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Something Strange and Deadly

(Something Strange and Deadly #1)

3.74  ·  Rating details ·  13,448 ratings  ·  1,704 reviews
There's something strange and deadly loose in Philadelphia…

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.
And then, in a frighten
ebook, 248 pages
Published July 24th 2012 by HarperTeen
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Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies
She rubbed the bald half of her head. “In China we say, ‘The girl with the full hair is not as free as the girl with the bare head.’"

“It means that as long as I still shave my hair, I’m free. See, in China, girls keep their heads bald like the boys, yeah? Then when we’re the age to become a woman, we bind our feet and grow out our hair.

If I had to choose one word to describe this book, it would be unconvincing. If you want terrifying zombie acti
Sarah Maas
Dec 13, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
SOMETHING STRANGE AND DEADLY is fabulous, imaginative, and romantic! Eleanor is such a fantastic and strong heroine, and the world-building is top-notch. I absolutely adored it and can't wait for the sequel!! ...more
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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
Nov 09, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, arc
EDIT 07/20/12: Did anyone else not notice the gears behind the girl on the cover? Because I hadn't until just now O_O Awesome!


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
Kat Kennedy
Some­thing Strange and deadly had a really rough start with me. There is a divide between the writ­ing of the first chap­ter and the rest of the novel. The first chap­ter gave me the false impres­sion that this book was flimsy, badly writ­ten and suf­fer­ing from stag­nant char­ac­ters and plot.

How­ever, this quickly faded away as Den­nard hit her stride – intro­duc­ing fresh, inter­est­ing char­ac­ters, and intrigu­ing plotline.

Den­nard cre­ates an inter­est­ing and fresh mythol­ogy in Some­thi
Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
Ever since her father passed away, Eleanor Fitt’s life hasn’t been the same. Her brother Elijah is away in college, the money is seriously lacking, and her mother is obsessed with regaining their place in society. When her brother fails to arrive home for the second time and a walking corpse brings his vague note instead, Eleanor becomes convinced that Elijah is a victim of some necromancer and starts moving heaven and earth to find him. With no one else to turn to, she goes to the Shadow Hunter ...more
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3 of 5 stars (Please read my rating system further below). I began to realize that Something Strange and Deadly was probably the book that made me realize that I really really really REALLY like steam punk. I'd always loved movies and TV that was steam punk, so I guess it makes sense that I would love steam punk novels. I loved Eleanor. She was so funny and stubborn to the point where the way she
2.5 stars

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
Lauren Stoolfire
I had Something Strange and Deadly by Susan Dennard on my tbr for way too long, but I'm glad I decided to finally pick it up for the FraterFest Read-A-Thon. I mean, this steampunk and zombies story is perfect for this time of year. I'm really looking forward to book two, A Darkness Strange and Lovely. I expect you'd enjoy this if you also like The infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare, The Diviners by Libba Bray, and Lady Helen by Alison Goodman. ...more
C.G. Drews
Gosh, how do I even sum up this book?! It’s deceivingly creepy. I mean, it sounds like a freaky book, right? At 26%, I was like, “Pity this isn’t scary…” Then BOOM. I spoke too soon. Don’t be fooled by the apparent light, flippy tone. It’s dark and scary. And it has zombies. Zombies and necromancers and dynamite and googles. Terrific, right? Oh, yes.

The cover made me think “paranormal”, but it’s not. It’s a combination of zombies and steampunk. Set in an alternate universe (early 20th century),
Nov 20, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 Stars

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
Wendy Higgins
Historical fiction + Zombies = WIN

I love when an author has done their historical research and captures all the nuances of a gone era. I also love when a storyline completely takes me by surprise with a cool twist.
I'm completely undone: my nerves are twitching, my pulse is racing, and my fingers are trembling as I type....

Have I entered the Twilight Zone? Am I on Candid Camera? Maybe the Earth's polarity has been reversed? Because right now I cannot even fathom how this book has gotten such good ratings so far, when in fact it is


I wish I could make that word ten times bigger just to emphasize how utterly craptacular this book is. So, so, so, soooooooo laughably ridiculous and cringe-inducing and pos
Hmmm. From the tile and cover, I thought this was going to be a much darker story. I also thought the zombies would be a little scarier. See, in this story, the zombies are controlled by a necromancer, and you don't get infected or anything when they bite you. You just lose a hunk of skin, which admittedly, does not sound appealing, but...
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“Even the greatest feats of man lose their luster when one's head is filled with storm clouds.”

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
Dec 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh. My. God. IN LOVE! This book takes the walking dead to a whole new level! This whole book keeps you on the edge of your seat waiting to see what Eleanor is going to do next!

