by Gail Carriger

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Lots of folks have raved about Carriger's Parasol Protectorate series, so I thought I'd try the manga version of the first book, Soulless. In it, we meet Miss Alexia Tarabotti, a preternatural, meaning that she can suck the supernatural out of werewolves, vampires, and the like. Her versioin of Victorian London includes these creatures, steampunk science, rove vampires (who don't belong to a hive), and an alpha werewolf with his sights sight on her--not for a snack, but for romance. My favorite part about the visuals in this book were the action sequences, they really moved along quickly. And I could almost hear the string quartets playing during the formal parties. I would have been happier with this book if it had focused more on the interactions amongst the supernatural factions (and their foes) and how their society worked, but that may not have been the best thing to explore in the visual format. I can see folks liking the romance, with a strong, opinionated woman quite the match for Lord Macon (the werewolf). Give it a try if you want to try out the manga style of storytelling or if you're a fan of feisty women, vampires, werewolves, or steampunk in the Victorian age.

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