Soulless by Gail Carriger

Soulless

A delightful illustrated edition of Soulless, the first novel in the New York Times bestselling Parasol Protectorate series: a comedy of manners set in Victorian London, full of werewolves, vampires, dirigibles, and tea-drinking. Featuring illustrations by Jensine Eckwall.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 rudel...


Details Soulless

TitleSoulless
ISBN9780316438957
Author
Release DateSep 18th, 2018
PublisherOrbit
GenreScience Fiction, Steampunk, Fantasy, Romance, Paranormal, Vampires, Urban Fantasy, Fiction
Rating

Reviews Soulless

  • Wendy Darling
    2011-06-16
    Here is a most edifying (and highly scientific) quiz you may use to ascertain whether this novel is one that you will enjoy.* Is your bookcase overflowing with strong, decisive heroines?* Do you chuckle over the animated Gorey titles preceding a PBS “Mystery!” presentation?* Are you fond of the Victorian era?* Does witty prose make you positively giddy with excitement?* Have you ever lingered over a bit of lace or wistfully touched a velvet c...
  • Kelly
    2009-09-23
    So, I’ve got something else to blame on Glee. In addition to all the terrible eighties music that I’ve been listening to, and image of that terrible Mozart spaceman outfit gone wrong that they put Kurt in for the Gaga episode, I feel certain that the same people who decide on the structure and performance of that show are the same people who decided that it was okay to release Soulless in the form that I read it. At it’s heart, Glee is simp...
  • Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
    2017-04-05
    I thought the beginning of the book was hilarious. Alexia is something else and a danger with that parasol! She has no problems with whacking people in the head or men in their nether regions! LolAlexia is soulless
  •  Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
    2009-08-12
    Ms. Carriger, congratulations! This was a great ride. I can honestly say that I laughed myself silly reading this book. This is one of those books that will probably embarrass you if you read it in public. You have been warned! This is the first novel that I've read that managed to cleverly and gently satirize the conventions of historical romance, and it was done in a manner that was utterly irresistible. I have not read any Wodehouse, but I ima...
  • Sh3llraiser
    2013-11-14
    Loved it! Why did I wait so long to read this???- Alexia is my spirit animal. What an AWESOME female lead. "Spinster" who just doesn't give a crap. Smart as hell. Capable. Funny. Brash. - Conall Maccon. Best werewolf ever! So sexy and gruff and grumpy. Big huge manly werewolf. Rawr.- Loved all the supporting characters. The butler, Floote, Lyall the Beta werewolf... Lord Akeldama, best flaming vampire evah! - Fantastic world building! There's...
  • Felicia
    2009-11-12
    I wish I had written this book! Only because it combines two of my latest fetishes: Corsets and Paranormal creatures. After the first chapter this book is pretty good, I really enjoyed it (although it's not reinventing the wheel in any way). Nice romance, appealing characters, melding of the two genres was enough to keep my very entertained and up late! I will read another for sure!
  • Eh?Eh!
    2010-05-20
    Rbrs #4Remember in grade school, when the teacher would ask for a volunteer to give the first speech or present the first diorama or whatever? Public Speaking - that which is feared more than death. Comparisons were always inevitable. I learned to shoot that hand up like a game of "not-it," so that everyone would be compared to me but my stuff would gently fade in the mob memory. Also, to get it out of the way so then I could relax while everyone...
  • Kat Kennedy
    2010-05-22
    If you've been on GoodReads for any decent amount of time then you probably know Tatiana. If you don't then she is a very popular, entertaining reviewer with almost flawless taste in books and you should go read and like all her reviews abunch.Usually, we tend to agree on a lot of books. When comparing books, we generally have an 88% similarity rating which has led me, in the past, to comment that we must be soulmates. So you can understand my ob...
  • Helen 2.0
    2016-04-04
    If Charlaine Harris and Jane Austen's ghost got together and had a love child, this book would be it.Soulless plays in Victorian era England, in an alternate world where shifters and vampires have revealed their existence to the common folk (much like a historical True Blood). Our main character is Alexia Tarabotti, a blue-stocking spinster with embarrassingly Italian blood and a preternatural - a human born without her soul. She has the ability ...
  • Miriam
    2009-08-20
