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Timeless by Gail Carriger

Title: Timeless (The Parasol Protectorate #5)

Author: Gail Carriger

Publisher: Orbit 2012

Genre: Steampunjk Paranormal

Pages: 416

Rating:   5  / 5 stars

Reading Challenges: Fantasy; A to Z — T; Mount TBR

How I Got It: I own it!

Alexia Tarabotti, Lady Maccon, has settled into domestic bliss. Of course, being Alexia, such bliss involves integrating werewolves into London High society, living in a vampire’s second best closet, and coping with a precocious toddler who is prone to turning supernatural willy-nilly. Even Ivy Tunstell’s acting troupe’s latest play, disastrous to say the least, cannot put a damper on Alexia’s enjoyment of her new London lifestyle.Until, that is, she receives a summons from Alexandria that cannot be ignored. With husband, child, and Tunstells in tow, Alexia boards a steamer to cross the Mediterranean. But Egypt may hold more mysteries than even the indomitable Lady Maccon can handle. What does the vampire Queen of the Alexandria Hive really want from her? Why is the God-Breaker Plague suddenly expanding? And how has Ivy Tunstell suddenly become the most popular actress in all the British Empire?

I am in love with each and every one of the characters in this series.  I love them all equally.  I really cannot decided who is my favorite.  Ms. Carriger has made me want to live in her version of Victorian England.  I want to be best friends with Alexia.  I want to run into Lord Akeldama and his drones at social gatherings. I want to see the productions of the Tunstells.  I want to buy a hat from Biffy.  I want to peruse Madame Lefoux’s gadgets.  And I want to marvel at the dirigbles and ballon travels and general wonderment.   This series is one of my favorites in a very long time.
Alexia Tarabotti
1. Soulless
2. Changeless
3. Blameless
4. Heartless
5. Timeless 

 
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Posted by on March 19, 2012 in Book Reviews

 

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Heartless by Gail Carriger

Title: Heartless (Parasol Protectorate #4)

Author: Gail Carriger

Publisher: Orbit 2011

Genre: Steampunk

Pages: 385

Rating:   5 / 5 stars

Reading Challenges: Steampunk

How I Got It: I own it!

Lady Alexia Maccon, soulless, is at it again, only this time the trouble is not her fault. When a mad ghost threatens the queen, Alexia is on the case, following a trail that leads her deep into her husband’s past. Top that off with a sister who has joined the suffragette movement (shocking!), Madame Lefoux’s latest mechanical invention, and a plague of zombie porcupines and Alexia barely has time to remember she happens to be eight months pregnant.

Will Alexia manage to determine who is trying to kill Queen Victoria before it is too late? Is it the vampires again or is there a traitor lurking about in wolf’s clothing? And what, exactly, has taken up residence in Lord Akeldama’s second best closet?

I think this was my favorite one yet from the series.  I love pregnant Alexia; she’s feisty but clumsy.  She’s such a treat to continue to follow her unconventional life.  Although I love her to pieces, Lord Akeldama and Biffy have become my favorite characters.  The interplay between those two is just fantastic.  Carriger has captured me again.  I can’t wait to read Timeless and find out what happens with the baby, the newly installed hive and of course the pack.  It’s such a shame I have to wait until spring!

Alexia Tarabotti
1. Soulless
2. Changeless
3. Blameless
4. Heartless
5. Timeless 

 
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Posted by on November 21, 2011 in Book Reviews

 

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Blameless by Gail Carriger

Title: Blameless (Parasol Protectorate #3)

Author: Gail Carriger

Publisher: Orbit 2010

Genre: Steampunk

Pages: 374

Rating:  5  / 5 stars

Reading Challenges: Steampunk

How I Got It: I own it!

Quitting her husband’s house and moving back in with her horrible family, Lady Maccon becomes the scandal of the London season.

