The Great Parasolverse read along continues with Imprudence, the second book in my Parasol Protectorate spin off series, this time going on a journey up the Nile through Egypt and Africa (which I very MUCH want to take myself).
released in July of 2016
Here are some fun blog posts and resources that tie to this book, researching Egypt & Africa during the 1890s, among other things. I love this book because it’s my “let’s find the source of the Nile” story. (Or in this case, the source of the werecats!)
Rue and the crew of the Spotted Custard return from India with revelations that shake the foundations of England’s scientific community.
Imprudence was a Barnes & Noble B. Dalton and Locus bestseller. It was the first of Gail’s books since Changeless not to hit the New York Times. Buy me a drink some time and I’ll tell you more. In the end I used it to parlaying never having to do a book tour again, as they sent me on a 2 week tour-from-hell and didn’t get what they wanted (the LIST).
Things Pertaining to This Book
- Blog posts about Imprudence
- Anitra character design board (we first meet Anitra as a child in Timeless) yes I always knew she was Aravani more on that in this blog post.
- Rodrigo Tarabotti Character Study!
- Imprudence Research & Reference Links
- Mahdist Sudan and Battle of Omdurman (right after Rue leaves this area)
- British Army during the Victorian Era
- Mid 1850’s Fern Fad: “Women collected and classified ferns, the cultivated and bred ferns, the made outdoor ferneries, the dried, pressed, mounted and framed ferns. They made splatter pictures of them.” ~ The Victorian House by Judith Flanders
- Intellectual Salon ~ The Land Leviathan in Steampunk
- Heterochromia iridum
- Why is Helium so Scarce?
- Laudanum, and its many uses
- Maxim gun (as opposed to the Gatling or the Nordenfelt)
- Maahes the ancient Egyptian lion-headed god of war, whose name means “he who is true beside her” and, of course, Sekhmet
- Victorian Meals Series: 1. Kitchens, 2. Cooking, 3. Upper-class Dinner
- Floote’s tank is often described as looking a bit like those ones for ladies who collected ferns or Wardian cases (a forerunner of the terrarium). I discovered this when researching Pteridomania or Fern-Fever, a craze for ferns that reached its height in the 1890s.
“Milk is the great difficulty in travelling tea-making. It cannot always be easily obtained, and milk carried about with one in a bottle does not long retain its freshness in hot weather. Some people do not object to the condensed or Swiss milk one buys in small tins. It has the advantage of being extremely portable, but I must confess, personally, to finding its effect detestable in tea or coffee.”
~ Hints to Lady Travellers: At Home and Abroad (Royal Geographic Society) by Lillias Campbell Davidson (1889)
The discovery of oxygen. I think there is a word for when multiple scientists discover the same important thing at (basically) the same time in disconnected locals (Kuhn would mutter something about dominant paradigms and the structure of scientific revolutions but that’s neither here nor there, unless you’re an entomologist, in which case it’s both) but I can’t remember what that word is.
Spot the Following?
- French lessons.
- The unbirth of a particularly important ghost.
- More about Alessandro Tarabotti’s sordid past.
- Lord Akeldama’s real name.
Reviewers Weigh In
All About Romance says:
“Ultimately Imprudence offers an interesting mix of silliness, real danger, and character development. Best of all is the resolution of longtime issues for Lord Maccon and Alexia, dating back to the last book in the Parasol Protectorate series, Timeless. Many authors stop a series, or slow down the time process, not wanting to age their characters. That’s simply not the case here. Ms. Carriger does go there, and she does it marvelously.”
Jo of Vampire Book Club says:
“Imprudence firmly cemented the Custard Protocol series as a worthy successor to Parasol Protectorate. Filled with adventure, friendship and romance, this is an immensely fun ride, in a wonderfully amusing world.”
The Smut Report says:
“…I can’t get enough of this quirky writing…”
Yours someday hoping to see the Sudd herself,
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