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"Who Could That Be at This Hour?" (All the Wrong Questions) Hardcover – October 23, 2012
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To be a success in Snicket's line of work it's important to know how to ask the right questions. And this is a problem since Snicket finds it difficult doing precisely that. He was supposed to meet his contact in the city. Instead, he finds himself whisked away to the country to a dying town called Stain'd-by-the-Sea.Read more ›
His series of Unfortunate Events was immensely popular and as we all know following up one popular series of books with another is not easy. Harper Lee stopped after "To Kill a Mockingbird" which was probably a good thing. Stop while you're ahead. J.K. Rowling decided to write some more which would have only been a good idea if Harry Potter was still somehow involved.
But Lemony Snicket, in his new book "Who Could That Be at This Hour?" may have broken the trend. I found this book very readable (which here means I couldn't put it down) and his characters and setting perhaps more relatable and enjoyable than anything else he has previously written.
Dare I say that the thirteen-year-old Snicket who narrates the book is far more optimistic, caring and kind than his adult persona that narrates the Series of Unfortunate Events? Dare I say that this series may even hold more promise than his last?
There were times when this book reminded me of a twisted version of Encyclopedia Brown with Lemony as Brown and his lighthouse keeper's daughter friend Moxie as Encyclopedia Brown's trusty sidekick Sally. There was even a Bugs Meeny character. I loved Encyclopedia Brown and that this book reminded me of him is a good thing.
There were also times when Lemony reminded me of a young Sherlock Holmes, given his own Irene Adler and his own Baker Street Irregulars in the form of taxi cab enthusiasts Pip and Squeak.
All good things.
And good things make me want to read more.
Great things in the book:
*) I loved the imagery; the settings were tangible and evocative and surreal - places from everyday life, but with a twist in unexpected ways
*) The word-smithing was delightful... clearly the author has a love of language and does a wonderful job of introducing exotic words (for the target age range) and providing context without derailing the story
Things I didn't like so much...:
*) All the adults in the book are portrayed as bumbling simpletons; it would have been nice to have a couple portrayed with more depth (disclaimer: being an adult myself perhaps I have a skewed perspective ;-) )
*) Despite the mystery and intrigue the story felt shallow in places; I wish there were more background to root the characters as I was often left disoriented
*) The ending left me feeling somewhat cheated... there could have been more resolution without limiting the potential for the rest of the series...
Overall, a good, enjoyable read. I will definitely get the next one in the series, but I'll probably wait to buy it in paperback.
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Enjoyed reading aloud to my daughter. Great characters and names, moves along but with simple mystery. Will keep going with series.Published 16 hours ago by RCMJR
Brilliant series. While I found the 'A Series of Unfortunate Events' books somewhat repetitive and, at the end, completely unsatisfactory in terms of an ending ( you never even... Read morePublished 18 days ago by Jonathan P Simmonds
I would like to thank Little Brown and Put Me in the Story for providing me personalized copies of this series for review. These books are too cool! Read morePublished 1 month ago by The Indigo Quill
**Thank you so much to Put Me In the Story & the publisher for sending me copies of all of these books in exchange for reviews! Read morePublished 2 months ago by Krystianna Straley
My nine year old grandson loves the Lemony Snicket books!! He is always thrilled to receive a new one! I love how easy it is with Amazon Prime to send books to my grandchildren!Published 2 months ago by Gran2Four
There was a boy, a book, and a review. In Lemony Snicket's new series, he plays himself. During book one, he tries to uncover a an evil villain named Hangfire- and his plans, with... Read morePublished 2 months ago by BookLover33
I haven't read this yet but really want to get around to it. I gave it five stars as I'm sure it's fantastic as the Series of Unfortunate Events was.Published 3 months ago by Clutch