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A Completely Biased List of Funny Books that Make Me LAUGH! (Gail Carriger Recommends Humor & Comedy)

Posted by Gail Carriger

I am often on panels at events having to do with writing comedy and humor (I even teach a class on the subject). Because it comes up a lot and I always want to laugh, I have decided to provide a list here of some of my favorites. In the cases where the author in question writes lots of funny stuff I have chosen my particular favorite or the first in a series, whichever seems best. 

This list is part of the FAQ series of things I get asked about a lot so it will remain as a resource and be updated regularly.

“The man behind the bar told us the things were called Green Swizzles; and, if ever I marry and have a son, Green Swizzle Wooster is the name that will go down on the register…”

~ Carry On, Jeeves by P.G. Wodehouse

Gail’s Entirely Biased Funny Books List

YA & Middle Grade 

Non SF/F: 

SF/F

Feel free to comment with other offerings but…

  1. Please don’t repeat an author already mentioned.
  2. Please don’t recommend a fiction book that isn’t primarily funny. (There are plenty of books that have humor IN THEM, but also get dark, violent, and rape-y. I don’t like that.) Remember my taste leans towards gentle, romantic and fun.
  3. No humorists essay/memoir types.
  4. Please respect the general tenor of my own books and think in terms of what those kinds of readers would enjoy.

As always, your care, courtesy, and polite thoughtfulness is appreciated.

“‘There are moments, Jeeves, when one asks oneself, “Do trousers matter?”’

‘The mood will pass, sir.’”

~  P. G. Wodehouse, Very Good, Jeeves

I also have a humor bookshelf on Goodreads that I add to regularly.

Quick reminder if you join the Chirrup by end of day tomorrow (Sept 7, 2019) and confirm your email, you’ll get my newsletter on Sunday. In addition to secret behind the scenes information you can enter to win this awesome goodie box:

Also, it’s chock full of gossip! I confess to disliking something immensely in Scotland/Ireland and I talk about a book of mine being soundly rejected. These are things I’d never talk about publicly and are exclusive to my Chirrup members.

Yours (destined to be killed by a tumbling TBR pile),

Miss Gail

Coop de Book pick for September 2019! Still Waters by Alex Gabriel, about a nix and a hunter, enemies who must band together to stop a monster and protect something they never thought they would have… a home. They may even learn to like each other along the way. There’s one sex scene but this is more fairy tale fantasy than romance, eerie without being dark, and a little bit wonderful. 

However, it’s not funny. Sorry…

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Reticence: The forth and final Custard Protocol Book!

Reticence

USA & Canada: Amazon print & digital & audiobook | Kobo | B & N | Apple | Audible | Other

UK digitalprint | Kobo UK | Apple UK coming soon I hope

Amazon Overseas DE | FR | AU 

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“I can’t really say too much more without spoilers, but I love being in Percy’s head, I want to be Arsenic, and Spoo is great! Lots of old favourites and future characters popping up to say hi. A satisfying adventure and rescue. Politeness, fisticuffs and tea. Everything we love and expect from Gail Carriger.”

Roberta Reads

UPCOMING SCRIBBLES

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Brooch or Bracelet, early 20th century, horsehair dyed and worked in Youghal, Dublin Museum

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

Chatelaines, Dublin Museum

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

How the Facebook-FTC Agreement Will Affect You and Your Data

Book News:

Sophril Reads says of Imprudence:

“I enjoyed this book so much more than the first one! The journey that Rue is on I feel that so many people can relate to, and seeing how it all works out was just beautiful!”

Quote of the Day:

“He was white and shaken, like a dry martini.”

~ P.G. Wodehouse

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The Great Parasolverse Read Along ~ How to Marry a Werewolf Special Extras (Claw & Courtship)

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

The Great Parasolverse read along CONCLUDES at last with How to Marry a Werewolf (In 10 Easy Steps), the first book in my newest novella Claw & Courtship line. This story returns me to my Soulless roots, with a heterosexual couple one of whom is a werewolf. It features, however, my first American female main character. (GASP!) This is also, currently my only book available in LARGE TYPE. (And likely to remain so.)

July 7/15-7/21

How to Marry a Werewolf novella

released in May of 2018

Here are some fun blog posts and resources that tie to this book, character building, why I decided to redeem Channing, why Faith is a geologist, and more.

Faith crosses the Atlantic, looking for a marriage of convenience and revenge. But things are done differently in London. Werewolves are civilized. At least they pretend to be.

Author Thoughts on This Book

I’ve talked in person a lot about how I don’t really start writing a book until I have a “scene epiphany.” This isn’t always (or even often) the first scene in a book. And I don’t always remember which one it is. But I DO remember which one it was for How to Marry a Werewolf. It was the confrontation between Faith and Channing over rocks in a suitcase. I can still see it with perfect clarity in my head.

Without question How to Marry is my most commercially successful novella. I noodled over why, the title? The cover? The release time of year? The more standard het relationship? Channing? Facebook ads? Story pitch? But therein lies madness. The only way to know for sure is to do another in this line and see what happens.

So don’t worry there will be more!

“Who the devil are you?” Alexia asked, the man’s cavalier interference irritating her into using actual profanity. “Major Channing Channing of the Chesterfield Channings.” Alexia gawked. No wonder he was so very full of himself. One would have to be, laboring all one’s life under a name like that.

~ From Channing’s first appearance in Changeless

Incidentally it’s no accident that Madame Lefoux and Channing both first appear in Changeless, since they are kind of foils for each other.

Things Pertaining to this Book

New Main Characters!

  • Channing character design board, he first appears in Changeless (then the rest of the Parasol Protectorate series) and has a small but important roll to play in How to Marry a Werewolf, hints as to his backstory are dropped in Romancing the Werewolf
  • Channing Channing of the Chesterfield Channings is a Cad (in 4 Quotes)
  • Faith character design board, I chose sedimentary geology for her academic interest because as an archaeologist I carry a minor in geology
  • Teddy character design board, I wanted to introduce the concept of familial friendships in this book, since it was so common in the Victorian era but I hadn’t really dealt with it before

In which I ate a piece of cake to celebrate my book baby, about the size of said book baby

Reviews of How To Marry A Werewolf…

Book Loving Nut says:

“This book is a lot of fun but also goes a little deeper and darker into the worst of Parasolverse society problems than some of Carriger’s other books. From what sends Faith to London to Channing’s own past, I’d call both backstories much more tragic than others Carriger has written. It gives these two more minor characters a bit of depth that we don’t always get for “lesser” characters.”

Jessticulates says:

“Despite its darker elements, or perhaps because of them, this was a lovely read. Faith and Channing’s relationship isn’t an all-consuming love story, but a story of two people finding something they both need in one another.”

