Soulless: The Manga, Vol. 1

Soulless: The Manga, Vol. 1

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by Gail Carriger
     
 

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The life of a spinster in Victorian London isn't an easy one on the best of days, but such a life becomes infinitely more complicated when said spinster is "soulless" - a preternatural bridging the gap between the natural and supernatural worlds. Miss Alexia Tarabotti has this unique distinction, and when she is assailed at a formal gathering by a rove vampire,

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The life of a spinster in Victorian London isn't an easy one on the best of days, but such a life becomes infinitely more complicated when said spinster is "soulless" - a preternatural bridging the gap between the natural and supernatural worlds. Miss Alexia Tarabotti has this unique distinction, and when she is assailed at a formal gathering by a rove vampire, an encounter that results in the death of the half-starved creature, her circumstances become exponentially more complicated indeed! Now caught up in an intrigue with life or death stakes, Alexia must rely on all her talents to outmatch the forces conspiring against her, but it may be the man who has caught her eye - Lord Conall Maccon - and their budding flirtation that truly drives her to her wit's end!

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780316221696
Publisher:
Yen Press
Publication date:
03/01/2012
Series:
Parasol Protectorate (Manga) , #1
Sold by:
Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
148,543
File size:
80 MB
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Age Range:
16 - 18 Years

Meet the Author

New York Times bestselling author Gail Carriger writes to cope with being raised in obscurity by an expatriate Brit and an incurable curmudgeon. She escaped small town life and inadvertently acquired several degrees in Higher Learning. Ms. Carriger then traveled the historic cities of Europe, subsisting entirely on biscuits secreted in her handbag. She resides in the Colonies, surrounded by fantastic shoes, where she insists on tea imported from London.

The Parasol Protectorate books are: Soulless, Changeless, Blameless, Heartless, and Timeless. Soulless won the ALA's Alex Award. A manga adaptation released in Spring 2012 and a young adult series set in the same universe -- the Finishing School series -- launched in Spring 2013. Gail is soon to begin writing a new adult series, The Parasol Protectorate Abroad (2015).

