Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Zombie Corner: Try Something Strange and Deadly July 24th.


This was an extraordinary read and because of the multiple genres it covers I feel author Susan Dennard will gain a large fanatic following. I’ve never really read any steampunk novels that I know enough to remember, but if you have been interested in the genre this is the pool to dip your toe into. Something Strange and Deadly is a time period thriller that takes you into the late 1800’s and throws the threat of zombie attacks, a mysterious Necromancer, and a bit of a Sherlock Holmes like mystery in your face, and sprinkles it with a little budding romance. Now that your jaws have been dropped from all that Susan Dennard has managed to include in her little gem of a series starter, you should grab a copy on July 24th…but close your mouth because it isn’t very becoming.  

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THIS BOOK WAS RECEIVED AS AN ARC FROM EDELWEIS.



Summary:

The year is 1876, and 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 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.


Okay so Eleanor is a bit impulsive at times, well okay all the time. This often causes trouble to the people she cares about but you have to have someone like her to create a great story. You have to remember while reading that it takes place in 1876 and they don’t know as much about zombie fighting as we do now. She may come off as na├»ve but I just see her as a realistic heroine, and because she is trying to locate her missing brother she acts with desperation that comes with a sense of legitimacy because of her situation. Eleanor does come from a higher society then the Spirit Hunters she gets involved with but don’t let that fool you. She is a character with fire that I cannot wait to read more of in this series.

Daniel is a leading man that I can see on the silver screen. He has this confidence in himself that can be intimidating to Eleanor only because she has never met anyone like him. I love that he is written as an intelligent man who sees the task at hand. He is an inventor of elaborate tools that enable the Spirit Hunters to fight swarms of zombies. The detail involved in describing his inventions by Dennard allows the reader to see them as these beautiful mechanical things that help them prevent more zombie attacks. But don’t get the wrong idea about Daniel; he can throw a punch like no one else’s business.

After reading Something Strange and Deadly I have officially become a giddy follower. There are so many standout moments in this book. My favorite is the first meeting between Daniel and Eleanor. It’s so good that I can envision them in my head and have probably irritated my husband because I can’t stop talking about this scene or the book. Oh and the Spirit Hunters are amazingly AWESOME! Joseph, the leader, is a tormented soul that wants to do the right thing and Jie is a character with serious backbone and guts that you don’t want to mess with. The action packed moments of the book are always best when they work together. Also I need to own a parasol like Eleanor because it is also a very important character in the book. If your interest is piqued by this alone, then my work is done.

Even though the story is told from Eleanor’s perspective I believe that anyone could get pulled into it. The love story is not the dominant story line but it’s still fun to read considering the time period the story takes place in. The zombies don’t completely take over the story either, equality amongst the genres are what I loved most about the book. While reading I thought of movies like Sherlock Holmes, The Mummy, and Pirates of the Caribbean. Adventure and Mystery are always in the front seat of Dennard’s novel and leave you on the edge of your seat until the end. I highly recommend Something Strange and Deadly and in the words from author Susan Dennard, “Aim for the knees!”   

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