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Soulless by Gail Carriger
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Jun 02, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: alternate-history, fantasy, first-novel-or-book, read-on-recommendation, thank-you-charleston-county-library, creatures
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Read from May 24 to June 01, 2012

I'm waffling on this book, for though there was much I liked about it (droll comedy of manners with supernaterals and an alternative history) there were times when I found it rather predictable (ie given the amount of bristling and snarling they did at each other, and despite the fact he's a werewolf and snarling is almost mandatory, it's not surprising that Miss Tarabotti the-intelligent-spinster-with-unrecognized-beauty and Lord Maccon end up in a compromising position.) Still, I think this version of Victorian England managed to carry off the addition of supernaturals quite well, and some of the dialogue was delightful. 5 stars for world=building and wit (and a wonderful turn of phrase when the spinster does some exploring in one of the final scenes), averaged in with the bits that didn't grab me at much, tips this from the just plain "I liked it" into the "I really liked it" star range. Great debut novel.

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05/27/2012 page 118
32.0% "Left this on the night stand in Charleston when I went up to the cabin."

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bookczuk Yeah, I thought it looked like fun. A slightly different take on things. But who knows???

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Helen Jackson I liked this one -- it's a lot of fun.

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