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The Parasol Protectorate Boxed Set: Soulless, Changeless, Blameless, Heartless and Timeless (Parasol Protectorate #1-5)

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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 Ma
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ebook, 1362 pages
Published October 30th 2012 by Orbit (first published January 1st 2012)
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Alice
Feb 01, 2015 Alice rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humorous, favorite
Five Books and Five Stars

Best way to read the series, straight through all five books. I originally read these in paperback, but repurchased them for kindle. I just re-read them after the Finishing School Series and now am looking forward to the newest book, Prudence.

Carriger's dry humour and brilliant plotting knit together vampires, werewolves, Queen Victoria, Queen Hapshetsut, tea time, bustles, lethal parasols, aristocracy and knights Templars into a crazy quilt of danger and proper etiquett
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Toniwake
Jan 02, 2017 Toniwake rated it liked it
Needed escapism after the election and this was a perfectly mindless steampunk mystery series...
Heather
Dec 23, 2012 Heather rated it liked it
Recommends it for: fans of victoriana, steampunk, vampire/werewolf, romance
Recommended to Heather by: James Alexander
Shelves: fantasy
Yeah, I did read the whole series, so it did hold me enough. Hey, I like werewolf/shapeshifter stuff.

But...

1.A. I find steampunk annoying. In general. If I could put my finger on why that is, I could then decide whether this book shares any of the blame or whether it's just me. But I don't know yet.

I found the fictional science annoying. I am willing to completely suspend belief for magic/supernatural stuff, but once someone starts to talk "science" I get into a different and more discerning min
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Jeanette George
Dec 30, 2016 Jeanette George rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Darling fun!
m_miriam
Oct 19, 2014 m_miriam rated it liked it
Shelves: youngadult
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Lenissa Davis
Jun 07, 2016 Lenissa Davis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's hard to describe this series without giving away spoilers. I don't think I will do it justice. It's pretty much a steampunk with vampires and werewolves that is revolved around Alexia Tarabotti.

I started reading Soulless around mid December 2015, but I couldn't get pass the first two chapters; it didn't capture my attention. This year I was determined to start and finish this series. After getting pass the first three chapters or so, I began enjoying the book. Even though I did enjoy Soulle
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Mimi
Nov 30, 2014 Mimi rated it liked it
This series is a fun read, and I definitely enjoyed it. I had seen a lot of good reviews, and got exactly what I wanted - fantasy, hijinks and high tea. I ended up reading the whole set in the space of a about 3 weeks, and in doing so I think it magnified the few things that bothered me about the books and diminished my overall impression of it.
The thing that was driving me a bit crazy by the end was her treatment of the 'victorian' elements of the setting. Reading it all in one shot, I felt li
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MEME, I'M READING SOULLESS BY GAIL CARRIGER AND THE MAIN CHARACTER BASICALLY MAKES SUPERNATURALS BECOME NOT-SUPERNATURAL WHEN SHE'S TOUCHING THEM. I'M AT A SCENE WHERE SHE'S TRAPPED IN A DUNGEON WITH HER LOVE INTEREST, A WEREWOLF, ON THE NIGHT OF THE FULL MOON, AND IF SHE STOPS TOUCHING HIM HE'LL TURN INTO A WOLF AND TRY TO KILL HER, SO OFC SHE HAS TO CONSTANTLY TOUCH HIM AND THEY HAVE TO BE IN SUPER CLOSE CONTACT, AND I'M PRETTY SURE I WOULD READ A HUNDRED PORN FICS WITH THIS PREMISE.

I RLY ENJO
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Daily Geekette
Dec 02, 2015 Daily Geekette rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kayla
Gail Carriger is a genius. Within the steampunk community, there’s a very small percentage of people that actually read steampunk novels. These books, steampunks read. A steampunk novel or series can go one of two ways. Either it’s really good, the world is seamless, and the reader can jump right in with no issues, or there is way too much jargon and world-building and the story gets lost. Soulless, Changeless, Blameless, Heartless, and Timeless are the former.