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Soulless The Manga, Vol. 1 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 28 reviews.
CoriW More than 1 year ago
What I love: *Lord Maccon is wonderful in manga form! *The story, while abridged, is still engaging *The pace is wonderful and the art is stunning *I love everything about the Parasol Protectorate Who should buy and read it: *SciFi fans will find a lovely home in the world Carriger has imagined for our amusement *People who have read the books *Everyone else
Ryosuke26 More than 1 year ago
A compelling story with fun characters who don't get on your nerves. A strong female lead who isn't obnoxious or foolhardy! Plus beautifully drawn art, making you really feel that this was well researched both on the author and artist's parts. 
Cera127 More than 1 year ago
I personally love Gail Carriger's writing style and her detailed descriptions. When I first heard about the adaption I was very nervous and when I read the sample I was pleasantly surprised. After reading the sample I then purchased both this and vol. 2 or Changeless. Now I am patiently waiting for Blameless to come out.
Mercy-Luna More than 1 year ago
I never thought I would purchase or read or like a graphic novel. The only reason I bought this is because I love Alexia and read the book series. Now I have come to appreciate graphic novels and after this I purchased a few others. The art work is pretty amazing I must say. Can't wait for the next one!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a really well drawn and well written graphic novel. It parallels the book "Souless". This adaptation is very well done. I recommend reading the book, as well. It is equally entertaining, if not more so. And, the book has more detail and content that probably had to be edited out for the manga version. Some of my favorite parts include the eloquent quips made by the main character. The love/hate relationships are most amusing. Also, I really love how the first few pages, in the Nook edition, are in beautiful full color. The black and white illustrations are quite good. All of art is done in an appropriate style that really fits the story, and its alternate version of a Victorian London that includes vampires and were wolves. The portrayal of the werewolves on the full moon and the foppish vampires were excellent. If you like graphic novels with a quirky, out spoken, and intelligent woman in an alternate Victorian London, then you will like this, too. It is supernatural and preternatural fun! -AvidReader
SleepDreamWrite More than 1 year ago
I had tried reading the book version and took a break from it. But the story sounds interesting though. Then I find there's a manga version and the art was good. Weird at times but an interesting volume.
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Carnitas_Fever More than 1 year ago
My wife grabbed the novel and brought me the manga.  What a fun and entertaining story.  To have werewolves and vampires working for the English government is such a novel idea. The chemistry between Miss Tarabotti and Lord Maccon is great.  Having him run around after her while nearly always naked is too funny. Of course it makes a lot of sense for a werewolf to end up naked when he transforms. A great read.
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Dancingsnowflakes More than 1 year ago
The plotline moves well and is engaging. It has fanatasy elements with logic and reasoning applied to it. A bonus in my opinion.
heytuesday More than 1 year ago
Soulless: The Manga is a nice condensed version of Soulless: The Book without losing any of the amazing-ness and humour and now with the perks of pretty artwork to go with it! The manga reminds true to plot with the book though obviously with slightly less dialogue and details. It's a vampires/werewolves/supernatural/steampunk adventure story with mystery, intrigue and a little romance. The lack of details in description is made up for with the artwork. It's beautiful and provides a nice visual guide. The random bits of chibi art is adorable and a perfect fit for those hilarious and zany moments. If you're a fan of the book, you'll enjoy the manga and if you're unsure of reading the book, the manga will get you in the mood.
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SereneChaos More than 1 year ago
Overall, this was an enjoyable read. The plot and characters were interesting, the art nice, and the pacing kept my interest through the whole story. But as someone who hasn't read the novels, it was also confusing at parts. All of the necessary plot points were included, but many details were skipped over or only alluded to. I plan on reading the novel eventually, but I would rather have had the manga explain things more.
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NiaJane More than 1 year ago
Travel back in time to Victorian London - though not quite the Victorian London you learn about in your textbook. As well as people, vampires and werewolves are members of society - but the threat are the roves, the individual vampires and werewolves that are not as civilized as the others. Enter Alexia Tarabotti and her deadly parasol - not to mention her touch, one that neutralises supernaturals, all due to the fact that she has no soul. Roves aren’t the only concern on Alexia’s mind, though: a suspicious new club in town, and the fact that she is still not married! A handsome alpha werewolf, while pulling Alexia out of various reputation-wrecking troubles, could take care of that problem. Beautiful artwork accompanies an engaging story to produce this book - a great read. Victorian fashion comes to life before your eyes with the artwork, and the story keeps you turning the pages.
evening-green More than 1 year ago
I'm a big fan of the Parasol Protectorate book series and appreciate good manga and this is the first manga I picked up by an american artist. My verdict is quite positive, I really loved this manga. Some details didn't entirely match the spirit and era the book is set in, such as the amount of naked skin shown in the manga adaption, most notably cleavage as well as shockingly bare arms. That aside it's a pretty amusing and quite well done adaption of the original book in my opinion and therefore a nice addition to the series. Suitable for manga and comic fans as well as readers who enjoy their stories with some fun and witty dialogue.
Tianna_MHAFH More than 1 year ago
Soulless Manga #1 by Gail Carriger I’m a huge fan of this author as well as this series so I had high expectations for this book which were absolutely met!! The storyline worked well and the artwork was amazing! All my favorite parts were in it and though some scenes had to be cut it didn’t hinder the story at all! I give this book 5 out of 5 stars, a must read for any steampunk/manga fan!!
covarla More than 1 year ago