Yours with werewolves,

Miss Gail

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The 5th Gender (A Tinkered Stars Mystery as G. L. Carriger).

Amazon | Elsewhere | Direct from Gail
Audio is coming. 

Sci-fi queer romance meets cozy mystery in which a hot space station cop meets the most adorable purple alien ever (lavender, pulease!) from a race with 5 genders.

Every Book a Doorway says of The 5th Gender

“I think Carriger did an excellent job of creating – and conveying – zyga as an identity; the eponymous 5th gender of the title. It’s incredibly important to Tris, the story, and his culture, and I found it deeply moving. It’s a really beautiful concept/identity, one that hearkens to the roles queer people have held in many different cultures, and especially the minor revelation of the last few pages just took my breath away.”

UPCOMING SCRIBBLES

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Watch: Stunning, Rainbow-Colored Blanket Octopus Caught on Camera

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

Haunting Video Is The First Footage Ever Recorded of a Giant Squid in US Waters

Book News:

Interview with Gail in Denver

Quote of the Day:

Your Moment of Gail

 

“I suspect it may be like the difference between a drinker and an alcoholic; the one merely reads books, the other needs books to make it through the day.”

(Interview with The Booklovers blog, September 2010)” ~ Gail Carriger

Questions about Gail’s Parasolverse? Wiki that sheez!

 

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Competence Special Extras (Custard Protocol)

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

The Great Parasolverse read along continues with Competence, the third book in my Parasol Protectorate spin off Custard Protocol series. This is the first time I switch main characters mid series, and the first time I wrote a queer central love story for a major NY publisher. This was also my first truly hybrid book, with me publishing it overseas myself, while a traditional publisher handled the USA and Canada.

A lot of firsts.

Competence released in July of 2018

At RWA with my new babies!

There was a year gap between this book and the one prior because I was in contract negotiations for the final two books in this series. During that time, I published several novellas and focused on my indie career. Because I wasn’t sure if Competence and Reticence would even happen, the first two books in this series are designed to stand together as a duology.

Here are some fun blog posts and resources that tie to this book, includes that fact that I have visited both Singapore and Peru, plus my struggles with bringing out a UK overseas edition myself. (I declined my UK publisher’s offer because it was so low for such a large rights grab.)

All alone in Singapore, proper Miss Primrose Tunstell must steal helium to save her airship, in a scheme involving a lovesick werecat and a fake fish tail.

Competence was an Amazon, Borderlands, and Locus bestseller.

Publisher’s Weekly said:

“Carriger excels at wry humor and clever phrasing, and her ensemble cast is thoroughly charming and satisfyingly diverse. There’s a genuine sense of whimsy and fun running throughout this story, making it a treat for fans of the series.”

Things Pertaining to This Book

ace-artemis-fanartist – Primrose Tunstell and Tasherit Sekhmet from the Custard Protocol series

Competence in Fashion on Retro Rack

Primrose and Tasherit by Ace Artemis Fan Artist

Accolades

Competence Early Reviews

Book Loving Nut says of Competence:

“Percy’s POV is awkward and often unpleasant, just like the man himself. However, over time you can’t help but start to find him endearing despite his many faults. Somehow, even though he’s still insufferable, Carriger makes the guy surprisingly likable. HOW? I will never know.”

All Things Urban Fantasy says:

“I adored COMPETENCE and the story ends pretty neatly, or as neatly as this wonderfully quirky series can. Luckily this is not the end for the crew of the Spotted Custard since there are still some loose story threads that need to be tied up.”

Lit Bitch says:

“This was everything I’ve come to expect from Carriger……imaginative, with loads and loads of adventure, a little tastefully done romance, and a seamless blend of Steampunk and fantasy in a unified world.” 

Ace Artemis Fan Artist Merlion from Competence

Carolyn Cushman says in Locus Magazine:

“Over­all, though, this is less about thrilling adventures and new discoveries than about the highly entertain­ing Seduction of Primrose, nicely wrapped up with happy endings for much of the crew.”

The Furious Reader says:

There are so many great lines in this book, but I think what really just captures the spirit of Prim is, “Prim didn’t like guns, and she didn’t like to have to shoot them, but that didn’t stop her from being very, very good at it.”

Amanda J. McGee says:

“This story is a coming out story of the best kind. It deals with not only attraction, but with the broader implications of coming out – the costs, both perceived and actual, and how those are not always the same; the embrace of family, both found and otherwise; and the joy of finally being yourself and letting go of the ideas of who you should be.”

The Smut Report says:

“So, as I said, the real treat of this book is the opportunity to reconsider what’s important (while also enjoying a little lighthearted escapism).”

ace-artemis-fanartist-Finished-Imprudence-Primrose-and-Tasherit-are-my-newest-ship

Yours,

Miss Gail

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The 5th Gender (A Tinkered Stars Mystery as G. L. Carriger).

Amazon | Elsewhere | Direct from Gail
Audio is coming. 

Sci-fi queer romance meets cozy mystery in which a hot space station cop meets the most adorable purple alien ever (lavender, pulease!) from a race with 5 genders.

The Lit Bitch says of The 5th Gender:

“Carriger does such a fantastic job with her world building and this book is no exception. The world is richly described and interesting, but it’s the mystery/plot that really push this one forward.”

UPCOMING SCRIBBLES

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

via fawnvelveteen-tumblr Arthur Hacker – Lost Parasol

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

I loved many things about Singapore but these pandan kaya bao might be my favorite. I still dream about them

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

That time when I did a live broadcast FROM Singapore (which is one of the reasons it ended up in a book. I’m more likely to write about a country if I have actually been there.

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

How Many Words In A Novel? It Depends On Your Genre 

Book News:

World Anvil Interview 

In which I give some writing advice, worldbuilding thoughts, and talk integration of queer characters.

Mentioned in the video:

Quote of the Day:

“Cats liked to occupy liminal spaces: both inside and outside, both tame and wild, both yawn and meow.”

~ Competence

Your Moment of Gail

 

“I suspect it may be like the difference between a drinker and an alcoholic; the one merely reads books, the other needs books to make it through the day.”

(Interview with The Booklovers blog, September 2010)” ~ Gail Carriger

Questions about Gail’s Parasolverse? Wiki that sheez!


Romancing the Werewolf Special Extras (Supernatural Society)

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

The Great Parasolverse read along continues with Romancing the Werewolf, the third novella I wrote and my first gay romance.

Romancing the Werewolf released in November of 2017

Here are some fun blog posts and resources that tie to Biffy & Lyall, reunion romances, not to mention writing the most requested story for the most popular side couple.