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
shady boots
I read an ARC of this two years ago and fell madly in love. This second time around, the same thing happened. This book is an absolute joy, and I can't wait to further indulge myself in this series! ...more
Mary ♥
Dec 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4/5 stars

Miss Fitt, you know curiosity gets men killed."
I grinned. "Then I daresay it's good I'm a woman.

Something to listen to while reading this ♥

I read Something Strange and Deadly for a buddy read with a book club, and it was my pick for the month, which is why I was very happy to see it included. You all know by now how much I enjoy a good steampunk or historical fantasy read with a strong main character and a diverse cast. To be fair, this wasn't as steampunk as I expected, as there wasn
3.5 stars!

I enjoyed it but I wasn't surprised by it. I thought it was okay. I found up because I can definitely see this being a really good series!

I did enjoy the characters—especially Eleanor, but that's pretty much it. So I hope we get to see more of them in the future.

But I probably won't run out soon & buy the second book. Whoops.

Jul 27, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Sixteen-year-old Eleanor Fitt lives with her mother in Philadelphia, she's very much aware that the Dead have been rising and causing havoc all over Philadelphia. However since Eleanor has never seen the Dead she's more concerned about her beloved brother, Elijah, returning home from his studies. Eleanor thinks her brother will be able to solve the family's money problems and stop her mother obsessing over her prospects of finding a rich man to marry. Eleanor's hopes are dashed though when a ren ...more
Regan Leigh
Apr 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I guess I should clarify first that I read a draft of the book being published. ;)

It's not out yet -- I'm lucky enough to have Susan for a friend -- but this book is already a big hit to me. I can't wait to read her other books! SSD is full of plot twists that you won't suspect and characters that are just plain badass cool. There's a sense of humor even in the dark scenes and lingering emotions that will have you all jittery to read the next book.

I'm not joking when I say Susan will be a huge
Amanda The Book Slayer
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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 q
Rating: 4.5 Stars

You know how they say that some things that come into your life are exactly what you need and they always arrive at the exact time you need them? Well, my experience with Something Strange and Deadly was similar. I’ve been in a bit of a reading slump the past few days, reading books that I haven’t clicked with and writing steadily more and more snarky reviews for them, so when Something Strange and Deadly arrived on my doorstep, I was both overjoyed, excited, and just a tad
2.5/5 stars

Something Strange and Deadly was super action-packed! The book immediately throws you into the story with an attack from the rising dead happening on page one. The book was so fast-paced that it was an easy one to fly through. I also really loved seeing Eleanor fight the dead, especially when she used her parasol. It was both comical and admirable! The steampunk elements that were incorporated into fighting the dead were also interesting and not confusing at all. Dennard did a good jo
May 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow, I loved this book! I do love both Zombies and Steampunk, and this had both! I'm still trying to process this book....the author really sucked me into Eleanor's world!

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 took awhile to figure out what was really going on and to
Valerie Havilliard
I think its a better version of the infernal devices series(hence the missing brother, historical setting, etc) Eleanor, the protagonist, doesnt sit around and do nothing like Tessa and isnt half as judgemental, nerve wracking, whiny, useless or unworthy. It's great to read from a witty protagonist's PoV.

And the plot is way more intriguing than the infernal devices's. The love triangle also wasnt annoying AT ALL, because she chose a guy and stuck to him, plus eleanor and clarence werent really a
Colleen Houck
I really enjoyed this historical zombie tale. The heroine is plucky and gets into all sorts of trouble. The gadgets are interesting as are the tie-ins to voodoo. The dead were as disgusting as you could wish for. =) Zombie fans, check this one out.
Mar 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The book not only met but SURPASSED my expectations. I thought it was well-written, clever, creative and the pacing was extraordinary--

But the things I REALLY adored were the sheer imagination the author poured into this book, Eleanor herself and her personal growth, Daniel-- please God, Daniel-- and that the author did NOT hold back, in any way. She did not coddle these characters, and you can tell. It made for an extraordinary read. There were not easy answers. There were not storybook endings
Zoey Talbon
Nov 13, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Something Strange and Deadly can be a little scary. It can be funny. It can even be sexy.

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, someo
Oct 06, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The reviews I've read of SOMETHING STRANGE AND DEADLY have been mixed, but I absolutely loved it. It's the Centennial in Philadelphia and the Dead are walking the streets. Eleanor Fitt paid the newspaper stories little mind until one of the Dead gives her a letter from her brother. Determined to help Elijah, she goes to the Spirit-Hunters. Turns out Eleanor has a talent for kneecapping the Dead with her ever-present parasol. (She is, after all, a Victorian lady.)

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Susan Dennard has come a long way from small-town Georgia. With a masters degree in marine biology, she got to travel the world—six out of seven continents, to be exact (she’ll get to Asia one of these days!)—before she settled down as a full-time novelist and writing instructor.

She is the author of the New York Times bestselling Witchlands series as well as the Something Strange & Deadly series.

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