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Soulless: The Manga, Vol. 1 (The Parasol Protectorate Manga #1)

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The life of a spinster in Victorian London isn't an easy one on the best of days, but such a life becomes infinitely more complicated when said spinster is "soulless" - a preternatural bridging the gap between the natural and supernatural worlds. Miss Alexia Tarabotti has this unique distinction, and when she is assailed at a formal gathering by a rove vampire, an ...more
Paperback, 228 pages
Published March 1st 2012 by Yen Press
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Lola  Reviewer
The art is amazing!

Of all the different manga that I’ve read in my life, I must say that I haven’t seen many having these kind of beautiful graphics that you just want to look at over and over again.

The main characters :


Lord Akeldama

And professor Lyall

There were some characters that I didn't imagine being pictured that way, for example Lord Maccon, but I got used to their appearance and now find that it works pretty well with their personality.

The setting :

The story takes place in an histori
Lindsey Rey
Mar 19, 2015 Lindsey Rey rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, manga, 2015
I love this series so much! I can't get enough of Gail Carriger! Also Lord Akledama <3 <3 <3
Cora ☕ Tea Party Princess
Mar 14, 2016 Cora ☕ Tea Party Princess rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Cora by: Steph
Shelves: 2016-read
5 Words: Steampunk, vampires, werewolves, family, attraction.

Soulless is one of my favourite books, and honestly? I'm usually not such a fan of manga. I find them difficult to get into and I am easily distracted while reading them. But I actually loved this one.

I think my love for this had a lot to do with the fact that I had already read the book. A lot of the characters didn't look how I imagined, but now I can't imagine them any other way.
Stacia (the 2010 club)
Dayum. I love the artwork in this book. Heck, I feel like I need to go back and re-read Soulless (my thoughts) because I think I might have been way too hard on the original book version now after enjoying this so much. I linked my review for the book because I'm not going to refresh my review for the story...the manga/graphics are a condensed/reworked version of the original, so my thoughts about the story itself are in my review for the print book.

Seriously. I wish that I could share some of
Aug 19, 2015 C.W. rated it really liked it
3.5 - 4ish.
Lois Bujold
Jan 14, 2013 Lois Bujold rated it it was amazing
This review stands for the first two volumes in what I hope will be a continuing and concluding manga series that adapts five original novels.

I think this story made a better manga than it did a novel. For one thing, manga plots usually are deeply goofy and don't make a whole lot of linear sense, so this slots right in to the expectations of the form. Some of the overfill viz genre-blending in the novels seemed to drop out in the simplifications needed to change media, and the artwork generally
Aug 17, 2015 Sanaa rated it it was amazing
[5 Stars] I loved the artwork and it made me giggle like crazy!
Apr 01, 2014 Rinou rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I bought it for my daughter, but my curiosity prompted me to read it even though I didn't care for the novel. And I liked it way better! Everything supposed to be funny but which only annoyed me in the novel are perfect in comic. The art is good (well, apart from Alexia's breasts, which are very big and are always way too much out of her dresses to be realistic), and the plot is well condensed to fit in one volume.
I loved, loved, loved the Soulless novel and I was unbelievably excited about the manga. They finally got them in our local bookstores and read it on the commute home.

The Good Stuff:
I liked the round and organic feel of the art, it didn't have that overly sharp and angular art that I'm not too fond of in a lot of manga.The backgrounds were gorgeous, and it was lovely to see little steampunk touches here-and-there, like bizarre bikes in the the park, dirigibles randomly in the sky, The Vampire H
Jul 05, 2015 Ren rated it it was amazing
I really love Soulless.. Its one of my top ten favorite read on 2011
And when I know Soulless made into manga, well,before read novel,I'm a huge comic/manga fans. So, this one is def must buy for me.

The art is pretty good. Love how Rem portrayed Alexia, Conall, Ivy Hesselpeny, Lord Akeldama, Countess Nadasdy, Loontwill family and others. And... she draw Alexia very well. With curves. And big breast. Now, now, I admit I love women that have curves, especially in manga that usually dominated with
Apr 06, 2012 Caro rated it it was amazing
Shelves: manga, read-2012
I'm usually a bit sceptical about manga/graphic-novel adaptions of books I liked. Will the characters look the way I thought they would? Will the new adaption have the same feeling the book did? Will it be horrible?

