Reticence

Reticence

Bookish and proper Percival Tunstell finds himself out of his depth when floating cities, spirited plumbing, and soggy biscuits collide in this delightful conclusion to NYT bestselling author Gail Carriger's Custard Protocol series.Percival Tunstell loves that his sister and her best friend are building themselves a family of misfits aboard their airship, the Spotted Custa...

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Title:Reticence
Author:Gail Carriger
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Reticence Reviews

  • Jackie

    Wonderful book! My favorite in this 4 book series! I love the world, the characters, the jokes and the romance! What really made this book extra special was the appearances of some of my favorite characters from her finishing school series! I hope to see more novels and novellas with this series! 😍

  • Linniegayl

    Oh my! I cannot begin to do the final book in the Custard Protocol series justice. I listened to it in audio and loved, absolutely loved, both the narration and the story. It’s an A+ for me, so five stars here. In a Facebook live event Ms. Carriger described Reticence as something like a “love letter” to her readers/fans; that’s exactly what it felt like to me. In addition to featuring a surprisingly enchanting love story of two nerdish, awkward characters, Ms. Carriger gives plenty of time to o

    Oh my! I cannot begin to do the final book in the Custard Protocol series justice. I listened to it in audio and loved, absolutely loved, both the narration and the story. It’s an A+ for me, so five stars here. In a Facebook live event Ms. Carriger described Reticence as something like a “love letter” to her readers/fans; that’s exactly what it felt like to me. In addition to featuring a surprisingly enchanting love story of two nerdish, awkward characters, Ms. Carriger gives plenty of time to other key characters not just from the Custard Protocol books, but also from the original Parasol Protectorate series and the Finishing School series.

    Although the book is told from the POV of many characters (including Spoo, the feisty deckling) the main story features Percival Tunstall (son of Ivy from the original Parasol Protectorate series) and the new ship’s doctor Arsenic.

    As the book opens, Arsenic (the daughter of Preshea from the Finishing School series) is waiting to apply for the job of doctor on the Spotted Custard. Arsenic spotted an ad for a doctor who must tolerate “explosions and cats,” and figured this was the perfect job for her. Arsenic’s interview with the group (and pre-questions by Spoo) was delightful, and of course she gets the job. The whole cast then quickly heads out to the wedding of the very pregnant Rue to Quesnell. Percy is almost instantly captivated by Arsenic, and Arsenic is intrigued by him.

    While Percy and Arsenic’s romance is the main thread of the book, it’s also filled with the group’s usual adventures, which take them from London, to Egypt, to Japan. Along the way we’re introduced to some new forms of shapeshifters and get to catch up with familiar characters. In addition to revisiting all of the leading characters from earlier books in the series (Rue, Quesnell, Tasherit, and Prim) we’re also treated to many other key characters including Spoo, Bumbersnoot, Virgil, Alexia, Conall, Lord Akeldama, “Auntie,” Aggie, and so many more.

    I listened to a video in which Ms. Carriger discusses Reticence. She promises that while Reticence is the end of the Custard Protocol series, it’s not the end of the Parasolverse (a relief to me as the ending rather felt like the end). Her three novella lines will continue, and there’s a possibility of a YA series set much earlier in the Parasolverse timeline.

    A word about the narration: Moira Quirk IS the voice of the series for me. At this point I cannot imagine reading the books in print. Ms. Quirk has given such a unique voice to each key character in the series, that she’s brought them to life for me. (And I was delighted to hear Spoo chirp out with “Aye, Aye, Lady Captain” at numerous points in the book.)

    I cannot imagine reading Reticence as a standalone. So many seemingly minor incidents would have no meaning to someone who has not read the prior books in this series, as well as the full Parasol Protectorate and Finishing School series. As for me, I think it’s time for a re-listen of the Finishing School series. The glimpses of key characters in Reticence made me remember just how much I loved that series.

  • Dawn Siemer

    I've read and loved all Carriger's books. This book is one of the tamer adult-oriented ones. I've always liked Percy, and Arsenic is a great addition to the Spotted Custard crew. Carriger's characters are always interesting, and her main characters are usually eccentric. I always feel like I get to meet new people I haven't before when I read her books.

    This book has a little adventure, a little romance, and a little mystery. It was a lot of fun. But I think I enjoyed ge

    I've read and loved all Carriger's books. This book is one of the tamer adult-oriented ones. I've always liked Percy, and Arsenic is a great addition to the Spotted Custard crew. Carriger's characters are always interesting, and her main characters are usually eccentric. I always feel like I get to meet new people I haven't before when I read her books.

    This book has a little adventure, a little romance, and a little mystery. It was a lot of fun. But I think I enjoyed getting to know Arsenic and her romance with Percy most. So often, romantic leads are confident men who must convince an insecure woman that she's beautiful and worthy. Arsenic must pull Percy out of his shell, instead. I think that really resonates with me because I had to chase my husband a bit (already knowing he liked me) and enjoyed doing it.The

    In addition to fabulous plotting and characterization, there is fabulous world building with a trip to steampunk Japan. I recommend alternate Edo to all armchair travellers!

    So, you should definitely read this book, but should you read it first or must you read all the others to understand what's going on? I think this book would be great fun on its own. Buy it, and when you love it, read it again after you've read all the others (which you'll want because they're all fabulous) to grasp new levels of the story upon knowing a little more about the characters.

