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Gail Carriger's Series

Gail Carriger currently has several book series set in her steampunk meets urbane fantasy vision of the Victorian past.

The Finishing School Series (1850s Young Adult)


1 Etiquette & Espionage, 2 Curtsies & Conspiracies, 3 Waistcoats & Weaponry, 4 Manners & Mutiny

E&E C&C W&W M&M

Sophronia is secretly recruited to a finishing school for spies located in a dirigible floating over Dartmoor. In this whimsical YA series, young ladies of quality are taught to . . . finish . . . everything . . . and everyone . . . as needed. Set in the same world as the Parasol Protectorate, only 22 years earlier, full of steampunk etiquette, well-dressed espionage, and flying food.

The Finishing School books were all New York Times Bestsellers. Individually, they have been Locus bestsellers; Goodreads Choice, Teen Choice, Locus Award, and Sakura Medal nominees; recieved starred reviews in Publisher's Weekly and Booklist; been honored as YALSA Amazing Audiobooks; and recieved the Steampunk Chronicle’s Reader’s Choice and Elbakin Awards.

“...cleverly Victorian methods of espionage, witty banter, lighthearted silliness, and a ship full of intriguingly quirky people.”
~ Booklist, starred review (Etiquette & Espionage)

“This genre-bender will introduce fans of Ally Carter’s Gallagher Girls and Jennifer Lynn Barnes’ The Squad to a world of mechanical maids and flying machines while bringing a spy-school romp to readers of the weightier worlds of Cassandra Clare and Scott Westerfield.” -
~ Kirkus, starred review (Etiquette & Espionage)

“Carriger deploys laugh-out-loud bon mots on nearly every page… Amid all the fun, the author works in commentary on race and class in a sparkling start to the Finishing School series.” ~ Publishers Weekly, starred review (Etiquette & Espionage)

“If spunky Lady Sybil from Downton Abbey happened onto a steampunk set, she might look a lot like Sophronia Angelina Temminnick...Carriger delivers a grand mix of etiquette and espionage with a dash of humor and enough subterfuge to spring some surprises.” -
~ Shelf Awareness, starred review (Etiquette & Espionage)

The Parasol Protectorate Series (1870s)


1 Soulless, 2 Changeless, 3 Blameless, 4 Heartless, 5 Timeless

Soulless Changeless Blameles Heartless Timeless

Five books chronicling the exploits of Alexia Tarabotti, a lady of considerable assets including a large Scottish werewolf, a battle-parasol, and treacle tart tendancies. Oh yes, and she has no soul. This popular series imagines Jane Austen dabbling in science mixed with P.G. Wodehouse dropping vampires into his Drones Club.

The Parasol Protectorate books have been translated into over a dozen different languages, won several awards, turned into graphic novels, and been optioned for TV. They have made appearences on the Mass Market, Manga, Combined Print & eBook, and eBook New York Times Bestseller lists.

“This intoxicatingly witty parody will appeal to a wide cross-section of romance, fantasy and steampunk fans.”
~ Publishers Weekly, starred review (Soulless)

“A tapestry that is simultaneously witty, charming, exhilarating and downright fun."
~ fantasyliterature.com (Soulless)

“Alexia is my new favorite character in fiction right now. . .smart, sassy, has no "filter", and is a refreshing new voice in literature. There is nothing like it out right now. . . and I dare you not to giggle like a schoolgirl (and guffaw like a loon) when you read it.”
~ Book Buyers Anonymous (Soulless)

“A character-driven romp with great world-building and delicious rapier wit that recalls Austen and P.G. Wodehouse.”
~ io9.com (Soulless)

“The Parasol Protectorate presents what is perhaps the most original twist on vampire and werewolf mythology to ever appear in the genre.”
~ RobWillReview (Soulless)

The Custard Protocol Series (1890s Ongoing)


1 Prudence, 2 Imprudence (July 19, 2016)

Prudence Imprudence

Rue and her marauding crew of outrageous miscreants charge about in their high-tech dirigible, the Spotted Custard, trying to fix the British Empire, loudly and mainly with tea. This series explores the wider ramifications of Gail's steampunk universe, both its technology and how vampires and werewolves evolved differently all over the world.

New York Times and USA Today Bestseller.

