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« on: September 16, 2011, 04:10:20 am »

Don't know if this is the right place to discuss it or not, but i'm going to try.
The book was soulless.
Thoughts on the book, and what else should i read?
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« Reply #1 on: September 16, 2011, 04:27:57 am »

Mind giving us an author and a brief outline of the idea of the book?
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« Reply #2 on: September 16, 2011, 06:26:55 am »

You mean there's more than one?
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« Reply #3 on: September 16, 2011, 08:15:04 am »

I'm about to finish it, so I'll happily chat when I'm done. No spoilers please (unless of course they're spoilered)

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As there are now four more in the series, and a Manga comic has just been released, I guess I'd recommend reading those.

http://gailcarriger.com/

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« Reply #4 on: September 19, 2011, 06:21:17 pm »

You mean there's more than one?

The OP was a very short review, and it might have been hasty.

Many books are soulless. Some are also badly written.  If the OP gave us a title or author we just might be able to puzzle out what book it was and why the poster feels it was "soulless."  We might even be able to suggest books which have (or at least appear to have) a soul.

But as it stands we don't even know if the perceived and reported "soullessness" is meant as a positive or a negative impression.
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« Reply #5 on: September 19, 2011, 06:27:08 pm »

Oh! I thought the OP meant they'd just read Soulless, by Gail Carringer, which I happen to be reading at the moment! Could be wrong though...

If it is that one there are two more in the series - Blameless and Changeless

It's quite good so far, I'm liking the author's wit  Smiley
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« Reply #6 on: September 19, 2011, 07:37:54 pm »

I believe the Op was referring to 'Soulless' by Gail Carriger yes. Hence my link to her website.
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« Reply #7 on: September 19, 2011, 11:33:33 pm »

Wow, that completely went over my head.
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« Reply #8 on: September 19, 2011, 11:58:55 pm »

I've read Soulless and have just started Changeless by Gail Carriger.
Here's a list reprinted from her web site:

Currently, the Parasol Protectorate includes five books: 1. Soulless (2009), 2. Changeless (2010), 3. Blameless (2010), 4. Heartless (2011), and 5. Timeless (2012?).

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« Reply #9 on: September 20, 2011, 12:15:36 am »

I believe the Op was referring to 'Soulless' by Gail Carriger yes. Hence my link to her website.

That is a possibility, but I believe that Atterton and I were far more amusing.
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« Reply #10 on: September 20, 2011, 07:14:15 am »

I believe the Op was referring to 'Soulless' by Gail Carriger yes. Hence my link to her website.

That is a possibility, but I believe that Atterton and I were far more amusing.

Definitely  Smiley
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« Reply #11 on: September 21, 2011, 04:47:35 pm »

I believe the Op was referring to 'Soulless' by Gail Carriger yes. Hence my link to her website.

That is a possibility, but I believe that Atterton and I were far more amusing.

Definitely  Smiley

Yeah I'll concede that one.  Cheesy
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« Reply #12 on: October 02, 2011, 05:44:01 pm »

Sorry for the double post, but I have just finished 'Soulless'. I think the description of it as a farcical comedy of manners is pretty accurate. I think it's combined things in an interesting way, and the concept of Alexia Tarabotti, the soulless preternatural of the title, is highly original.

There's no escaping the intelligence of the author, but that's hardly suprising given who she actually is. If you are not particularly entertained by comical fluff, then this probably isn't for you. But personally, as 'The Grapes Of Wrath' is next on my reading list, I'll probably be in the mood for 'Changeless' after that. Cheesy

Still I must confess, the author herself intrigues me even more than her books do.

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« Reply #13 on: October 02, 2011, 06:46:36 pm »

Why, what´s so special about her?
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« Reply #14 on: October 02, 2011, 06:49:59 pm »

''Tofa Borregaard, archeologist. Aka Gail Carriger.''

I wonder why she bothered with the pen-name. Tofa Borregaard is an excellent name. Grin

I've read the first 4 and await the release of 'Timeless', which I have advance ordered. They are among my favourite 'series' of books. Very witty.

