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"Soulless is a character-driven romp with great worldbuilding and delicious rapier wit that recalls Austen and P.G. Wodehouse." - io9.com"Deliciously, vampiricly satiric, a tremendously clever, sexy read." --- Karen Marie Moning, New York Times bestselling author""Soulless" has all the delicate charm of a Victorian parasol, and all the wicked force of a Victorian parasol secretly weighted with brass shot and expertly wielded. Ravishing." --- Lev Grossman, author of "The Magicians" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

New York Times bestselling author Gail Carriger writes to cope with being raised in obscurity by an expatriate Brit and an incurable curmudgeon. She escaped small town life and inadvertently acquired several degrees in Higher Learning. Ms. Carriger then traveled the historic cities of Europe, subsisting entirely on biscuits secreted in her handbag. She resides in the Colonies, surrounded by fantastic shoes, where she insists on tea imported from London.

The Parasol Protectorate books are: Soulless, Changeless, Blameless, Heartless, and Timeless. Soulless won the ALA's Alex Award. A manga adaptation released in Spring 2012 and a young adult series set in the same universe -- the Finishing School series -- launched in Spring 2013. Gail is soon to begin writing a new adult series, The Parasol Protectorate Abroad (2015).
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Product Details

  • Series: The Parasol Protectorate (Manga) (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Yen Press (March 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 031618201X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316182010
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #78,383 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gail Carriger writes to cope with being raised in obscurity by an expatriate Brit and an incurable curmudgeon. She escaped small town life and inadvertently acquired several degrees in higher learning, a fondness for cephalopods, and a chronic tea habit. Her latest book is Prudence, first in the new Custard Protocol series.

Her bestselling novels are urbane fantasies mixed with steampunk comedies of manners. They have been published in eighteen different languages, made the USA Today list several times and the New York Times list twelve times (on five different lists). Curtsies & Conspiracies, the second in her critically acclaimed Finishing School series for young adults, debuted at #5 and Soulless Vol. III the manga at #1. She has received the Prix Julia Verlanger from French readers. Her debut novel, Soulless, won the ALA's Alex Award and was nominated for Compton Crook, Campbell, and Locus Awards. The first book in the Finishing School series, Etiquette & Espionage, won the French Elbakin Award for best YA novel in translation.

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Krystal Lawrence on February 15, 2012
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I own the entire series of the Parasol Protectorate. I love the books, so when I found out they made it into a manga...my mind was blown! I immediately pre-orderd the book and received it MUCH earlier than I thought and at a MUCH cheaper price. Thank you amazon.

But okay, the reason why this is 4stars and not 5stars is because, however great the art is, the story I feel would confuse and speed by way too quickly for readers who have not read the book. The plot of course is the same, but some of my favorite scenes have been taken out to fit it into the lovely book you have just passed by.

If you have read the book and love anime/manga, prepare to be excited and maybe slightly disappointed. If you have not read the book, prepare to feel slightly confused in some parts and feel rushed.

Overall, I liked it, because I expected it to not be the same, but...that still doesn't mean I wish it were a little better with adding more detail to everything.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Rywn on February 15, 2012
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The Soulless Manga is the first in the Soulless Series, more commonly known as the Parasol Protectorate when in novel form. Volume 1 of the manga encompasses the entire first novel of the series, aptly titled 'Soulless'. Alexia Tarabotti has no soul. Unlike in many paranormal series, this does not mean she is mean or cruel, just that when she touches a paranormal, they become human again. A high amount of soul is required to become a werewolf, ghost, or vampire, and every person has varying amounts of it. Alexia's unique abilities cause her to often cross paths with Lord Conall Maccon, head of BUR - the paranormal law enforcement. As with any good story, shenanigans ensue... Filled with a hilarious cast, the Soulless manga is a delightful addition to many. With touches of mystery, humor, romance, and fantasy it's hard to not find something to like.

It was with much eagerness that I awaited the arrival of the Soulless Manga, and I was not disappointed in the least. As a fan of the books, I was relieved to see as much of the novel contained into the manga as possible. Many of my favorite moments are included, and some of the scenes I had expected to be glossed over are included in all their hilarious glory.

A note: The manga is categorized as an 'Older Teen' read, and I would take this seriously, as there are several scenes with (wonderfully done) partial nudity. These means a head, carefully placed piece of hair, or pottery is covering up the 'naughty bits'.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 19, 2012
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I read a lot of manga and most lose their flavor after a while, but I honestly found my self more than pleasantly surprised by this one. I haven't read the novel it was based on but I would never have known it. It was full of action and always seemed to have something going on and personally i liked that. I will admit it has some naughty moments but for a shojo manga it was tame. I plan on reading the novel for comparison and would love to see more of this series in the future and will gladly pass it on to my friends well worth the read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Fantasy's Ink on May 21, 2012
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Setting:
(4/5) As a steampunk, it's set in an alternate Victorian England were vampires and werewolves live alongside humans in society. I loved this setting because I love books and manga set in the Victorian Era. The characters' habits, gestures and speech is executed extremely well so the setting doesn't seem flimsy but rather is a strong base of the world. The world and the supernaturals weren't explained much but you had to pick it up which did get a tad bit confusing but since it's based off the book, I suppose there wasn't much room for that as it was based off an entire novel.

Story:
(4/5) As I mentioned above, a few times I felt that the book was skimming over bits so you have to pay close attention. It was a bit awkward how they transferred the novel into manga form. But besides this (which wasn't enough to ruin it for me) the story was pretty good: there has been cases of rogue starved vampires and supernatural disappearances and Alexi is thrown into this mess and into a conspiracy against supernaturals. The sub plot with Alexi and Lord Maccon's romance was also very amusing mainly because they both were such great characters.

Artwork:
(5/5) The artwork was well-done, very detailed especially the characters and the clothes and not to mention the characters' gestures and facial expressions. Although made and released in the U.S., you can tell it has was heavily influenced by Japanese manga and it's definitely not what I'd call a graphic novel. Which is why it's refereed to as Soulless: The Manga and not Soulless: The Graphic Novel.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Alpha Reader on April 2, 2012
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`Soulless' is the Yen Press manga adaptation of the first book in Gail Carriger's `Parasol Protectorate / Alexia Tarabotti' steampunk paranormal series. Art and adaptation is by Rem, lettering by JuYoun Lee.

I love the recent trend of graphic novel adaptations. I really enjoyed Dabel Brothers `Mercy Thompson' adaptation, and I especially loved Del Rey's adaptation of Diana Gabaldon's `The Exile'. Now, I know that lots book fans haven't really embraced the graphic adaptations, for a number of reasons - some of them are valid (such as not liking character drawings to intrude and determine reader's imaginations) to the ridiculous (like lashing out at authors because they assume the graphic novel is the next book in the series, not an adaptation of the first book?!). Whatever your stance on the graphic novel debate, I truly believe that everyone should at least give these adaptations a chance, because they might surprise you. And if you're dipping your toes in the adaptation waters for the first time, I can highly recommend this manga representation of Carriger's steampunk series.

I was curious at reading a manga `comic', when I have only ever read (and enjoyed) graphic novels. But I actually think the more comic styling of manga suits Carriger's over-the-top series. For those who are unaware - graphic novels are considered more `books' than comics, often more text-heavy and more realistic drawing representations. The Japanese word `manga' literally means comic/graphic/cartoon, so is basically the same as a graphic novel. . . except the manga format looks less real, more anime (I guess you could say it's the difference between a drawn cartoon show, and a CGI movie?).

Carriger's steampunk series is perfectly suited to the manga style.
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