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24 March 2012 @ 07:23 pm
} Potential Tribe Meet, ahoy!  
“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.” 

― Gail Carriger

So, my darlings! One of the most wonderful author's I've had the pleasure of reading is coming to the UK as part of her European tour! This is very exciting for a number of reasons, the main being that this author is none other than Gail Carriger, writer of the Parasol Protectorate series! I know a fair few of my flisters should be aware of her name at the very least, seeing as between galaxy_song and myself you've steadily been receiving her books as presents for the past two years! :D

For those of you who have read her novels (Soulless, Changeless, Blameless, Heartless, and the most recent, Timeless), and would love nothing more than to meet the author herself, a few of us are planning on attending the Steampunk Evening she's hosting at Waterstones, Nottingham on Friday 13th April!

You should all come. No, seriously. There will be Pimms and cake. And people playing dress up, steampunk-style! And asdfg it'll all be terribly exciting, I promise.

For those of you who would love to go but haven't read her novels so terribly sorry but couldn't possibly attend- (and if you think that's a justifiable excuse you clearly haven't known me long enough!)- I now provide you with all of the literature so that your excuses are thus rendered invalid and the only justifications you may henceforth use for not coming along are the ones that have to do with monetary expenses (I know, I know. Usually I'm all about the temptation and making people do these things with me, but seeing as I now have to consider these same monetary expenses since moving to Cardiff, I feel I should at least start to think about other peoples poor bank accounts! See? I'm totally learning! Aren't you proud? :D). 

So, without further ado, I bring to you The Parasol Protectorate!

Soulless - Parasol Protectorate 1 Changeless - Parasol Protectorate 2 Blameless - Parasol Protectorate 3 Heartless: The Parasol Protectorate: Book 4 - Parasol Protectorate 4 Timeless - Parasol Protectorate 5
(I'm supplying the summary for book 1 only as the summaries for the others could technically be classed as spoilers!)

Alexia Tarabotti is laboring under a great many social tribulations. First, she has no soul. Second, she's a spinster whose father is both Italian and dead. Third, she was rudely attacked by a vampire, breaking all standards of social etiquette. 
Where to go from there? From bad to worse apparently, for Alexia accidentally kills the vampire -- and then the appalling Lord Maccon (loud, messy, gorgeous, and werewolf) is sent by Queen Victoria to investigate. 
With unexpected vampires appearing and expected vampires disappearing, everyone seems to believe Alexia responsible. Can she figure out what is actually happening to London's high society? Will her soulless ability to negate supernatural powers prove useful or just plain embarrassing? Finally, who is the real enemy, and do they have treacle tart?

Even if you don't want to come to the meet, you have to at least read these books. Seriously, who doesn't love a good "comedy of manners set in Victorian London: full of werewolves, vampires, dirigibles, and tea-drinking."!? And for those of you quivering at the thought of vampires, I can only promise you- there is absolutely not a sparkle in sight. Lord Akeldama's wardrobe notwithstanding. Also, if for nothing else, you should read for the Scottish werewolves (such an uncouth lot, showing off their knees! ;D) and for  Madame Lefoux (who I'd totally cosplay for this event if I had the time), and for Professor Lyall (be still my beating heart!), and poor sweet Biffy, and asdfghj. It's awesome, okay? 

For those of you who have read any of the books, lets chat! :D 

mood: cheerfulcheerful
Joulez217joulez217 on March 24th, 2012 10:47 pm (UTC)
*aquires books* I'm coming, please let me know once you've brought tickets? Cause I haven't gotten mine yet and I think they'll sell pretty quickly. XD Thank you for posting these up, I can finally catch up with them now. :)
Campaspe: Criminal Minds \\ The Girlscs_whitewolf on March 25th, 2012 11:24 am (UTC)
:D WHOOP! super excited about this. I tried to buy tickets off the website but it just redirects me to buying the book instead :S I might try and phone them and see whether you have to buy in advance or on the door.

