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1028. Soulless

By Gail Carriger

Published October 1, 2009 by Orbit Books

Soulless is the first book in Gail Carriger's Parasol Protectorate series.
After its publication, Gail was nominated for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer.
Soulless received the the 2010 Alex Award from the American Library Association, was a finalist for the Locus Award for Best First Novel and was also nominated for the Compton Crook Award.
Publishers Weekly called it one of the "Best Books of 2009".
Soulless is available as an audiobook version, narrated by Emily Gray and released by Audible.com. The novel has also been published in several languages.

Gail Carriger says of this book: "With Soulless I really took a sort of Dickensian/early Edith Wharton style romance, standard romantic elements, and then built the first story on top of that to play with it. Omniscient narration (AKA third person head-hopping) is one of Dickens's tricks, that kind of thing."

Book cover description:
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 a comedy of manners set in Victorian London: full of werewolves, vampires, dirigibles, and tea-drinking.

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See Also
1027. Gail Carriger
1029. Changeless
1030. Blameless
1031. Heartless
1032. Timeless
2386. Etiquette & Espionage
2387. Curtsies & Conspiracies
2281. Orbit

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