Introducing the debut of an all-new four-book middle fiction series from bestselling author Lemony Snicket. Before you consider reading “Who Could That Be at This Hour?” Ask yourself these questions: 1. Are you curious about what is happening in a seaside town that is no longer by the sea? 2. Do you want to know more about a stolen itel that wasn’t stolen at all? 3. Do you really think that’s any of your business? Why? What kind of person are you? Really? 4. Who is standing behind you?
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
We couldn’t stop guffawing as we read this quick-footed mystery, the first book in a series that centres on a 13-year-old Lemony Snicket (pre–A Series of Unfortunate Events). Accompanied by his sharp-tempered mentor, S. Theodora Markson, the quizzical teenager embarks on a zany adventure to the improbable town of Stain’d-by-the-Sea, where he fixates on local oddities and a lovely young journalist named Moxie. Fun reading for any age, this clever novel sparkles with puns, absurdist humour and colourful characters.
Snicket, author of the wildly successful Series of Unfortunate Events stories, returns with the first in the projected four-volume All the Wrong Questions series, supplying "autobiographical" accounts of his unusual childhood. Nearly 13 when the book opens, Snicket is beginning his apprenticeship for a mysterious organization under the tutelage of dimwitted S. Theodora Markson, who is ranked dead last in effectiveness by the agency but who may be the source of Snicket's tic of defining vocabulary pedantically, a word which here means, oh, never mind. Unlike Snicket's Unauthorized Autobiography (HarperCollins, 2002), which left readers as uninformed about him as they were before they read it, this account reveals that Lemony is "an excellent reader, a good cook, a mediocre musician, and an awful quarreler." Not mind-blowing, but it's a start. And perhaps not true. Straight answers are hard to find as Snicket and Markson investigate a theft in a seaside town that's been drained of its sea, encountering deception and double crosses at every turn. Full of Snicket's trademark droll humor and maddeningly open-ended, this will have readers clamoring for volume two. Ages 9 up.
It's a very different read
I'm not sure what to say. It's written in a way that sometimes I feel frustrated with the words but I wanted to keep reading. Is that weird?
Very entertaining and can't wait for the next title in the series!
I absolutely love this book, can't wait for the next one!