I was especially sceptical about Soulless, the Manga, since the Alexia on the cover looks much too girlish and "cute" to be the real Alexia. I was however proved wrong in my assumptions. REM did an awesome job with this manga. Although the Cover Alexia doesn't really fit my image of t
Jennifer Haight
Jul 30, 2014 Jennifer Haight rated it it was amazing
In general I am dis-interested in vampires and werewolves. That said, the quick wit, elegant setting, unexpected twists and action make this story completely engaging. Can't wait for more silver topped parasol adventures.
Nov 21, 2012 Evamaria rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012
A very entertaining manga version of the already very amusing novel. As is the norm with mangas, everyone looked a bit young, but I really enjoyed the drawing style and thought the adaptation was very well done.
Jun 07, 2013 InfinitexLibrary rated it it was amazing
This was so much better than I thought it to be from the premise - reminded me a little of The Infernal Devices but with a more bad ass heroine. Definitely gonna hunt down the novels now.
Apr 02, 2012 ALPHAreader rated it it was amazing
‘Soulless’ is the Yen Press manga adaptation of the first book in Gail Carriger’s ‘Parasol Protectorate / Alexia Tarabotti’ steampunk paranormal series. Art and adaptation is by Rem, lettering by JuYoun Lee.

I love the recent trend of graphic novel adaptations. I really enjoyed Dabel Brothers ‘Mercy Thompson’ adaptation, and I especially loved Del Rey’s adaptation of Diana Gabaldon’s ‘The Exile’. Now, I know that lots book fans haven’t really embraced the graphic adaptations, for a number of rea
Julie Hayes
Apr 26, 2012 Julie Hayes rated it it was amazing

Breakfast at the Loontwills’ table includes gossip gleaned from the newspaper, as well as a recap of the previous evening’s ball, which the young ladies attended. The paper reveals that a gruesome discovery was made in the library at that very same ball by an unnamed young lady. Funny, no one remembers any such incident. No one other than Alexia, that is. For she is the young lady in question, the recipient of an unprovoked attack by a starving vampire. Good thing that Alexia Tarabotti is more
In this alternate history tale vampires, werewolves, and anything else that goes bump in the night is part of everyday life. Alexia Tarabotti has some problems, mainly she has no soul. She is what is referred to in polite circles as a preternatural or if you want to be vulgar, soulless. While at a bore of a dinner party Alexia was enjoying a perfectly good tea in the library when a rogue vampire comes out of nowhere an attempts to bite her. She takes matters into her own hands and defends ...more
D. Moonfire
Nov 10, 2012 D. Moonfire rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, manga
I was fond of the novel version of Soulless first, but I enjoy manga so I picked up a copy. The manga is true to the plot of the novel and the various characters. However, like most graphical mediums, it doesn’t quite have the rich details of the novel. Some of the intricate Victorian quirks didn’t quite transfer through. In addition, the lavish details in the book for scene where moved to the background, where they rightly belong. This doesn’t diminish from manga, just a quirk.

I loved how the c
Aug 10, 2016 Carla rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: not-own, 2013
Very funny just like the book it adapts. Now I remember why I loved the book better than the others on the series, Alexia and Connal's interaction is way funnier than after their marriage. I mean, the others are still good and kudos for showing us their married life, but the bickering in this book is so much better! :D

The art is really beautiful. The four pages in colour are amazing and it was a pity the others were black and white, but I did like the drawings though Connal and Lyall weren't exa
Melissa Chung
Jul 15, 2016 Melissa Chung rated it it was amazing
I just love this series so much. I know they can't make the whole manga in color, but it would have been more fun.

Alexia and Maccon are not drawn to what i would have pictured them. But this is a manga and traditionally all characters are beautiful and perfect. At least most are. In the book Alexia has a very large Italian nose. What she lacks in nose in the Manga she gains in the bosom department. I found most of Alexia's dresses to be appropriate, but some where quite scandalous. Maccon also
Beth Cato
After reading a terrible, awful, no good very bad book, I needed something fresh and happy. I've had this manga in my to-read pile for ages, so it seemed a good time to grab it. Wise choice.

