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Gravely Inanimated: A Tale of Woe and Romance

Gravely Inanimated: A Tale of Woe and Romance

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by Esther Wheelmaker
It has been thirty years since England was plagued by zombies. Humans fear for their lives while the dead kill the living.
By the cover of night, a man known only as Aeron hunts these creatures. On one foggy evening he finds Lucille Knight's life in jeopardy and Aeron's interest is instantly peaked when he saves the young lady.
But Aeron will have competition


It has been thirty years since England was plagued by zombies. Humans fear for their lives while the dead kill the living.
By the cover of night, a man known only as Aeron hunts these creatures. On one foggy evening he finds Lucille Knight's life in jeopardy and Aeron's interest is instantly peaked when he saves the young lady.
But Aeron will have competition when Lucy meets Lord Garrett Ashdown, son of the Inventor, Earl Thomas. 
Lucy is drawn to the masked man and equally mysterious Lord. With one concealing his true identity and the other hiding a ghastly secret, she does not know which one is less dangerous.
Will she be able to be with the man she chooses when she learns the awful truth?

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Third Broom On The Left Press
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Zombiepunk Series , #1
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Meet the Author

Her name is Esther Wheelmaker and she is the author of the new, Zombiepunk Series.

With Gravely Inanimated (book one) coming to life, she is pounding away on her typewriter to try and get book two out. However, she is easily distracted by sparkly things.

Her background is a mystery and all anyone knows is she loves hugs, corsets, steampunk, books and Mozart….

…Let's face it…Everyone likes a girl with a little mystery.


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Gravely Inanimated: A Tale of Woe and Romance 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Lizzie23 More than 1 year ago
Let me start by saying 'Wow!' This book completely took me by surprise (in a good way). The story is about Lucille Knight who is a young lady who's still trying to figure out her place in the world, mainly in Victorian London. She worries about things like what to wear, have your father introduce you to a suitable suitor (whether you like it or not), tea time ...oh and don't get bitten by zombies on the way home. This book was a mixture of Steampunk, Pride and Prejudice and Blade (except that it had zombies instead of vampires). In the beginning of the story Lucy meets Aeron, when he saves her from a group of zombies from eating her brains. She's a little stubborn at first but eventually once you realize why she's the way she is, you warm up to her and root for her to fulfill her destiny. Don't want to say too much for fear of spoiling the book for anyone, but definitely give it a try. It's a fun read that will keep you guessing til the very end.
donniedarkogirl More than 1 year ago
I loved Gravely Inanimated! This was definitely my kind of book, and the minute I saw it, I had to read it! The back story of how the zombies came about was interesting and unique, and I thought it was amazing that people have still survived and can basically live normal lives even among zombies shambling around. The only reason this is possible is Earl Thomas - the inventor of automatons who kill zombies and can sense the difference between a zombie and human by the fact that zombies lack a warm body temperature.  I couldn't decide if I wanted Lucy with Aeron or Garrett - both were mysterious which is definitely appealing to me, but as the synopsis says, one is hiding his identity and the other has a terrible secret. It was a fantastic set up for a triangle, which I didn't mind in this story. It wasn't your typical triangle, that's for sure! Both were appealing, but both had things about them that were turnoffs too. So it was a hard decision.  I'm really into steampunk though I've only read one other book in the genre, and I think it's a cool concept. Sometimes I found myself shocked and even angry with some of the Victorian aspects - the biggest one being that Lucy is blamed for her fiance dumping her for her former best friend. Lucy's father told her she should have paid more attention to him, should have been more attractive...I was like, really?? That's the way things really were back then, though. I kept thinking I was happy I wasn't around back then. What I loved the most was how technology was mixed in with the old fashioned ideas of the Victorian era.  Overall, if you haven't tried out the steampunk genre, if you love zombies, if you love feisty heroines, you MUST read Gravely Inanimated. If you can't figure out what book to read next, this is one you should definitely pick up. I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. 
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Lee Ashford for Readers' Favorite “Gravely Inanimated” by Esther Wheelmaker is Book 1 in 'The ZombiePunk Series' and it will have you anxiously awaiting the completion of Book 2. The debut work of the obviously very talented Ms. Wheelmaker, “Gravely Inanimated”, is an outstanding introduction to what she is capable of producing. Within this book she has created an authentic city, populated with authentic people, living authentic lives. The word-pictures she painted made the story come alive in my mind, and it was really quite a remarkable “mental video” that I experienced. Throughout this book Ms. Wheelmaker never once inserted a scene that didn’t fit the rest of the story. There was no incongruity in “Gravely Inanimate”. I expect to see a lot more top quality Steampunk fiction from this artist. This is a tale of a young teenage lady growing up in Victorian London, at a time when the city has been in the grip of a Zombie epidemic for many years. Alleged to have been created by a Voodoo Queen, the Zombies made it imprudent, to say the least, for anyone to venture out alone at night. However, Miss Lucy, the heroine of the story, lost her mother to a zombie bite when she was quite young, thus having only her father and a maid to raise her. Consequently she and her best friend, Emily, devised many ways to circumvent the de facto curfew, as young teens are wont to do. One night, as she walked home from Emily’s house rather later than she had anticipated, she suddenly found herself surrounded by a horde of hungry zombies. Out of nowhere, a masked man rescues her and carries her back to her home. Thus began the story of a relationship which would set the two amidst many an adventure. “Gravely Inanimated” is a surprisingly well-written debut novel, of a quality more commonly found among experienced authors. I highly recommend this fascinating read. And I will be anxiously watching for the next installment of this saga.
aerstad More than 1 year ago
Great Book This was my very first steam punk book, and I can say that I was not disappointed. I loved the main characters and how they all interacted together. There was great distinction between who they were, so they weren't all one sided, and I loved that fact. I was so glad I got to read and experience this book as my first steam punk, since it has opened my eyes to a new genre. The setting for the book took me back and set me right in the time period this was written in and I loved that as well. I believe it was well written and can't wait to read the next book in the series. From the time Lucy met Aaeron and how they interacted to the time she met Lord Ashdown and how they interacted, I was pulled back into the book time and time again. When I had to sit the book down, I couldn't wait to get back to it and see what was going to happen next. The twist thrown in intrigued me so much that I appreciated the book even more than I already did. This is a great book that I definitely give a blazing 5-star rating to, so I hope you all get the opportunity to experience this for yourself as well, and become as entranced in the story as I was.
Fangedmom More than 1 year ago
THIS IS THE BEST ZOMBIE STEAMPUNK BOOK I HAVE EVER READ. I sat down and read this whole book in one sitting. Author Esther Wheelmaker's debut book is amazing. The setting is the 1800's. The zombie apocalypse has already happened. People are getting back to their "normal" lives and co-existing with the walking dead. Lucy, our main female character, goes home too late one night and runs into Aeron. Aeron is a zombie fighter like she has never seen. She is instantly intrigued by him. When she meets the ever so charming Lord Garrett Ashdown, she is torn between the mystery and danger of Aeron and the masked and mysterious Lord. Will the zombies allow her to live long enough to choose the one she is fated too?