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Soulless: The Manga, Vol. 1 (The Parasol Protectorate Manga #1)

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer meets Jane Austen in this wickedly funny debut novel, which kicks off Carriger's new series set in an alternate 19th-century London that not only knows about vampires and werewolves, but accepts them into the upper tiers of society. Original.
Paperback, 224 pages
Published March 1st 2012 by Little, Brown Young Readers
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Lola  Reviewer
The art is amazing!

Of all the different manga that I’ve read in my life, I must say that I haven’t seen many having these kind of beautiful graphics that you just want to look at over and over again.

The main characters :

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Lord Akeldama
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And professor Lyall
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There were some characters that I didn't imagine being pictured that way, for example Lord Maccon, but I got used to their appearance and now find that it works pretty well with their personality.

The setting :

The story takes place in an histori
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Lindsey Rey
Feb 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, manga, 2015
I love this series so much! I can't get enough of Gail Carriger! Also Lord Akledama <3 <3 <3
Cora ☕ Tea Party Princess
Nov 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Cora by: Steph
Shelves: 2016-read
5 Words: Steampunk, vampires, werewolves, family, attraction.

Soulless is one of my favourite books, and honestly? I'm usually not such a fan of manga. I find them difficult to get into and I am easily distracted while reading them. But I actually loved this one.

I think my love for this had a lot to do with the fact that I had already read the book. A lot of the characters didn't look how I imagined, but now I can't imagine them any other way.
Lois Bujold
Jan 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This review stands for the first two volumes in what I hope will be a continuing and concluding manga series that adapts five original novels.

I think this story made a better manga than it did a novel. For one thing, manga plots usually are deeply goofy and don't make a whole lot of linear sense, so this slots right in to the expectations of the form. Some of the overfill viz genre-blending in the novels seemed to drop out in the simplifications needed to change media, and the artwork generally
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Stacia (the 2010 club)
Dayum. I love the artwork in this book. Heck, I feel like I need to go back and re-read Soulless (my thoughts) because I think I might have been way too hard on the original book version now after enjoying this so much. I linked my review for the book because I'm not going to refresh my review for the story...the manga/graphics are a condensed/reworked version of the original, so my thoughts about the story itself are in my review for the print book.

Seriously. I wish that I could share some of
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Lauren
Jan 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hehehehehe, what silly entertaining risque fun!

I absolutely loved Soulless: The Manga which surprised me as I have tried to read the original novel but I just couldn't get into it. I'm not sure whether it was the writing style or the humour but something failed to translate for me :/

Anyway, the manga version is brilliant! The illustrations are superb (if a little raunchy at times) and the banter is hilarious and had me chuckling throughout.

Talking about the illustrations...what is up with Alex
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C.W.
Aug 19, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 - 4ish.
Hannah
Jun 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, manga, steampunk
As an adaptation, this is excellent.

All the text is verbatim from the book, but the art and dress styles give it a unique flair that really emphasizes the steampunk elements that felt glossed-over in the book and brought the humor to the forefront.

In a few places, I found myself filling in gaps with information I knew from the novel, so I'm not entirely certain how effective the plotting would be for a new reader. You might want to read at least the first novel first. Highly recommended noneth
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Sanaa
Oct 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
[5 Stars] I loved the artwork and it made me giggle like crazy!
Rinou
Apr 01, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I bought it for my daughter, but my curiosity prompted me to read it even though I didn't care for the novel. And I liked it way better! Everything supposed to be funny but which only annoyed me in the novel are perfect in comic. The art is good (well, apart from Alexia's breasts, which are very big and are always way too much out of her dresses to be realistic), and the plot is well condensed to fit in one volume.
Allie
I've had the novel version of this on my wish list for ages, but haven't been able to get my hands on a copy; so when I saw this manga version at my library, I snatched it up. I liked it! Good story, cool Steampunk elements, and absolutely gorgeous artwork. Yay!
Beth
This comics version of the first volume of Gail Carriger's Parasol Protectorate series is a cute, charming version of the story. Adaptation artist REM did a good job squeezing a 350-page book into a single graphic novel, choosing fast-moving, funny, mildly erotic, or emotional scenes. Now and then the pacing feels cramped, with too much information in too little space, but most of the time it's a smooth and quick read.

