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Soulless: The Manga, Vol. 2: 12/19/13

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Soulless: The Manga, Vol. 2 by Gail Carriger covers the same material as Changeless. Alexia follows her husband to Scotland to investigate whatever is forcing normalcy on the paranormals.

Reviewers of the manga adaptation seem split on Rem's artistic interpretation of Carriger's characters. As it's marketed as a managa, I think they are spot on. Besides Alexia's husband, my other favorite is the foppishly debonaire Lord Akeldama. Even before I knew that a manga version was in the works, that's how I pictured him.

I especially think the adventure on the dirigible is better suited for manga. There is a lot of derring-do aboard ship. In reading the paperback, there were scenes — like Alexia nearly tumbling to her death — that I had to re-read. I just couldn't wrap my head around the descriptions and how events played out.

I liked seeing how Rem put all of that silliness to a visual form. She turned something bizarre into something hilarious. She clearly has a better grasp on the world of the Parasol Protectorate than I do.

Although I wasn't thrilled by book three, Blameless, I am eager to read the manga adaptation.

Five stars

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