Biffy, newly minted Alpha of the London Pack, is not having a good Christmas. His Beta abandoned him. His werewolves object to his curtain choices. And someone keeps leaving human babies on his doorstep.

This was a joy to write, I have always enjoyed reunion romances. And even though it was much anticipated, for some reason I didn’t feel the pressure with this one. I think because I just KNEW Biffy and Lyall so well, and I knew how they fit.

Also it was fun to do something set during the winter holidays. I don’t normally do Christmas type stuff, but I had a good time with this one not to mention the weird cult ritual aspect (and yes I am comparing leaving squash on a doorstep to erecting a tree in a living room because equally weird.)

Did you notice the opening sequence is a Biffy POV scene from Timeless that I rewrote from Lyall’s POV? Aren’t I a tricky bit of baggage?

Things Pertaining to This Book

Biffy Robin Lyall by ace-artemis-fanartist on Tumblr

Characters In Depth

  • Biffy & Lyall fan art by Ace Artemis
  • London Pack design board. I didn’t put too much into coloring Conall’s pack in until they became Biffy’s.
  • Professor Lyall character design board. Lyall was built as a foil to Lord Maccon and increasing I fell in love with him. He shows up in most of my series in some form or another. Professor Randolph Lyall Original Character Study
  • Biffy character design board (Biffy started out a very minor character, I never intended his art to be so dramatic he has an increasingly large roll in the Parasol Protectorate series before this book. He shows up again in the Custard Protocol series and How to Marry a Werewolf.)
  • Biffy character study in depth.
  • Soulless Manga Art Launch ~ Professor Lyall

I also have a Pinterest board full of Queer History

Men’s Fashion On Retro Rack

Romancing the Werewolf reviews!

Book Loving Nut says:

“I would give this book 6 nuts is such a thing existed. That’s not a joke or exaggeration, I loved this book that much. While it’s the second of the Supernatural Society novellas, it is without doubt first in my heart and probably my favorite piece of Parasolverse writing.”

Jessticulates says:

“After Lyall and Biffy’s bittersweet parting in Timeless, I was so ready for a reunion between the two of them set at Christmas and Romancing the Werewolf certainly scratched that itch.”

The Smut Report says:

“All in all, this book is enjoyable. Biffy and Lyall are likeable characters, and I find Carriger’s writing generally delightful…”

Further reading…

Queer Characters? Blame Mercedes Lackey, Behind The Supernatural Society (Special Extras)

Yours with adorable werewolves,

Miss Gail

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The 5th Gender (A Tinkered Stars Mystery as G. L. Carriger).

Amazon | Elsewhere | Direct from Gail
Audio is coming. 

Sci-fi queer romance meets cozy mystery in which a hot space station cop meets the most adorable purple alien ever (lavender, pulease!) from a race with 5 genders.

UPCOMING SCRIBBLES

  • Reticence, The 4th and final Custard Protocol book. Aug 6, 2019
  • Fan Service Omnibus (SOLD OUT), Oct 2019 to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of Soulless.
  • Need to know what Gail is writing right now? That’s in the Chirrup.

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Ladies’ Friend November, 1870

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

Tea and Book Pairings For Your Afternoon Cuppa

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

“The best way to send information is to wrap it up in a person.”

~ Robert Oppenheimer

Book News:

Meeting some well dressed readers at Denver’s Pop Culture Con 2019

Quote of the Day:

“What I really thought was that I had ordered a goat when I was drunk and forgot.”

~ Borderlands Books’ hilarious “Overheard in the store” April News

Your Moment of Gail

 

“I suspect it may be like the difference between a drinker and an alcoholic; the one merely reads books, the other needs books to make it through the day.”

(Interview with The Booklovers blog, September 2010)” ~ Gail Carriger

Questions about Gail’s Parasolverse? Wiki that sheez!


Imprudence Special Extras (Custard Protocol)

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

Imprudence is 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).

Imprudence 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).

1893 General Gordans Last Stand Kartoum, occurred just before the events in the Imprudence.

Things Pertaining to This Book

“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.

More Behind the Scenes of this book.

Spot the Following?

  1. French lessons.
  2. The unbirth of a particularly important ghost.
  3. More about Alessandro Tarabotti’s sordid past.
  4. 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…”

More Praise for Custard Protocol

Yours someday hoping to see the Sudd herself,

Miss Gail

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OUT NOW! (Happy Pride!)

The 5th Gender (A Tinkered Stars Mystery as G. L. Carriger).

Amazon | Elsewhere | Direct from Gail
Audio is coming. 

Sci-fi queer romance meets cozy mystery in which a hot space station cop meets the most adorable purple alien ever (lavender, pulease!) from a race with 5 genders.

UPCOMING SCRIBBLES

  • Reticence, The 4th and final Custard Protocol book. Aug 6, 2019
  • Fan Service Omnibus (SOLD OUT), Oct 2019 to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of Soulless.
  • Need to know what Gail is writing right now? That’s in the Chirrup.

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Journal des Demoiselles Date June, 1873

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

1891 Children in amazing hats

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

Will Apple Just Kill iTunes Already?

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

Book News:

Every author has a process, after 10 years of careful honing mine seems to be:
Stare into empty teapot, frantically type 12 different sub genres at once, make myself sick on seaweed popcorn and sour gummies. Make fresh cuppa to recuperate.

~ Self on Twitter

Quote of the Day:

Your Moment of Gail

 

“I suspect it may be like the difference between a drinker and an alcoholic; the one merely reads books, the other needs books to make it through the day.”

(Interview with The Booklovers blog, September 2010)” ~ Gail Carriger

Questions about Gail’s Parasolverse? Wiki that sheez!


Prudence Special Extras (Custard Protocol Special)

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

Prudence is the first book in my Parasol Protectorate spin off series, focused on the next generation with a group dynamic and a caper bent.

Prudence released in April of 2015

Here are some fun blog posts and resources that tie to this book, like researching India.

Prudence was probably the hardest book I ever had to write, it hit the NYT through dint of being on special offer (I think) in both ebook and hardcover when it launched. This was the first time Orbit released me in hardcover and this series got confused (by bookstores) with my YA series as a result.

Introducing the Custard Protocol series, in which Prudence travels to India for Queen, country…and the perfect pot of tea.

Prudence was a New York Times and USA Today bestseller, an Amazon Best Book Pick in Romance and Sci-Fi/Fantasy categories, and Library Reads pick.

Writing Prudence

When I started this new series I had to not only go back a see where I left things in the world, after Timeless (plus 20 years) I also hard to research what was going on around the world at the time. So there was a lot of background work to do before I even started the story.

Here’s what my desk looked like when I was doing that…

As I started actually writing Prudence, I realized it was not going to be possible for me to write this story while I was still writing the final Finishing School books.

