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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 (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #257,057 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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I'm really tempted to say that I love it, but I have to admit that it irks me a little bit how the style in which this and the other mangas based on this series of books basically re-imagines Alexia so that she beautiful and pale and perfectly doll-like, when in the books, well, she was too much the daughter of her Italian father and everyone to one degree or another always seemed to dwell on that. So I'm bumping it down to four stars, since Amazon doesn't allow for half stars in reviews, out of protest over that. Otherwise, it's very nearly as hilarious and engaging as the book, though the way that it's been framed makes Alexia come off rather as even more proactive (I had a moment where my brain wanted to label her as a Slayer, rather than as a soulless, and that's the entirely wrong series to be thinking of!) than in the books. (In a way, they're almost funnier than the books, because of that, but then, I have an odd sense of humor, so it could just be me who's amused by this whole Slayer-esque vibe that's been somewhat attributed to Alexia by this manga series.) My mom was amused, but not as amused as she was by the books (she was a bit more upset than I am about the drawing style, honestly), so people who are expecting this to be basically the books told in comic form will probably not be entirely pleased, one way or another. I liked it, though, so I would recommend this and the other two manga books for someone looking for a quick, enjoyable read.
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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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I have long been a fan of graphic novels and, to a lesser degree, manga. So when I heard that Soulless would be produced as a manga, I was intrigued.

After getting my hands on a copy, I can say I'm impressed, both by how well the text translated over to manga and by the art. To say REM's work is incredible is an understatement. The expressiveness of the characters, the Victorian setting and costumes, the backgrounds - absolutely breathtaking. Condensing the book into a manga couldn't have been easy, but the volume easily tells the story without leaving out anything vitally important.

Manga wouldn't be manga with sexual overtones, but I think REM kept it extremely tasteful and in line with Carriger's books.

I definitely recommend this to any manga or Parasol Protectorate fan. It's top notch!
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