For the month of August, Epic Reads picked Susan Dennard’s Something Strange & Deadly as their book club pick of the month. Susan, herself, is hosting her own book club for both Something Strange & Deadly AND her latest book in the series (which just came out!), A Darkness Strange & Lovely.
She is offering tons of prizes and even a “gift” for just participating!!!! Head over to her blog to find out more details. The best part is that you can sign up anytime during the month of August and answer the weekly questions anytime this month. But if you want a shot at winning a weekly prize, you’ve got to “play” weekly.
[note color=”#e0c4bf”]This week’s book club question:
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.?[/note]
I happen to think it’s human nature to ignore growing threats to our current comfortable way of living. Politics is just one place where it shows it’s ugly face more frequently.
The people of Philadelphia are eager to ignore the threat of the Dead because it messes with their cultural system and their day to day living. For instance, detour slightly from the rules of etiquette and you get a good tongue thrashing. Heaven forbid those pesky Dead people show up at your tea party and wreck your social standing. And lets distract ourselves with a big Exhibition to brag about off how far we’ve come with “modern” science and machines.
There are so many directions I could take the mirror and point it at reality. I’m going to try this one and see how it goes. We all know and remember the tragedy of 911. Afterwards we beefed up security at our airports, our land and our water border crossings. But twelve years later, the government tells us that we’re safe from Al Qaida after our pull out from Afghanistan.
And then our embassy in Benghazi, Libya was attacked on September 11th, 2012. A beloved U.S. Ambassador to Libya, Christopher Stevens, was among those killed in the attack. At first, our government kept saying the attack was a reactionary response by Muslims to an offensive movie. Later, it came out that the government knew of the impending danger but was talking it down to the media with what is commonly referred to as “talking points” – a script to stick to in certain situations.
Do you need an “easier” explanation? Can you say “Titanic”? That tragedy could be squarely pinned on White Star Line, the owners of the ship. They had room on the ship for enough lifeboats for all the passengers but stuck strictly to very bottom requirements of maritime law. Oops. Time for new laws after that. Anyways, everything will be fine because there’s an orchestra playing on the ship’s deck, right?
This was a tough question – that’s my only excuse for my lame answers!
Last week’s winner of a signed copy of Something Strange & Deadly was
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