Saturday, February 08, 2014
Etiquette & Espionage, by Gail Carriger
Apparently based on Carriger's popular steampunk universe The Parasol Protectorate, this new series of YA novels imagines the adolescents' view of a world of steam power, vampires, werewolves, Picklemen, and flywaymen. Not being so well versed in steampunk, the concepts were a bit odd for me and seemed a bit too precious and pretentious. The counterposing of traditional finishing school subjects with espionage is a cute joke the first couple of times, but after a couple hundred pages, the humor grows stale. Much like steampunk fashion for me, the book is pretty to look at, but seems to paint itself in an artistic corner from which there is little room to move.