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Gail's next events are this November in the greater DC, Boston, and Chicago areas.

Gail has posted some pictures of Sophronia's moors.

Gail concocted a list of 10 SF/F Books That Have Stuck With Her.

Speaking of books, Gail's monthly read along for October is Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers. The Goodreads group is also rereading the first 2 Finishing School books.

Reading Guide for Etiquette & Espionage is available to teachers, students, librarians, parents, and other interested parties.

Will there be more manga?

Italian and Spanish editions of the Parasol Protectorate are unlikely to continue to be published for legal reasons.


Gail Carriger currently has three book series, all set in her whimsical steampunk meets urbane fantasy vision of the Victorian past.

The Parasol Protectorate Series

Beginning with Soulless, these five books chronicle the exploits of Alexia Tarabotti, a lady of considerable assets including large Scottish werewolf, battle-parasol, gossip, and treacle tart tenancies. Oh yes, and she has no soul. These book are all completed and released in the USA.

The Finishing School Series

Sophronia is secretly recruited to a finishing academy located in a giant caterpillar-like dirigible floating over Dartmoor in which young ladies are taught to . . . finish . . . everything . . . and everyone . . . as needed. Book the First, Etiquette & Espionage, released early 2013 with three more to follow.

The Custard Protocol Series

The British Empire is deflating, only Rue and her marauding team of outrageous miscreants in their high-tech dirigible, the Spotted Custard, are still charging about trying to fix things, loudly and mainly with tea. The first book, Prudence, is due to release on March 17, 2015!

Gail´s Short Stories

Audio Books

Obligatory Bio

New York Times Bestselling author Gail Carriger writes to cope with being raised in obscurity by an expatriate Brit and an incurable curmudgeon. She escaped small town life and inadvertently acquired several degrees in Higher Learning. Ms. Carriger then traveled the historic cities of Europe, subsisting entirely on biscuits secreted in her handbag. She resides in the Colonies, surrounded by fantastic shoes, where she insists on tea imported from London. Gail's books are published in over a dozen different languages and she received the Prix Julia Verlanger from French readers.


The Parasol Protectorate seriesbegins with Soulless which won the ALA's Alex Award and has been turned into a graphic novel and optioned for TV. Her young adult Finishing School series begins with Etiquette & Espionage and follows the exploits of Sophronia, a young woman who discovers her dreaded lady's seminary is a great deal more than she thought. In the Custard Protocol series, beginning with Prudence, Rue and her crack (or possibly cracked) dirigible crew get into trouble around the Empire on behalf of queen, country, and tea. Gail also has a full cast audio production of her YA sci-fi Crudrat.

Gail Carriger

Book Review: Children of the Night by Mercedes Lackey

There is something about 1990s fantasy that I noticed it while reading some Sharon Green and the Aggar book while I was in England last month. Descriptive transfer and info dumping seems much more permissible and there is something else about the style of the writing that dates these books. I wish I were more of a literary academic to be able to analyze what exactly it is. Perhaps there are blog posts out there I could read? Or perhaps you, Gentle Reader, can better articulate what I am trying to get at. Think back on some of my other well loved Lackey's (like By the Sword) she epitomizes they style I am trying to articulate.

My little stack of much beloved Lackey, many of them from the 90s.

So, on we go to Children of the Night

With my critical hat in place I noticed flaws in this book that I never had before, and flaws that as a reader, I compensated for or forgave. This was a tough read for me because of this and I'm not certain I want to pick one of my old old favorites for the book group again, because it almost hurt to have to dissect this book. Like looking realistically at a summer romance, or going back to a favorite dish only to find it no longer satisfies.

One of the things I realized is that I simply do not read any of the secondary POV passages. Whenever Lackey is writing anyone but Di, I either skim it for pertinent plot information, or avoid that section altogether. Partly this is personal preference, I'm rarely interested in those parts of a book when you are inside the villain's head (even if he's a anti-hero villain). Yawn. Partly this is because Di is the character who interests me. I know this makes me a bad reader, but perhaps I enjoy the book that much more because I usually reread it as a novella length mystery that Di is investigating than a more complex novel.

Anyway, I still adore Andre. I still like the concept of the psychic vampires. And I'm still sad we never got more Diana books.

Please let me know what you thought in the comments or join the Goodreads discussion. 

Next up I'm choosing a newer author Robin LaFevers. Her first book Grave Mercy starts off her YA His Fair Assassin Trilogy.


Your Moment of Parasol . . .
1900 Ensemble  1900  The Kyoto Costume Institute

Your Infusion of Cute . . .
Good source of silly names.

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
Genius lifehack use!

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  
Remember the Reader

Prudence ~ Custard Protocol Book the First:   Releases March 17, 2015 now available for pre-order! Awaiting Proofs.
Manners & Mutiny ~ The Finishing School Book the Last.   Finished first draft. Rewriting.

The Books! 

 The Finishing School Series: 1 Etiquette & Espionage, 2 Curtsies & Conspiracies, 3
Waistcoats & Weaponry (Coming November 4, 2014)
 The Custard Protocol Series: 1 Prudence (Coming March 17, 2015)
The Parasol Protectorate Series: 1 Soulless, 2 Changeless, 3 Blameless, 4 Heartless, 5 Timeless
Parasol Protectorate Series manga graphic novels
Soulless Vol. 1, Soulless Vol. 2, Soulless Vol. 3
 $0.99 short stories (ebook only) Marine Biology, My Sister's Song, & Fairy Debt; The Curious Case of the Werewolf That Wasn't, the Mummy That Was, and the Cat in the Jar

Book News:
Lake’s Book Reviews says of The Finishing School series: “I recommend this series highly since there is paranormal, adventures, and has girls learning about espionage. ...I just think that most would enjoy since there is a little bit of everything for everyone.”

Quote of the Day:
“He was a Frenchman, a melancholy-looking man. He had the appearance of one who has searched for the leak in life’s gas-pipe with a lighted candle.”
~ P.G. Wodehouse

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