Gentle Reader, I present for your titillation links and quotes from some of the early reviews for Etiquette & Espionage.
I’ve taken pains to use only non-spoiler quotes, but I can’t guarantee that the full review will be spoiler free. So follow the links at your own risk…cheese pies may be hurled in your general direction. (Wouldn’t if be fun if “hurling the cheese pie” were a euphemism for spoilers?)
- Publisher’s Weekly Galley Talk says: “When I opened the novel, I was immediately enchanted and delighted.”
- A fan of the Parasol Protectorate weighs in: “Firstly, while it is very apparent from the tone and voice that this is the same author’s work, Carriger has done a fantastic job of giving it the feel of a young adult novel, as opposed to simply making the characters young, like many traditionally adult fiction authors can make the mistake of doing.”
- Elephants on Trapezes says: “Gail Carriger has a distinctive voice I still can’t quite describe other than to say that she has a talent for describing the most ridiculous things with a sly helping of droll humor.”
- Miss Literati says: “The names in the novel are fun and quirky and Sophronia and her friends have intriguing and goofy personalities.”
- WTF Are You Reading? is a little more guarded: “While it is true that Sophronia Temminnick is a very likable character and Etiquette and Espionage is a very readable book; both take a while to warm up to.”
- Shelf Awareness says: “If spunky Lady Sybil from Downton Abbey happened onto a steampunk set, she might look a lot like Sophronia Angelina Temminnick.”
- Megan Likes Books starts off with: “What a pleasant surprise this book was! I’ve always thought steampunk was cool, but this is my first time reading a steampunk novel. I love it!”
- Diary of the Bookworm says: “A totally different, but equally fantastic female lead, a whole new set of strange circumstances, the same great humour, and sleek writing prowess, and of course, the same Steampunk world her readers have become so enamoured of and voila! A new series that will captivate readers new to Carriger and her die hard fans alike.”
- Steampunk Canada says: “I love this new female heroine, I love the many ways Ms. Carriger has connected this series with her first, and I want my very own Bumbersnoot.”
- Fantasy Faction says: “it was as refreshing as a summer blackberry and ginger trifle and just as enjoyable.”
- Sci-Fi Fan Letter says: “The book is a fun romp, with quirky characters and a quick plot.”
- Skye’s Scribbling’s says: “Harry Potter meets Jeeves & Wooster. Or, if Jane Austen wrote Harry Potter after apprenticing under P.G. Wodehouse and H.G. Wells.”
- I Read to Relax! says: “The tie-ins to Carriger’s adult series had me giggling throughout.”
- Dark Faerie Tales says: “It doesn’t matter that Sophronia wasn’t considered to be lady-like, nor does it matter that she wasn’t as prim and proper as the others, I loved her for who she was.”
- Goldilox and the Three Weres says: “I admit to not having read Carriger’s popular adult series, Parasol Protectorate, but after reading – and loving! – this book I will certainly be remedying that!”
- Dark Matter Fanzine says: “Gail’s acerbic observations on human nature, social mores and manipulations, are hilarious…Highly recommended for fans of adventure/comedy, steampunk and comedies of manners such as The Importance of Being Ernest.”
Etiquette & Espionage has also received:
- A starred review from Kirkus
- A starred review from Publisher’s Weekly
- A starred review from Booklist
I’m quite overwhelmed and honored. Thanks to everyone for the nice things you have written about Etiquette & Espionage and for taking the time to review my book.
Your Tisane of Smart . . .
“Rules of the Road
The rule of the road is a paradox quite;
In riding or driving along,
If you keep to the left, you are sure to go right,
If you keep the the right, you are wrong.
The rule of the footpath is clear as the light,
and none can its reason withstand:
Each side of the way you must keeps to the right,
and give those you meet the left hand.
The rule of the rail is – soon come or soon go,
admitting of little delay;
If you go, get in quick – you’re left if you’re slow;
Get out – and get out of the way.”
~ Schott’s Quintessential Miscellany
Quote of the Day:
“Talent without discipline is like an octopus on roller skates. There’s plenty of movement, but you never know if it’s going to be forward, backwards, or sideways.”
~ H. Jackson Brown, Jr.