This meant I had to ask my publisher for a delay. I talk all about this creative crisis in this blog post…

Analytical Versus Creative or Why Gail’s Life Went Bang

Going through this process actually made me trust you, my fans, a great deal more than I had previously.

I thought you would be mad at me, or harsh, about the fact that I had to take a delay on Prudence. But instead you were universally kind and understanding.

It’s for this reason I am a lot more honest with my reader base about my creative challenges than many authors I know.

Anglicization – In Which We Revisit the Ladybird Problem (Occasional FAQ)

Inspiration, Disinfectant Sunflowers & Praise for Gail Carriger’s Prudence (Behind the Magic of the Custard Protocol)

Things Pertaining to This Book

7 Deleted Scenes for Gail Carriger’s Prudence (Custard Protocol Special Extras)

Retro Rack posts on the fashion in the Custard Protocol Series:

Rue wears this outfit in Chapter 10: Egypt

Cutwork Leather Boots, ca. 1890 via Chicago History Museum, Parasol 1890s  The Metropolitan Museum of Art, dress 1890s  Nordiska Museet.

Aren’t you mad for the boots? I wrote the whole scene around them.

All About Parasols, What Do Prim/Rue/Alexia’s Actually look like? (Parasol Protectorate & Custard Protocol Special Extras)

All About Romance says of the Prudence audiobook:

“It took just minutes to realize that Moira Quirk is the perfect narrator for this book, bringing the right sense of humor and tone to every character. Yes, indeed, some are rather over the top – Lord Akeldama most notably – but that’s exactly how Ms. Carriger writes the characters.”

Prudence Stuff in a Cubby in my office

Prudence Stuff in a Cubby in my office

The Smut Report says of Prudence:

“The story takes delight in its own absurdity, which makes it utterly a true pleasure to read.”

Rue Quesnel Prim Percy by Ace Artemis

I hope you’ve enjoyed these bits and bobs about Prudence.

Yours in perpetual research,

Miss Gail

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OUT NOW!

The 5th Gender (A Tinkered Stars Mystery as G. L. Carriger).

Amazon | Elsewhere | Direct from Gail
Audio is coming. 

Sci-fi queer romance meets cozy mystery in which a hot space station cop meets the most adorable purple alien ever (lavender, pulease!) from a race with 5 genders.

UPCOMING SCRIBBLES

  • Reticence, The 4th and final Custard Protocol book. Aug 6, 2019
  • Fan Service Omnibus (sold out), Oct 2019 to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of Soulless.
  • Need to know what Gail is writing right now? That’s in the Chirrup.

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Day dress, 1895-96 From the Cincinnati Art Museum

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Similar fashion plate 1896 via cimetiere-chanson- tumblr

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

Toss Me a Salad

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

Patreon, Copyright, & Personal Choice

Book News:

Soulless Illustrated cover has been nominated Chesley award! Here’s the full list.

Quote of the Day:

I’ve just made a revelatory discovery. I believe my jam ranking has shifted, this late in the game, from: 1. Raspberry 2. Cherry to 1. Cherry 2. Raspberry. I know. Shocking twist!

~ Self on Twitter

Your Moment of Gail

 

“I suspect it may be like the difference between a drinker and an alcoholic; the one merely reads books, the other needs books to make it through the day.”

(Interview with The Booklovers blog, September 2010)” ~ Gail Carriger

Questions about Gail’s Parasolverse? Wiki that sheez!


Romancing the Inventor Special Extras (Supernatural Society)

Posted by Gail Carriger

Romancing the Inventor is the second novella I wrote and my first official queer romance.

Romancing the Inventor released in November of 2016

Here are some fun blog posts and resources that tie to this story. Research I did, chattering and amusement on the subject of May/December, lesbian, and class conflict relationships. This was also my first opportunity to show Channing in a kinder light.

Romancing the Inventor

Parlormaid seeks scientist!

Lesbian Victorian romance featuring a maid bent on seducing an imprisoned cross-dressing inventor.

The Beginning from the Author’s Side

I struggled to even start this book for a long time. I just couldn’t climb into Genevieve’s head. It wasn’t until Imogene leapt into being that I realized that’s because this book was meant to be her story. This book needed to be told entirely from Imogene’s perspective. I needed a lower class character and I needed someone younger than Genevieve.

Why?

Perhaps because I’m too close to Genevieve? I identify with her too strongly, so I couldn’t get the right perspective to write her as a POV character. Anyway, I’ve never been able too, she has always lived from the perspective of other characters with this air of mystery. And clearly my creative brain needed her to stay that way.

Once I knew how I was going to write this story, I had to wait because I hadn’t had a “scene epiphany” yet.

Then, one night it came to me, the semi-confrontation between Imogene and Channing outside a pub in a small village. There it was, it happened, and Imogene was born.

Which brings me to note that yes, the inclusion and softening of Channing in this book is entirely intentional. Why is he nicer to to Imogene than to other women? Because she is gay and lower class. Channing isn’t threatened by her. This is an important insight into has character that will come into play in How to Marry a Werewolf. 

Things Pertaining to this Book

  • Blog posts specific to Romancing the Inventor
  • The Pinterest story board for this book
  • A Moment of Madame Lefoux Fashion Loves on Retro Rack
  • Genevieve Lefoux character design board (Madame Lefoux appears in all my other series, although in the Finishing School books she is known as Vieve.)
  • Imogene Hale character design board (she reappears in Reticence) and yes, the “Hale” is an ode of Gaskall’s North & South
  • FYI: The Westminster Hive moved to Barking in Heartless
  • I have a board full of Queer History including quite a bit on male impersonators and Toms of the Victorian Era

RTI is probably my most critically well regarded book, it is my most popular audiobook but probably the least digitally read, of my novellas. I have no idea why. Or what is going on but I think it has to do with this being a lesbian romance and there being an enduring desire for these stories but not a huge audience looking specifically for them.

Genevieve and Imogene by Ace Artemis Fan Artist

What Reviewers Said of This Book

Book Loving Nut says:

“Ladies and gentlemen, this is a story I didn’t know I wanted. Adult Genevieve Lefoux has never appealed to me the way her childhood self did. For the first time though, I felt myself finally falling in love with her during this novella.”

The Lesbian Review says :

“This is a fantastic and quick read. Fans of Carriger’s will be well-served in picking up this novel, and those who aren’t familiar with her work will find it a great way of introducing themselves to her steampunk universe. I was sold at the name Genevieve Lefoux, and I suspect many others will be also. It’s a wonderful story with two characters who are more than a match for each other. The combination is electric and sure to please.”

