Timeless (Parasol Protectorate, #5)
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Timeless (Parasol Protectorate #5)

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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.

Until, that is, she receives a summons that cannot be ignored. With husband, child, and...more
Paperback, 386 pages
Published March 1st 2012 by Orbit (first published January 1st 2012)
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Katie(babs)
The last book in this very hilarious series was somewhat of a let down. There's many moments of Gail's trademark humor that made these books wonderful reads. Something was lacking. I found the plot dull and the scene with Buffy back in London a big bore. But I do love Alexia and Conall's interactions and their daughter Prudence is adorable. Without Prudence, this would have been DOA.

I may grade it higher when I had more time to digest what I read.
Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
3.5 stars
Oh, I should have listened to this entire series on audio! It’s a completely different experience. With her great accents and excellent characterization, Emily Gray breathed life into a series that very much needed it in its last installment. She’s done such an amazing job that I’ll purposely seek out other audiobooks narrated by her, regardless of the genre, and enjoy them while driving to work and back. Of all the narrators I’ve come across so far, she and Holter Graham are by far my...more
Lisa Kay
Alexandria, Egypt
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I found this Victorian dress on Pinterest, pinned from “Old Rags” website.
Its practical nature would surely appeal to Alexia Tarabotti, Lady Maccon.

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★★★★½ (This is a review of the audiobook.) Ah! My little kumquats, I do so love this series. Sorry to see this fifth and final book in the Parasol Protectorate.

Emily Gray does an excellent job with all the various paranormal – and soulless – voices, but she does her best with Prudence, who is now a toddler, making her s...more
Gloria Mundi
So, another series is over and, I'm afraid to say, for me the ending was just meh. Unfortunately, this appears to be the fate of so many series these days. The Soookie Stackhouse, Georgina Kincaid and Dante Valentine books all immediately spring to mind. Like the first two of these three, the main problem with the Parasol Protectorate series, I think, is that there just was not enough plot for the five books and the series went on for longer than the author is convincingly able to sustain the st...more
colleen the contrarian  ± (... never stop fighting) ±
4.5

This is a really fun book, in a fun series, and I almost want to give it 5 stars, but I can't help but feeling just a small sense of dissatisfaction which is keeping me from jumping it with a full 5.

The book starts off very strong. It picks up about 2 years after the end of the last book, and Prudence as a child had me laughing out loud on the train more than once, and Ivy, who's a big part of this story, left me chuckling and shaking my head and just the first several chapters are hysterical...more
L (Sniffly Kitty)
Jul 25, 2011 L (Sniffly Kitty) marked it as would-like-to-review  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: wishlist, to-buy
I thought the cover for Heartless was bad.... Timeless is even worse T_T
Dani
"Dandelion fluff upon a spoon" - a term used to describe a floating dirigible owned by a rather dandy of a Victorian vampire in this 5th/latest book of the steampunk "Parasol Protectorate" series. And it pretty well applies to the book series as a whole. These books are some of the most entertaining fluff I've ever read/listened to... and I just LOVE them. I bought the first audio book because it was on sale for $5, and I struck gold. Love Love Love these books... and now I have to wait until Fa...more
Bonnie
My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
Much thanks to Orbit for providing me a copy of this for review.

Timeless, the fifth and last installment in the Parasol Protectorate. And the final adieu to Alexia, Conall, Ivy, and all the other colorful characters we’ve grown to know and love. This was actually my favorite installment out of the entire series surprisingly enough. Usually I don’t care for when a series that I’m quite fond of ends; however, it was done so well and was so much fun that I was sold. If you...more
Algernon
[5/10] this series has overstayed its welcome for me. it was all right in the beginning, mostly harmless fun with vampires, werewolves ans steampunk gadgets. Timeless feels sadly like fanfic compared with Soulless, the humorous bits forced and the plot very thin, with a bit of conflict in the last 50 pages, and an ocean of trivial pursuits until then.

I'm not very good at writing a synopsis, but Miss Tarrabotti is this time pursuing a mysterious plague that affects supernatural creatures, follow...more
Terri ♥ (aka Mrs. Christian Grey)
I'm sad for this to end. Review to come.

Quick review:

Cover: Fitting
Rating: NC-17
Steaminess: Steam
Thumbs Up: 4
Overall: A series that I enjoyed is over
Characters: Well Written
Plot: Alexia is on a mission for truth
Page Turner: Yes
Series Cont.? Series Ender
Recommend: Yes
Book Boyfriend: Biffy, Connel, Tunsell

SUMMARY (50 words or less)
I’m not sure what to say. The story was entertaining. A lot of questions were answered, yet it seemed to miss something. I loved the wit and Prudence had some hi...more
Shara
The premise: ganked from BN.com: 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 s...more
Penny Watson
Timeless by Gail Carriger

In this final installment of the Parasol Protectorate Series, Gail Carriger serves her readers the perfect cup of tea. Brewed just the correct amount of minutes, served at exactly the right temperature, splashed with the perfect amount of cream, and displayed in the most exquisite china tea set. (And possibly accompanied by a delicious and flaky bon-bon).

I have been enamored with this series for a variety of reasons. It is a charming mixture of humor, steampunk creativi...more
Minli
A solid conclusion to the Parasol Protectorate, but still not up to the calibre of the first novel. I have to say, I groaned when I saw where this was set at first (Egypt) because I'm super conscious of imperialist tourism--so many "steampunk" adventure novels set in Egypt or Turkey seem to be just that.

But Carriger makes it work because she focuses on further developing characters we know and already love. Frankly, I adored getting Biffy and Professor Lyall's perspectives--both of them seem to...more
Maria Snyder
I'm listening to this one now. Love it! This is my favorite audio book series - the reader is fantastic and this is a fun series that hasn't gotten old.

