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"Who Could That Be at This Hour?" (All the Wrong Questions) Hardcover – October 23, 2012
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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.
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 ›
I should've asked myself why I ever thought it would be any different than Lemony Snicket's other wonderful books, or why I even supposed it wouldn't be in the first place, but instead I asked myself all the wrong questions and thus I write this review, relaying to you my findings whilst reading Lemony Snicket's brand new book, Who Could That Be At This Hour?
This is a book about a boy in his apprenticeship being sent to an empty town surrounded by a waterless sea and a treeless forest, which are all in turn surrounded by mystifying mysteries extending as far as the non-astigmatic eye can see. The boy's name, in case you were (wrongfully) asking yourself, is Lemony Snicket, and the book contains his account on the finding and losing - then finding and losing yet again - of a seemingly unimportant statue of virtually no price at all.
I must say that I was rather skittish regarding Who Could That Be At This Hour?, as it is a sort-of-but-not-really sequel to Lemony Snicket's earlier-published series, A Series of Unfortunate Events. Seeing as there's a quite enormous gap between one series and the other, one would be prudent to feel skittishness regarding the new series, as sometimes authors lose track of the magic they managed to create at first, only to try and emulate it again and fail miserably at it.Read more ›
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To be fair, I accidentally bought book 2 in haste before book 1 and read the series out of order.
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It has the same punchy humor A... Read more
Nice to meet the book writer and editor of the book to admire him or her for the work of the bookPublished 4 months ago by Kindle Customer
Enjoyed reading aloud to my daughter. Great characters and names, moves along but with simple mystery. Will keep going with series.Published 6 months 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 7 months 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 8 months 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 8 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 9 months ago by Gran2Four