Artemis Fan Artist Final ask for @glitterthegaywitch, who was sitting across from me reading Romancing the Inventor on my kindle while I was drawing the previous asks a few nights ago. She wanted Madame Lefoux and Imogene

Jess of Jessticulates says of Romancing the Inventor:

“Honestly I was surprised, at first, at how much darker this novella was compared to other books I’ve read by Carriger…. These darker elements didn’t stop it from being a sweet novella, though. In fact I really appreciated that Carriger didn’t make this story a silly one; Genevieve does wear her heart on her sleeve and it’s been broken before, so it was satisfying to see her work through that instead of watching her fall head over heels in love with Imogene…”

“I realise this is more of a gush than a review, but basically I loved this novella and I was thrilled to have a story devoted to Genevieve getting some kind of happy ending at last. If you’ve read and enjoyed the Parasol Protectorate series then you should definitely give this novella a try…”

Hidden in Pages says :

“Overall I loved this book and thought it was well done. It does an excellent job of filling in Lefoux’s storyline in the time between the Parasole Protectorate and The Custard Protocol. It was a fun and easy read but very romance heavy. Recommended to fans of Genevieve Lefoux especially!”

The Lesbian Review also says:

“The sexual tension is delicious, and the payoff is sweet and wonderful, while not being terribly graphic. Fans of Carriger’s work will love this dive into a secondary character’s life, while first-time readers may very well find themselves picking up Carriger’s novels.”

The Smut Reports says:

“Overall, this novella is a delightful read, mainly because the prose is so fun.”

Yours, finding the X,

Miss Gail

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OUT NOW!

The 5th Gender (A Tinkered Stars Mystery as G. L. Carriger).

Amazon | Elsewhere | Direct from Gail
Audio is coming. 

Sci-fi queer romance meets cozy mystery in which a hot space station cop meets the most adorable purple alien ever (lavender, pulease!) from a race with 5 genders.

UPCOMING SCRIBBLES

  • Reticence, The 4th and final Custard Protocol book. August 6, 2019
  • Fan Service Omnibus, October 2019 to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of Soulless.
  • Need to know what Gail is writing right now? That’s in the Chirrup.

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Le Moniteur de la Mode December, 1871

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

“Gentleman Jack” 9 Facts About Lesbian Legend Anne Lister to Know

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

Are you and author who “hates marketing”? Read this: 9 Habits: Brag

Book News:

Just mistyped the word “woman” as “womance” which I think is my favorite genre.

~ Self on Twitter

Quote of the Day:

“In general, I try not to microwave sour cream.”

~ Borderlands Books Hillarious “Overhead in the store” April News

Your Moment of Gail

 

“I suspect it may be like the difference between a drinker and an alcoholic; the one merely reads books, the other needs books to make it through the day.”

(Interview with The Booklovers blog, September 2010)” ~ Gail Carriger

Questions about Gail’s Parasolverse? Wiki that sheez!


Timeless Special Extras (Parasol Protectorate)

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

The Great Parasolverse read along continues with Timeless, the final Parasol Protectorate book. I talked a lot about ending a series when this book came out.  This was a first for me… ending a series.

Timeless released in March of 2012.

Here are some for the best blog posts that tie to this book. Chattering and amusement on the subject of Victorian Egypt, travel by sea, traveling acting troops, and unveiling more secrets of the Parasolverse .

This is the exciting and hilarious conclusion to the Parasol Protectorate series.

Timeless was a New York Times, Locus, and Publishers Weekly bestseller; was a Los Angeles Public Library Best Book of 2012; won the 2013 Prix Julia Verlanger Award(2013);  and the Parasol Protectorate Omnibus Volume Two was selected as a Best Book of the Year, by the Science Fiction Book Club.

Writing Timeless

I blogged about ending a series at the time in two parts, the practical mechanics of it and also the emotional feelings and my own personal struggles. I have to say that since then I’ve learned to feel differently about the last book in a series. In fact, writing the final book has become my favorite thing to do, because it’s an opportunity to wrap so much up and I LOVE that. It really suits my personality with is very organized, neat, and tidy (maybe a little OCD, but that’s just because the world isn’t as tidy as I want it to be).

Timeless still has some of my favorite comedy scenes I’ve ever written:

  • Lord Akeldama with Prudence and the bath
  • Ivy and Tunstell’s theater show
  • The riding a donkey sequence in Egypt

For the eagle eye of the super fan, yes, Ivy’s stage costume is, indeed, me lampooning the original German covers of the Parasol Protectorate books (also the second run printing in France).

German cover of Timeless

I have always believed that the best revenge is evisceration  in print.

Extras Pertaining to This Book

  • Blog posts specific to this book
  • Ivy Abroad and what she might wear, over on Retro Rack.
  • Floote character design board (Floote reappears in all my series, but this is his pivot point, I nearly killed him in this book)
  • Tunstell character design board

Random Author thoughts concerning Timeless

  • Yes, I knew Ivy’s arc from the get go, she was ways always intended for this outcome.
  • Biffy however was a complete surprise to me.
  • I knew Lyall & Alessandro’s back story from Changeless on.
  • I have written several of Alessandro’s journal entries that never made it into this book, I’m keeping them to perhaps one day write his book.
  • I worked for an Egyptian museum and I had always intended to be an Egyptologist until I reached university and realized my skills were better suited to Materials Archaeology. Still, the Middle Kingdom is a great love of mine, particularly the queens, hence Hatshepsut.
  • In addition to Ivy’s costume at the beginning of the book (based on my German covers) Tunstell’s costume is based on a friend’s panto gig at the Dickens Christmas Fair.

The many faces of Alexia…

The Many Faces of Alexia, T-B, L-R: Japan, Spain, Omnibus, USA, Germany, Manga

After Dark Book Lovers says of Timeless:

“The finale was a mix of crazy, tense, funny and heartwrenching. It was 3am and I was literally crying near the end. My cold, dead heart was shocked, let me tell you. Loved it. Great series, and it’s even greater because it has a solid ending.”

Yours (sadly never having visited Egypt),

Miss Gail

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OUT NEXT!

The 5th Gender (A Tinkered Stars Mystery as G. L. Carriger).

Preorder on Amazon | Elsewhere | Direct from Gail
Audio is coming. 

UPCOMING SCRIBBLES

  • Reticence, The 4th and final Custard Protocol book. August 6, 2019
  • Fan Service Omnibus, October 2019 to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of Soulless.
  • Need to know what Gail is writing right now? That’s in the Chirrup.

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Peterson’s Magazine June, 1879

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

Who Adapted it Better? TV vs. Movie Adaptations

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

Business Musings: Outrage Fatigue

Book News:

Words Words Words says of Timeless:

“I have now finished Gail Carriger’s Parasol Protectorate series. It had an incredibly strong finish, and I had the urge to start the series over from the beginning.”

