“I believe the defining moment was when certain persons, who shall remain nameless, objected to my fuchsia silk striped waistcoat. I loved that waistcoat. I put my foot down, right then and there; I do not mind telling you!” To punctuate his deeply offended feelings, he stamped one silver-and-pearl-decorated high heel firmly. “No one tells me what I can and cannot wear!” He snapped up a lace fan from where it lay on a hall table and fanned himself vigorously with it for emphasis.
At the time being, all three of us Vili Flik girls are reading the same series, The Parasol Protectorate, by Gail Carriger. This is all Elin’s doing of course. She started and then the rest of us followed, desperately wanting to be like her (and you can’t blame us, can you?). And it is quite entertaining – sort of steampunk Jane Austen meets Wodehouse. There’s sarcasm, there’s food and there’s brilliant clothes – seriously, what more could you wish for in a novel (or in life for that matter) ?
Soulless (2009) is the first book in the series and I promise you will be entertained – have a look at this:
“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 Maccon (loud, messy, gorgeous, and werewolf) is sent by Queen Victoria to investigate.
With unexpected vampires appearing and expected vampires disappearing, everyone seems to believe Alexia responsible. Can she figure out what is actually happening to London’s high society? Will her soulless ability to negate supernatural powers prove useful or just plain embarrassing? Finally, who is the real enemy, and do they have treacle tart?
SOULLESS is a comedy of manners set in Victorian London: full of werewolves, vampires, dirigibles, and tea-drinking.”
Enjoy your weekend and your reading!