Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Book Review: Waistcoats and Weaponry by Gail Carriger

Like all of Carriger's previous books, W&W brings the reader into an amazingly vivid world of dirigibles, steam engines, werewolves, and vampires.

With this book, Sophronia is plunged into a plot that involves malfunctioning mechanicals, a Scottish werewolf plot, and social taboos that would make a gentile woman fan herself. If said fan didn't contain razor blades 'round the edges.

Many YA books that take place in boarding school follow similar patterns, weaving classes into the narrative to add depth and complexity to the universe and storyline. But Carriger broke that pattern in this book and sent her characters on a journey through England's countryside, keeping with her astounding talent of writing within a genre while changing the rules to make her story stand out in so many amazing ways that it makes my head spin.

It may be obvious that I'm gushing, but that's only because I lost a LOT of sleep with this book. I could NOT put it down, no matter how hard I tried, and while my work didn't suffer, my brain may have. The "curse you, author" factor is strong with this book because each page keeps story tension flowing just well enough to pull you forward, and at the end of EVERY chapter you (or I, at least) HAD to keep going.

My only complaint is that the next one isn't out, yet. But, thankfully, we only have two weeks to wait before her new series comes out!

Do yourself a favor: go buy all of Gail Carriger's books. If you regret it, you may not have a soul, which makes you a good soldier in the fight against vampires, anyway. For the rest of us, enjoy this book with a strong cup of tea, and maybe a bowl tortilla soup (listen to our interview with her if you didn't get that last bit).

Giles loves steampunk, especially when Gail Carriger writes it. He can't get enough of it, which is sad because there are so many books and he has so much to do. At least the books are on CD, too. And they add a great layer to the amazingness that IS Gail Carriger.

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