Two days ago I left a commented Simcha's review of Changeless by Gail Carriger over at SFF Chat.
I loved Soulless (2009) [ISBN-13: 978-0316056632], the first book in the Parasol Protectorate series.
It was the first book ever I "hijacked". I wrote in my review:
"For me Gail Carriger is the Ada Lovelace of the urban steampunk romance!Therefore I added the second book in the Parasol Protectorate series to my May 2010 reading list:
Soulless is a three S story: Sassy, Steamy, Smart."
Changeless (April 2010, 374 p.) [ISBN-13: 978-0316074148], by Gail Carriger. The blurb contains spoilers. If you want to read it just highlight the text between the " ".
"Alexia Tarabotti, the Lady Woolsey, awakens in the wee hours of the mid-afternoon to find her husband, who should be decently asleep like any normal werewolf, yelling at the top of his lungs. Then he disappears - leaving her to deal with a regiment of supernatural soldiers encamped on her doorstep, a plethora of exorcised ghosts, and an angry Queen Victoria. But Alexia is armed with her trusty parasol, the latest fashions, and an arsenal of biting civility. Even when her investigations take her to Scotland, the backwater of ugly waistcoats, she is prepared: upending werewolf pack dynamics as only the soulless can. She might even find time to track down her wayward husband, if she feels like it." [Source]
I recommend to read my Soulless review and Simcha's Changeless review. As Simcha pointed out, there is a big cliffhanger at the end of Changeless. Therefore she highly recommends to wait with reading of Changeless until the publishing of the next Parasol Protectorate book:
Blameless (September 2010, 384 p.) [ISBN-13: 978-0316074155]
The blurb contains spoilers. If you want to read it just highlight the text between the " ".
"Quitting her husband's house and moving back in with her horrible family, Lady Maccon becomes the scandal of the London season.It seems there will be a fourth book in the Parasol Protectorate series, to be published in 2011. Look here .....
Queen Victoria dismisses her from the Shadow Council, and the only person who can explain anything, Lord Akeldama, unexpectedly leaves town. To top it all off, Alexia is attacked by homicidal mechanical ladybugs, indicating, as only ladybugs can, the fact that all of London's vampires are now very much interested in seeing Alexia quite thoroughly dead.
While Lord Maccon elects to get progressively more inebriated and Professor Lyall desperately tries to hold the Woolsey werewolf pack together, Alexia flees England for Italy in search of the mysterious Templars. Only they know enough about the preternatural to explain her increasingly inconvenient condition, but they may be worse than the vampires -- and they're armed with pesto." [Source]
Anyway I highly recommend the Parasol Protectorate series.But I will follow Simcha's recommendation and postpone my reading of Changeless to September 2010.
Now I have to decide which book to read instead. I own a lot of unread books. Finally I will go for Pinion (2010) [ISBN-13: 978-1841496337] by Jay Lake. This is the third book in the Clockwork Earth series.
I read and reviewed Mainspring (2007) [ISBN-13: 978-0765356369]and I read Escapement [ISBN-13: 978-0765356376]. I liked them both and of course look forward to discover Pinion. The cover is gorgeous.
"Rejoin the Librarian and the Chinese submarine captain, the British sailor, the clockwork man, and the young sorceress who has gone south of the great equatorial wall. This adventure in Lake’s Clockwork Earth continues the tale begun in Escapement."There is also a more detailed blurb available. But I don't want to give too many information.
I could not withstand. You will understand when you read the comment on the cover. You don't need a magnifying glass. I quote it for you:
"With its airships, submarines, world-spanning gears, and fantastic creatures, Lake's clockworld world continues to be a fantastic place to visit." [BookList]