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Själlös (2009)

av Gail Carriger

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Serier: Parasollprotektoratet (1), Parasol Universe (5)

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5,6395111,717 (3.88)751
Fantasy. Fiction. Romance. Historical Fiction. HTML:Buffy meets Jane Austen in the first book of this wickedly funny NYT bestselling series about a young woman whose brush with the supernatural leads to a deadly investigation of London's high society.
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 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 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?
Soulless is the first book of the Parasol Protectorate series: a comedy of manners set in Victorian London, full of werewolves, vampires, dirigibles, and tea-drinki
… (mer)
  1. 301
    Crocodile on the Sandbank av Elizabeth Peters (nessreader, lquilter)
    nessreader: The heroine of Soulless has a similar outlook to early Amelia Peabody (but I should warn that the Peabody series is cosy crime/romance, with no supernatural element while Soulless is gleeful fantasy) Both have strong willed on-the-shelf spinsters who are active protagonists in their story.… (mer)
    lquilter: Without knowing, I'd imagine that Gail Carriger had read Elizabeth Peters' Amelia Peabody series (beginning with Crocodile on the Sandbank) before writing Blameless (et seq). Similar era, similarly cranky and forthright spinster protagonist, similar sort of love affair, similar witty dialog and observations. The Amelia Peabody books are, of course, "straight" historical mystery, without the steampunk elements of Carriger's series, but I imagine that Carriger fans who read out-of-genre also will enjoy the Peters' series. Similarly, Peters fans who like SF, steampunk, or vampires/werewolves, might enjoy the Carriger series.… (mer)
  2. 213
    Sorcery and Cecelia, or, The Enchanted Chocolate Pot av Patricia C. Wrede (kiesa)
    kiesa: Sorcery and Cecelia is a young adult novel but aspects of Soulless reminded me of it.
  3. 121
    To Say Nothing of the Dog av Connie Willis (rhonna)
  4. 113
    Chanslös av Gail Carriger (VampLibrarian)
  5. 50
    Tooth and Claw av Jo Walton (MyriadBooks)
    MyriadBooks: For Victorian heroines of inhuman nature.
  6. 51
    The Strange Affair of Spring Heeled Jack av Mark Hodder (GirlMisanthrope)
  7. 30
    New Amsterdam av Elizabeth Bear (GirlMisanthrope, jlynno84)
    GirlMisanthrope: vampires and dirigibles, too. One of my favorites.
    jlynno84: Paranormal, steampunk with a mystery to solve
  8. 31
    Phoenix Rising av Pip Ballantine (reconditereader)
  9. 20
    Kat, Incorrigible av Stephanie Burgis (amysisson)
    amysisson: Although this book is YA while "Soulless" is more adult, they have a similar feel and wit.
  10. 31
    The Serpent's Shadow av Mercedes Lackey (lyrrael)
  11. 20
    The Clockwork Scarab av Colleen Gleason (al.vick, al.vick)
  12. 20
    Etiquette & Espionage av Gail Carriger (kgriffith)
  13. 20
    Sorcerer to the Crown av Zen Cho (Luisali)
  14. 20
    God Save the Queen av Kate Locke (binarydude)
  15. 10
    The Dark Days Pact av Alison Goodman (lazybee)
  16. 10
    The Dark Days Club av Alison Goodman (ablachly)
  17. 10
    Silver in the Blood av Jessica Day George (al.vick)
  18. 10
    The Wisteria Society of Lady Scoundrels av India Holton (nessreader)
    nessreader: Steampunk romcom urban fantasy (urbane fantasy!) pitched to anglophiles.
  19. 21
    Moonshine av Alaya Johnson (Mumugrrl, MyriadBooks)
    Mumugrrl: Both books are set in urban, alternative realities, with humans openly interacting with preternatural society. Both have great strong heroines.
  20. 22
    Stormdancer av Jay Kristoff (binarydude)

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Das zweite gelesen im Herbst 2023 zu Hause

schöner Fantasy-Steampunk Roman, tolles Worldbuilding, nette Mischung aus Abenteuer und leichten Liebesroman-Anklängen.

Ich mochte es aber nicht, dass der Heldin eher die Erlebnisse passieren, statt dass sie selbst was macht. Sie ist ein Hauptcharakter, der sich wie ein Nebencharakter verhält. ( )
  volumed42 | Nov 2, 2023 |
This was a light paranormal/steampunk/Victorian mash up genre book that at heart is a historical romance with werewolves, vampires and other paranormal elements. No hassles, no angst. Just what I needed to get me back into a book binge. ( )
  Library_Breeder | Oct 22, 2023 |
Even tho this story isn't particularly well-plotted its unique charm and quirkiness made it worthwhile.
The book walks a fine line between silliness and well-placed humour.
In my opinion this book nails this line quite spectacularly but sadly the second book goes completely overboard making a joke out of everything so taking anything seriously anymore was impossible for me.
In conclusion, I definitively recommend this as a standalone but not as a series. ( )
  omission | Oct 19, 2023 |
In an alternative timeline wherein vampires, werewolves and ghosts have openly declared themselves and are regulated by the government in Victorian England, Alexia Tarabotti is a stubborn, prickly spinster living in the bosom of her overwhelming family. Except Alexia is different, in that she has been born without a soul. What follows is her escapades as she is inadvertently involved in the abduction of the supernatural entities of London, and attempts to make sense of the romantic inclinations of a werewolf.

This story was absolutely delicious. Funny, witty and clever, Alexia is far from the traditional heroine, and the story is an interesting fusion of period pieces and urban fantasy. I'd hesitate to call it urban fantasy, since it was set in Victorian England, but the steampunk in the book was so tangential to the story that I wouldn't want to classify it as that, either. What I would definitely call it was fun, and definitely worth the read. I'm looking forward to reading the next two in the series.

If you'd like something similar, though nowhere near as funny or witty, try Mercedes Lackey's Elemental Masters series. Particularly similar to this book is The Serpent's Shadow, a book that follows a half-Indian female doctor who is just trying to find her way in a country that's foreign to her, and filled with hidden dangers. ( )
  lyrrael | Aug 3, 2023 |
This story is a blend of Pride and Prejudice, Sherlock Holmes and a romantic novel about a Scottish Lord and an English Lady. It gets even better, because it has werewolves, vampires and other supernaturals and preternaturals in it. It is funny, exciting, romantic and has a great heroine. Steampunk at its finest. I loved the language, I loved the romance, I loved the exciting adventures and I loved the way the supernatural world and the human world interact with each other. I especially loved all the characters and I wish I could read more about them. And I can, because it is the first in this series! So see you later, I have more books to read! ( )
  weaver-of-dreams | Aug 1, 2023 |
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Carriger debuts brilliantly with a blend of Victorian romance, screwball comedy of manners and alternate history.
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Fantasy. Fiction. Romance. Historical Fiction. HTML:Buffy meets Jane Austen in the first book of this wickedly funny NYT bestselling series about a young woman whose brush with the supernatural leads to a deadly investigation of London's high society.
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 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 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?
Soulless is the first book of the Parasol Protectorate series: a comedy of manners set in Victorian London, full of werewolves, vampires, dirigibles, and tea-drinki

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