5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Utterly bonkers, but super fun!,
This review is from: Soulless: Book 1 of The Parasol Protectorate (Paperback)I bought this, the first of these books, just because I'd heard them described as 'Steampunk'. When it arrived and I saw the blurb about vampires and werewolves, my heart sank. This wasn't what I'd wanted at all.
Within a few pages I was hooked. The advertising slogan that compares these books to P G Wodehouse and Jane Austen is far wide of the mark, but they're great fun nevertheless. The heroine is VERY memorable, there are a host of other interesting characters, the dialogue is often razor-sharp - and there are a lot of titillating laugh-out-loud bits!
These books are near perfect, and I can only think of one thing that would make them (for me) substantially better. The author isn't an 'English' English speaker. This means, in a book set in Victorian Britain, there are frequent moments when the characters speak in anachronistic Americanisms. Every time this happened it broke the spell for me and knocked me right out of the story. Ms Carriger REALLY ought to employ a native Brit to proof-read her manuscripts before sending them off to the printer.
Nevertheless, 5 stars worth of fun!