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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
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Mass Market Paperback, 386 pages
Published March 1st 2012 by Orbit (first published 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
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Danae
Nov 19, 2015 Danae rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I can't believe this series is over. I've heard that a few of these characters make appearances in Gail Carriger's other books, which is awesome, but I'm going to miss reading about these characters so much.

A proper review won't be possible for me to write without spoilers. All I'll say is that I can't recommend these books enough. Do yourself a favor (and me so that I can fan-girl with someone) and read them!
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
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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(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 sound
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colleen the fabulous fabulaphile
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
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Ashley
Gonna keep this short because I feel like I've already said most of what I want to say about this series in the previous four reviews I've written for it. It's fluffy. It's fun. It's got benevolent supernatural creatures in it who faff around being supernatural and adorable. It's got puns. It's got dirigibles. It's got smoochies. And this one has pyramids and mummies in it. If you liked the first four books, you will probably like this one, too, although the ending was a bit of a shocker and I h ...more
L (Sniffly Kitty)
Jul 25, 2011 L (Sniffly Kitty) marked it as would-like-to-review  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: to-buy, wishlist
I thought the cover for Heartless was bad.... Timeless is even worse T_T
Dani
Feb 13, 2013 Dani rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"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
Kaitlin
May 05, 2015 Kaitlin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-sff-faves
This is the 5th and final book in the Parasole Protectorate series and I have to say it was once again a whole lot of fun! I actually started reading this immediately after finishing up the 4th one because I loved the 4th one so much and just couldn't resist continuing, but I found that the 4th one was my favourite, and whilst this one is still wonderful, if wasn't quite as wonderful.

In this story we once more follow our main character of Alexia as she ends up embroiled in a mystery surrounding
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Minli
Mar 25, 2012 Minli rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: speculative, adult
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
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Bonnie
Nov 14, 2015 Bonnie rated it really liked it
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
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Nikki
If you’re enjoying the series, then this is basically more of the same sort of tone and plot, relationships, etc. There are a couple of nice developments — Biffy and Lyall’s relationship is particularly nice, and if you’re a fan of happily ever afters, then Conall and Alexia have a solution to something that was a problem, mostly unspoken, from the beginning. It ties up a lot of plot threads, including stuff about the God Breaker plague, Floote’s mysteriousness, and Alexia’s father.

Plenty of dra
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Serena.. Sery-ously?
Correva l'anno 2011...
Lorsignori, con una media di un libro all'anno sono riuscita a finire una saga! Gioia e giubilo! Grazie, grazie.
E CHE SAGA!
Sono passati quattro giorni e sento già una tristezza incommensurabile per la fine delle avventure di Alexia Tarabotti.. Sì, ho altre due saghe della Carriger (e in una spero che Lord e Lady Maccon siano abbastanza presenti).. Ma non sarà la stessa cosa!!!

Ero un po' titubante nell'affrontare questo ultimo volume un po' perché ero già nella fase "E poi?
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Dara
Spoilers for entire series to follow...

Timeless picks up about 2 years after the events of Heartless, my least favorite entry in the series so far and to be honest, Timesless isn't a huge improvement over its predecessor.

Alexia and Lord Maccon are now living with and next door to Lord Akeldama while he raises their 2-year-old daughter Prudence (for reasons I can't recall). Prudence is a metanatural - she can absorb a supernatural being's power through touch, making her a holy terror when she acc
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Algernon
Apr 12, 2012 Algernon rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
[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
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Penny Watson
Mar 12, 2012 Penny Watson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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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
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Shara
Apr 20, 2014 Shara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Robyn
Aug 25, 2015 Robyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
Not the strongest installment of the series, and yet, I very much enjoyed it. So many happenings! So much is explained! (I read the first chapter of Prudence and rapidly realised I needed to read this one first, so that one went on the back burner.) It wraps up the series while also allowing for more adventures, which I appreciated.
Maria Snyder
Jan 20, 2013 Maria Snyder rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Olga Godim
3.5 stars
In this installment, #5 in the series, we meet many familiar characters. Alexia, the protagonist, is happily married to her werewolf of a husband. Her daughter Prudence has been adopted by the foppish vampire, Lord Akeldama, and the entire Akeldama’s household adores the little girl with the ‘meta-natural’ abilities. Nobody has tried to kill Alexia for at least a year. Life is becoming boring.
Then someone kills her husband’s kin, another werewolf, and investigation is afoot. Alexia her
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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
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
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Fence
Mar 24, 2012 Fence rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sff, historical
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
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Meg
Mar 02, 2013 Meg rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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)
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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
Mason
Sep 30, 2015 Mason rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult-fantasy
A very good, albeit it bittersweet end to the series. I'm really not ready to let these characters goes, but I guess I don't really have a choice in the matter.

There are a few problems I had though. Everything at the end felt rushed, and overall, I wish this series had a strong central villain to fight against the Maccon's versus small adversary's here and there (and sometimes there's no villain at all!), or perhaps something stronger connecting the whole series than just the mystery behind Alex
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Autumn
Mar 06, 2012 Autumn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 01, 2012 Doc rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!
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Gail Carriger writes comedic steampunk mixed with urbane fantasy. Her books include the Parasol Protectorate and Custard Protocol series for adults, and the Finishing School series for young adults. She is published in 18 different languages and has 13 NYT bestsellers via 7 different lists (including #1 in Manga). She was once an archaeologist and is overly fond of shoes, octopuses, and tea.
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