on July 24th 2012
Published by Harper Teen Pages: 388
Genres: Steampunk, YA, YA: ScyFy/Romance
The year is 1876, and there’s something strange and deadly loose in Philadelphia…Goodreads
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 frightening attack, a zombie delivers a letter to Eleanor…from her brother.
Whoever is controlling the Dead army has taken her brother as well. If Eleanor is going to find him, she’ll have to venture into the lab of the notorious Spirit-Hunters, who protect the city from supernatural forces. But as Eleanor spends more time with the Spirit-Hunters, including their maddeningly stubborn yet handsome inventor, Daniel, the situation becomes dire. And now, not only is her reputation on the line, but her very life may hang in the balance
In case you missed the initial fun go **HERE** to get all caught up!
Recap of the deets:
If you don’t want to answer this week’s discussion question, that’s fine! You can chime in next week…or even in the final week. One discussion qualifies you for the participation prize. What is the prize? A copy of the e-novella A Dawn Most Wicked or an exclusive cut scene from A Darkness Strange and Lovely.
Of course, if you want to be eligible for this week’s EPIC giveaway, you’ll want to be sure you answer this week’s discussion question somewhere on the web (publicly visible, of course) before Monday of next week (8/19), when I choose a winner!
This Week’s Giveaway Prizes
- Signed copy of Courtney Moulton’s Angelfire
- Angelfire swag!
- Signed copy of Something Strange & Deadly or A Darkness Strange & Lovely
- Signed SS&D swag!
To sign up for this week’s giveaway, fill out this form after you’ve answered Week 2′s discussion question. Remember, you can answer EITHER the question for book 1 OR book 2. (I am answering for book 1 only, you may however answer for books 1 & 2, book 1 only or book 2 only. Your choice)
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CREEPTASTIC AND GORY FUN!
In Something Strange & Deadly, I made casket bells a warning for the living that corpses were awakening, but back in the day, casket bells were actually there in case you returned to life and needed to get out! Victorians were super paranoid about being buried alive, so some clever soul invented the safety coffin. Never be buried alive again! Learn about real casket bells and safety coffins!
SOMETHING STRANGE AND DEADLY DISCUSSION QUESTION #2
Magic and ghostly elements frequent the Something Strange and Deadly series. Even though corpses do awaken from time to time and hauntings are hardly that uncommon, the people of Philadelphia seem determined to pretend the Dead are not a growing threat.
Do you think that’s part of human nature?To push on and ignore the danger at our door? Or do you think Philadelphia’s ignorance—or for that matter, any ignorance/false sense of safety in modern days as well—can be pinned on politicians? Can you think of any examples where something similar happened, but rather than the Dead, it was a natural disaster/growing crime rate/etc.?
Bella’s Week 2 Answer:
Ok, I remember last years Hurricane. It was a whopper. They told us and told us “GET THE HELL OUTTA DODGE!”. Well, the year before we heard the SAME thing. Guess what? It was NOTHING. A few small floods, a few outages, etc. So, ppl remembering that, remembering how they over prepared for nothing, made them under prepare for the big ONE.
We lost power for a week, ppl lost entire communities in my state, million dollar and normal priced homes were wiped out completely. It was sad and scary. By 8pm that night (night 1) I knew, we all knew, here in Fairfield, County. Ct. that it was BAAAD. By then a lot of ppl panicked because they under prepared. Not only that the community shelters had no spots for ppl showing up with animals that couldn’t be left home to drown to death, or die without needed meds, animals with cancer, puppies with parvo that needed iv’s 24/7, etc.etc.
Same goes for the completely overwhelming clean up. Bridgeport DID not have the luxury of the rich ppl, we did not have beautiful generators, money to go out of town for hotel rooms, etc. We SUFFERED. Peeing/pooing in non working toilets, BUYING water to flush toilets!? Losing ALL of the food they told us to buy! IE: eggs, milk, etc. Promising power outages would be at a minimum so “don’t worry”. Lines were nearly 1 mile long at the welfare office for weeks on end with ppl trying to recoup grocery costs. Not just “poor” people, elderly, working class poor, small business owners, etc.etc.etc.
Restaurants, small stores, delis, etc. lost ENTIRE inventories and because of BS insurance “clauses” and cleverly worded contracts they were NOT covered! Ppl taking ADVANTAGE of the poor areas by looting and charging 10$ for a bag of ice! Ppl coming from as far as Jersey with a hundred Home Depot Buckets to take ALL of our gas and kerosene back to their homes in rented Home Depot vans! Buying ALL of our propane! Screw us, right?
Sadly, the inner cities got screwed because there was no one willing to stick up for us until citizens policed gas stations and called the cops on gas fiends from out of state and gougers in stores. I had to call the BBB to report a store by my house charging 10$ on up for milk, packs of sliced cheese, etc.etc. I was ecstatic when fines went out for gouging the people of Bridgeport and other cities.
Luckily changes on how things are handled during our hurricane’s and other emergencies went into effect. Shelters, price gouging, restoring power to areas that do not have the luxury of generators, generators for certain places (IE: elderly homes, animal shelters with animals that need electricity to survive the night, places besides the obvious like hospitals and police stations, etc.) even getting quicker FEMA response.
Sadly, the over reacting for nothing caused a lot of distrust in anger the following year. Like the boy that cried wolf. Or the city officials that cried wolf. You saw a home in my area floating down the street, the OPPOSITE side of the street, on the Hurricane Relief Concert seen worldwide! Tree’s HUNDREDS of years old uprooted like twigs, lives lost, animals dead when owners returned home, it was freaking horrible. The city animal control stayed there to put the animals up high so they were safe. No power either. I’ll NEVER forget driving cities and towns away for a cup of coffee 2 days later. We ALL gathered at Cumberland Farms drinking coffee, looking tired and dirty, but grateful. Strangers from all backgrounds together. Sadly it took a tragedy to make this happen, and sadly life is back to “normal”, now that everything is “normal” (ie:they have their creature comforts back and forgot the week of living like the “others”) again.
That’s it for this week my friends. How far along in the book are you? Have you read the book before? What do you think of it? I am new to the series and stopped reading because I was reading so FAST! I am up to chapter 12 already. I want to have something to look forward to.
Review to come for this book when I am done!
Please link me to your week 2 answers…