You're very welcome! I'm more than happy to share the love of these books!
Joulez217joulez217 on March 25th, 2012 12:58 pm (UTC)
Yeah I dunno why it does that to be honest. If you can't get them through phone or anything I'll go for you either Monday or Tuesday and get them from the shop themselves. :)
Campaspe: Inception \\ Eames; thoughtfulcs_whitewolf on March 25th, 2012 04:49 pm (UTC)
ta bb. Turns out you can only buy tix in the shop or over the phone! :) so I'm gonna phone mine tomorrow!
Joulez217joulez217 on March 25th, 2012 04:52 pm (UTC)
Hmmm....will have to take a treck and go buy mine tomorrow. :P
Campaspe: Avengers \\ Tony/Steve; uniformcs_whitewolf on March 25th, 2012 04:57 pm (UTC)
do you have a Waterstones card? Apparently you get money off if you do. JSYK XD
Joulez217joulez217 on March 25th, 2012 05:04 pm (UTC)
I do have a Waterstones card, I even have some points on said Waterstones card. OOOOo I'll have to make sure to mention that then. XD
_stolendreams_ on March 25th, 2012 12:01 am (UTC)
Sorry hun. First of all haven't read the books. Secondly ALL my deadlines are in April, one only a few days after that.
I will read them though (after previously mentioned deadlines are out of the way)
Campaspe: Avengers \\ Iron Man/Cap; flyingcs_whitewolf on March 25th, 2012 11:25 am (UTC)
Well, since you promise to read them after all your deadline, I suppose I can let you off ;D they really are awesome books, light and witty and such fun reading, I'm sure you'll enjoy them when you can get around to them!!
galaxy_song: pic#116377308galaxy_song on March 25th, 2012 12:55 am (UTC)
Squee woman, so excited I will defo be there. I got it off work and have been looking at trains but probaly going to have to fly down. Not sure about getting home as last flight is at 5pm but I will worry about that later:)

So tempted to dress up, even just a little stem punky:)
Campaspe: Inception \\  Arthur/Eames; kick (colourcs_whitewolf on March 25th, 2012 11:27 am (UTC)
:D I'm having the same issue for the return journey, am thinking I may have to stay over in Nottingham- think that's an option for you??

I'm totally dressing up! I just can't decide whether I'm going in my Victorian dress or if I should attempt a Madame Lefoux! XD What're you thinking??
galaxy_songgalaxy_song on March 25th, 2012 04:42 pm (UTC)
Oh I could:) There are no flights at all on a Saturday but could get the train.

I don't know I saw really cool Military style jacket and was going to alter a bit and a dress that is kind of victorian but nothing proper lol. Madame Lefoux would be awesome:)
Joulez217joulez217 on March 25th, 2012 04:46 pm (UTC)
Floor space? You can has floor space! :)
Joulez217joulez217 on March 25th, 2012 12:59 pm (UTC)
I has floor space if you need it. :)
galaxy_song: pic#115360336galaxy_song on March 25th, 2012 04:43 pm (UTC)
Woman if your sure that would be awesome:)
Joulez217joulez217 on March 25th, 2012 04:45 pm (UTC)
Of course am sure, how many times have I stayed with you? I wouldn't let you pay some overpriced hotel in the city. I'll book the full weekend off (cause ain't sure how long you'd guys be staying?? :P) tomorrow. XD
Campaspe: Harry Potter \\ Weasley; mischeviouscs_whitewolf on March 25th, 2012 04:47 pm (UTC)
Got space for two? :)
Joulez217joulez217 on March 25th, 2012 04:51 pm (UTC)
Of course I do. :)
Campaspe: Criminal Minds \\ Gube; teethcs_whitewolf on March 25th, 2012 05:00 pm (UTC)
:D whoop! this is going to be very awesome, we'll have so much more time to hang out together now!!
Joulez217joulez217 on March 25th, 2012 05:05 pm (UTC)
We will yus!! XD It'll be brilliant. XD
daylyn: drama beer_unknowndaylyn on April 3rd, 2012 03:31 pm (UTC)
You know what? I JUST read these books a few weeks ago. And I loved them! I really, REALLY wish I could make it to this event because it will be awesome!

Hello, btw! Hope everything is going well with you.
Campaspe: Criminal Minds \\ Gube; puppy!cs_whitewolf on April 6th, 2012 04:57 pm (UTC)
:D they're so awesome aren't they?! I just adore GC's style of writing so much, it's so light and witty and keeps you turning the pages. I'm so excited about meeting her!

Who's your favourite character?/pairing? Got a favourite book? I want to know ALL your thoughts! XD

Hey hey! All is going well, yes, thank you! How's things your end??