Finished the other day and I really loved how it ended. I enjoyed this series from start to finish and that's so rare - I can only think of a handful of series I've stuck with through the end. This last book was a little thin on plot and conflicts, but it entertained and I adore the characters and the reader, Emily Gray is the perfect voice for t...more
Kate
No! This cannot be the end of the Parasol Protectorate. NO! NO! NO!

This honestly was one series I really enjoyed because I was compelled to read all the books and loved every minute of the hilarious adventures. That's why I refuse to believe it is over.

In this one Alexia finds herself in Egypt to investigate the God-Breaker's Plague that's hurting supernaturals all over and encounters some very interestingly disturbing occurrences. Prudence, Ivy and Biffy were the characters that really made me...more
Laura Williams
I read this in one sitting - although it is book number 5 in the series the author maintained the sharp dialogue, character continuity and surprises that drew me to the series in the first place. This may be a spoiler, but this is the last book in the series, and it was a satisfying conclusion - I loved the future she mapped out for the characters (even leaving the door open for a series of books about the character Prudence - and the "name" issue made me laugh out loud) and I was dazzled with t...more
Fence
Seeing as this it the fifth, and final, book in this series, knowing anything about the plot probably counts as spoilers for the previous books. So consider yourself warned.

It has been three years since the end of Heartless and in that time Lord and Lady Maccon haven’t had to deal with any murder attempts. Instead they are learning to cope with parenthood, as well as the werewolf pack’s move to London of course. And all the fashion threatens to become too much for Conall.

But then Lady Kingair, a...more
Meg
Maybe my favorite in the series, and I'm sorry there aren't more. I did have one big issue, which is also a big spoiler.

(view spoiler)...more
Lightreads
And for my next trick, I will "review" a book that I can't really remember reading, even though it happened two weeks ago. This was allegedly my packing and moving audiobook, but somewhere in there I got what in retrospect was a very high fever, and hand to God all I can come up with is a jumble of boxes, the sounds a cat makes when you go over a speed bump, and a weird conglomerate sense impression of this book: something hats something something kidfic something vampires hot air balloons steam...more
Autumn
I throughly enjoyed this series and this last installment was not dissapointing.

This is my first venture with the steampunk genre, but definitely not my last.

I loved the humor, the characters and character development, and a strong female heroine!

Looking forward to reading more from Gail Carriger and her fascinating and humorous ways of making a story come to life.
Doc
I'm just an absolute sucker for these books. I love the characters, the mystery and plots, and the imagery that Carriger delivers. Alexia is wonderful, and her family and friends are real to me. In this one, the combination of travel along with the usual twists and turns is compelling. Read them all!
Christy Stewart
Nothing really happens for the first two hundred pages and then a bunch of stuff happens and I'm in tears and it's over and WHAT AM I SUPPOSE TO DO NOW?!

A COMIC AND A PRELUDE-SPIN OFF ISN'T ENOUGH!!!
Ferdy
Some spoilers

Lady Alexia Maccon is back in all her soulless glory in the final installment of the Parasol Protectorate series. Two years have passed since Heartless - Alexia & Connell have settled nicely into Lord Akeldma's third closet, Alexia's daughter Prudence is keeping everyone on their toes with her strange powers, Lord Akeldma is happily co-ordinating his outfits with that of his adopted daughter and Biffy is finally getting used to being a werewolf.
Alexia packs up her family and fr...more
Audrephilia
I re-read my review of Heartless, which I enjoyed thoroughly, but was so nervous about what I thought MIGHT happen that it put an incredible strain on my pleasure with the series. I just KNEW baby Prudence would be written out. I just knew it.

In my experience of consuming large amounts of fantasy, horror, and sci-fi both in literature and TV/film, the common course for pregnancies is to use the situation for dramatic effect, have the big birthing scene, solve some larger problem, then get rid of...more
Gaije
So, so, so, good, as always. Now it's back to another year of longing for the next, alas.
Blodeuedd Finland
My thoughts:
This is the end then, it has been a fun ride, I loved the manners and the witty mind of our dear Alexia. But all good things must come to and end, and I am happy the series ended. Because too many go on and on, and then only get worse and worse. Stop when you are on top is my motto.

What to say that I haven't said before. Perfect manners, I mean how dreadful would it not be if your hair was out of order? Shameful. Witty speech, the cute nicknames that Lord Akeldama uses, Ivy and her h...more
Jill Furedy
This book was just as fun as the other parasol protectorate books have been, but I ended up disappointed that the series didn't wrap up with something more spectacular. If this had been just another book in the series, I probably would have given it more stars.
As it was, I liked how Prudence worked into the story without being too big a distraction from the characters we already know and love. Her episodes as supernatural were very amusing and spaced out enough that it wasn't overdone. I liked...more
dameolga
Warning: Inevitably contains spoilers for the first four books.

I totally cried after I finished reading this book. T_T

Some parts are just so touching. After five books worth of upheaval, drama, witty repartee and the occasional tender moments, these characters have practically become a close-knit family. Even little Prudence whom we finally get to meet in the last part of Heartless has easily become a dear character just within the first half of Timeless--so much so that I was actually startled...more
Jocelin
Book The Fifth of the Parasol Protectorate has come to a close. I must say, I was a little disappointed in the ending of the series. I felt there was way too many characters in this last book and each were vying for a conclusion to their perspective stories. Madame Lefoux; was it so difficult not to stay out of this entry? Her presence was unnecessary and bothersome (as usual). I am completely tired of her! The story seemed interesting, "The God-Breaker Plague" was afoot and was a danger to para...more
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