Quote of the Day:

“Ever type a word. Pause. Then just look at it and be like… no…. no? That CAN’T be how that’s spelled. Can it?”

~ Self on Twitter

Your Moment of Gail

 

“I suspect it may be like the difference between a drinker and an alcoholic; the one merely reads books, the other needs books to make it through the day.”

(Interview with The Booklovers blog, September 2010)” ~ Gail Carriger

Questions about Gail’s Parasolverse? Wiki that sheez!


Gail Carriger’s Reading Wheelhouse: What I Hate, What Turns Me Off, What I Won’t Read in BOOKS!

Posted by Gail Carriger

Well hello, Gentle Reader! I covered what I like in this post now I am going to talk all about what I really don’t like in terms of reading wheelhouses.

THINGS GAIL CARRIGER

ISN’T INTERESTED IN READING

I know I know, I don’t like putting negativity out into the world but I always want something I can direct people to who will persist in asking me to blurb/read books.

Ready? Here we go!

4 Systemic Issues That Really Turn Me Off

  1. Teams with only one woman
  2. Female protagonists with no female friends
  3. Skinned characters (biologically women, but they think and act like men)
  4. The Hero’s Journey

7 Plot Devices I’m OVER

  1. Amnesia
  2. Rape
  3. Issues that could be solved with one conversation
  4. Depressed main character
  5. Abusive/stalker Alpha males (AKA Alpha-holes)
  6. Killing your gays and/or minorities
  7. Sherlock Holmes retellings (more on that in this blog post)

 

4 Writer Ticks I No Longer Forgive

  1. Women characters only described by their appearance
  2. Early onslaught info-dumping
  3. Detailed descriptions of gore or glorification of violence
  4. Glaring and consistent misuse of vocabulary (thesaurus syndrome)

I Will Not Read It If It’s

  • Dark/gritty or dystopian
  • Zombie/plague focused
  • First person present tense
  • All white and/or all cis het
  • Part of a long running unfinished series
  • A cliff hanger
  • Over 120k

Weekly Book Recs?

If you want weekly book recommendations from me (or to suggest books to me) I participate in #bookrecfriday on Twitter & Facebook (& sometimes Instagram & Tumblr).

If you want to know whenever I post a review, follow me on BookBub or Goodreads.

Want more?

Gail Carriger’s Reading Wheelhouse: What I Love, What Turns Me On, What I Yearn For in BOOKS!

10 Tropes Gail Carriger Hates to Read (Coop de Book)

Yours in “stop trying to dump books on me that I’ve seen a million times before,”

Miss Gail

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OUT MAY 18, 2019!

The 5th Gender (A Tinkered Stars Mystery as G. L. Carriger).

Preorder on Amazon | Elsewhere | Direct from Gail
Print is now available.
You can get it signed (and personalized) from Gail via Borderlands Books in San Francisco.
You can use the SIGNED button bellow the cover on Gail’s website

Sci-fi queer romance meets cozy mystery in which a hot space station cop meets the most adorable purple alien ever (lavender, puhlease!) from a race with 5 genders.

UPCOMING SCRIBBLES

  • Reticence, The 4th and final Custard Protocol book. August 6, 2019
  • Fan Service Omnibus, October 2019 to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of Soulless.
  • Need to know what Gail is writing right now? That’s in the Chirrup.

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

See an Octopus Change Color as It Sleeps, Perchance Dreams

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

To Join or Not to Join a Professional Writers Organization: That is the Question

Book News:

Fairytale Facts and Faux Pas

Quote of the Day:

Ok so…. Sorting Pratchett

  • The Luggage = Slytherin
  • The Librarian (oook) = Ravenclaw
  • Sam Vimes = Gryffindor
  • Nanny Ogg = Hufflepuff

~ Self on Twitter

Your Moment of Gail

 

“I suspect it may be like the difference between a drinker and an alcoholic; the one merely reads books, the other needs books to make it through the day.”

(Interview with The Booklovers blog, September 2010)” ~ Gail Carriger

Questions about Gail’s Parasolverse? Wiki that sheez!


Gail Carriger’s Reading Wheelhouse: What I Love, What Turns Me On, What I Yearn For in BOOKS!

Posted by Gail Carriger

A bit of a listical for you today, Gentle Reader!

I enjoy the podcast Reading Glasses and I love their idea of readers having reading wheelhouses.

These are sort of amorphous tropes, archetypes, and plots that me the reader really desires.

I have a pretty strict wheelhouse in terms of what I like to read (as opposed to what I like to write).

So no, it’s not the same thing, Gentle Reader.

So, especially if you are a member of Coop de Book (as I only pick stuff that’s in my wheelhouse) I thought this might interest you.

Plus I’d love to know, what’s in your reading wheelhouse?

5 Plots I’m Always Looking For

  1. Unique Triumphs:
    Female fighter excels against adversity (e.g. The Hero and the Crown by Robin McKinley)
  2. Culture Conflict:
    Displaced heroine outside of her own culture must survive confusion (e.g. Warprize by Elizabeth Vaughan)
  3. Political Machinations:
    Against all odds, heroine must manipulate politics in order to save her world (e.g. Local Custom by Sharon Lee & Steve Miller)
  4. Burden of Exile:
    Exile must keep her integrity in adversity (e.g. Lord of Two Lands by Judith Tarr)
  5. Crossdressing for Subversion:
    Girl disguises herself as a boy in order to infiltrate a patriarchal environment (e.g. Alanna by Tamora Pierce)

5 Books That Will Shock Your Pants On: Miss Carriger Recommends Reading About Women Who Dress As Men, or Girls Disguised as Boys

I Strongly Prefer That It Have

  • Representation
  • Queer Characters
  • Comedy/wit/humor
  • A certain lightness of touch and style

9 Things I Actively Hunt For

  1. Unique non-western world building with a strong HEA romance thread (e.g. Daughter of the Empire by Raymond E. Feist & Janny Wurts)
  2. Warm, lighthearted, own voice authors (e.g. Nikki Woolfolk )
  3. Funny female and/or queer-centric genre fiction (e.g. TJ Klune’s Lightening Struck Heart)
  4. Bisexual main characters (e.g. Not Your Sidekick by CB Lee)
  5. Happy poly relationships with good communication (e.g. Knight of Ghosts and Shadows by Mercedes Lackey)
  6. Found family and/or queer comfort books (e.g. R Cooper)
  7. Queer or gender fluid sci-fi with alien love interests and heavy emphasis on cultural world building (e.g. Claimings, Tails, and Other Alien Artifacts by Lyn Gala)
  8. Honest treatment and good examples of healthy BDSM relationships that are NOT male-Dom/female-sub (e.g. For Real by Alexis Hall)
  9. The Heroine’s Journey (learn about what that means to me from my non-fiction book/seminar or upcoming book on the subject… but basically I’ll take Captain Marvel over Wonder Woman for 100 please, Alex)

