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Soulless by Gail Carriger
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Mar 09, 2012

really liked it
Read in January, 2010

This is a lovely AU set in Victorian London with legalized werewolves and vampires. It's not precisely a comedy of manners, but it may be closer to that than anything else. Also there is a vampire/human/werewolf relationship that does not make me want to SPORK MYSELF.

The main character, Alexia, is an independent-minded spinster with regrettable antecedents and no soul. And a self-defense parasol, shades of Amelia Peabody. She accidentally kills a very rude vampire and spends the rest of the book trying to track down what he was doing being so very rude. In the course of her adventures, other people commit social solecisms. There is frisson, frottage, and chloroform-assisted abductions.

Read if: you like urban fantasy and would like it even better with bustles (mmm, bustles). You like a heroine who is pragmatic and untroubled about her supernatural abilities. You enjoy significant fashion digressions.

Skip if: you are a detail-oriented reader likely to be made crazy by excessive environmental settings, you mind being able to see the plot ahead of time. I think this would also be a difficult book if you were a big lone-hero fan.
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