Monthly Archives: December 2013
Last year I didn’t make any New Year’s resolutions. I thought it would be freeing. Besides, I’m way too old for that stuff. Right? Right.
Looking back now, I realize I still tried to do all the things I would normally make resolutions about. I just did them in a haphazard manner, instead of an organized one. I’m not sure if it was freeing, or just madcap.
Since it would be pure folly to reveal all here, I will simply say that for the blog these are my goals: One posted review a week. Plus a post about once a month on all the other books I’ve been reading. Hopefully with a simple thumbs up or thumbs down rating. Also, fewer typos.
How are your plans shaping up for 2014?
The Long War by: Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter
Bad Religion by: Ross Douthat
Other Books I’m Reading:
Don’t Kiss with your Mouth Full by: Henry P. Mahone
Anathem by: Neal Stephenson
Directive 51 by: John Barnes
Soulless by: Gail Carriger
I admit it. I’m a pretty opinionated person. It is not often that I don’t know exactly how to review a book. Usually I can point to the thing I liked, the things that worked, the parts that were a total disaster. I’m not actually sure I can do any of that with Gail Carriger’s book Soulless. But I’m going to try.
I came across Soulless because of my husband. He was reading an article about new genre twists and asked me if I’d ever heard of Gail Carriger. I hadn’t. How embarrassing. So I popped her book on my to read list, and proceeded to try and get my hands on a copy. It does not exist in my local library lending system. I hadn’t been able to find it at any local books store. It took months, and I finally broke down and bought my copy from an Amazon.com dealer for one cent plus shipping.
Leaving aside the fact that I generally mock the whole, the Undead fall in love genera (sorry Joss) almost as much as I mock the Jesus is my boyfriend genera, there are problems with this book. Stilted dialogue, both internal and external. Scenes I’m not certain make sense. Stock characters that are trotted in because the author needs a place holder. Plenty of romance novel type scenes of corporeal exuberance. Choppy plot. Hit and miss descriptions of people and places. In short, it is not what I look for in a Steampunk novel. Or any novel really.
And yet. And yet.
It’s as if Gail Carriger sat down and did exactly what they tell you to do in writing classes. Write what you like. I think she had a ball writing this. It’s funny, and quirky. Sure it’s a bit silly in places, but it’s fun. And wait for it…….. I enjoyed it.
Obviously I will have to research her work further. Purely for scientific reasons you understand.
Favorite Scene: Queen Victoria randomly shows up.
Favorite Scene to Mock: Let’s have sex on the dungeon floor before the madmen kill us.
Favorite Quote: “These are my monocular cross-magnification lenses with spectra-modifier attachment, and they are invaluable. I will thank you not to mock them so openly.”
Enjoyability: I’m going four and a half stars on this. Definitely a guilty pleasure read.
Where to read this book: Alone. On your e-reader. Possibly in the dark.
Further reading: Started Directive 51. It’s a good day to be me.