Alexia herself is rather more "plush" than I pictured her while reading the no
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Sophie
I loved, loved, loved the Soulless novel and I was unbelievably excited about the manga. They finally got them in our local bookstores and read it on the commute home.

The Good Stuff:
I liked the round and organic feel of the art, it didn't have that overly sharp and angular art that I'm not too fond of in a lot of manga.The backgrounds were gorgeous, and it was lovely to see little steampunk touches here-and-there, like bizarre bikes in the the park, dirigibles randomly in the sky, The Vampire H
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Ren
I really love Soulless.. Its one of my top ten favorite read on 2011
And when I know Soulless made into manga, well,before read novel,I'm a huge comic/manga fans. So, this one is def must buy for me.

The art is pretty good. Love how Rem portrayed Alexia, Conall, Ivy Hesselpeny, Lord Akeldama, Countess Nadasdy, Loontwill family and others. And... she draw Alexia very well. With curves. And big breast. Now, now, I admit I love women that have curves, especially in manga that usually dominated with
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Caro
Apr 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: manga, read-2012
I'm usually a bit sceptical about manga/graphic-novel adaptions of books I liked. Will the characters look the way I thought they would? Will the new adaption have the same feeling the book did? Will it be horrible?

I was especially sceptical about Soulless, the Manga, since the Alexia on the cover looks much too girlish and "cute" to be the real Alexia. I was however proved wrong in my assumptions. REM did an awesome job with this manga. Although the Cover Alexia doesn't really fit my image of t
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Jaylee
Aug 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviews
This was absolutely adorable. They definitely played up the comedy of the book rather than the romance, although there was plenty of kissing and sexy scenes. They drew Conall as a tsundere!!! I almost died omg. :3 I will have to check out more of these manga adaptations of novels I loved... I always thought they were ridiculous. But it's a fun way to re-read a story you love without reading THE ENTIRE BOOK, you know? :)
Jennifer Haight
Aug 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In general I am dis-interested in vampires and werewolves. That said, the quick wit, elegant setting, unexpected twists and action make this story completely engaging. Can't wait for more silver topped parasol adventures.
Evamaria
Nov 21, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
A very entertaining manga version of the already very amusing novel. As is the norm with mangas, everyone looked a bit young, but I really enjoyed the drawing style and thought the adaptation was very well done.
InfinitexLibrary
This was so much better than I thought it to be from the premise - reminded me a little of The Infernal Devices but with a more bad ass heroine. Definitely gonna hunt down the novels now.
Marguerite
I read Soulless and Etiquette & Espionage and i was just plain bored both times. Why did I bother reading the manga adaptation?
to finish my challenge shhh

Anyway.
The art is okay. Lots of boobs, but pretty hair. I like pretty hair, i may have a bit of a fetish.
The story is... well is.
The characters are... soulless? I remember finding them uninteresting and pretty dull in the book, the feeling stays the same here. Meh.

PS : okay okay, i want a deadly umbrella too, it's quite classy. And i have v
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Thenia
Beautiful art depicting a fun story.

It's been a while since I read the book and this manga was a great alternative format to get reacquainted with Alexia's world.

Looking forward to the next one!
ALPHAreader
Apr 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
‘Soulless’ is the Yen Press manga adaptation of the first book in Gail Carriger’s ‘Parasol Protectorate / Alexia Tarabotti’ steampunk paranormal series. Art and adaptation is by Rem, lettering by JuYoun Lee.

