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Gail has returned from the UK, where she was delighted to pick up Patrick Hester's Hugo Award for Best Fancast (SF Signal podcast). All hail the bagel overlord.

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

Participate in Gail's monthly book group read along? September's book is Children of the Night by Mercedes Lackey.

Gail's next event is Convolution in Burlingame, CA. She will be there on Saturday September 27th only.

Will there be more manga? Unlikely.

The Italian and Spanish editions of the Parasol Protectorate books are in litigation as both publishing houses are bankrupt. Even if we manage a reversion, it's rare that another house picks up a series mid-publication. Conclusion? Unlikely to continue in these languages.


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 books are: Soulless, Changeless, Blameless, Heartless, and Timeless. Soulless 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.

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September's Book Pick ~ Children of the Night by Mercedes Lackey

September's book pick, for those of you participating in the read along, is Children of the Night by Mercedes Lackey. This is a reread for me, but a welcome one.

Originally published in 1990, this is the second book in Lackey's short lived but much beloved Diana Treagarthe Investigates series. (There's wild rumors as to why she gave up on this series ~ buy me a drink sometime and I'll tell you about them.) I'm not a huge fan of the first installment, and I think Children of the Night stands well enough alone, so that's why I chose it.

Perhaps more importantly, Children of the Night introduces us to André. I thought you all might enjoy reading not only my first encounter with urban fantasy but also the origin (in Gail's psyche) of the sexy vampire archetype. I think Lackey does it better than anyone else and to this day I love André with an undying devotion. 

This is going to be interesting for me, I've never read this book with my critic/writer hat on.

Cogent information:
  • There are three books in this series: (Burning Water, Children of the Night, and Jinx High).
  • There's some suggestion Diana's world might jive with some of Lackey's other urban fantasies (like the elves in LA series), but no concrete evidence. 
  • There are three Diana shorts as well, if you really like the character. "Arcanum 101" is in Trio of Sorcery and features Diana in college. Two (written before the books) can be found in Werehunter: "Satanic, Versus" in which Diana attends Romance Writers's Halloween costume party (also featuring Robert Harrison from Lackey's role-playing game Bureau 13: Stalking the Night Fantastic) and "Nightside," the first Diana story which grew to become Children of the Night.

Don't want to read this book? I'll probubly also be reading the follow up to last month's Clockwork Heart, Clockwork Lies as well as rereading Diana.

{What is Gail's Book Group reading for September? Children of the Night by Mercedes Lackey}


Your Moment of Parasol . . .
1866-1868  The Philadelphia Museum of Art

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
The Barn Looks Like It’s Wearing an Invisibility Cloak

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  
Colonels of Industry

Prudence ~ Custard Protocol Book the First:   Releases March 17, 2015 now available for pre-order! Working copy edits.
Manners & Mutiny ~ The Finishing School Book the Last.   Finished first draft. Out with Beta readers. Release date November 2015. Not yet available for pre-order.

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:
@TheTwinsRead  on Twitter "Nicole's Nails inspired by @gailcarriger 's Etiquette and Espionage"

Quote of the Day:
"Everything I eat has been proved by some doctor or other to be a deadly poison, and everything I don't eat has been proved to be indispensable for life.  But I go marching on."
~ George Bernard Shaw

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