Soulless: The Manga, Vol. 1

Soulless: The Manga, Vol. 1

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, 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: 9780316182010
Publisher: Yen Press
Publication date: 03/01/2012
Series: Parasol Protectorate (Manga) Series , #1
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 294,898
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 16 - 18 Years

About 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. 32 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
DarkFaerieTales on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie TalesQuick & Dirty: Hits all the high points of the novel without any of the fluff. Soulless translates well into the Manga form with snappy lines and quirky characters. Opening Sentence: Mama, it says here that a new gentlemen¿s club opened last week in Mayfair. The Review: I¿m going to start off my review with this note. If you are a manga fan, I highly recommend the Soulless Manga: Volume 1. It is funny, it¿s quirky, and it hits all the high notes of the novel without any of the filler. There are a few things that may cause problems for true fans of the Parasol novels. In the manga, all the characters are pretty and young (minus the wax-like man) and boob-alicious. I always saw Professor Lyall as middle aged but here he looks like he is barely twenty. I did feel like one thing was missing from the manga, since you weren¿t given the characters thoughts, it was hard to understand character motivations. The novel is full of each characters inner thoughts so it did feel like something was missing. Alexia never really complained about her Italian heritage or her father. Lord Maccon only mentions once that he is Scottish later in the manga, otherwise you would never know. I did read the novel and the manga back to back so I just filled in the gaps from memory. The manga also starts off differently than the novel. Alexia and her family are at the breakfast table reading about Alexia¿s adventures the night before from the paper. Although her family doesn¿t realize that the paper is talking about her. The vampire attack is played as more of a flashback in Alexia¿s mind, where you learn about Alexia¿s abilities as a Soulless. Her Soulless abilities allow her to negate supernatural powers, temporarily turning them human as long as she is touching them skin to skin. As I stated before, since there is barely any filler, the manga is a fast paced a fun read. This manga is a fantastic translation of the novel, scenes and dialogue match the book exactly. Lord Akeldama¿s flamboyancy translates perfectly into manga form (his character was definitely made to be drawn!). Soulless Manga, Volume 1 is a must have for the fans of the Parasol Protectorate series.FTC Advisory: Yen Press provided me with a copy of Soulless: The Manga, Volume 1. No goody bags, sponsorships, ¿material connections,¿ or bribes were exchanged for my review.
mmtz on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The graphic novel is as good as the prose novel.
beserene on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
It was refreshing to turn to something quick and light with this manga adaptation of the well-beloved (at least here in the 75ers group) manner-steam-para-punk-romance novel, Soulless. If you have read that novel, I hardly need detail the plot here. (If you haven't read that novel, why the heck not? It's jolly good fun.) The manga adds sleek, attractive illustration to the mix, resulting in visualized characters (looking much younger than one might expect) that "show" what the novel previously had to tell. The fashions, whether loosely limned in black and white or richly illustrated in the few color pages at the front, were particularly delightful to see.The greatest fun of this adaptation, however, is the expression on the characters' faces and through their bodies during particular interactions. Mutterings, eyebrow-raisings, flirtations, are all rendered in clean lines alongside the quirky dialogue. Alexia's substantial bosom has never been so readily apparent, for example... and Lord Maccon's observations of that endowment have never been so hilarious. Though the interpretation of the characters delivers audience appeal over descriptive accuracy, I found the images to be a fine fit and a pleasant way to expand the novel's demographic. That said, I don't think this is a substitute for the novel; its purpose seems to be to collect teens into the growing coterie of Carriger's readers, and just in time for the soon-to-be-released YA series she's been working on. For the rest of us, this is a worthy diversion that offers an hour's entertainment and some actual LOLing. What more could one ask?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked it
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.