So, officially, Gentle Reader, here is the cover for the second book!
It’s up for preorder on Amazon.com but be WARNED the blurb for the second book reveals SPOILERS from the first. So if you haven’t read Soulless yet, just look at the pretty picture, don’t read at the description, please. Unless you’re like me and you like spoilers, in which case sally on. Amazon claims to be putting it up in March, but unless Orbit puts a gag on the second book I imagine it will start to go on sale in brick & mortars slightly before that, as happened with Soulless.
In the traipsing about the internet roster, first up it isn’t me being interviewed by the Mad Hatter, it’s Alexia and Lord Maccon! As always they have much to say for themselves.
MH: Now, Alexia, my dear, what made you choose someone such as Gail Carriger to chronicle your life story? And why do you think other people would want to hear about you traipsing about with Werewolves and Vampires? This is most unbecoming information concerning a well-bred lady such as yourself.
ALEXIA: Well, the horrible little strumpet chronicled my doings entirely without my knowledge or approval. Naturally, I am considering legal action, but right this moment I simply don’t have the time to chase after a minor American authoress with delusions of grandeur. Really, what one has to wonder is, how does she get all of her information?
LORD MACCON (under his breath): Lord Akeldama perhaps?
And as if they weren’t enough to handle he goes on to interview Lord Akeldama. As usual Lord Akeldama reveals little while saying much.
MH: How do you view the Victorian era versus the other epoch’s you’ve lived through?
LORD AKELDAMA: Ah, sugar bell, I do find this era a little staid in the matter of color and shoe adornments, and of course I simply cannot and will not approve of the muttonchops. Not even slightly. But I shall admit that I do find some of the new brass accessories unexpectedly intriguing.
Fantasy Cafe and I discuss much of the business of writing. For example:
FC: Did you learn anything about the process that you wish you’d known beforehand?
GC: Lots of terms that I won’t bore you with here (like “in house copy”), a few behavior modifications, and one or two better luck next times.
The Steampunk Scholar analyzes the steampunk nature of Soulless – as he should, that’s his thing. As ever he does it with brilliant aplomb.
I’ve done a proper review of Gail Carriger’s Soulless for the current issue of Exhibition Hall [issue #2], but as I decided earlier this year, I’m not reviewing books here: I’m analyzing them for how they contribute to the steampunk aesthetic. When Carriger sent me an advance copy of her novel, she apologized for the lack of steampunk, by which I believe she meant steam-tech, as Soulless stands within the aesthetic boundaries I’ve been drawing up here at Steampunk Scholar. I’m not of the opinion that anachronistic brass Babbage Engines a steampunk story make. I often feel like I’m beating the proverbial dead horse when I say this, but if that’s all steampunk amounts to, someone needs to phone up Steamcon and tell them to un-invite Tim Powers: he’s out of the club.
Quote of the Day:
“When once the itch of literature comes over a man, nothing can cure it but the scratching of a pen.”
~ Samuel Lover