I wasn't aware of the Manga so I'm off to investigate that.
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« Reply #15 on: October 02, 2011, 07:17:37 pm »

Why, what´s so special about her?


Perhaps you are fortunate enough to be surrounded by driven young women with umpteen degrees in science, who spend their time overseeing archaeological digs around the world, and also find the time to write bestselling Steampunk fiction.

I certainly am not, therefore I find her intriguing.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gail_Carriger
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« Reply #16 on: October 10, 2011, 08:28:53 pm »

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I wonder why she bothered with the pen-name. Tofa Borregaard is an excellent name.


According to a recent interview with the Airship Ambassador, she chose the nom de plume because "[her] real name is an awful unpronounceable monster. Of course, no one pronounces Carriger correctly, but it’s a pseudonym so I don’t care that much."

 Grin

I also suspect that keeping one's academic career separated from one's publication of light fiction is a way of keeping the stuffier academics from questioning one's commitment to the ivy-covered halls of academe... If Ms. Carriger has so far managed to avoid running into this issue, more power to her.

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« Reply #17 on: October 10, 2011, 10:15:16 pm »

Haha, that's a good interview. I sympathise with the embarrassing lo-ling from the readers on public transport. It sounds like I've been pronouncing her pseudonym wrong as well. It normally is pronounced Carrijer I believe, so I just assumed it was. Now I'm wondering if it's Toe Fur or Toff er, and Bow Regard or um...Borregaard.  Grin

Well it sounds like the archeology may be taking something of a back seat at present, one does need to promote after all. I read her say somewhere that she lectures as well, so the separation of her academic and author identity's is doubtlessly necessary yes.

Shame it's all over Wiki really. Cheesy
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« Reply #18 on: October 10, 2011, 11:05:55 pm »

Airship Ambassador "How do you keep a balance in life and stay healthy with all the traveling?"

Gail Carriger "When I travel I try to eat as healthy as I can and get as much sleep as possible, and wear gloves."

Love it! For this reason alone, I shall read her books...
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« Reply #19 on: October 12, 2011, 01:13:26 am »

I should probably fess up and say that (imho anyway) the fact that she scrubs up rather nicely isn't detracting from the fascination either. Cheesy

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« Reply #20 on: October 13, 2011, 10:55:08 am »

I've read Soulless and have just started Changeless by Gail Carriger.
Here's a list reprinted from her web site:

Currently, the Parasol Protectorate includes five books: 1. Soulless (2009), 2. Changeless (2010), 3. Blameless (2010), 4. Heartless (2011), and 5. Timeless (2012?).



Are we to assume that the complete series will be named after all Seven Dwarves?
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« Reply #21 on: March 21, 2014, 10:58:06 am »

It's my understanding (trying to read between the lines here and there in her posts on her website, as well as tidbits collected elsewhere) she was actually trying to keep her two "selves" separate, for reasons others have indicated above (academic career vs. writing career), but that the people at Locus blabbed. Apparently Locus won't interview an author unless they have a real name. I don't know, but I suspect she may regret agreeing to be interviewed by them.
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« Reply #22 on: March 21, 2014, 03:00:17 pm »

A lot of academics who write fiction try to maintain some seperation of the 2 identities, because it can indeed be frowned upon by some.
However I attended a conference recently where in the introduction for one speaker they said something like 'and in her spare time she publishes historical mysteries under the name ____' so I'm not sure how secret these things really need to be!

I've been meaning to pick up this series for ages - the fact the author is a fellow archaeologist adds a little more incentive!
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« Reply #23 on: March 23, 2014, 08:06:02 am »

They really are wickedly funny little books.
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« Reply #24 on: March 23, 2014, 08:21:15 am »

It is customary to capitalize the titles of books, and to enclose the titles of books in quotation marks. Doing so will prevent a lot of confusion. Consult your forth grade writing textbook for more information.
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