Something Strange and Deadly (Something Strange and Deadly #1)
Eleanor Fitt has a lot to worry about. Her brother has gone missing, her family has fallen on hard times, and her mother is determined to marry her off to any rich young man who walks by. But this is nothing compared to what she’s just read in the newspaper—
The Dead are rising in Philadelphia....more
When I went into this, I was expecting a zombie book in a steampunk setting with some mystery elements. What I actually got was a paranormal fantasy with a cute romance, a fun mystery, but not nearly enough zombies for my tastes. I still enjoyed it for the most part, it was simply different than what I was expecting.
Zombies are how we get introduced to this world Susan...more
Holy crap this was awesome. I don’t even want to write a review; I just want to bask in the awesomeness that is Something Strange and Deadly. (But you know, I kind of have to write a review, so here goes it.)
Eleanor Fitt is a sixteen-year-old living with her mother in Philadelphia, in the dawn of attacks from the walking Dead brought upon Philadelphia by a mysterious and unknown necromancer. To make matters worse, Eleanor receives letters from her long-lost brother, Elijah, and th...more
The Dead alarm rings out across 1876 Philadelphia as animated corpses walk out of Laurel Hill Cemetery. Eleanor Fitt of the Philadelphia Fitts, or just Eleanor to you and me, is caught in the middle of a Dead attack when one of the decaying bodies delivers her a letter – a letter from her missing brother, Elijah. In her determination to locate Elijah, Eleanor ventures into the labs of the so-called Spirit Hunters, a small force designated to the role of protecting the city from the Dead...more
I was always in love with steampunk novel, the corsets, the parasols, the automations; everything is so luxurious and mysterious in equal measure. And undead corpses in steampunk novel earned extra credits. The story begins at 1876 Philadelphia, where a necromancer is raising the deads from grave and killing members of the most respectful families. Elenor Fitt has plenty to worry about her brother, who...more
Sixteen year-old Eleanor Fitt lives in a time of corsets and petticoats. A time where a lady's behavior is governed by strict rules of decorum. A time when Eleanor's mother is dead set on her finding and marrying a rich man to rescue their family from impeding financial ruin. But this is also a time of the Dead. The Dead are reanimated corpses plaguing the city, and Eleanor is afraid her brother, Elijah, has been captured by the one commanding them, the necromancer. The day Elijah is su...more
Eleanor is so amazing. I kind of feel bad because her mother is horrible, she doesn't know where her brother but knows somehow is with the dead. Throughout this book Eleanor takes risks she doesn't even know she is taking and she is brave, stubborn and doesn't really care what people think about her. She is scared she is g...more
"I scoffed. And if you ever get in my way, I'll personally feed you to my mother."
Yay! Title and cover are sooo wonderful. Just look at that dress. Yummy :D
I am not a big fan of steampunk books but I enjoyed this one.
Now I wonder how long I have wait for the next one ( unfortunately 2013 ) to see where author will take her character next.
I'm a huge fan of world building. To me, it's vital that you set the scene with a proper introduction in order to hook the reader from the very first page. Unfortunately, you don't get a lot of that with 'Something Strange and Deadly' initially so it took me a while to get into it. The opening scene dives right into the action where Eleanor is picking up her brother from the train station not realizing that the walking dead is everywhere. The zombies are explained a bit further later in...more
The cover is so beautiful and the premise is enticing!
Zombies + Spirit-Hunters + handsome invetors *swoons* = winning
I absolutely can NOT wait to read this. =)
While I was expecting more zombies, Something Strange and Deadly definitely didn't disappoint me. It's a book that you can easily immerse yourself in. I don't usually tend to read books set in the 1800s because they feel too formal and stiff to me. But SS&D isn't. At all. The setting is perfect the way Dennard portrays it. There's gossip, there's handsome men vying for women's hands, but behind it all, s...more
As I said in my updates, the initial worldbuilding was somewhat awkward -- so here's the short version. In this world, zombies don't come from plagues, nuclear disaster, or mutated viruses. Moreover, it's not a condition you catch from bites. Instead they're controlled by necromancers (which are closely tied to voodoo...more
Rating: A heroine to root for; an interesting, if easy to solve, mystery; awesome setting; awesome love interest; awesome zombies. BUT NEEDS MORE ZOMBIES.
Originally posted at Writer of Wrongs
The cover: The hardcover I got at BEA is shiny and gorgeous. There are gears behind the girl, and creepy twisted branches, and I love her stark pose and exaggerated silhouette. BUT. Eleanor is not wee and bony. I no likey the fact that these covers slenderize their awesome and curvy heroine.
The story: AHHHH,...more
I think the reason steampunk is so hard to get into because the language already takes a bit getting used to so it slows you down at first, and then, a lot of authors spend way too much time describing their steam world that that it takes you a while to get into the story itself. With this book, that w...more
The main protagonist, Eleanor Fitt, is having a bad time of it lately. Her family, has fallen on hard times since her father's death. Her mother, not wanting to lose her standing in society, is determined to marry off her young daughter to a wealthy young man. (This aspect of the plot reminded me very strongly of the Titanic movie, with Rose and...more
Here's a short summary of what SS&D is about:
Eleanor Fitt lives in a world were it is not "uncommon" for the dead to occasionally rise. Lately, though, it's become a huge problem, and when a corpse delivers a letter to E...more
Sometimes (or all the time) it hard to describe something you've come across in one word. For me it was easy this time Something Strange and Deadly by Susan Dennard was compelling.
From page one I was quickly drawn into this world which she created with The Dead taking over 1876 Philadelphia and a young woman- Eleanor Fitt ending up stuck in the middle. Eleanor and her family live on the fringe of society after the death of her father. Add to that her brother has gone off into the world withou...more
First of all, the whole thing felt like a Victorian novel. I don't know how she managed this, with all the sci-fi zombies and inventions, but it felt really authentic, like I was reading an old classic that I loved! The plot and the central mystery was so well done...it took awhile to figure out what was really going on and to...more
Recommend : This book rated right up there with Divergent and Angefall. It was quite original. Susan Dennard spins a tale about magic, hunters, and zombies. All you Steampunk fans will love this and those who have never read anything from that genre, well this is a good one to start with.
"A breath later, somber bells rang out, and I knew it was all very, very real. That was the Dead alarm.
I'd heard of corpses awakening-hungry and dangerous though still quit...more
Thank you so much to Around The World ARC and Edelweiss for allowing me to read and review Something Strange and Deadly. This was my first Zombie book and I LOVED every minute of it. Susan really out did herself when she decided to use the Victorian era and use Zombies. The way they dressed and talked was a great contrast with the walking dead.
The story starts out with Eleanor waiting at the train station for her older brother Elijah to come home. While at the trai...more
I loved trying to work out who was good and evil and what was really going on. I figured out some of it, but other bits surprised me.
I had a little difficulty with the description of people being a bit vague at first, only to find out more about their appearances later in the book and finding my ima...more
With the exception of a few things here and there, I would havta say this was a really great start to a series. This story is pretty much about a girl looking for her brother who ends up joining a group looking to take down a baddie controlling some dead people. I really enjoyed the group and I actually like the diversity of them. You don't get man...more
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