“Blending steampunk and urban fantasy in a colorful alternate Victorian England, Carriger presents a grand cast of characters on a harrowing adventure that stretches from England to India.“
~ Booklist, April 2015 (Prudence)

“Behind the delightful whimsy and snarky observations, there is a great deal of heart and soul…”
~ RT Book Reviews (Prudence)

“Carriger maintains a droll, tongue-in-cheek tone, and her protagonists are as concerned with witty banter and fashionable hats as they are with fighting for their lives.”
~ Publishers Weekly (Prudence)


Obligatory Bio

Gail Carriger writes steampunk comedies of manners mixed with urban fantasy. Her books include the Parasol Protectorate and Custard Protocol series for adults, and the Finishing School series for young adults. She is published in 18 different languages and has 13 NYT bestsellers via 7 different lists (including #1 in Manga). She was once an archaeologist and is overly fond of shoes, octopuses, and tea. www.gailcarriger.com

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Powers That Be Review for the Book Group


This month's book pick, Powers That Be, was a reread for me. But a reread of something I hadn't picked up in decades. It was an interesting experience.

Powers That Be centers on Major Yanaba Maddock, a disabled veteran, sent to the icy planet Petaybee to die, but also on one last mission: to spy on the locals and find out what is really going on there. This book has a naive sweetness to it. It reminds me of early McCaffrey books, like the Dragonsinger series. (Also my favorite of her work, and feels very YA to me.) Or even like a Mercedes Lackey book. The storyline features a native culture full of good people having nice parties and being very accepting of alternative lifestyles versus a counter culture that's more stiff and traditional. This is a trope McCaffrey is fond of exploring, like the Weyrs verses the Holds on her best known Pern. I find it interesting to read about, but in my older years I could wish it were less black and white.


The authors use a lot of Intuit culture and mix it with Irish traditions and some simplistic terraforming in a far future science fiction setting, like the Pern books or the Ship Who Searched series. This ends up feeling far more fantasy than sci-fi. One can come up for a scientific explanation as to why the horses would evolve one horn, but one has still stuck a unicorn on ones ice planet.

I know, I know, it sounds like I'm belittling the book. I'm not, but it is a creature of its time. It's like an 80s rock anthem: cheesy, and nostalgic, and taken SO seriously by the musicians who played it. Now it makes me wince a little, but I still put it on and dance around my living room. And I feel guilty and ashamed any time it comes on streaming, or is mocked in some youtube video, because I know all the words.

Powers That Be is kind of like that, only in book form. I know as I read that everything is going to be alright for the characters, the romantic thread is going to pull through, no one is going to hurt too bad. The SF concepts are going to be pretty basic and predictable, essentially I kind of know all the words.

But there is comfort in that. There's a joy in reading a book like this. It's the book equivalent of a decent cup of tea. Not a really good tea with nibbly bits and company, but still tea. And you know how I feel about tea.

Meanwhile, over on Barnes and Noble I am in some very fine company...



{Gail's monthly read along for June is Warprize by Elizabeth Vaughan}

GAIL'S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .
Magasin des Demoiselles Tuesday, May 1, 1860 v. 41, plate 22

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
East side of Bedford Square #London  (1857) by Thomas Hosford Shepherd

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  
How the Mid-List Died


PROJECT ROUND UP 

  • Imprudence ~ Custard Protocol Book the Second. In production. Releases July 19, 2016 in print & eBook to US.
  • Poison or Protect ~ A Delightfully Deadly Novella.
    StatusRelease date SOON to come.
    Romance featuring a several-times widowed Preshea and the gentle Scottish captain who could change everything. (Gail's first foray into hybrid land.)
  • Romancing the Inventor ~ A Supernatural Society Novella.
    Status: Developmental edit.
    LBGT romance featuring a parlormaid bent on seducing a certain cross-dressing inventor whose too brokenhearted to notice. Or is she?


Gail Carriger's Scribbles! 

The Finishing School 4 Book Series (YA 1850s)

The Parasol Protectorate 5 Book Series (1870s)

 The Custard Protocol Series (1890s ~ ongoing)
 1 Prudence, 2 Imprudence (July 19, 2016)
Soulless Manga 3 Book Series (complete at 3)

 $0.99 short stories (ebook only)
My Sister's Song; Marine Biology; Fairy Debt;
The Curious Case (featuring Alessandro Tarabotti)

Book News:
Evidence that the ARCs are going out there.

Quote of the Day:
“It was one of the dullest speeches I ever heard. The Agee woman told us for three quarters of an hour how she came to write her beastly book, when a simple apology was all that was required.”
~ P.G. Wodehouse

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