  • Leonard

    marks the end of an era, as Miss

    has already stated that there will be no more books in the Parasol Protectorate/Custard Protocol universe. For that alone it deserves the four stars as creating this universe and such a series of books (3 generations of characters!) is no small feat.

    The rest of this review does have spoilers, so click accordingly.

    marks the end of an era, as Miss

    has already stated that there will be no more books in the Parasol Protectorate/Custard Protocol universe. For that alone it deserves the four stars as creating this universe and such a series of books (3 generations of characters!) is no small feat.

    The rest of this review does have spoilers, so click accordingly.

  • Kingtchalla83

    "Retience" marks the end of an era which makes it an extremely difficult book to review. Gail Garriger's Parasolverse follows three generations of characters, spanding from the 1850s and ending in 1901. Coupled with ancient mythological hsitory "Retience" encompasses the totality of the series and ties up loose ends, but leaves room for more narratives.

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    The plot of "Reticence " is fairly straightforward locate and rescue The Wallflower, a spy, and investigate a new shifter species in Japan. Ru

    "Retience" marks the end of an era which makes it an extremely difficult book to review. Gail Garriger's Parasolverse follows three generations of characters, spanding from the 1850s and ending in 1901. Coupled with ancient mythological hsitory "Retience" encompasses the totality of the series and ties up loose ends, but leaves room for more narratives.

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    The plot of "Reticence " is fairly straightforward locate and rescue The Wallflower, a spy, and investigate a new shifter species in Japan. Rue is pregnant, Prim newly in love and Percy is well just Percy. What makes this a strong entry in the series is the reunion of all the major players. Rue is the perfect character to bridge all the generations. The reunion was my favorite aspect of the book. The older generation has a special place in my heart. Dare I say, my favorite. These young bucks know nothing of the struggle. *in my grump old man voice* Also, the introduction of Dr. Arsenic Ruthven and her parentage is a major whopper. I instantly redownload a book in the Delightfully Deadly series to reread.

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    Percy and Arsenic take center stage. I adored Percy's neurodivergence. His beauty comparisons to insects and animals tickled me to no end. Arsenic is just as unconventional as Percy, the perfect tinder match for the oft misunderstood scientist. She's an awesome addition to the Parasolverse.

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    Gail continues to build upon the Parasolverse to the point of saturation ,term used in the series, and I'm here for all of it! In "Retience " the adventure is fun and the science is confusing, but that's always the case with me and science. However, Gail continues to utilize her characters in unexpected ways in the Parasolverse.

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  • Kat  Hooper

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  • Jane

    Steampunk meets Miss Manners in this delightful series.

  • Tiana Hadnt

    2.5 STARS!!!!!! I hate to say this, but Custard Protocol just is not for me. I enjoyed Reticence more than I did Prudence or Competence (Imprudence is the best in the series by far), but I was still left sorely disappointed.

    Reticence is all about Percy, and his developing relationship with a doctor named Arsenic. Only, it’s not always about that at all. This fourth in the series reads more as an “I want to bring in all my other characters from previous works to say farewell,” than as a cohesive,

    2.5 STARS!!!!!! I hate to say this, but Custard Protocol just is not for me. I enjoyed Reticence more than I did Prudence or Competence (Imprudence is the best in the series by far), but I was still left sorely disappointed.

    Reticence is all about Percy, and his developing relationship with a doctor named Arsenic. Only, it’s not always about that at all. This fourth in the series reads more as an “I want to bring in all my other characters from previous works to say farewell,” than as a cohesive, fully drawn and plotted novel. The cameos were great, but forced. Was I happy to see all these people that I really do love again? Of course. But it didn’t feel natural to the plot at all. I didn’t feel like these characters were “in character,” so to speak. They were just there as a plot device, to give the younger bunch something to do. Percy is somewhat less of a pollock in this one, but only somewhat. Honestly, he and Prim just aren’t developed enough, in my opinion, to be able to carry whole novels. And Rue, who had great promise, basically faded to a lovesick, puppy-eyes-making caricature of herself. Being in love doesn’t make you boring. Or insipid. Rue became both.

    Quesnel was wasted almost the entire series. There was a chance for some real character development and growth in this series, but the author seems to have sacrificed it for forced romance, and statements about being accepting of all sexual preferences. It felt like one big social statement, and that is NOT what Carriger has taught us to expect from her work.

    In the end, the cameos were nice but unnecessary, as they added literally nothing to the story, except plot devices and veiled statements. My dear Lord Akeldama was also wasted. The epilogue, in particular, really irritated me. It was all nicely tied up with no real explanation of why any of it was done, except for....yep, you guessed it. LOVE. And while it worked fine for Harry Potter, it doesn’t work for a series that is supposed to be steampunk fantasy.

    I will forever love her first two series. I have The Parasol Protectorate on constant audiobook rotation. I always enjoy The Finishing School. I look forward to any other novellas based on characters from those series. But this series? A huge disappointment.

  • Oda Renate

    So I just added this to the list and saw that it HAS A COVER NOW!

    AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

    AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!

    Sooo happy! I lost my breath for a few seconds of happyness, I probably looked like I was having a stroke luckily I am alone.

    Also, Japan, hats, doctors ooOOooo!!!!

    GIVE IT TO ME NOW!!!

  • Ashley *Hufflepuff Kitten*

    THERE'S A COVERRRRR

    THERE'S A PERCYYYYY

    I AM EXCITEEEEE

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