Thursday, October 20, 2011
Soulless by Gail Carriger
If you like: Supernatural * Victorian Romance * a hodgepodge of genres
I picked up Soulless as one of the new Amazon daily kindle deals. The concept for the Parasol Protectorate series is promising enough. In a pseudo-steampunk Victorian era, vampires and werewolves are members of mainstream society. There are also small group of preternaturals—those without souls who neutralize supernatural abilities by touch.
Carriger seems to struggle with consistency in her writing. The story is often difficult to follow because the point-of-view changes without identifying the new character until mid-paragraph. Additionally, Carriger references characters both formally and informally. This is equally distracting, since there is no underlying reason why a character’s first name is used in one sentence and its formal name the next. The combination of these two stylistic choices is distracting to the point of irritation.
If you are looking for a trendy romance novel, consider Soulless; if you are looking for a supernatural mystery skip this series.
Carriger, Gail. Soulless (The Parasol Protectorate). New York: Orbit, 2009.