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Posted December 15, 2013
"Blameless," # 3 in the Parasol Protectorate Series, in Graphic Novel Form - 3 1/2 STARS
OVERALL: 3 1/2 STARS
Story/Plot: 3 - I have to be honest here. In the Parasol Protectorate series, this is my least favorite book. I usually want to skip over it, but I always feel like I am cheating when I think that & there is a number of interesting things that happen in this book which I enjoy re-reading.
The actually book this Graphic Novel is based on is Blameless & I give it 4 STARS. So you might be wondering why I reduced this volume, which it is based on down to 3 STARS. Simply put, although I understand you cannot put the full wealth or worth of what was actually in the novel into the Graphic Novel, I was a little sad that a number of things I enjoyed in the story were cut to make room for the bulk of what IS in the story. So please forgive me.
Re-read Value: 4 - Yeah, surprising huh. I give this a rating of 4 for 2 reasons. 1)I re-read all of Gail Carriger's works. Actually, when I finished this volume, I went back re-read Soulless: The Manga, Vol. 1 & then jumped ahead and re-read the actual books Heartless&Timeless. I couldn't stop myself. 2)As mentioned above, Blameless is not my favorite of the series, so if I want to re-read the whole series at some point, I might re-read this volume in place of the book even though it skates over some of the more interesting things I found in the actual book if I feel rushed for time.
Continue Series: 5 - Of course. I am looking forward to Soulless Manga Volume #4.
Characters: 4 - Same characters involved in the Parasol Protectorate Series, so putting it plainly, I love them. The reason I lowered it as mentioned before was because a few things & people were not mentioned in the story. In general, I give all characters from this series and the Finishing School series a 5. Plus, I must admit I upped it to 4 due to Lord Akeldama. REM draws him as a true bishie.
Cover: 3 - 50/50. I do like the cover, as it depicts Alexia with her parasol in full "Alexia Mode." Also, from the cover you can indeed tell it's a Graphic Novel. I think those who are fans of the Parasol Protectorate series would recognize it and appreciate it.
On the other hand, if I were not a fan I wonder if I would be as drawn to it.
Genre Fulfillment: 4 - First off, this IS a Graphic Novel. The artwork contained inside is beautiful, clear and definitely a key reason to pick up this volume. Rem does a wonderful job converting a huge book like Blameless into a Graphic Novel format. Now those of you who read above might be saying "But you said. . ." and I did. I enjoy the actual graphic novel as a graphic novel, but being a fan and having read Blameless I was a little let down by certain things not being included or expanded upon. I DO understand that the artist cannot include EVERYTHING in the book.
Now, other than being a Graphic Novel, most of ya'll are aware this book is a steampunk, paranormal, urban fantasy, and mystery. Of these, only the mystery was lacking. As mentioned above, that is one of the things that was not expanded upon and felt rushed. This being said, REM's graphic novel versions of Gail Carriger's Parasol Protectorate series still manages to capture the steampunk/paranormal world perfectly.
Personal Involvement: 3 - Admit it, you knew it wasn't going to be my usual high 5 for a Gail Carriger novel. Although on the other hand, you must admit, my being obsessed with a number of things not being included COULD in fact be referenced as being personally involved.
But I did lower this because as mentioned previously, there were a few things (and people) left out which I felt should have been included because I enjoyed them in the overall book.
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Posted February 9, 2014
Love this series, can't wait for the next volume- more digestable than the novels (very flowery language from what I previewed), yet true to the dialogue in them. Artist has successfully translated words to images. Bravo.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.