Soulless: The Manga, Vol. 1 by Gail Carriger
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Publication Date: March 1st 2012
Publisher: Yen Press
Genres & Themes: YA, Manga, Romance, Steampunk, Vampires, Werewolves, Mystery.
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!
The art is amazing!
Of all the different manga that I’ve read in my life, I must say that I haven’t seen many having these kind of beautiful graphics that you just want to look at over and over again.
The main characters
And professor Lyall
There were some characters that I didn’t imagine being pictured that way, for example Lord Maccon, but I got used to their appearance and now find that it works pretty well with their personality.
The story takes place in an historial steampunk Victorian England in which features humans, vampires, werewolves and some others.
There is a quite developped world-building in this manga as well as in the novel. That’s what I liked the most about it: it very well follows the novel and tried to include everything or as much as possible.
Yes, like I said, it follows the main story with success and I even found it more interesting in the manga for there was no unnecessary descriptions that grew heavy on the plot. Things were explained well enough, in my opinion, but I do think that you would enjoy this more even you read Soulless, the novel, first.
I actually prefered the manga’s writing style because the one in the novel is one I’m not used to and it kinda felt absurd or on the humor side from time to time which didn’t work for me very much. I know I already said it, but I don’t like absurdity. But, in general, the writing is good both in the manga and novel.
Oh, it was wonderful! I mean, reading the orignal story, I already fell in love with Maccon but, after finishing the manga, I am more than ever bewitched by him and his charms! Him and Alexia make such a perfect couple! Also, there is a bit of a M/M couple…but it’s not very clear. Although, I think it will be official, if not in the sequel, in book (or manga) 3 for sure.
Absolutely worth reading.
I can see why you loved it so much, the art really is incredible!
Awesome! This sounds so cool and I ADORE the art style ( is it wierd that I basically judge manga and anime by the art style first?) Glad to hear you enjoyed it, the premise sounds pretty good too!
Not weird at all! I do the same! I’m okay–very okay–with a great story…but I want beautiful graphics too…since manga’s all about telling a story with drawings. 😛 Thank you!!
I’ve never read any manga or graphic novel
That said, I can really compare this with others but the drawings look really nice and who doesn’t like Victorian England?
Very nice review!
I can’t compare*
NEVER?? *shocked* But–but..you’re missing so much. XD This is incredible, I’m really remmending it! 🙂
Yay! Gorgeous cover & graphics:) I loved the original and I’m glad they pretty much depicted the characters like they were described. Great review 🙂
Then you totally should read this! I think you’ll love it! If you like manga, that is. 🙂
Oh I love it! I want to try it! I love the original books but I haven’t tried these ones but I really want to! Great review!
You should then, Melly! It’s one of the manga with the best graphics I’ve read! 🙂 Thank you!
I’m actually not a manga reader but I have always appreciated manga for its art and I can see this one is no exception! It’s so beautiful 🙂
It is very beautiful and I didn’t even show much. ^^
I didn’t really get into the first book, but I would totally give the manga a shot, the art is incredible!
I didn’t either to be honest. Well, a little but I felt like it mostly dragged. Still, this is totally worth it. Enjoy! 😀
I loved the series so I would love to try this 😀
Awww this graphic novel would be totally gorgeous, with the steampunk outfits and setting – it would be nice seeing it illustrated. I’ve wanted to read the novel for a while. Great review Lola!
Ahhh it certainly has my kind of art style! That Lord Akeldama seems like a hilarious fellow haha. Haven’t read Soulless but I may have to check it out now. Wonderful review, Lola! And as a very visual person, I thank you for sharing some shots of the art too 😀
I’d never heard of the book this is based on. (I googled when you said you didn’t imagine the characters this way.) It came up number one on a goodreads steampunk list so evidently it’s pretty big. I love it when things stick to the source material. I always wonder why they make changes when they’re copying something. Maybe this will get an anime! 🙂
The art is indeed really pretty. I haven’t heard of this manga before but it definitely sounds awesome.