    Well, the first thing I can tell you is that reading this from a critical, review-writing frame of mind is not the way to enjoy it. I encountered this book when it first came out, lying on the new release table of the Union Square Barnes & Noble (that's San Francisco, not NY, B&N friends). I no longer live in the City and was visiting a friend who, as it turned out, wasn't home yet. Or answering her phone. Night was falling and I had no way of kn...
  • Tatiana
    2010-01-18
    My apologies to all my friends who love this book, but again, I fail to understand the appeal. Like with a few other popular novels I've tried reading recently, this is simply a glorified fanfiction in print. If you ever ask me what I mean calling books "fanfiction," my answer would be, as with the definition of "porn," I can't articulate it, but I know when I see/read it. It's just too gratuitous and lacks substance, depth, flavor, richness, eve...
  • Maureen
    2015-06-28
    4.5/5 stars I really enjoyed this book! Alexia is such an interesting character, and the world is very similar to that of TID - WHICH I LOVED.The whole paranormal aspect was very well done and interesting to read about and I loved all the major characters! The minor characters could have been a bit better, but that's what other books are for! The story was SO GOOD and very well thought out - a lot of things surprised me, though I did catch some o...
  • Lora
    2011-09-07
    *sigh* Boy, am I in the minority here! Every friend of mine has given this at least three stars, and here I am not even being able to finish it. Still, I don't hate this book, so before giving my reasons for not liking it, I will be fair and go over what I did like.Our heroine, Miss Alexia Tarabotti, hasn't had an easy life. Besides being put on the shelf at the age of fifteen by her mother, she's had to deal with unjust criticism. While the peop...
  • Stephen
    2010-04-05
    4.0 to 4.5 stars. VERY PLEASANTLY SURPRISED is the best way I can think of to describe my reaction to this book. While there are a few urban fantasy series that I really enjoy, it is not my favorite genre, especially those series that could also be classified as “paranormal romances.” This book, while more “Victorian steampunk” than urban fantasy does certainly have a very strong “romance” element to the plot…AND I REALLY, REALLY EN...
  • Dan Schwent
    2009-12-26
    After Alexia Tarabotti commits a faux pas and accidentally kills a vampire at a party and falls under the eye of Lord Maccon, the Queen's investigator of the supernatural, she inadvertently gets involved in a plot involving werewolves, vampires, and deranged scientists. Will she be able to survive whatever is going on without suffering further embarrassment?Normally, I'm so overflowing with sheer manliness that a book with this much pink on the c...
  • Meredith Holley
    2010-05-20
    Monsters are inevitably campy. That is a rule. You might not think it’s true, but you’re wrong. I’m sorry to be the one to break this to you, but the rule also applies to space. Monster stories and space stories range from those that deny the campiness and try to be really soulful social commentary to those that are hilarious in acknowledging the campiness and still manage to have something brilliant to say. There are levels in between thos...
  • Ashley
    2012-04-18
    Loved it! Loved it, loved it, loved it. I always get really nervous when I write reviews for books that I have such positive reactions to, especially ones like this one that have such strong personalities. This book knows who it is and what it's trying to do and does its thing with aplomb. I happened to love it immediately after reading the first sentence, but I can understand how if the humor in the writing or the language she uses, or if you do...
  • Catherine
    2010-06-18
    *Originally read 7/4/10 - 7/5/10*This book was, quite simply, delightful! I finished it with a big smile on my face and giggled almost continually while reading it. My husband finally banished me to the bedroom because I was irritating him while he watched a movie.The world that Gail Carriger created was so much fun and so interesting. I loved seeing a familiar government amid the new and exciting facets of it. I loved the set up of the supernatu...
  • The Flooze
    2009-10-11
    Recipe for success:- Liberal amount of Austen & Wodehouse - Generous helping of the supernatural- Sprinkling of steampunk- Heavy dose of humor- Dollop of romanceIcing:- One sorely abused treacle tart- One hedgehog, slightly squashed What a success Soulless is. No First Book Syndrome here.Gail Carriger shows that she is a woman with ideas in this alternate history paranormal tale. Not only does she have ideas, but Carriger knows how to execute the...