I love the recent trend of graphic novel adaptations. I really enjoyed Dabel Brothers ‘Mercy Thompson’ adaptation, and I especially loved Del Rey’s adaptation of Diana Gabaldon’s ‘The Exile’. Now, I know that lots book fans haven’t really embraced the graphic adaptations, for a number of rea
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Julie Hayes
Apr 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Breakfast at the Loontwills’ table includes gossip gleaned from the newspaper, as well as a recap of the previous evening’s ball, which the young ladies attended. The paper reveals that a gruesome discovery was made in the library at that very same ball by an unnamed young lady. Funny, no one remembers any such incident. No one other than Alexia, that is. For she is the young lady in question, the recipient of an unprovoked attack by a starving vampire. Good thing that Alexia Tarabotti is more
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Michelle
In this alternate history tale vampires, werewolves, and anything else that goes bump in the night is part of everyday life. Alexia Tarabotti has some problems, mainly she has no soul. She is what is referred to in polite circles as a preternatural or if you want to be vulgar, soulless. While at a bore of a dinner party Alexia was enjoying a perfectly good tea in the library when a rogue vampire comes out of nowhere an attempts to bite her. She takes matters into her own hands and defends hersel ...more
D. Moonfire
Nov 10, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, manga
I was fond of the novel version of Soulless first, but I enjoy manga so I picked up a copy. The manga is true to the plot of the novel and the various characters. However, like most graphical mediums, it doesn’t quite have the rich details of the novel. Some of the intricate Victorian quirks didn’t quite transfer through. In addition, the lavish details in the book for scene where moved to the background, where they rightly belong. This doesn’t diminish from manga, just a quirk.

I loved how the c
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Carla
Jan 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: not-own, 2013
Very funny just like the book it adapts. Now I remember why I loved the book better than the others on the series, Alexia and Connal's interaction is way funnier than after their marriage. I mean, the others are still good and kudos for showing us their married life, but the bickering in this book is so much better! :D

The art is really beautiful. The four pages in colour are amazing and it was a pity the others were black and white, but I did like the drawings though Connal and Lyall weren't exa
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Melissa Chung
Jul 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I just love this series so much. I know they can't make the whole manga in color, but it would have been more fun.

Alexia and Maccon are not drawn to what i would have pictured them. But this is a manga and traditionally all characters are beautiful and perfect. At least most are. In the book Alexia has a very large Italian nose. What she lacks in nose in the Manga she gains in the bosom department. I found most of Alexia's dresses to be appropriate, but some where quite scandalous. Maccon also
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Beth Cato
After reading a terrible, awful, no good very bad book, I needed something fresh and happy. I've had this manga in my to-read pile for ages, so it seemed a good time to grab it. Wise choice.

It's been several years since I read the novel for Soulless, the first book of Carriger's Parasol Protectorate series. I was excited that it came out as a manga. Steampunk is a visual feast for the eyes--the technology, the fabulous clothing, the dramatic settings--and REM is an incredible artist. The novel t
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Dian
Mar 13, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love this manga! It made me so happy to find this at the bookstore. If you love the series you should pick this up its totally worth it just to see all the scenes play out that you have only seen in your head. The only true drawback of this manga is that they tried to fit the while book in one volume which gives the pacing a bit of a rushed feel and of course there are some things left out and some characters greatly minimalized. For example Floote is one of my fave side characters yet he had ...more
Teresa
Feb 23, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of the Parasol Protectorate series by Gail Carriger
Oh wow I loved this! This is probably my favorite book in the Parasol Protectorate series so to see it in a new light and with pictures was great. I loved the artwork and getting to see all of the character's expressions, although Lord Maccon's were my favorite. This obviously isn't everything that happened in the book, since then this manga would be exponentially longer, but the main story is still there and adapted in such a way that I thought was easy to follow. The only thing that bothered m ...more
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NYT Bestseller Gail Carriger writes comedies of manners mixed with paranormal romance (and the sexy San Andreas Shifter series as G.L. Carriger). Her steampunk 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 bestsel ...more
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The Parasol Protectorate Manga (3 books)
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  • Soulless: The Manga, Vol. 3

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