Today I would like to tell you a few words about remarkable and one of the best steampunk fiction / urban fantasy writer nowadays... Ladies and Gents - Gail Carriger.
Gail Carriger is an American author of steampunk fiction books and an archaeologist. ‘Gail Carriger’ is a pseudonum for Tofa Borregaard.
She finished Oberlin College [undergraduate degree], Nottingham University [master of science in archaeological materials] and the University of California, Santa Cruz [master of arts in anthropology].
Her first novel, Soulless, was published in 2009. Soulless is a steampunk paranormal romance novel and it’s the first book in a projected five-novel The Parasol Protectorate series, each featuring Alexia Tarabotti, a woman without a soul, as its lead character. In the book we can find surprising history happening in Victorian England where werewolves and vampires are accepted as functioning members of society.
Soulless is a finalist for several literary awards and a recipient of the 2010 Alex Award and Soulless was declared by Publishers Weekly to be one of the "Best Books of 2009". A manga adaptation of the novel began publication by Yen Press in July 2011. Her first book earned her a nomination for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer.
↑ cover of Soulless
Gail’s next four books from The Parasol Protectorate series are the same good as the first novel, Soulless, and in these books we can read about Alexia and her unpredictable life.
↑ cover of Changeless
Changeless, steampunk paranormal romance novel published in April 2010, is the second book in a projected five-novel The Parasol Protectorate series. Changeless spent two weeks on the New York Times Best Seller list, peaking at #20 on the Paperback Mass Market Fiction list in the week ending April 3 2010.
↑ cover of Blameless
Blameless, the third book in a projected five-novel The Parasol Protectorate series, was published in September 2010. The book spent two weeks on the New York Times Best Seller list, peaking at #20 on the Paperback Mass Market Fiction list in the week ending September 5 2010. The novel slipped to #35, the bottom of the extended list, the following week. Blameless topped the Locus magazine mass-market paperback bestseller list in December 2010.
↑ cover of Heartless
The fourth steampunk with urban fantasy book in the New York Times best-selling The Parasol Protectorate series, Heartless, was published a year later, on June 28 2011.
Carriger's writing remains crisp and witty, and the affectionate banter between Lord and Lady Maccon will please series fans distressed by their long separation in 2010's Blameless.
Publishers Weekly [May 2011]
Heartless debuted on the New York Times best-seller list at #11 for the week ending July 2 2011 and debuted at #12 on the Publishers Weekly best-seller list for mass market paperbacks.
↑ cover of Timeless
In the end, Timeless, the fifth and final book of The Parasol Protectorate series, was released on February 28 2012, a year after Heartless.
The world of Timeless is a unique recipe of steampunk and fantasy spiced with light sprinkling of romance. Its setting is rich for characters to romp about in, but the unbridled playfulness of the language and dialogue shines brightest.
Her new Finishing School series with the newest book Etiquette & Espionage, released on February 2013, is the next dose of Gail’s talent, interesting stories and characters, mix of the paranormal, steampunk, and historical, and all these incredible places.
↑ cover of Etiquette & Espionage
Carriger deploys laugh-out-loud bon mots on nearly every page...Amid all the fun, the author works in commentary on race and class in a sparkling start to the Finishing School series.
The second book from Finishing School series, Curtsies & Conspiracies, will be in November 2013.
↑ cover of Curtsies & Conspiracies
· Parasol Protectorate
- Soulless [published: 7 October 2009]
- Changeless [published: 1 April 2010]
- Blameless [published: 1 September 2010]
- Heartless [published: 28 June 2011]
- Timeless [published: 28 February 2012]
· Finishing School
- Etiquette & Espionage [published: February 2013]
- Curtsies & Conspiracies [November 5, 2013]
- - Soulless: The Manga, Vol. 1 [published: 1 March 2012]
↑ cover of Soulless: The Manga, Vol. 1
- - Soulless: The Manga, Vol. 2 [published: 20 November 2012; based on Changeless]
↑ cover of Soulless: The Manga, Vol. 2
- - My Sister's Song [short fiction]
↑ cover of My Sister's Song
- - Marine Biology [short fiction, The Mammoth Book of Paranormal Romance 2, 2010]
↑ cover of Marine Biology
↑ cover of The Mammoth Book of Paranormal Romance 2
- - Which Is Mightier, the Pen or the Parasol? [eessay, Steampunk II: Steampunk Reloaded, 2010]
↑ cover of Steampunk II: Steampunk Reloaded
In my opinion Gail is one of the best steampunk fiction / urban fantasy writer nowadays. Her books are more than only words or only simple stories, as every one. Her books with surprising stories and amazing characters, are moving us to other world, the world of Victorian England, where anything can happen...and where we can forget about the rest of the world.
I’m keeping my fingers for her, her next books and her writing career. And I wish her all the best.
also, you can buy Gail's book here, f.e.: http://www.amazon.com/Gail-Carriger/e/B002BML6TE/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1363276326&sr=1-2-ent