Changeless (The Parasol Protectorate Series 2)

Changeless (The Parasol Protectorate Series 2)
By: Gail Carriger
Orbit Books 2010

A steampunk historical romance review


Changeless sees the intrepid Alexia Tarabotti settled into a position of power, both as muhjah to the queen and Alpha of the Woolsey pack. So when immortals of all kinds suddenly begin to lose their powers on a wide scale, Conall Maccon runs off to tend to his old Scottish pack, and suspicious activity begins to follow Alexia around, she is naturally up to the task.

This sequel considerably broadens Carriger’s world in several directions, by introducing the rest of Conall’s werewolf pack, delving into the mysterious circumstances surrounding the Alpha’s move to London, taking readers to Scotland, and uncovering more details about this world’s intriguing rules and wherefores. The new characters are introduced and expanded without taking away from the original characters’ growth, the numerous mysteries facing Alexia keep the plot steaming along full-speed ahead, and this heroine performs her antics with such aplomb that I didn’t mind that some questions don’t get wrapped up until later books. Amazingly, the clothing details of bizarre hats and edgy attire attain even greater heights of distinction in this work.

In short, this is the vindicated and indomitable Alexia Maccon as everyone loves to see her, and the plot has enough going on to keep her busy and readers highly entertained. However, unlike Soulless, this book ends on an abrupt note that requires swift continuation into Blameless, so have it at the ready.


Napolloween Bonaparty!

I had a late, great, and satiating Halloween celebration!  Whilst there I came across a distinguished personage:


Napoleon Chocoparte!


This broad-hatted conqueror with a sword as tall as himself came as a sweet surprise.  Unfortunately, he found his general can-dy outlook on politics caused several other nations a lot of anxiety.  Napoleon Chocoparte decided to point his sword softly and take up a big pistol:

With the General’s sword aimed right at them and his pistol in tow, many surrendered on the spot to Napartyon’s awesome hat.  However, some country’s held out.  Thus, Chocopoleon Bonapiece found he needed to charge after them.  He needed…a worthy steed!

When Napolloween Bonaparty found Marshmengo he set off on a famed campaign to bring the rest of the sugary peoples under his empire.  Yet, even the most successful Generals can be defeated and Napolebonbon was eventually caught and sent to exile on Elba.  Luckily, his horse went with him (now renamed Wagramellow).  Even in defeat, Napoleon Chocoparte is crafty.  He may well come back….for A HUNDRED DOSES OF CANDY.  So, we’d all better eat up our Napolloween Bonaparty chocolates quick, or we may wind up getting scared with Welloweenton at Waterboo.

Happy National Hobbit Day!

I have been reliably informed by hallmark that today is National Hobbit Day!  Therefore, I did my humble best to pay tribute to this momentous work (as well as attempting to act more Hobbitably).


Bilbo Baggins meets Thorin at his home of Bagend:


Bilbo’s Trolls:


The goblin king stands over his hoarde:


Riddles in the Dark:


Invisible!Bilbo sneaks inside Lonely Mountain:


Smaug emerges from Lonely Mountain:


(Special guest appearances by Silast as Smaug and Rattafin as Invisible!Bilbo.)





Russian art takes on politics


Roads of Yekaterinburg Were Painted with Caricatures of Mayor.

Newest solution to politicians not maintaining proper infrastructure: paint their pictures (accompanied with their campaign quotes about road repair) around unsightly road problems like potholes.  Apparently, the call of mocking art is all that was needed to get these Russian politicians moving!


King Richard III’s bones recovered?


BBC News – Richard III dig: ‘Strong evidence’ bones are lost king.


“A university spokesperson said the evidence included signs of a peri-mortem (near-death) trauma to the skull and a barbed iron arrow head in the area of the spine.

Richard [III] is recorded by some sources as having been pulled from his horse and killed with a blow to the head.

The skeleton also showed severe scoliosis – a curvature of the spine.

Although not as pronounced as Shakespeare’s portrayal of the king as a hunchback, the condition would have given the adult male the appearance of having one shoulder higher than the other.”


“The [DNA] tests are expected to take about 12 weeks to complete.

If their identity is confirmed, Leicester Cathedral said it would work with the Royal Household, and with the Richard III Society, to ensure the remains were treated with dignity and respect and reburied with the appropriate rites and ceremonies of the church.”

The last Stuart King’s bones may just have been found beneath a Leicester council carpark.  There are definite plans to treat Richard III’s remains with belated respect and a royal Westminster burial, whenever they are actually found.  The ides of September, the half-birthday of the ides of March, may give back the body of a great war leader.  I feel like the War of the Roses just really ended.  Huzzah!


Civilized Comics


They’re Back! « Nina Paley’s Blog.

It’s a rookie mistake, that.



The White Graffiti of Gondor

Images from my walk today-finally bringing the white Tree of Kings from Minas Tirith naturally into my everyday life.

Also, I believe one goose was staring very hard at this.  Perhaps the geese fill the role of stewards and they don’t like to be reminded they don’t actually own the city.


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