(TO SAY NOTHING OF THE MUMMY THAT WAS AND THE CAT IN THE JAR)
A short tale of mummies, werewolves, and well-preserved felines set in the world of the Parasol Protectorate.
Alessandro Tarabotti and his valet, Floote, are on a mission in Egypt when they encounter visiting tourists and the situation turns to mummies. What is Alessandro's real mission and will his Aunt Archangelica approve of his treatment of her cat?
In this short story, New York Times best selling author Gail Carriger uses her comedic voice to delve into the history of her beloved steampunk Parasolverse.
If you have ever wondered about Alexia's father, this will give you a glimpse into his adventures, character, and romantic interests. (9000 words ~ 15 pages). First published online (2012), reprint in The Book of the Dead (2013), Mammoth Book of the Mummy (2017) and Clockwork Cairo (2017).
I absolutely adored this short story.
So I’ve read the whole Parasol Protectorate series and her father is a bit of a mysterious figure. We hear bits and pieces from Floote and find certain things, but this is a lovely adventure starring Alessandro Tarabotti in Egypt.
In the Parasol books, we get little whispers that Mr. Tarabotti was in Egypt and did something there, but we don’t hear about the actual details. This short story digs into the details and tells us what precisely he was up to there. We hear him called “Curse-Breaker” and see the politics which were revealed later in the series - the tension between the Templars and the casual English acceptance of the supernatural.