The Parasol Protectorate series is
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Judi
Dec 25, 2013 Judi rated it really liked it
I read this series because the first book was recommended by my daughter, Sarah Easley. I bought the bundle of all five books. I thought the whole series was fun! I love the characters! Alexia is great. So unsure of herself to begin with. Then finds love, a life, adventure, her gift and so much more! Conall finds Alexia and is grounded by her. Ivey eventually finds love and immortality, but never good taste in hats! Tunstell gets a queen. Professor Lyall gets a new love and a new Alpha. Biffy le ...more
Christina Rause
Dec 27, 2015 Christina Rause rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-fiction
Vampires, werewolves, steampunk, science, and all the intrigue that comes along with the ladies of late 19th century England. The supernatural creatures add an awesome touch to an already great story, Giving a mix of genres that is satisfying and exciting.

As I read this series, I felt like I was reading one long book. The transition was seamless and, although there are a couple of cliffhangers along the way, they weren’t exactly anger inducing. There are so many books out there centered on were
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J Shearer
Jun 09, 2013 J Shearer rated it really liked it
Not sure what to expect, I purchased this set because it was recommended because of other books that I have read and reviewed. I was totally amused by the characters in these books and will miss them now that I have gotten to know them. It is not often that I can say I will miss characters from a book!
While the romance is just part of this book, it is an interesting concept to pair a shape shifter with someone that turns them human whenever they touch. The world they live in is awfully interesti
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Doug Lebeau
Well, the books were quite enjoyable. I am not sure how I even found the series, I think because I bought the Winter Witch due to seeing it on the TOR website. However it happened, I am glad that I read the Parasol Protectorate series. It is a pretty fun series, plenty of action, well written characters, a strong independent woman taking the lead, written by a woman, who didn't make the men total idiots; wonderful.

Short tight stories, the Victorian era is well described, particularly the attire.
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Amy McK
Mar 08, 2016 Amy McK rated it liked it
The first book Soulless is an excellent book. I enjoyed it very much and laughed quite a bit. I liked the new supernatural lore that is introduced into the book. I give Soulless 4 stars.

Changeless was good ... it had the same feel as the first book. Another interesting mystery for Alexia to solve and her relationship with Lord Maccon is wonderful. However, the ending of the book left an extremely sour taste in my mouth and I haven't had the will to continue reading in the last few weeks. Because
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Cristina Casas
Sep 26, 2014 Cristina Casas rated it it was amazing
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M. Rose
May 18, 2016 M. Rose rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A wonderfully evolving series

Lie a caterpillar, what began as a rather simple premise, albeit delightfully written, evolves through the subsequent novels into a complex and vibrant being. A steam punk, supernatural romance becomes an evolving look at the things we do for love, the connections we make, and the choices at hand. All with parasols, manners, and high tea.

Reader beware: within lay heart wrenching twists of fate. This is not a series for fans of status quo. One may cry as hard as one l
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Algona Public
Nov 05, 2014 Algona Public rated it liked it
Shelves: mara, young-adult
This is a really fun read aimed at new adults. Carriger writes traditional steampunk fiction that provides a fascinating twist to Victorian culture. The dialogue is witty without feeling pithy and the author does a great job at establishing mood. My primary complaint about this series is that Carriger falls into exotification, especially Egypt, which I find tired and problematic. That said, the series is populated by engaging characters who are developed well and have compelling interpersonal re ...more
Christy
Dec 01, 2013 Christy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
The first book in the series is the best- it brings the SIZZLE. Sadly the sizzle is lost in the following books, the big alpha male relegated to a side-character role (and not even the most interesting at that) - so read the first for the sizzle, but read the rest for the robots. And the hats. And the parasols. And the vampires. But mostly the tea and cakes.

Highly recommend, although I wish the love story and HAWT factor had carried through the rest of the books. I will happily read anything she
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Adam
Nov 02, 2014 Adam rated it liked it
I liked this series.

The characters were fun to hang out with. Some of the concepts were refreshing. I feel like Carriger wrote the books well.

It was just lacking something for me to really, truly love this series. I don't know that I can define exactly what that is.

