Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Something Strange and Deadly Book Club: Week 3

Wednesday, August 21, 2013
If you're a member of Epic Reads (HarperTeen's website), you know that each month they have a Book Club pick. And for August, they picked one of my *favorites,* the absolutely amazing Something Strange and Deadly. The author, Susan Dennard, has made this book club even MORE awesome by adding in prizes (including free books, signed stuff, etc.) to the mix, so you should really hop on over to her website to sign up.

This week's question is about romance. ;)

Eleanor finds herself more and more intrigued by (perhaps even attracted to) Daniel Sheridan, the inventor of the Spirit-Hunters. What is it about him that appeals to her? And vice versa, what do you think attracts Daniel to Eleanor?
Then there’s Clarence Wilcox, the seemingly perfect eligible bachelor. Why do you think Eleanor doesn’t like Clarence?

Clarence.

Clarence essentially embodies society- he has all the right manners, all the right clothes, and plenty of moolah. Even as he deals with the stress of the Deadly events happening in Philadelphia, he continuously maintains appearances. Most importantly, he expects a certain way of behavior from Miss Fitt, and while he finds her lack of decorum occasionally amusing, he also expects her to grow out of it. In this way, he is demanding and condescending, even if he does have a chance for redemption.

(Also, Clarence is chosen for Eleanor by her mother. Even if this was how it was done in 1876, what teenager willingly goes for the date their parents have picked out?)

Daniel.

Then there's Daniel. Ah, Daniel. With his inventions, loyalty, and green eyes. He's rough around the edges and yes, a scalawag, but he also has the freedom that Eleanor craves. More importantly, he may mock her from time to time ("Empress"), but he doesn't expect her to follow society's silly rules while in his company. He just expects her to be her. While Clarence grows to like Eleanor, Daniel grows to respect her, and that makes all of the difference.

Who would you choose: Clarence or Daniel?

14 comments:

  1. I like your view! Don't you just love how Daniel's and Eleanor's relationship grows throughout the book! *sigh*

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    1. Yes! It's a Pride-and-Prejudice romance. First they can't stand each other, and then... *Swoon*

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    2. Definitely! We fellow Pride and Prejudice lovers have to stick together! *Swoon!*
      haha

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  2. I definitely liked the banter between Eleanor and Daniel in this book. I didn't feel like I got to know him as well as I wanted to, but he did grow on me. And I was really starting to like Clarence in this book! I'm still wondering about the end, with what Eleanor asks Daniel and his response. I won't say anything more, but really curious about that! ~Pam

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    1. I am, too! I'm reading ADSAL now, but Daniel hasn't shown up yet, so still now answers!

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  3. I started reading this book but couldn't get into it :-(

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    1. Maybe give it another go? It's really good. Of course, everyone has their reading preferences!

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  4. Daniel, all the way. While Clarence isn't bad or anything, he's just too selfish for my liking. And you're right when you say that Daniel started respecting Eleanor instead of just liking her.

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    1. Clarence has chance for redemption, but he really buys into the sexist standards for women. Daniel, however... excuse me while I swoon.

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