series, I can now say one thing: it was totally worth getting through Soulless to read this book. In fact, by the time Alexia was beating the everloving bejeezus out of a petulant werewolf soldier, I was pretty much in love with this book and thinking myself a proud tea-drinking member of Team Alexia (and Team Akeldama for the win!). I think if you join now, you get a spiffy badge and a free parasol (weapon accessories not included; contact Madame Lefoux for an appointment ASAP before everyone else gets wind of it). If the second book is a marker of the places this series can go, then I look forward with fangirlish eagerness to the further adventures of the Parasol Protectorate.

In this book, Alexia and her core gang of merry supernaturals (and the occasional mere mortal) are truly at top form, embroiled in more drama than ever before, from Ivy's romantic entanglements to Alexia's husband problems. People who are fans of his wolfness Lord Maccon may be disappointed: he appears briefly in the first chapter, runs out to take care of business, and is not really seen until the dirigible lands in Scotland. That's quite alright - it gives Alexia more of a chance to shine solo, show why she is the perfect protagonist for this series. She's headstrong and dead set on getting things done her own way - that is, by wielding a parasol like a champ and answering the evils of London with her signature sharp wit - and if you don't love Alexia by the end of this book, you'd do best to stop reading the series 'cos Alexia is the life blood of the books and especially Changeless. She might just yet rocket to the top of my most favorite fictional heroine list if the third book manages to top this one.

There were several things tackled in Changeless that were truly memorable, one of them being the steampunk elements of the book. In my previous review, I had complained about a lack of essential steampunk and felt what little there were seemed more like window dressing than actual elements. However, my fears of this being a steampunk book without merit of holding that genre tag have been completely blown away. In this book, there's cogs and gears and magnificent steam-powered science. The dirigibles and the aethographer, which are so SP in essence, are essential plot points and don't seem tacked on in the slightest. Add to that Alexia's wonderful new parasol, and the series has finally come into its own as a steampunk work - although I kinda like referring to it as teapunk, for obvious reasons. Another issue tackled by the series is, surprisingly enough, a topic not exactly laid out in the open in Victorian times: sexuality. It isn't overtly addressed until the end of the book, but astute readers will certainly have their suspicions over the leanings of a certain character - and this time, it isn't the flaboyantly fabulous Lord Akeldama. And personally, I love Carriger for including more LGBTQQI characters in her work, especially since the Victorians weren't exactly known to be nice to those parts of society and I'm sure Miss Carriger will treat the issue of such characters in Victorian society with the respect they will deserve. The fact that the LGBTQQI characters do not suffer from flat personalities and are treated as worthy additions to the character roster feels my bisexual cisgendered heart with glee and squee.

The very end of Changeless is possibly the most incendiary and thrilling part of the book, and when you read it, you will be hopping mad at certain characters and be frantically searching for your own copy of Blameless - and no, it's not out yet, but it will be out in September of this year. Books that invoke that sort of reactions in readers? Always a top pick in my mind. If Soulless was the necessary stepping stone to set up the main story and cast of characters, then Changeless is the book that makes the series into a spectacular must-read for all fans of books looking for something out of the ordinary. After all, there are steampunk books, and there are supernatural books, and there are Victorian comedy of errors . . . and then there is Gail Carriger's Parasol Protectorate series, which if it's not on your bookshelf right now, it should be.
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  sarahlh | Mar 6, 2021 |
Soulless ended with Alexia becoming Lady Maccoon after marrying Conall Maccon, as well as muhjah to Queen Victoria. Muhjah being the traditional preternatural advisor to the monarch, alongside a hiveless vampire and a packless werewolf. Changeless begins with her husband disappearing off to Scotland after his old pack. A strange lack of supernatural ability in London. And Alexia following Conall to Scotland on the trail of whatever caused the temporary supernatural-less-ness. And she travels on a dirigible. How very steampunk!

Full review: http://www.susanhatedliterature.net/2010/10/30/changeless/ ( )
  Fence | Jan 5, 2021 |
Ending nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo why would you do that now I have to read the next one. ( )
  RJ_Stevenson | Aug 19, 2020 |
I enjoyed this book very much, but it had some similar problems to the first book in terms of affected language. In this case, the tone seemed more natural, but there were some glaring mistakes that an editor should have caught.
- "coup de grace" does NOT mean the same thing as "coup" ("a notable or successful stroke or move") - a coup de grace is "a final blow or shot given to kill a wounded person or animal." Not something that Ivy Hisselpenny's mother would be pleased for her daughter about achieving, socially or otherwise.
Vague spoiler - Gretna Green is a very logical place to go to elope, if you are in England, because it was for many years the most convenient place to access Scotland's laxer marriage laws. HOWEVER, if you are already in Scotland, going to Gretna Green to elope is ridiculous.

I'm sure there are other similar inaccuracies that I didn't notice - and I also suspect that the portrayal of Scotland and Scots people is problematically reliant on stereotypes, going by the prevalence of haggis jokes.

All that said, however, the characters were still endearing, the conflict interesting, and the repartee funny. I especially liked the inclusion of additional queer characters and themes, and the steampunky alternate science. Just enough scientific detail - enough to pique the interest and not so much that it got boring or clunky. I will definitely stick with the series for the next book. ( )
  elenaj | Jul 31, 2020 |
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Changeless, the sequel to the award winning debut novel, Soulless, is even more enjoyable than the first book, with more comedy, suspense and steampunk fun.

Garriger brings back her excellent writing skills, witty dialogue and lovely descriptions in this sequel to her first novel, Soulless.

Alexia Trabotti, now Lady Maccon faces a host of comical obstacles in this new addition to The Parasol Protectorate Series. In addition to waking up morning and finding her husband off to who knows where, she must deal with problems with her best friend, a troop of werewolves on her front lawn and another conspiracy taking place within the supernatural community.

 

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"Alexia Tarabotti , the Lady Woolsey, awakens in the wee hours of the mid-afternoon to find her husband, who should be decently alseep like any normal werewolf, yelling at the top of his lungs. The he disappears - leaving her to deal with a regiment of supernatural soldiers encamped on her doorstep, a plethora of exorcised ghosts, and an angry Queen Victoria. But Alexia is armed with her trusty parasol, the latest fashions, and an arsenal of biting civility. Even when her investigations take her to Scotland, the backwater of ugly waistcoats, she is prepared: upending werewolf pack dynamics as only the souless can. She might even find time to track down her wayward husband - if she feels like it."--back cover.

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