8 Writer’s Tricks I Dig

  1. Lots of snappy dialogue (e.g. Tanya Huff’s Valor series)
  2. Stand alones in a shared world (e.g. By the Sword by Mercedes Lackey)
  3. Novella length (e.g. Courting Magic by Stephanie Burgis)
  4. Jane Austen or Shakespere retellings with unique twists (e.g. Clueless)
  5. Gender flipped and queer’ed up fairy stories (e.g. Truth in the Dark by Amy Lane)
  6. Funny commercial genre fiction (sci-fi, fantasy, romance, YA COMEDY~ e.g. Terry Pratchett, Douglas Adamas, Jasper Fforde)
  7. Lesser known but established work horse authors who never get enough attention (e.g. Sherwood Smith)
  8. Snappy, tight, fast-paced space opera with HEA (e.g. the Paradox series by Rachel Bach)

Weekly Book Recs?

If you want weekly book recommendations from me (or to suggest books to me) I participate in #bookrecfriday on Twitter & Facebook (& Instagram & Tumblr when I remember).

If you want to know whenever I post a review, follow me on BookBub or Goodreads.

Want more?

Gail Carriger’s Reading Wheelhouse: What I Hate, What Turns Me Off, What I Won’t Read in BOOKS!

5 Tropes Gail Loves & The Books That Use Them (Miss Carriger Recommends) Authors Read (Coop de Book)

8 Book That Will Comfort Your Soul (Miss Carriger Recommends)

Check my 5 star Goodreads ratings or Bookbub reviews for things I love.

And yes, I’ll be posting about the stuff I hate soon!

Yours, forever reading,

Miss Gail

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OUT MAY 18, 2019!

The 5th Gender (A Tinkered Stars Mystery as G. L. Carriger).

Preorder on Amazon | Elsewhere | Direct from Gail
Print is now available.
You can get it signed (and personalized) from Gail via Borderlands Books in San Francisco.
You can use the SIGNED button bellow the cover on Gail’s website

Sci-fi queer romance meets cozy mystery in which a hot space station cop meets the most adorable purple alien ever (lavender, pulease!) from a race with 5 genders.

UPCOMING SCRIBBLES

  • Reticence, The 4th and final Custard Protocol book. August 6, 2019
  • Fan Service Omnibus, October 2019 to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of Soulless.
  • Need to know what Gail is writing right now? That’s in the Chirrup.

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

Why Writers Should Read Nonfiction

Book News:

The Lesbian Review says of Romancing the Inventor:

“This is a fantastic and quick read. Fans of Carriger’s will be well-served in picking up this novel, and those who aren’t familiar with her work will find it a great way of introducing themselves to her steampunk universe. I was sold at the name Genevieve Lefoux, and I suspect many others will be also. It’s a wonderful story with two characters who are more than a match for each other. The combination is electric and sure to please.”

Quote of the Day:

Questions about Gail’s Parasolverse? Wiki that sheez!


Heartless Special Extras (Parasol Protectorate)

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

The Great Parasolverse read along continues with Heartless, my play on a cozy mystery. What, you didn’t think that’s what was going on?

Heartless released in July of 2011.

Here are some fun blog posts and resources that tie to this book. Research, chattering, and amusement on the subject of Sherlock, burning down Victorian London, getting clumsy comedy out of unsuspecting pregnant friends, and other good times.

Will Alexia manage to determine who is trying to kill Queen Victoria before it is too late? Is it the vampires again or is there a traitor lurking about in wolf’s clothing? And what, exactly, has taken up residence in Lord Akeldama’s second best closet?

Heartless was a New York Times, Locus, USA Today, Publishers Weekly, and Barnes & Noble/B. Dalton; made Locus Recommended Reading list (2011) and Locus Poll for Best Fantasy Novel #14 (2012); and was nominated for the Prix des Imaginales (2011).

Heartless also got the highest of any of my books in the mass market lists (#11).

Things Pertaining to This Book

All About Vampires!

I hope you enjoy the great purple beasty!

Yours (rarely in purple),

Miss Gail

P.S. Only 39 copies of Fan Service left, order now.

This is a hardcover special omnibus of Romancing the Inventor & Romancing the Werewolf plus special Meat Cute AKA The Hedgehog Incident

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OUT MAY 18, 2019! More PURPLE

The 5th Gender (A Tinkered Stars Mystery as G. L. Carriger).

Preorder on Amazon | Elsewhere | Direct from Gail
Print and audio are coming, but will not be available for preorder. 

Sci-fi queer romance meets cozy mystery in which a hot space station cop meets the most adorable purple alien ever (lavender, pulease!) from a race with 5 genders.

UPCOMING SCRIBBLES

  • Reticence, The 4th and final Custard Protocol book. August 6, 2019
  • Fan Service Omnibus, October 2019 to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of Soulless.
  • Need to know what Gail is writing right now? That’s in the Chirrup.

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Guy Orlando Rose – The Green Parasol

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

60 of the Best, Steamiest Romance Novel Covers for Your Viewing and Reading Pleasure

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

A Victorian Ladies’ Guide To Surviving Chivalrous Gentlemen Strangers

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

“Just write every day of your life. Read intensely. Then see what happens. Most of my friends who are put on that diet have very pleasant careers.”

~ Ray Bradbury

Book News:

40+ Paranormal Romance Books with Bite (Soulless on this list)

Quote of the Day:

Your Moment of Gail

 

“I suspect it may be like the difference between a drinker and an alcoholic; the one merely reads books, the other needs books to make it through the day.”

(Interview with The Booklovers blog, September 2010)” ~ Gail Carriger

Questions about Gail’s Parasolverse? Wiki that sheez!


I Don’t Like Sherlock Holmes & Other Reading Reveals (Miss Carriger Recommends)

Posted by Gail Carriger

Witness the follow convo in my apartment recently, Gentle Reader…

Gail: Saturday is a Readathon

AB: Oh Yeah, wassat mean?

Gail: I’m gonna be reading all day.

AB: Oh Yeah, Pinky, and how is that different from any other Saturday?

Gail: Well Brain, I won’t be doing ANYTHING else.

AB: How is this your life?

So Saturday April 6, 2019 was Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon.

I’ve participated on and off for a few years now.

They do one in April and another in October. Usually the April one is more towards the end of the month, which is great because it’s around my birthday and I can better justify taking the whole day off. This year it was early, and so I really couldn’t do as much as I have in the past.

