Thursday, October 18, 2012

Jane Austen Giveaway - Soulless Manga



Jane Austen is a timeless writer... she gave us so many wonderful things all wrapped in one package:

Wit, humor, tea, romance... sisterly love, beautiful dresses, impossible relatives...

Her writing was rather scandalous in her day, so I think my giveaway is entirely appropriate, even though I don't have an Austen classic to share. I do need to preface my giveaway with a warning: This book is Adult, not YA and has ample bosoms & bare bottoms, not to mention suggestive scenes between married persons.

This manga version delivers all the right elements perfectly.  Miss Alexia Terabotti is beautiful and feisty  A spinster of 26, she knows how to behave in society, but is not opposed to misbehaving, either. Lord Conall Maccon is impossibly old and powerful... and a werewolf. The vampiric troubles of a rather steampunk nature are his responsibility, much to his disgust and frustration.

This book is a beautiful soft cover with a few full color pages before delivering the colorful story in black and white. It is used, since I have thoroughly enjoyed reading it, myself, *ahem* and has a little shelf wear on the binding. I couldn't let it go for less than a Jane Austen giveaway. I suppose I should also warn that the winner will want to read the entire series, but that will be the winner's concern.

Soulless: The Manga, Vol. 1 (The Parasol Protectorate Manga)
Soulless
The Parasol Protectorate Manga 1
by Gail Carriger
Paperback, 224 pages
Published March 1st 2012 by Yen Press

Premsise:
The life of a spinster in Victorian London isn't an easy one on the best of days, but such a life becomes infinitely more complicated when said spinster is "soulless" - a preternatural bridging the gap between the natural and supernatural worlds. Miss Alexia Tarabotti has this unique distinction, and when she is assailed at a formal gathering by a rove vampire, an encounter that results in the death of the half-starved creature, her circumstances become exponentially more complicated indeed! Now caught up in an intrigue with life or death stakes, Alexia must rely on all her talents to outmatch the forces conspiring against her, but it may be the man who has caught her eye - Lord Conall Maccon - and their budding flirtation that truly drives her to her wit's end


Gail CarrigerMs. Carriger writes steampunk urbane fantasy comedies of manners to cope with being raised in obscurity by an expatriate Brit and an incurable curmudgeon. She escaped small town life and inadvertently acquired several degrees in Higher Learning. She then traveled the historic cities of Europe, subsisting entirely on biscuits secreted in her handbag. She now resides in the Colonies, surrounded by a harem of shoes, where she insists on tea imported directly from London and cats that pee into toilets. Her Parasol Protectorate books are all New York Times Bestsellers.

This is an international giveaway. Must be 13 to enter. See my giveaway rules under the About tab.

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79 comments:

  1. I like the heroines in JA's books, as well as the social criticism, which is a trademark of the author ^^

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  2. "Steakpunk urbane fantasty comedy of manners." Is Jane rolling over in her grave groaning, or is she smiling to herself? Oh, look what I've started now!

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    1. Lol. Hilarious. I think she'd recognize that she had that same effect on others in her day!!

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  3. Love that they are wonderfully writtenand have a lot of deep characters

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  4. Surely the heroines and the writing style!
    Amazing giveaway, thank you very much, I hope to win!

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  5. Writing style and plots! Thanks for the giveaway; I love this series!

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  6. Thank you for the sweet giveaway, Laura!! <3
    I think what most appeals to me is the flavor of that era,
    the speech/idiom is especially beautiful, and precise, in a way it's very sad that we've lost this in today's society.

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    1. I agree. The speech is so beautiful. I love reading Austen's books just to get into that old rhythm.

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  7. I haven't read a Jane Austen book since high school. And that was many, many years ago. I think what I liked best was the characters.

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  8. Honestly, I loved that her books were considered classics so we had them on our readings lists in high school - I loved the stories and the characters, and Pride and Prejudice was so much more enjoyable than Slaughterhouse 5 to me.

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    1. I know right! Apparently I was supposed to enjoy reading about the terrors of war and various other books about torture.

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    2. Actually... I had nightmares after The Red Badge of Courage. I still don't like bloody gun battles in trenches with uniforms and blood - that exact combination. You seriously have a good point for Jane Austen being much preferred.

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  9. I am always taken with the dialogue. The wit always strikes me more than the romance, but that's pretty awesome too.

    Thanks for the giveaway opportunity.

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    1. Yea... the romance works in so slowly, but that wit is sharp and pointy every step of the way!!

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  10. I love the desperation to find a husband or so it seems. The characters are memorable & I do love the HEA.

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  11. I like the feisty heroines and the witty sendups of the era's mores.

    eai(at)stanfordalumni(dot)org

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  12. I love her style of writing and all her witty heroines. Elizabeth's character was a masterpiece!
    blackcapballistics(at)gmail(dot)com

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  13. I love the relationships between all the different characters, especially between the heroine and the hero.

