Nov 16, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday: Timeless by Gail Carriger

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And now for today's:
by Gail Carriger
9780316127189, $7.99, Orbit Books (Hachette)

If you have not been introduced to the Parasol Protectorate series yet, it is a delightful mix of Queen Victoria-era London and it's surrounding countryside, with occasional forays into other parts of Europe; the supernatural, paranormal, and preternatural worlds; steampunkery in terms of machinery and accessories, though the clothing is more typically Victorian; and lots and lots of tea drinking.

You can read my review of book 1: Soulless, my reviews of book 2: Changeless and book 3: Blameless, my review of book 4: Heartless, and watch a video about the making of cover art for Blameless here, in order to get caught up. If you read all of these reviews, you will notice that I've been a bit wishy-washy on whether I was fully in support of this series or not. There's always something that makes me feel vaguely irritated while reading them, and yet they suck me in with the quality of writing and the unexpected plot elements and the most ridiculous situations the characters get themselves into and the descriptions of Victorian life. Dammit.

Luckily, I loved book 4 as much as I loved book 1, so now I can't wait for book 5 to come out. Here's the publisher's description:

Alexia Tarabotti, Lady Maccon, has settled into domestic bliss. Of course, being Alexia, such bliss involves integrating werewolves into London High society, living in a vampire's second best closet, and coping with a precocious toddler who is prone to turning supernatural willy-nilly. Even Ivy Tunstell's acting troupe's latest play, disastrous to say the least, cannot put a damper on Alexia's enjoyment of her new London lifestyle.

Until, that is, she receives a summons from Alexandria that cannot be ignored. With husband, child, and Tunstells in tow, Alexia boards a steamer to cross the Mediterranean. But Egypt may hold more mysteries than even the indomitable Lady Maccon can handle. What does the vampire Queen of the Alexandria Hive really want from her? Why is the God-Breaker Plague suddenly expanding? And how has Ivy Tunstell suddenly become the most popular actress in all the British Empire?


  1. Oh, wow. I didn't realize there were so many in that series now. I started reading a bit of steampunk this year, and I keep meaning to pick up Soulless.

  2. I've heard lots about this series. I haven't read it yet though. But it sounds like something I would like!

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  3. Yay! So excited for this one! Also for her new YA series!

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  4. I got the first book in this series for Christmas two years ago, and it has languished silently on my shelf for the longest time. I hadn't realized that it was to be part of a series, and have been a little more than intrigued to hear if it continues to impress readers. I am now a little more curious about picking up the first book after reading your review. I find your reactions to be very interesting. It's always funny to me when I am alternately annoyed and fascinated by a book! Great thoughts here today!

  5. I think there are a lot of us waiting for this one. Did you know this will be the last in the series.

  6. I just got the first book in the series on my Nook a few weeks ago. I can't wait to get started. Great pick!

  7. I've heard of this book before. The story sounds very interesting! Excellent choice! Thank you for sharing!

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