Thumbs up for Blameless by Gail Carriger. Fantasy.
Since I’ve got my eye on going to Steamcon later this month, it seemed that it would behoove me to actually read some steampunk. I had a limited selection available to me, so this is what I ended up trying first. Well, once I cut the throat of my inner prose snob and forced myself to read it in the spirit in which it was intended, it was fun; enough so that I was tempted to read some of the earlier books in the series. (Though in the end, Miss Snob won out, and I didn’t.) If you’re looking for some sheer entertainment and don’t mind vampires and werewolves, go for it – but, unlike I did, start at the beginning.
“The door was locked, and Alexia, resourceful as she was, had not yet learned to pick locks, though she mentally added it to her list of useful skills she needed to acquire, along with hand-to-hand combat and the recipe for pesto. If her life were to continue on its present track, which, after twenty-six years of obscurity now seemed to mainly involve people trying to kill her, it would appear that acquiring a less savory skill set might be necessary. Although, she supposed, pesto-making ought to be termed more savory.”
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