Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Soulless: The Manga by Gail Carriger

In this alternate history tale vampires, werewolves, and anything else that goes bump in the night is part of everyday life.  Alexia Tarabotti has some problems, mainly she has no soul.  She is what is referred to in polite circles as a preternatural or if you want to be vulgar, soulless.  While at a bore of a dinner party Alexia was enjoying a perfectly good tea in the library when a rogue vampire comes out of nowhere an attempts to bite her.  She takes matters into her own hands and defends herself with some strategically placed hair stakes. Things go from bad to worse as Lord Conall Maccon appears to investigate the incident.  Lord Maccon is appointed by Queen Victoria to investigate all matters of the supernatural in London and he doesn’t like Alexia (or so he declares).  Werewolves start to go missing and rogue vampires are showing up in the oddest places and it appears Alexia is in the middle of this mystery.  Alexia cannot ignore these strange occurrences and involves herself in this investigation and perhaps with Lord Maccon as well. 

The witty prose created by Carriger is translated perfectly in graphic form by Rem.  The art style fits perfectly with Carriger’s creation and absolutely makes the characters jump from the page and come to life.  There is such vitality to this adaptation that makes one want to read more.  This manga series is definitely geared more for adults, due especially to some of the romance elements towards the end of the original novel.  However, older teens will definitely enjoy this as well.  Soulless was awarded YALSA’s Alex Award (books written for adults but have teen appeal) in 2010.  If you enjoy witty prose and enjoy things that go bump in the night, this is definitely a book to devour.  The only bad thing is waiting for the next volume.

You can find Soulless:The Manga, Vol. 1 by Gail Carriger on the VBPL Catalog.  If you enjoyed Soulless: The Manga, you may want to try The Infernal Devices, Vol. 1 by Cassandra Clare or Black Butler by Yana Toboso.

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