  • Deborah Harkness
    2010-11-15
    I haven't had this much fun reading a book in ages. Witty dialogue, believable characters, and a real sense of the Victorian--and steampunk!--make Carriger's book a treat. Off to the sequel!
  • Anzu The Great Destroyer
    2010-10-16
    Warning. Review might contain minor spoilers. Read at your own risk.I am very sad pissed because I had so many high expectations for this book. The blurb sounded awesome, most of my friends’ reviews are five and four stars. The cover is good, the author seems obsessed with English tea, which seemed like a cool thing until I read her Q&A at the end of the book. After that it all got annoying because all she does is talk about her freaking tea. Y...
  • Phrynne
    2018-04-16
    I have just had nearly as much fun reading the reviews of this book as I did reading the book itself! There are people who loathed it and are not afraid to say so, to people who absolutely rave about it and can't give it enough stars! Well I am not going to rave but I did like it very much indeed:)Of course Soulless was written for people like me. I love historical romance, anything to do with Victorian London and vampires (werewolves not so much...
  • Shannon (leaninglights)
    2015-05-08
    Actual rating *4.25 stars*I had such a fun ride with this book. The characters and relationships are what got me excited and eventually I just fell in love with it all. It started a bit slow for me and I would have liked a bit more world-building, but I loved the story overall and will definitely be continuing the series in the future!!
  • Mei
    2018-06-29
    Well, this was fun! Their love story started with a hedgehog...Well, Conall is not a kitty, but if the shoe fits... LMAOOOAlso Alexia is not a delicate flower! And she's aboundately able to deal with an ornery werewolf!Who becomes a kitty when she lays her preternatual hands on him! Horny, maybe, but definitvely not ornery! A really fun book! Not to be taken seriously, but very enjoyable!
  • Mpauli
    2012-03-22
    50 Shades of Shock byMiss Ivy HisselpennyDear surveyors of literature,I must warn you politely in advance. If you might easily be offended by frivolous behaviour like holding hands in public or scandalous activity such as talking to unmarried men without a chaperone, I urge you to avoid your eyes and seek fullfillment of your literary gusto elsewhere.The tale of my good friend, Alexia Tarabotti, is of a nature highly inappropriate to discuss in s...
  • Elizabeth
    2016-02-13
    Fantasy of manners, steampunk, and historical romances can all take a step back because this book has it all and it does it better than all y'all! Witty, sweet, and damn good fun, Soulless is a book that grabs you from the opening page and whisks you through the plot in a no-nonsense manner than belies its depths of humour and intelligence. It is fast-paced easy reading that is, at the same time, well-written and clever.
  • Alex ☣ Deranged KittyCat ☣
    2017-04-23
    2.5 starsSoulless read more like a historical romance than an urban fantasy. Yes, we have werewolves and vampires, but they were secondary to the funny romance going on between the two main characters.There are some great lines in this book, but something is missing. I'm not sure what, I cannot put my finger on it, but I felt it throughout the entire novel. So I don't think I'll pursue the series any further.
  • Chris
    2010-06-03
    I should admit two things before I start this review. I didn't finish this book; however, it does not belong on my ick-attack shelf (the shelf for truly bad books). Second, I really wanted to like this book. I really did.I have several problems with this book. Maybe, I'm the wrong person to read this because I have never read those regency romance novels. The idea behind the book is good. Carriger's gets full points for that (she gets full points...
  • Maria V. Snyder
    2010-08-18
    LOVED IT! I listened to this one - the reader, Emily Gray was excellent. I laughed out loud. It's set in Victorian London where Vampires and Werewolves are a part of high society. My only complaint - I can't find the sequel on Audible.com and I don't think I'll be able to read this series now that I've listened to Emily...it wouldn't be the same!
  • Lisa Kay
    2011-01-13
    ★★★★ Soulless is my first foray into the world of “steampunk.” Well, other than the writings of H.G. Wells and Jules Verne, read to me by my adventurous mother.Dirigable from Ms. Carriger’s website.I will be honest and say I just didn’t see the appeal until somewhere around the middle of the third chapter. Maybe I was too focused on figuring out the subtle world building to sit back and enjoy the ride until then. (Unsure what a cl...