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Manners & Mutiny has been chosen as one of Amazon's most anticipated fall reads in Science Fiction & Fantasy. (Manners & Mutiny releases Nov. 3, 2015.)

A Crudrat update. I have signed the CDs and they are off for distribution. Crudrat MP3 $25. Carriger Short Story Quartet MP3 $15.

Gail's read along for September is Court of Fives by Kate Elliot.


Gail Carriger currently has three different book series, all set in her steampunk meets urbane fantasy vision of the Victorian past.

The Parasol Protectorate Series
1 Soulless, 2 Changeless, 3 Blameless, 4 Heartless, 5 Timeless

Soulless Changeless Blameles Heartless Timeless

This popular five books series chronicles the exploits of Alexia Tarabotti, a lady of considerable assets including a large Scottish werewolf, a battle-parasol, gossip, and treacle tart tenancies. Oh yes, and she has no soul.

The Finishing School Series
1 Etiquette & Espionage, 2 Curtsies & Conspiracies, 3 Waistcoats & Weaponry, 4 Manners & Mutiny


In this whimsical young adult series, Sophronia is secretly recruited to a finishing academy located in a giant caterpillar-like dirigible in which young ladies are taught to . . . finish . . . everything . . . and everyone . . . as needed.

The Custard Protocol Series
1 Prudence, 2 Imprudence

Prudence Imprudence

The British Empire is deflating, only Rue and her marauding team of outrageous miscreants in their high-tech dirigible, the Spotted Custard, are left charging about trying to fix things, loudly and mainly with tea.

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Obligatory Bio

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. Miss 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.


Miss Carriger's books are published in eighteen different languages. All twelve of them are New York Times bestsellers via seven different lists (Mass Market, Hardcover, eBook, Combined Print & eBook, Young Adult, Children's Series, and #1 in Manga). She has received the Alex Award from the American Library Association (for Soulless), the Steampunk Chronicle's Reader's Choice Award in YA (for Waistcoats & Weaponry), and the Prix Julia Verlanger and the Elbakin Award from French readers. In 2012 she was honored with a Starburner Award in Literature for her "contributions to the steampunk community."

The Parasol Protectorate series begins with Soulless and has been turned into a graphic novel and optioned for TV. Her young adult Finishing School series begins with Etiquette & Espionage and follows the exploits of Sophronia, a young woman who discovers her dreaded lady's seminary is a great deal more deadly than expected. In the Custard Protocol series, beginning with Prudence, Rue and her crack (or possibly cracked) dirigible crew get into trouble around the Empire on behalf of queen, country, and tea. Gail also has a full cast audio production of her YA sci-fi Crudrat.

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September's Book Group Pick ~ Court of Fives by Kate Elliott


For the month of September I've chosen, Court of Fives by Kate Elliott!

  • Title: Court of Fives
  • Author: Kate Elliott
  • Series: Yes. This is the first one.
  • Publisher: Little Brown
  • Release Date: August 18, 2015
  • Format of Gail's Reading: .mobi
  • How Gail got it: Begged her editor at Little Brown

All cards on the table, Gentle Reader. I read this book back in January, but I will be rereading it along with you this month because I can't wait to reread it. Occasionally, being a professional author has its perks and getting early review copies, especially if you share an editor, is one of them. As soon as I heard about this book and read the blurb you know I had to have it. I pinged my editor, who sent me a copy in December and I read it while recovering from the flu in January.

From SF Signal: In this imaginative escape into an enthralling new world, World Fantasy Award finalist Kate Elliott’s first young adult novel weaves an epic story of a girl struggling to do what she loves in a society suffocated by rules of class and privilege.

Jessamy’s life is a balance between acting like an upper-class Patron and dreaming of the freedom of the Commoners. But away from her family she can be whoever she wants when she sneaks out to train for The Fives, an intricate, multilevel athletic competition that offers a chance for glory to the kingdom’s best contenders. Then Jes meets Kalliarkos, and an unlikely friendship between two Fives competitors–one of mixed race and the other a Patron boy–causes heads to turn. When Kal’s powerful, scheming uncle tears Jes’s family apart, she’ll have to test her new friend’s loyalty and risk the vengeance of a royal clan to save her mother and sisters from certain death.

Here is their review.

Do I detect a little ode to the Hunger Games, perhaps, in this cover?

Kate herself says the following:

"The description by the publisher calls it “an epic story of a girl struggling to do what she loves in a society suffocated by rules of class and privilege.” LBYR has also pitched it as “Little Women meets Game of Thrones meets The Hunger Games,” while I have described it as “Little Women meets the Count of Monte Cristo in a fantasy setting inspired by Greco-Roman Egypt.” I guarantee it is the fastest-paced book of anything I’ve written up to now."

What do I think?

It is amazing.

No, really, just remarkable. (You'll see on Amazon that I gave it a pull quote. I NEVER do that.)

Kate manages to combine everything I love best in a YA novel. Jes is a killer protagonist: tough, capable, but also lost in her upbringing and faced with impossible choices that test her character and her beliefs. Her family dynamic is genius. The love and combativeness between sisters is touching and realistic. The story is tight and tidy, comprised of rings within rings twisting and matching to one another. It's rich with detail, but plot is tied back to description in a way that makes the reader grateful for having paid attention to Kate's lyrical prose.

The setting is an alternate Ancient Egypt under Roman rule, meets Etruscan, with the trials reminding me of a Mayan ball game meets Ancient Spartan gymnasium. There's a lovely youthful romantic thread, but I warn you this is the beginning of a trilogy(?) and the ending of this first book, while flipping brilliant (literally and figuratively), is bittersweet.

If you can afford to buy this book, please do so. It deserves all the support that it can get. It's that good. I am always so frightened that something this well written and smart will suffer under the slings and arrows of commercialism.

Final thought, if you are a particular fan of Eloise Jarvis McGraw's Mara: Daughter of the Nile or Tamora Pierce's Trickster's Choice/Trickster's Queen, this book will not fail you.

{Gail's monthly read along for September is Court of Fives by Kate Elliott}


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  • Manners & Mutiny ~ The Finishing School Book the Last. Releases Nov. 3, 2015. Available for pre-order! In production.
  • Imprudence ~ Custard Protocol Book the Second. Working rough draft, about 1/2 way.

The Books! 

 The Finishing School Series
1 Etiquette & Espionage, 2 Curtsies & Conspiracies,
3 Waistcoats & Weaponry, 4 Manners & Mutiny
 The Custard Protocol Series
 1 Prudence, 2 Imprudence
The Parasol Protectorate Series
1 Soulless, 2 Changeless, 3 Blameless, 4 Heartless, 5 Timeless
Parasol Protectorate Series manga graphic novels.
Soulless Vol. 1, Soulless Vol. 2, Soulless Vol. 3 (There are only 3.)
 $0.99 short stories (ebook only)
Marine Biology; My Sister's Song; Fairy Debt;
The Curious Case of the Werewolf That Wasn't, the Mummy That Was, and the Cat in the Jar

Book News:
BloomTV does a blog on Prudence and says: “Gail Carriger does amazing worldbuilding and this book, especially. She really expanded on the the world that she’d created in the Parasol Protectorate and Finishing School series. Obviously, it takes place in India so we got to see the world and how it is in India …”

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“I'll bet what motivated the British to colonize so much of the world is that they were just looking for a decent meal.”
~ Martha Harrison

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