Soulless: the Manga

Soulless: the Manga

Book rating: 05 Paperback

By (author) Gail Carriger, Illustrated by Rem

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  • Publisher: Orbit
  • Format: Paperback | 240 pages
  • Dimensions: 146mm x 210mm x 22mm | 259g
  • Publication date: 1 March 2012
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0356501817
  • ISBN 13: 9780356501819
  • Sales rank: 40,360

Product description

Alexia Tarabotti is laboring under a great many social tribulations. First, she has no soul. Second, she's a spinster whose father is both Italian and dead. Third, she was rudely attacked by a vampire, breaking all standards of social etiquette. Where to go from there? From bad to worse apparently, for Alexia accidentally kills the vampire -- and then the appalling Lord Maccon (loud, messy, gorgeous, and werewolf) is sent by Queen Victoria to investigate. With unexpected vampires appearing and expected vampires disappearing, everyone seems to believe Alexia responsible. Can she figure out what is actually happening to London's high society? Or will her soulless ability to negate supernatural powers prove useful or just plain embarrassing? Finally, who is the real enemy, and do they have treacle tart? Soulless is a comedy of manners set in Victorian London: full of werewolves, vampires, dirigibles, and tea-drinking.

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NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Gail Carriger writes to cope with being raised in obscurity by an expatriate Brit and an incurable curmudgeon. She survived her early years by reading most of her local library and memorising Greek battles. Eventually, she escaped small town life and inadvertently acquired several degrees in Higher Learning. In pursuit of further finishing, Ms Carriger travelled the historic cities of Europe, subsisting entirely on biscuits secreted in her handbag. She now resides in the Colonies, surrounded by fantastic shoes, where she insists on tea imported from London.

Customer reviews

By Cyn 18 Nov 2012 5

Soulless: The Manga is a nice condensed version of Soulless: The Book without losing any of the amazing-ness and humour and now with the perks of pretty artwork to go with it!

The manga reminds true to plot with the book though obviously with slightly less dialogue and details. It's a vampires/werewolves/supernatural/steampunk adventure story with mystery, intrigue and a little romance. The lack of details in description is made up for with the artwork. It's beautiful and provides a nice visual guide. The random bits of chibi art is adorable and a perfect fit for those hilarious and zany moments.

If you're a fan of the book, you'll enjoy the manga and if you're unsure of reading the book, the manga will get you in the mood.

By Rebecca Campbell 07 Nov 2012 5

Soulless: The Manga, Vol. 1 is, as with anything adapted from a novel, a much more concise telling of the story it is based on. However, this is by no means detrimental to it. It still tells a very good story, keeping all the key points and flowing well. Having read the book I was perfectly happy with the retelling and did not feel anything important was left out. It also means that it is not necessary to have read the books beforehand, but I would recommend them to you if you do read and enjoy this.

For those who do not know the story from the novel, it is set in an alternate Victorian London where werewolves and vampires are accepted members of society. Our protagonist is Alexia Tarabotti, a half-Italian spinster who is a preternatural: a person without a soul. Whenever Alexia comes into physical contact with a supernatural being, she renders them mortal, which doesn't make her very popular with a number of the supernatural crowd. Of course, there are exceptions, one fabulous one being the incredibly flamboyant vampire Lord Akeldama, and another being alpha werewolf Lord Conall Maccon, although he finds Alexia frustrating in other ways.

The story is a comedy of manners, with a good bit of romance and plenty of mystery and excitement, especially in the latter half. The artwork is stunning! The artist captures the world and the characters brilliantly. Okay, yes, Alexia does not have her trademark Italian nose or quite as much stature as she does in the book, but I think that comes with being a manga. There are some things that will be lost. This reader was personally very pleased with the way Lord Maccon looked since it was very close to what was pictured in her head, and the amount of panels to feature his naked backside made for very pleasant reading. If you enjoy the books, or if you like romance, urbane fantasy, or very naked werewolves you should definitely pick it up. Really, I think you should pick it up anyway because it is a very good read and I doubt you would regret it.

Review quote

"Soulless is a character-driven romp with great worldbuilding and delicious rapier wit that recalls Austen and P.G. Wodehouse." - io9.com"Deliciously, vampiricly satiric, a tremendously clever, sexy read." --- Karen Marie Moning, New York Times bestselling author""Soulless" has all the delicate charm of a Victorian parasol, and all the wicked force of a Victorian parasol secretly weighted with brass shot and expertly wielded. Ravishing." --- Lev Grossman, author of "The Magicians"