Even had I had the full 24 hours, I can’t really do that anymore. I just don’t stay awake that long. If (by some miracle) I do, it wreaks me for days. Oh, to be 20 again. So I tend to do it as a sort of half-Readathon of about 12 hours.

Let The Readathon Commence!

I was up at about 8 and commenced the readathon at 8:30am. I actually started with the book from the night before which was the third in a not very good PNR series that I just wanted to finish so I could move on to something else with impunity. It’s not really good enough to report on. Also it turned out not the be the last one, and the next isn’t out yet. Grrrrr.

Book One

Right so, this first review is intentionally vague to protect author, although I am about to abuse Sherlock Holmes. Which might make you mad at me, so read at your own risk.

REDACTED TITLE

AKA Sherlock Holmes Anger

I love many (but decidedly NOT all) of this particular author’s books, so I was really game to give their new endeavor a try.

It took me several chapters of info dumps and an unsympathetic POV character to realize what was going on with this offering. This was a Sherlock Holmes retelling! Which explained a disconnect I was feeling between narrative style (Victorian) and setting (non-Western fantasy world). The POV character was lackluster, partly because they were not the MAIN character, partly because Watson is a wimp (yeah yeah, read on).

So here’s the thing, and the reason I’m not naming names. I don’t give bad reviews. Period. This author had an excellent turn of phrase, a ready wit, and a good grasp of Doyle’s style. But I’ve never been a fan of Sherlock Holmes the character. Holmes comes off as an emotionally abusive arse to his friends, and I don’t understand why they remain his friends. Never did. Watson putting up with Homes makes me cringe.

Anyway, if Sherlock Holmes in a fantasy world with gender flipping, queer characters, and magic sounds like something you really WANT to read, or you just HAVE to know more about why I didn’t like this book, you can reply to the last Chirrup, or the next one, asking me for the full review and title and I will email it to you privately.

Book Two

After a quick break for lunch while the sainted AB went off to do the grocery shopping without me. I moved on to the next book.

I blush to admit this book has been on my TBR for probably six months. I just haven’t been in the mood for fantasy.

THE GLASS MAGICIAN (?)

Caroline Stevermer

Stevermer opens the story with a dramatic theater magician scene and a confident cultural system one might expect from one of the great mistresses of fantasy. The writing is confident, easy to jump into, and a joy to read.

World-building:

This book is set in alt-history turn of the century so so I’m tempted to call it “post-gaslamp” fantasy. There is an appealing atmospheric nature to this story (it oozes Toulouse-Lautrec) which made it feel pleasantly nostalgic. Stevermer’s twist on shape shifting (trader versus solitaire) is unique to my reading life ~ if subtly reminiscent of Wrede’s early Lyra works.

The Story:

This young adult adventure isn’t funny but it’s not a weepy angsty read either. It’s a classic, in the best way ~ a nested tale of self-discovery, replete with YA archetypes and tropes, of the kind that still resonate with me. It’s basically a shifter coming of age story and while the protag is stated as 21, she could (and should) be more like 16 or 17. Everything else about this book (from story arc, to interactions, to heat level, to behavior, to conversational patterns) reads as YA.

I wouldn’t be surprised if the book hasn’t hit market yet because they are changing their marketing and targeting. I certainly hope so.

Reservations

There were some repeated conversations and flawed timing (main character knowing something when the information hadn’t been imparted yet), and some overly obvious writer’s ticks in terms of character description but I’m thinking I got my review copy prior to a revision pass.

I also have a few concerns over the main characters agency, particularly in the middle third of the book.

Finally, there is a cool aloofness to this book, it’s not a warm story. It has a kind of aristocratic reserved affection but nothing more.

In the end, what it reminded me of most was high fantasy meets Moulin Rouge. And I did enjoy it very much.

I have no idea when this book releases. Perhaps they are holding it because of marketing issues, or staffing changes. It’s from Tor and they can move slowly, but I really worry that it wasn’t billed to me as YA. Given that this title is shared with a few other very popular books, I would hope they consider changing the title too. But for now you can at least…  Add this book on Goodreads.

Book Three

Crikie I moved slowly this readathon. Maybe I’m just not into it this year? Usually I manage more than three books in a day!

Anyhoo, the last thing I read was Klune’s forthcoming fantasy book.

I adore TJ Klune’s hilarious Lightning Struck Heart but I’m not into his super angsty Wolfsong stuff. Also I find he tends to write books that are much longer than I prefer. So I was taking a chance on this, his first foray into traditional publishing, and it made me nervous. I’d no idea what I was in for… could go either way.

I shouldn’t have doubted.

THE HOUSE IN THE CERULEAN SEA

TJ Klune

This book was touching, tender, and truly delightful. An utterly absorbing story of tolerance, found family, and defeating bureaucracy. Hooray!

The kind of charming tale we all need right now, if you ask me.

The atmosphere and setting had the feel of 1984 meets Umbrella Academy with a pinch of Douglas Adams thrown in. The protagonist, sweet bumbling Linus, is a middle-aged bureaucrat with a devotion to order and duty that successfully hides his earnest loving heart. I liked him so very much. His age, his chubbiness, his fussiness. So unexpected in a main character. I enjoyed his droll sense of humor and descriptions of his surroundings, colored by a decided eau de Arthur Dent. (No bad thing there, if you ask me.)

Allegorically speaking, some of the story is a scotch on the nose, but it did make me tear up more than once.  What can I say, I’m a bit of a sap.

There is a slight romance for our dear Linus and his lovely Arthur, and it has an HEA, but I would definitely NOT call this a romance novel. This is a story more of tenderness and connection and finding home than it is anything else.

It’s a delightfully comforting read and I honestly can’t recommend it highly enough.

I’m so lucky to have gotten to read it first. Honestly this is what I wanted Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children to be. I defy you not to fall in love with this book and these kids. I’m tearing up with joy just thinking about it. (And to be frank, I’m not a kid person.)

It’s not up for preorder yet although it seems to be on Goodreads. I’m hoping they consider changing the title, which is very awkward, hard to remember, and hard to spell.

Still, an excellent end to the Readathon, if you ask me. So on that note…

Yours in reading wonder,

Miss Gail

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OUT MAY 18, 2019!

The 5th Gender (A Tinkered Stars Mystery as G. L. Carriger).

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Print and audio are coming, but will not be available for preorder. 

Sci-fi queer romance meets cozy mystery in which a hot space station cop meets the most adorable purple alien ever (lavender, pulease!) from a race with 5 genders.

UPCOMING SCRIBBLES

  • Reticence, The 4th and final Custard Protocol book. August 6, 2019
  • Fan Service Omnibus, October 2019 to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of Soulless.
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