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cover of Soulless Soulless (2009)
The Parasol Protectorate: Book the First

Orbit paperback (left)
cover photography by Derek Caballero
cover model Donna Ricci
357 pages


From the back cover of the paperback:
       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 rudely attacked by a vampire, breaking all standards of social etiquette.
       Where to go from there?  From bad to worse apparently, for Alexia accidentally kills the vampire, and the appalling Lord Maccon (loud, messy, gorgeous, and werewolf) is sent by Queen Victoria to investigate.
       With unexpected vampires appearing and expected vampires disappearing, everyone seems to believe Alexia responsible.  Can she figure out what is actually happening to London's high society?  Will her soulless ability to negate supernatural powers prove useful or just plain embarrassing?  Who is the real enemy, and do they have treacle tart?

Read for group discussion on June 23, 2010

How we each rated this book
Dan - Amy 6.5 stack of books 10   Wow! Don't miss it
8-9  Highly recommended
7    Recommended
5-6  Mild recommendation
3-4  Take your chances
1-2  Below average; skip it
0    Get out the flamethrower!
U    Unfinishable or unreadable
-    Skipped or no rating given
Cheri 7 Barb -
Aaron - Cynthia 7
Jackie - Ron 5
Bob 6.5 Molly 5
Eneasz 4    

Gail Carriger is a US writer (I think).

2010 John W. Campbell Award nominee for Best New Writer

The Parasol Protectorate series books (Alexia Tarabotti)
-- Soulless (2009)
-- Changeless (2010)
-- Blameless (2010, forthcoming)

Gail Carriger - Home
Soulless by Gail Carriger - Official review
SF Signal: REVIEW: Soulless by Gail Carriger
Love Vampires: Soulless by Gail Carriger : Book Review

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