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  14. I love her books because, well they ring true and show bad people and good people, and sometimes the lines re blurry

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  15. I love the romance, the characters, and the fact that no matter how many times you read them there is always something that you realize reading it the fourth or fifth time that you never noticed before. :)

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  16. I love the very real characters and humor! Of course, I also love the romance!

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  17. love the wonderful hero and heroine and the dialog

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  18. i love how jane write a love story..
    and i love her hero on the books too :)
    thx u for the giveaway...

    -nurma-

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  19. I love the strong heroines, the time period, the romance and the happy endings :)
    Thank you for the giveaway

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  20. Love and the strong but not perfect relationship between the main characters :D

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  21. I like Austens characters the best...
    she wrote true people with flaws...no one was perfect...much like real people...her characters still ring true today...

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  22. The manners and characters. In particular Captain Wentworth and the Letter....

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  23. I like the historical setting, characters, and witty humor.

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  24. I like how she narrates her story and of course the unexpected twist of it all XD

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  25. I love Jane Austen's cheeky wit, and her accurate portrayal of different personality types, which are as true today as they were in the Regency era!

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  26. I love the strong women characters in Jane Austin's books.

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  27. The strong women characters and I'm not just talking about the main ones. If you think about Pride and Prejudice, Mrs Bennet and Lady Catherine run the show!

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  28. I'm a huge fan of Jane Austen. My first book is Pride and Prejudice and I fell in love with the book. Since then, I was digging for more Austen's book. I love the heroine characters in her books, it's very rare in that era.

    Thanks for this giveaway.

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  29. I love her substantial male characters---and of course, the romance! Thanks as always! :D

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  30. coreybrennan26@hotmail.com
    They're Classics.

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  31. I love her humor and insight. And the fact that her books still ring true today, two hundred years later...

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  32. Love the romance and the characters, they're always memorable!

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  33. The romance, the humor... the books are wonderful! :) Thanks for a great giveaway!

    Marie
    songbird1613 at yahoo dot com

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  34. Well, of course I love the romance, but I love how real they feel. The characters are done so well and she writes their hardships and emotions really well. None of them fall in love instantly or get what they want right away and sometimes barely in the end.

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  35. I love the atmosphere between the main characters... I love the romance and the way how it Jane Austen wrote it. Her books are so great and stories full of love. Thank you for this giveaway :)

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  36. They're thoughtfully written and the story lines. : )

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  37. The dialogue! Thanks for the giveaway! I love the Parasol Protectorate books and REM's art is absolutely gorgeous.

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  38. I've read most of Jane Austen's books and I love the Parasol Protectorate books, would love the manga for my collection.

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  39. Her unique style of writing the dialogues:)

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  40. I love the romance of course, I guess specifically the witty dialogues. Also I love the manga ver. of Soulless, it's so cute. Thanks for the giveaway~

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  41. I love the romance and I'm just a sucker for stubborn heroines. :)

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  42. I haven't read any Austen novels but I've read/heard that she has great heroines and a beautiful book plots. :)

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  43. You can still read it now and totally get it ;)

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  44. i like the characters and the dialogues!
    thanks!

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  45. I love the characters and the writing takes me away to another place.
    Thank you for the giveaway!

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  46. I love her wit--she can so easily make us laugh, cringe, be sympathetic, and understand the foibles of humans!

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  47. I love the timelessness of her characters. We can see ourselves in them.

    drcopeland(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  48. It's been awhile since I've read them but I remember and like the characters. Thanks for the chance!

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  49. I love her writing style and her wry way of social commentary.

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  50. I haven't yet read anything by Jane Austen!

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  51. I haven't read any Jane Austen, but I love that she has strong heroines!

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  52. wish it was real instead of the current reality - regnod(at)yahoo(d0t)com

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  53. I love her beautiful prose and witty characters! Oh~ her dialogue just makes me beyond happy~<3

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  54. Please Enter Me In Your Book Giveaway.
    It Would Be Great To Win A Copy Of
    SoullessThe Parasol Protectorate Manga 1 By Gail Carriger.
    In Response To Your Question Of
    What do you love best about Jane Austen's books?
    I Love Her Characters.
    Thanks For Having This Giveaway!!!!!!!!!

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  55. The character analysis. Thanks for being international.

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  56. I love the humor and the romance! Thanks!!

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  57. I love Jane Austen's wit, her dialogue is great!
    This manga looks amazing, thanks for introducing me to it!

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  58. I think I love her novel mostly for her heroines. They stay the women of their century, but yet they are strong.

    Thanks for being International; I'm from Azerbaijan.

    Adila
    adilasblog(at)google(dot)com

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  59. I love the strong female heroines. And the love stories are amazing!

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