the Blameless review

I didn’t review Changeless because it didn’t make all that much sense to me as a novel. I mean, it did but it didn’t. Clear?

I enjoyed reading it, but I couldn’t really figure out what it was about. The whole book seemed to be about the last chapter, which lead into this book – and reading Blameless confirms that. It’s like Part II. The more satisfying part.

Sort of.

I gushed about Soulless because it was such an oddity – a new, fast-paced, funny steampunk novel with some pretty cute world structures. By the third book I’m starting to figure out what keeps me-as-a-reader always hanging about on the fringes of Carriger’s world.

The stories are, first and foremost, farce. She does farce very well and it makes for a funny, enjoyable read. But it doesn’t invite you much deeper than the surface.

I’m not saying that’s a bad thing, by the way. Farce is the province of the greats – Shakespeare, Wilde, Wodehouse, Heyer. (haha, my definition of greats…) And in a way it does make the poignant moments punch a lot harder, because they are in no way overworked, and they come from left-field.

The style also suits Carriger’s heroine, who is without a soul and takes things head-on, without sentiment.

But where Soulless had the structure and emotional journey of a romance novel, books two and three don’t. It was fun to read about Lord Maccon getting plastered on formaldehyde, but it making him ridiculous to that extent kind of ruins him as a romantic hero.

There were some developments I really enjoyed in the novel, though – things that dipped a little below the surface into complexity and emotional intrigue. Professor Lyall plays a big part, and finds himself in a complicated – but very interesting – position by the end of the book.

And Lord Akeldama, though playing a mostly absent figure, arrives with more of a punch than his usual entertaining role.

Overall, these books are worth reading and enjoying, but I’m not consumed by the need to devour them as I read. Which is possibly a good thing.

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About anna cowan

I look around, and here I am - housewife and aspiring romance novelist. This seems unexpected.
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2 Responses to the Blameless review

  1. cheryl nekvapil says:

    Well, I didn’t understand what the film “The Duel” based on Anton Chekov’s novel was about. It was luscious to watch, but disturbingly noncomprehensible. I suppose canning a film or book outright is rude or else revealing of our own ignorance, but I’m getting close to doing both, taking a personal stand, it’s not a universal thing. So here goes, “The Duel” didn’t come together in a comprehensible way — and that’s improtant in making a story hang together; how can you have a man lusting after a woman and there’s not a hint or indication in the film that’s what’s happening, except if you read the introductory review on the programme! There, I’ve done it!

    • huzzah! Well done, Ma! For some reason the people who understand this obscure kind of thing become the gatekeepers of art and culture. But you should always exercise your right to decide what you like and what you don’t. I do it every day! 🙂

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