Friday, March 9, 2012

The Parasol Protectorate

It's been a while since I wrote about books, and considering I'm now spending four days a week sitting in classes about librarianship, I figured I should change that. One of the plus sides to going to uni in the city is the 40-ish minute tram trip. Because a 40-ish minute tram trip means 80-ish minutes of reading time a day. #YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS When I was in undergrad, I used to do my reading for class on the bus. But that was in the days when readings were supplied in paper format. Plus, the tram is much noisier and busier than the bus was, so academic reading on the tram is definitely not a great idea.

I've read five books since last Monday, and am - according to Goodreads - 58% of the way through a sixth. Four of these books were part of The Parasol Protectorate series by Gail Carriger, which you should all go and read.

I borrowed the first book in the series, Soulless, from the library in late January and absolutely adored it. But in typical fashion, my library didn't have book 2 (They seem to do this bizarre thing where they buy every book in a series EXCEPT book 2). So I went onto Book Depository, where the books were $8 each for the first four, and $6 to preorder the last, which was released last week. Uh, SCORE.

Anyway, the books arrived and I proceeded to read them back to back. And I'm now I'm stuck desperately wishing that there were more than five books in the series. Thankfully, it's been left open for a spin off in the future.

The books are based in Victorian London, but a London where vampires, werewolves and ghosts are common. They're hugely witty and filled with wonderful characters. So basically, if you want to read something that's kind of a cross between Charles Dickens and Buffy the Vampire Slayer, with a dose of steampunk thrown in for good measure, you should go and check out the Parasol Protectorate. Because they're brilliant.

Oh, and Gina has done fantasy casts of the first two books here and here, if you're curious. I hope like hell they turn them into movies some day, because THAT WOULD BE AMAZING.

K xx

PS. Sorry this isn't particularly exciting. I've had blogger's block for the past few days and just wanted to write SOMETHING in the hopes of pushing through it! Fingers crossed that's the end of it...


  1. Yeah... Madame Lefoux? Not a redhead. I don't know where I got that, but the image is burned into my brain, and there's no escaping it now.

    1. Don't worry, now that you've come up with it, I'll probably spend the rest of time thinking that she has red hair too!! :)

  2. Thank you for this post. I've been looking for a new series of books to read. Off to see if I can get them for my kindle.

    1. They're so worth the money! Always glad to share reading recommendations :)

  3. Public transport is a fantastic way to work through a pile of books! I got so much reading done last year when I started catching the bus and train to work - it was great.

    And now I must add your recommendation to my ever-growing stack of books I need to read. That sounds like a fun series.


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