The Soulless manga is one that I would recommend to anyone. If you’ve read Gail Carriger’s novels, the manga is an excellent adaptation. If you haven’t, then this book is an excellent introduction to the series and will likely make you want to pick up the books and tear through them. The artist, Rem, has a wonderful style that brings the characters and the world to life.
DanielleWDW More than 1 year ago
Overall, I thought that this was a lovely incarnation of Ms. Carriger's original story. The characters were portrayed well and the manga format was a fun treatment of the original material. While I do adore the novel version, the manga gave me a wonderful way to brush up on the happenings of the first novel before re-reading Changeless or just to make me smile. Not only was the art work adorable, but the faithfulness to the original was tastefully done and as close as one could get without recreating the entire novel. Some of my favorite lines made their way into the manga, such as "Grovel, you say?" "Grovel, my Lord." and "He ate three cold roast chickens." The manga does soften Alexia's features some, making her slightly less angular than I have seen her in my mind, and Conall is slight less board and tall than I had imagined. I have to say that this manga, and the novel series that it is based on, is one of my favorites. I can't wait to get my hands on the next one!
Tmyres1977 More than 1 year ago
Gail Carriger’s Soulless swept the steampunk world off its feet, but could a manga version elicit the same response? The answer is a resounding yes. Artist REM brings all the characters Carriger’s fans have come to love to life, and the beautifully drawn Victorian settings and character expressions add depth to story. This version will easily become a reader favorite.
linds3yallis0n More than 1 year ago
The Soulless manga is a visual interpretation of the first book in the parasol protectorate series. Here, in Gail Carriger’s London, bustle skirts flounce and dirigibles fly as you follow the heroine Alexia Tarrabotti as she chases after werewolves, vampires and comestibles. Alexia is refreshing in her role of Victorian lady and heroine. She values both manners and style; however they do not limit her in her ability to have adventures. I think it is her quirkiness that you immediately identify with. In the first few pages we see her as she navigates a lavish party in search of the library for some quiet, tea and perhaps treacle tart. Soulless is my personal favorite in the series. The art of the manga is engaging and imaginative while maintaining the feel of the witty discourse that makes the books so enjoyable.
ObsessiveLady More than 1 year ago
Soulless: The Manga, Vol. 1 is, as with anything adapted from a novel, a much more concise telling of the story it is based on. However, this is by no means detrimental to it. It still tells a very good story, keeping all the key points and flowing well. Having read the book I was perfectly happy with the retelling and did not feel anything important was left out. It also means that it is not necessary to have read the books beforehand, but I would recommend them to you if you do read and enjoy this. For those who do not know the story from the novel, it is set in an alternate Victorian London where werewolves and vampires are accepted members of society. Our protagonist is Alexia Tarabotti, a half-Italian spinster who is a preternatural: a person without a soul. Whenever Alexia comes into physical contact with a supernatural being, she renders them mortal, which doesn’t make her very popular with a number of the supernatural crowd. Of course, there are exceptions, one fabulous one being the incredibly flamboyant vampire Lord Akeldama, and another being alpha werewolf Lord Conall Maccon, although he finds Alexia frustrating in other ways. The story is a comedy of manners, with a good bit of romance and plenty of mystery and excitement, especially in the latter half. The artwork is stunning! The artist captures the world and the characters brilliantly. Okay, yes, Alexia does not have her trademark Italian nose or quite as much stature as she does in the book, but I think that comes with being a manga. There are some things that will be lost. This reader was personally very pleased with the way Lord Maccon looked since it was very close to what was pictured in her head, and the amount of panels to feature his naked backside made for very pleasant reading. If you enjoy the books, or if you like romance, urbane fantasy, or very naked werewolves you should definitely pick it up. Really, I think you should pick it up anyway because it is a very good read and I doubt you would regret it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
First of all I love the cover. And the artwork inside is just as amazing. Some characters (Maccon and Lyall) are not what I imagined them to look like, but I don't mind because they look nice. There wasn't as much steampunk depicted as I expected. And also this being set in Victorian London I expected Alexia's clothing to be more conservative. But in every scene it looks like her boobs are about to pop out of her dress. This book is definitely more suited towards older teens and adults. There are a few scenes where she is naked (and some where Maccon is naked). Although you don't see everything this really isn't appropriate for kids. I love that this follows closely to the actual story instead of cutting out half the plot. I already read Soulless awhile back so I knew what would happen, but that doesn't mean it would be boring. It was a good refresher that was short, simple, and quick. If I ever need to reread Soulless I could just read the manga instead. And for people who haven't read Soulless before I think the story is easy enough to grasp and there shouldn't be any confusion. I will definitely be reading the next volume of this when it comes out.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was my first manga to purchase, and was motivated to do so after reading the corresponding book series. The story itself is a unique approach to the vampire/werewolf theme; the way in which it is developed creates a world that manages to make more sense of the supernatural dynamic than is typically done, with attention given to relationships amongst the supernatural set and between them and the average human. That is the technical side of it. As a reader, if you love a good romance story and a strong-minded heroine; if witty banter gives you a good laugh; and if you enjoy historical fiction (really - what's more romantic than Victorian London?) with a heavy serving of the supernatural, then this is just the story for you. I loved the original book series and the Manga edition provides the perfect visual component to accompany it. I would recommend buying the two together! The books provide all of the details that the author clearly has an affinity for incorporating in just the right way and the Manga brings the Soulless world to life in a way that does those details justice.