It's been several years since I read the novel for Soulless, the first book of Carriger's Parasol Protectorate series. I was excited that it came out as a manga. Steampunk is a visual feast for the eyes--the technology, the fabulous clothing, the dramatic settings--and REM is an incredible artist. The novel t
Mar 13, 2012 Dian rated it really liked it
I love this manga! It made me so happy to find this at the bookstore. If you love the series you should pick this up its totally worth it just to see all the scenes play out that you have only seen in your head. The only true drawback of this manga is that they tried to fit the while book in one volume which gives the pacing a bit of a rushed feel and of course there are some things left out and some characters greatly minimalized. For example Floote is one of my fave side characters yet he had ...more
Feb 23, 2012 Teresa rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of the Parasol Protectorate series by Gail Carriger
Oh wow I loved this! This is probably my favorite book in the Parasol Protectorate series so to see it in a new light and with pictures was great. I loved the artwork and getting to see all of the character's expressions, although Lord Maccon's were my favorite. This obviously isn't everything that happened in the book, since then this manga would be exponentially longer, but the main story is still there and adapted in such a way that I thought was easy to follow. The only thing that bothered ...more
Nov 12, 2012 Hanna rated it really liked it
Shelves: manga, fantasy, steampunk
Not much has changed between the manga of Soulless and the novel Soulless. Both share the same witty dialog and adventure. The biggest shift of course is in the art. Mostly the fact that Soulless the novel has no pictures while Soulless the Manga is, well, a comic. If you liked Soulless the novel and wanted to see it rather than read it this is an excellent book for you. If you are interested in finding out about the series but have no interest in reading the full novel you won't be missing too ...more
Feb 17, 2012 Danielle rated it really liked it
I picked this up earlier tonight, and I have to say I loved it. I read the book when that first came out, and this just makes me want to go back and read it again.
I enjoyed seeing how the charaters were brought to life in the managa. Even the tacky hats Ivy wears are in there :) Seeing the actual facial expressions Connal has throughout the manga just made it even more funm I could not stop laughing while I was reading this.
If you have read the book, I highly suggest grabbing this to add to you
✟ℜoxanne✟(Death by ßook Avalanche)
4 'Beautiful' Stars

Just pick this manga up for the artwork as it is stunning! Absolutely beautiful

I must admit I haven't read the original novel but after reading this I would like to give it a go.

The only negatives I found in this book is that it felt a bit rushed like too much was packed into one volume so things got a bit confusing at times. Maybe reading the novel will clear things up.
Aug 24, 2014 Jaylee rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviews
This was absolutely adorable. They definitely played up the comedy of the book rather than the romance, although there was plenty of kissing and sexy scenes. They drew Conall as a tsundere!!! I almost died omg. :3 I will have to check out more of these manga adaptations of novels I loved... I always thought they were ridiculous. But it's a fun way to re-read a story you love without reading THE ENTIRE BOOK, you know? :)
Dec 27, 2015 Shannon rated it it was amazing
I loved the book Soulless, so naturally I loved it in manga version!
Jan 18, 2014 78sunny rated it it was amazing
5+ von 5 Sternen
Ich möchte hier gleich noch einmal darauf hinweisen, dass ich die englische Variante gelesen habe. Man kann die Reihe auch auf Deutsch kaufen – dann bei Carlsen Manga. Ich persönlichen bevorzuge bei Mangas, Comics und Graphic Novels aber die englischen (bzw. die Originale) Varianten, da hier der Witz viel besser herüber kommt.

Die Handlung ist der Hammer. Am Ende des Mangas hat man das Gefühl ein richtiges Buch gelesen zu haben. Die Geschichte ist komplex, man hat nicht
May 18, 2014 Karissa rated it it was amazing
This was a very well done graphic novel retelling of the Soulless novel (1st novel of the Parasol Protectorate series). I enjoyed it a lot. Lots of humor and action, along with a Victorian and Steampunk flavor. There is also quite a bit of romance.

Miss Alexia Tarabotti is a soulless or preternatural and finds herself attacked by a rove vampire at a ball. She refuses to be dismissed and insists on helping Lord Conall Maccon solve the mystery behind the appearances of more and more rove vampires.
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Gail Carriger writes steampunk comedies of manners mixed with paranormal romance. Her books include the Parasol Protectorate, Custard Protocol, Supernatural Society, and Delightfully Deadly series for adults, and the Finishing School series for young adults. She is published in many languages and has over a dozen NYT bestsellers via seven different lists (#1 in Manga). She was once an ...more
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