Queen Victoria dismisses her from the Shadow Council, and the only person who can explain anything, Lord Akeldama, unexpectedly leaves town. To top it all off, Alexia is attacked by homicidal mechanical ladybugs, indicating, as only ladybugs can, the fact that all of London’s vampires are now very much interested in seeing Alexia quite thoroughly dead.

While Lord Maccon elects to get progressively more inebriated and Professor Lyall desperately tries to hold the Woolsey werewolf pack together, Alexia flees England for Italy in search of the mysterious Templars. Only they know enough about the preternatural to explain her increasingly inconvenient condition, but they may be worse than the vampires — and they’re armed with pesto.

So good!!!!  I love the adventure and paranormal in these books.  They’re like a supernatural Indiana Jones story.  Alexia is still feisty, even after encountering killer ladybugs, Germans, vampires, and Templars.  I loved the continued inclusion of Madama Lefoux.  A very interesting character indeed.  And we get to resolve at least part of the cliffhanger from last book.  I must read Heartless soon.

Alexia Tarabotti
1. Soulless
2. Changeless
3. Blameless
4. Heartless
5. Timeless 

 
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Posted by on November 1, 2011 in Book Reviews

 

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Changeless by Gail Carriger

Title: Changeless (Parasol Protectorate #2)

Author: Gail Carriger

Publisher: Orbit 2010

Genre: Steampunk

Pages: 386

Rating: 5 / 5 stars

Reading Challenges: Steampunk

How I Got It: I own it!

Alexia Tarabotti, the Lady Woolsey, awakens in the wee hours of the mid-afternoon to find her husband, who should be decently asleep like any normal werewolf, yelling at the top of his lungs. Then he disappears – leaving her to deal with a regiment of supernatural soldiers encamped on her doorstep, a plethora of exorcised ghosts, and an angry Queen Victoria.

But Alexia is armed with her trusty parasol, the latest fashions, and an arsenal of biting civility. Even when her investigations take her to Scotland, the backwater of ugly waistcoats, she is prepared: upending werewolf pack dynamics as only the soulless can.

She might even find time to track down her wayward husband, if she feels like it.

Another great book to add to the series.  I love feisty Alexia, stubborn Conall, and the frivolous Miss Ivy.  Carriger’s characters are her strength.  Sure the story is fun.  The mystery is intriguing.  The action is fast-paced.  Yet, through all this it’s the characters that keep me reading.  It’s the characters that keep me wanting for more.  She has the ability to develop well-rounded characters that are each three-dimensional and complicated.  Even the side characters are interesting.  I loved Tunstell.  Felicity keep Alexia on her witty toes.  Conall’s great great great granddaughter embodies the famous Scottish charm.  All of the Kingair pack are components in the plan.  Madame Lefoux is a welcome addition, a mysterious and fashionable addition.  My only wish was for more Professor Lyall.  Hopefully next book.

Alexia Tarabotti
1. Soulless
2. Changeless
3. Blameless
4. Heartless
5. Timeless 

 
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Posted by on October 29, 2011 in Book Reviews

 

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The Affinity Bridge by George Mann

Title: The Affinity Bridge (A Newbury and Hobbes Investigation)

Author: George Mann

Publisher: A Tor Book 2009

Genre: Steampunk

Pages: 333

Rating:   5 / 5 stars

Reading Challenges: Steampunk

How I Got It: Borrowed from the library

Welcome to the bizarre and dangerous world of Victorian London, a city teetering on the edge of revolution. Its people are ushering in a new era of technology, dazzled each day by unfamiliar inventions. Airships soar in the skies over the city, while ground trains rumble through the streets and clockwork automatons are programmed to carry out menial tasks in the offices of lawyers, policemen, and journalists.

But beneath this shiny veneer of progress lurks a sinister side.

Queen Victoria is kept alive by a primitive life-support system, while her agents, Sir Maurice Newbury and his delectable assistant Miss Veronica Hobbes, do battle with enemies of the crown, physical and supernatural. This time Newbury and Hobbes are called to investigate the wreckage of a crashed airship and its missing automaton pilot, while attempting to solve a string of strangulations attributed to a mysterious glowing policeman, and dealing with a zombie plague that is ravaging the slums of the capital.

