Thursday Quotables: Competence by Gail Carriger


Welcome to Thursday Quotables! This feature is the place to highlight a great quote, line, or passage discovered during your reading each week.  Whether it’s something funny, startling, gut-wrenching, or just really beautifully written, Thursday Quotables is where my favorite lines will be, and you’re invited to join in!
Wow, it’s been a long time since I’ve done a Thursday Quotables post. Something (looking at you, Gail Carriger!) must have inspired me this week!
Onward with this week’s Thursday Quotable:


Competence by Gail Carriger
(published July 17, 2018)

I’m listening to this utterly delightful and profoundly silly new book by Gail Carriger, the 3rd book in her Custard Protocol series. Here, the adventurous crew of the Spotted Custard dirigible, makes their way from Singapore to South America on a trip filled with hazardous aetherosphere currents, navigational challenges, rogue prisoners, and unexpected romance. The audiobook is just so darn cute and lovable, and today in particular, I found myself laughing out loud in public places while listening. So there’s that.

So… this angry rebuke from an unfriendly member of the engineering crew cracked me up:

“Well, there’s no need to throw Italian mathematicians at me.”


(Maybe you had to be there…)

This book, as with the others in this ‘verse, places a great deal of importance on fashion, and particularly headwear:

Primose couldn’t help herself, her eyes were drawn to the top of her brother’s head. A sort of blue velvet and silver-embroidered flowerpot perched there. It sported a long silken tassel out the top which trailed down one side to tickle his temple.

“Percy, what are you wearing? Is that a Turkish lounging cap? It’s middy! We’re outside. There are so many thing wrong with that right now, and I can’t even begin — “

The book and the entire series are terrifically charming, and should not be missed! Here’s the synopsis (via Goodreads)… and I’ll share more thoughts once I’ve finished the audiobook!

From New York Times bestselling author Gail Carriger comes the delightful sequel to Imprudence.

Accidentally abandoned!

All alone in Singapore, proper Miss Primrose Tunstell must steal helium to save her airship, the Spotted Custard, in a scheme involving a lovesick werecat and a fake fish tail.

When she uncovers rumors of a new kind of vampire, Prim and the Custard crew embark on a mission to Peru. There, they encounter airship pirates and strange atmospheric phenomena, and are mistaken for representatives of the Spanish Inquisition. Forced into extreme subterfuge (and some rather ridiculous outfits) Prim must also answer three of life’s most challenging questions:

Can the perfect book club give a man back his soul?

Will her brother ever stop wearing his idiotic velvet fez?

And can the amount of lard in Christmas pudding save an entire species?

What lines have you loved this week? Please share!

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