Something Strange and Deadly Read Along Week 2

Hosted by Brittany at The Book Addict’s Guide

Week 2
Chapters 8-14 (through page 178)

1. On page 101, Eleanor is reading Elijah’s letter where he mentions the mysterious Gas Ring and how once they see their errors, “Father will be most proud” – Eleanor corrects the tense by saying he would have been proud, not will be and that Elijah never got used to referring to their father in the past tense once he passed away. What do you make of this “mistake”? Is there more to this mistake than Eleanor realizes or was it just an innocent oversight?

I caught this, too and I think it is more than him not being used to referring to him in the past tense.  Did he not die? Did he fake his death?  Was he brought back by the necromancer?  So many ways it could go!

2. We first hear about the grimoires in this section which Jie explains are books of black magic. What roles do you think these books will play in the story? Since Elijah has clearly involved with grimoires, do you think it’s for the side of good or the side of evil?

At this point, it is difficult to say what side he may be on.  I want to hope that he is on the good side.  The clues don’t look good for him, but this could just be to throw us off.  Perhaps these grimoires are really important ones and the necromancer needs these to help further his skills in raising the dead.

3. We start to question a lot of Clarence’s actions at motives in this section of chapters. Do you think he has it in for the Spirit-Hunters? Why does Daniel warn Eleanor against him, and what business does he have with Peger?

Clarence is definitely shadier than I originally thought.  He is into something and if Daniel is scared of him, it may not be good stuff he is into.  Peger doesn’t seem like the most wholesome of people either, and since Peger likes to follow around the Sprit-Hunters, perhaps he is also spying on them for Clarence.

4. Eleanor and Jie discuss the roles and limited freedoms of women, especially regarding clothes and “proper behavior”. We know that Jie has been disguising herself as a boy so she will not have to abide by the silly rules that women are supposed to follow. When asked, Eleanor says that she has no choice but to obey, and Jie tells her “You always have a choice” (p166). We’ve come along way since Eleanor’s time in the nineteenth century, but do you think certain “rules” like these still exist? Women and men are equal in today’s Western societies, but are there any “norms” that women are still restricted from that men have full freedom to pursue?

I think there is pretty much always going to be male and female norms, even if it isn’t as strict as it was in the 1800s.  We still see occupations, home duties and different expectations between men and women.  It still mainly a man’s world, but the women are definitely moving up in it 🙂 (They are just slower to realize we are the superior gender, ha!)

5. Chapter 14 ends with quite the cliffhanger! What do you think this spirit is all about? Do you think it’s connected to the Dead at all or is this a separate entity? Why is it specifically connected with Eleanor?

I’m not quite sure what to make of the spirit yet.  I don’t think it is something that the necromancer has brought back or is trying to control.  Maybe it isn’t at all what I’m thinking and I also has the same thought as Brittany about the possibility of it actually being Eleanor’s dad.  I can’t wait to find out the spirit’s secrets.

Thoughts at this point:

I am still really enjoying the book and can’t wait to find out more.  Things really are not looking good for Elijah and evidence is stacking up against him, but I am still keeping hope alive that he is still alive and on good’s side.  I really want to know what Clarence is into and I want to know what the twist is going to be with her dad because Elijah referring to him in the present tense was no accident!


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  1. Love your answer to number 4!

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