Gail, Why the Octopus? (Occasional FAQ)

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But first, this your official unofficial reminder that I can also be found on Facebook and Twitter, usually pipping about on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.

Soulless now available from Audible in unabridged audio from! You can also listen to a sample there.

My recent interview with RT Book Reviews has dropped. Here is a sample:
Whitney Sullivan: Your heroine, Alexia Tarabotti, has no soul (and her partner is a werewolf) – what does she find most inconvenient about these unusual circumstances?
Gail Carriger: She will turn supernatural creatures mortal when she touches them. This can be terribly embarrassing, not to say fatal, for said creatures. It also means that on several occasions certain baser elements of society are actively trying to kill her, without proper introduction – so rude. One side effect of her soulless state is that Alexia is very practical in her approach to coping with most problems (including said werewolf partner). She either bashes them over the head with her parasol, or talks at them, with equally disastrous results.

Now, about the octopus . . .

First off, octopdes are the smartest, craftiest, prettiest invertebrates out there. What’s not to love about an octopus. Case in point, I give you the mimic octopus?

Second, they have been adopted as the personal mascot of my group of friends. So the remind me of wonderful people and good times.

Third there is a strange enduring connection between steampunk and other science fiction and cephalopods. Don’t know why, I blame Verne and Lovecraft.

Lastly, after all the other things you can do with an octopus, you can then eat them too. Yummy!

Gail’s Daily Dose
Your Infusion of Cute:
Current fashion obsession: bows

Your Tisane of Smart:
NPR Science Friday on the History and Future of Blimp Technology
Your Writerly Tinctures:
Blogging and Reviewing Etiquette

A long and balanced review from animeradius, who eventually amusingly says, “When Alexia learns via Professor Lyall that Lord Maccon has actually begun courting her werewolf-fashion, her responses to his advances from then on are some of the most amusing and titillating scenes in the book. Yes, things get very steamy between our Victorian heroine and her dashing rogue friend, but never does it become embarrassingly explicit or unnecessarily detailed. After all, it’s not a smut book, it’s a mostly-general supernatural fantasy set in steampunkish Victorian England, dang it! This is the era of the Brontë sisters and Wilkie Collins; fade to black or be gone with you!”
SPOILER ALERT! Changeless blurb gives away ending of Soulless. Urban Fantasy and Fiction says, “I love this book, y’all. I love this series. It’s clever and hilarious and well-written. I adore the characters and want to invite them all over for tea. The world Carriger has built is pretty awesome, as well, unique in a genre where it’s pretty damn difficult to be unique, with a shiny new take on the supernatural.”
Out September 1, 2010! Even bigger SPOILER ALERT! Really, DON’T READ THE BLURB ON AMAZON if you haven’t read the other books first.
Heartless: Plugging away. Due Nov 1. IH Copy due soon.
Super Secret Project F: Under revision. Due July 1.
CAKE in Space: Trunked.
See table of contents here.
Short story turned in. The Mammoth Book of Paranormal Romance 2 available for preorder.

Quote of the Day:
“Nighttime is really the best time to work. All the ideas are there to be yours because everyone else is asleep.”
~ Catherine O’Hara

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  1. Okie said:

    I'd been wondering the same thing…about the octopi (is that right?). I haven't read beyond the first book yet but I really enjoyed it.

    Thanks for pointing out some of your inspiration for using them….I'm intrigued by its being the mascot of your group of friends. That's rather interesting.

    I also like that you point out the Verne and Lovecraft influence. It is interesting how often cephalopods make it into sci-fi.

    Thanks for a nice post. Glad I found your blog. 🙂

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