Today's book review is Soulless by Gail Carriger.
This appears to be the first book in a new series. It is a good start and tells a good story.
This book is a Victorian comedy of manners, which would normally be less interesting reading to me than an old phone book. But it's an alternate Victorian era with vampires and werewolves, which is already promising. The world is pretty much as plausible as most modern fantasy. It's mostly standard stuff, but with one kind of interesting new element. The main thing about it, though, is that it's funny. Silly, snarky descriptions of the bizarre behavior of aristocrats combined with the bizarre behavior of vampires and werewolves had me grinning almost the whole time and actively chuckling frequently. The plot is a little thin, but there's quite enough silliness to sustain me.
9 out of 10.
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