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Changeless (The Parasol Protectorate) Mass Market Paperback – International Edition, April 1, 2010
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"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 on Soulless
"Carriger debuts brilliantly with a blend of Victorian romance, screwball comedy of manners and alternate history. . . . This intoxicatingly witty parody will appeal to a wide cross-section of romance, fantasy and steampunk fans."—Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) on Soulless
"Carriger has created a wonderfully detailed world that is just one step to the side of our own."—sfrevu.com on Changeless
"The second episode in the 'Parasol Protectorate' should win it even more fans. I'm already hooked."—Locus on Changeless
"The dialogue is as smart and snappy as ever, full of intelligent humor and artful verbal sparring."—All Things Urban Fantasy on Changeless
"Changeless is the equal to Soulless: witty, sexy, graceful, and unpredictable. With a few more novels this delightful, Ms. Carriger will be challenging Laurell K. Hamilton and Charlaine Harris for the top of the New York Times bestseller lists."—Fantasy Magazine on Changeless
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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-Book Description: 5
-Simile Use: 4 (minimal usage)
-Description: 4 (well balanced)
-Show And Tell Balance: 4
After recovering from my disappointment in the second book in the Parasol Protectorate series I dove straight into Blameless, hoping for more action and a better balance of show and tell. That is exactly what Blameless delivered. Alexia is always getting into trouble, but this time trouble seems to have found her. She's pregnant and her husband doesn't believe it could possibly be him. Her friends band together to prove him wrong, and we get to learn more about Alexia's soulless state and what it means. It's an interesting journey with twists and turns involving the vampires and exactly why they are so against the whole idea of Alexia being pregnant. In addition, we have the Templars thrown in who are shown in such a despicable light that you get a bad taste in your mouth at the name. Carriger once again has woven a story with non-stop action, her signature dry humor and a touch of romance, all perfectly balanced.
In this book, it seems the Vampires have reason to believe the child to be the werewolf's and are trying to kill Alexia to prevent her child's birth. Alexia flees to Italy to try and discover a way to prove to her husband that he is the father as well as to escape the Vampires assassination attempts. There she is captured by the Templars, who want to use her to help destroy both the werewolves as well as the vampires. Add in a scientist who wants to dissect her unborn child to determine why it's mere existence frightens the vampires so much and there are quite a few twists and turns in this book. I quite enjoyed it.
Gail Carriger once again manages to spin such a wonderful Steampunk supernatural romantic comedy full of very well developed characters.
Love the time period in which this all takes place, costumes so well described. The dry humor with which Alexia's inner monologue is quite entertaining in itself.
She is forced to travel to Italy with the "infant inconvenient" to find out more about her own father and her own supernatural powers all while being chased by rogue vampires. We are introduced to more characters too.
So much happens in this book, I was at both disappointed when I reached the last page yet excited to start book 4.
I definitely recommend this book series to anyone wanting to get lost in a romantic/mystery comedy.
Mystery's are actually not one of my genres to read but this book/series hands down has me hooked to read more of Carriger's series books if they are anything like the "Protectorate" series.
This book however did have a rather repetitive feel to it, which made it horribly predictable and at times a little frustrating. The plot goes something like: Alexia runs. Alexia is found. Alexia flees. Alexia is found. Alexia flees, etc. etc. The most frustrating part of all of this rigmarole was that there is no concrete explanation as to how these people keep inevitably finding Alexia, or how they are coordinating/handing off "the hunt" to one another.
While the plot was terribly frustrating, I just cannot get enough of the characters, thus the high rating I gave this book. This is my favorite exchange:
Professor Lyall looked modestly proud. "I am considered a bit of an expert on the procreative practices of Ovis orientalis aries."
"Sheep!" Madame Lefoux's voice came over suddenly high, as though she were suppressing an inclination to giggle.
"Yes, as in baaaa." Professor Lyall frowned. Sheep were a serious business, and he failed to see the source of Madame Lefoux's amusement.
"Let me understand this correctly. You are a werewolf with a keen interest in sheep breeding?" A little bit of French accent trickled into Madame Lefoux's speech in her glee.
Professor Lyall continued bravely on, ignoring her flippancy. "I preserve the nonviable embryo in formaldehyde for future study. Lord Maccon has been drinking my samples. When confronted, he admitted to enjoying both the refreshing beverage and the 'crunchy picked snack' as well. I was not pleased."
I am so looking forward to reading more of this series, although I am rather sad that it eventually must come to an end.