Werewolf + Waistcoat + Sandwich = Awesome…Review of Gail Carriger’s SOULLESS

20 Jan

Just finished and loved Gail Carriger’s SOULLESS. In general I’m not much of a historical reader, but Gail’s series was recommended to me and I was drawn in by the US cover copy.

SOULLESS: A novel of vampires, werewolves, and parasols.

Who doesn’t love a parasol? My love for the book was further confirmed on p16:

Professor Lyall, unobserved by the other two, was busy fishing about in his waistcoat for something. Eventually, he produced a mildly beaten-up ham and pickle sandwich wrapped in a bit of brown paper. He presented it to Miss Tarabotti, ever the gallant.

Under normal circumstances, Alexia would have been put off by the disreputable state of the sandwich, but it was meant so kindly and offered with such diffidence, she could do nothing but accept. It was actually rather tasty.

Reasons this passage is awesome:

1. Lyall is a werewolf in a waistcoat

2. There’s a sandwich in said werewolf’s waistcoat

3. It’s ham and pickle…and actually rather tasty!

The whole novel is an excellent lesson in voice for any beginning writer and does a phenomenal job melding history and the paranormal. The heroine, Alexia, is strong yet realistic and there’s plenty of sizzling romantic conflict between her and werewolf Lord Maccon.

A must read for lovers of urban fantasy, parasols, and sandwiches.

SOULLESS is the first of five books in the Parasol Protectorate Series: SOULLESS, BLAMELESS, CHANGELESS, HEARTLESS (July 2011), and TIMELESS (TBA)

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6 Responses to “Werewolf + Waistcoat + Sandwich = Awesome…Review of Gail Carriger’s SOULLESS”

  1. Catherine Stine January 20, 2011 at 11:27 pm #

    Hi Elle
    I do love that cover as well. And a ham and pickle sandwich in a werewolf’s coat, how amusing. We seem to be dodging each other around the web. I am a member of yalitchat as well. Will find you over there, and thanks for following my (infrequent) tweets. My blog posts over at http://www.catherinestine.blogspot.com are more frequent and pretty intelligent!
    I see you’re doing an MFA. I did mine at the New School-it IS worth it, if nothing else to push you along. I ended up getting my thesis published so that was, of course, well worth it! Anyway, cheers!
    Catherine

  2. Red January 21, 2011 at 9:20 am #

    Yes, each character has her or his own voice and is very distinctive. It also doesn’t hurt that the heroine is so straightforward. And Carriger also doesn’t shy away from sexuality(ies).

  3. Beth February 5, 2011 at 6:48 pm #

    Congrats on the clean desk!

  4. Beverly February 6, 2011 at 12:00 pm #

    OK. Now you’ve inspired me to clean my desk. Yours looks very nice.

  5. Julia G February 13, 2011 at 8:02 am #

    I quite enjoyed your review, and I’m sure I will stop by your blog again. I have just done a review of this as well, as a follow-on to my top books of 2010, and have read and loved books 2 and 3 too! I promise I didn’t give much away. Lyall is indeed an awesome werewolf in a waistcoat.
    There’s a parasol in a shop downtown and I am itching to buy it… this series is to blame :)

    • Elle Stone February 14, 2011 at 6:04 pm #

      I have to pick up the second and third ones. And I’d be all over that parasol, too. I’d never really thought of parasols as accessories before, but I feel like I need one now : )

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