Maybe it's the fact that I just don't really care all that much about the lavish descriptions of high society in Victorian London. I don't know. The plot twists were well-executed and made sense in the storyline. It was fun to read
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Pablo
Nov 22, 2014 Pablo rated it liked it
The Parasol Protectorate - A mix of Gothic and Steampunk story, the 5 books are entertaining and the story has its fun moments, my only issue is the repetitive description of details or the nature of characters, after the first two books I started skipping complete paragraphs, without losing anything of the plot. the whole thing could have been condensed in 2-3 books at the most.

if you are looking for some very light reading, this may be.
Caiti.mcelroy
Jun 16, 2013 Caiti.mcelroy rated it really liked it
I liked this series quite a lot. The first is too much of a stereotypical romance at times for my taste, but the last four books lighten up on the romance. The plots are well written and interesting and the characters are enjoyable. These were my purse books for about a month and I read them at lunch. Light, good reads. I also really enjoyed the steam punk element of the books; it was well done and very creative.
Alaina Sloo
Pure fun and supernatural steam punk fantasy series: a smart, plucky heroine in a Victorian London where werewolves and vampires are a (mostly) accepted part of society. (Especially great beach reading: all the gray London weather will make you doubly grateful you're on the beach!) I couldn't help gobbling up this series one after the other. For high school readers and adults, if only because of a few fairly descriptive sex bits.
Gilbert Wilcox
Sep 02, 2013 Gilbert Wilcox rated it it was amazing
Thoughts that came to mind while reading: Would a transsexual that has been transformed into a supernatural creature ie werewolf or vampire revert to their born sex, the new Form rejecting the hormones and undoing any surgery? Or would the desired sex be established permanently as if a born characteristic? And how would that affect the psychology of the individual?
Nancy Hammons
Jun 14, 2016 Nancy Hammons rated it really liked it
This series is a combination of Jane Austin/19th century literature, vampires/werewolves, steampunk, and humor. I highly suggest getting the audiobook version because listening to all this told in an authentic British accent with an emphasis on snobby, 19th century British propriety makes the telling of the story much more humorous. Loved it.
Ashley
May 16, 2013 Ashley rated it really liked it
So this is what it promises - a steampunk-ish, vampire, werewolf, and other supernaturals, romance, mystery series. If you're looking for a good summer read for the beach or pool, this is it. If you're not into steampunk, don't worry, you don't have to be to like this - but it helps if you like the Victorian era.
Atleb
Jun 12, 2014 Atleb rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great leisurely summer reading

A four books bundle is often a good deal, and when the separate volumes aren't available overseas it is a no-brainer.
Parasol is not a serious study of challenges in Victorian times, but an entertaining take on some of darker sides as juxtaposed by adding Vampires and werewolves to the mix.
Jennifer
Dec 28, 2012 Jennifer rated it it was amazing
So glad I stumbled upon this author and this series! Fun, charming and unique with never a dull moment. The author knows how to spin a tale that is outrageous yet believable. Loved each and every character and simply adored Alexia and Conall. Vampires, werewolves, Queen Victoria and dirigibles...what else could you ask for?
Susan Lk
Once past the excruciatingly long descriptions of exactly at what angle he placed his hand on her corset, the rest was a fun romp through steampunk Victorian supernatural England. (I read the Finishing School series first for my daughter, or I never would have kept reading.)
Katherine
I finally wrote a review for the whole series on my post at Bookish Temptations. Check it out here!!

http://bookishtemptations.com/2013/11...

Awarandea Silverleaf
Mar 31, 2015 Awarandea Silverleaf rated it it was amazing
A real fun to read it. The characters are somehow classical but original in their own way. I enjoyed the vampire-werewolf London and Egypt, the style and scenes. Tea and parasols combined with guns and crazy old 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 archaeologis ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Parasol Protectorate (5 books)
  • Soulless (Parasol Protectorate, #1)
  • Changeless (Parasol Protectorate, #2)
  • Blameless (Parasol Protectorate, #3)
  • Heartless (Parasol Protectorate, #4)
  • Timeless (Parasol Protectorate, #5)

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