I loved loved loved this book!  It had everything I want in an adventure novel: great characters, witty dialogue, fast-paced action, a bit of romance, mysteries, and zombies.  Okay, confession time…  I will read almost anything with zombies.  But I have found a few that I didn’t like.  This falls into the majority.  I loved the mystery surrounding the murders and the downed airship.  The zombies were a welcome addition to the mystery.

Newbury and Hobbes are an entertaining detective duo.  I loved that they didn’t make Hobbes a wimpy wallflower, but gave her some strength.  She’s still a lady of the time period, but she’s a progressive lady.  And Newbury is the right amount of gentleman and kick ass hero.  The villains are villainous.  The danger is real.  It was a roller coaster adventure.  I can’t wait to read more from Mann.

Newbury and Hobbes Investigations

  1. The Affinity Bridge
  2. The Osiris Ritual
  3. The Immorality Engine
  4. The Executioner’s Heart

 
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Posted by on October 19, 2011 in Book Reviews

 

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Soulless by Gail Carriger

Title: Soulless (Parasol Protectorate #1)

Author: Gail Carriger

Publisher: Orbit 2009

Genre: Steampunk; Paranormal

Pages: 373

Rating:   5 / 5 stars

Reading Challenges: Steampunk

How I Got It: I own it!

Alexia Tarabotti is laboring under a great man 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 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 then 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 is 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?  Finally, who is the real enemy, and do they have treacle tart?

I loved this book!  A beautiful blend of steampunk and paranormal with some great characters.  I really beginning to like these “supernaturals have come out” types of books.  How do they integrate or not integrate into society?  What is their role?  Are they still dangerous or just fun oddities?  These aren’t Twilight supernaturals.  There’s always an edge of danger every time one appears.  I just loved the world.  Plus there was dirigibles and inventive weapons.  And some gruesome experimental machines. The steampunk elements were all there.  The storyline was fun with some great twists at the end.  I appreciated the whodunit aspect and finding out with Alexia what was going on.  It was a refreshing change from the third person omnipotent or the incredibly dense first person monologue.  Alexia was a breath of fresh air.  A confident spinster who operates within her academic passions as opposed to fashion and husband hunting.  Nevermind that she gets the husband in the end, it makes sense for her evolution of her character and Lord Maccon is definitely dreamy.  I’m also very attached to her vampire friend Lord Akeldama and werewolf Beta Professor Lyall.  I loved this characters so much.  There’s more to them than what meets the eye.  I hope they make appearances in the subsequent novels.  I have the next three (fifth book hasn’t been released yet) and am ready to dive in.  Well, next week’s readathon in which I must get rid of some library and Net Galley books first.

Alexia Tarabotti
1. Soulless
2. Changeless
3. Blameless
4. Heartless
5. Timeless 

 
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Posted by on October 2, 2011 in Book Reviews

 

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Steampunk edited by Ann and Jeff Vandemeer

Title: Steampunk

Edited by: Ann and Jeff Vandermeer

Publisher: Tachyon Publications 2008

Genre: Steampunk

Pages: 373

Rating:  4 / 5 stars

Reading Challenges: Support Your Local Library; Steampunk; A to Z: Author V

A good collection of steampunk stories from the later days of the 20th century.  A lot of authors that I recognize, but none that I’ve actually read.  I don’t have a huge amount to say about this anthology.  It was enjoyable.  It was fun.  It gave me a nice history of the Steampunk genre. It was nice to read something a bit more modern after Steampunk Prime.  I have the second volume from the same editors, but have decided to read some others first.  A good introduction to the genre.  My favorite story: “Lord Kelvin’s Machine” by James Blaylock.  A good combination of intrigue, exploration, and machines.  I definite must read!

 
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Posted by on June 5, 2011 in Book Reviews

 

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