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Soulless by Gail Carriger
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Sep 21, 11

did not like it
bookshelves: sci-fi-fantasy, 2011, will-i-ever-enjoy-romance-no
Read from September 14 to 21, 2011

The point at which I gave up on this book was the point where the werewolf thinks about how he really just wants to cuddle with the curvy heroine, post ravaging her.

It is apparently required that every book with an element of paranormal romance must amount to lame wish fulfillment with monsters instead of plain old men, because that just makes things FORTY TIMES MORE SPECIAL. By "things" I mean the sex and the human connection. Except, oh wait, at least one of the characters isn't even fully human brained. So I really just mean the sex then I guess.

This book has freaking dirigibles and automatons and a good 65% of it still manages to be werewolf wish fulfillment sparklypooness. Why?!?! I will never understand the appeal of self-insert paranormal romance. Not from the chaste, teasing tru luv 4evar Edward Cullen vampire angle and not from the more carnal werewolf -- and really, most other iterations of vampire -- angle.

For as disappointed as I was when Soulless dropped the frothy, campy fun of its beginning and became all romance all the time, I'm left to wonder what the appeal of this sort of book might be. Is it the "otherness" of the hero that sparks the imagination/loins of this book's ideal reader? I have the same intense curiosity about this that Alexia Tarabotti has about penises. I need to know.
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Melissa Good luck with it!

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