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Who Could That Be At This Hour? (All The Wrong Questions Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Lemony Snicket
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Book Description

In a fading town, far from anyone he knew or trusted, a young Lemony Snicket began his apprenticeship in an organization nobody knows about. He began asking questions that shouldn’t have been on his mind. Now he has written an account that should not be published, in four volumes that shouldn’t be read. This is the first volume.

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    • Format: Kindle Edition
    • File Size: 5782 KB
    • Print Length: 272 pages
    • Publisher: Egmont (23 Oct. 2012)
    • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B009M5YLOK
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    • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
    • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #47,527 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    Lemony Snicket was born before you were and is likely to die before you as well. He was born in a small town where the inhabitants were suspicious and prone to riot. He grew up near the sea and currently lives beneath it. Until recently, he was living somewhere else.

    Mr Snicket first received his education from public schools and private tutors, and then vice versa. Early in life, he learned to reupholster furniture, a skill that turned out to be far more important than anyone imagined. He has been hailed as a brilliant scholar, discredited as a brilliant fraud and mistaken for a much taller man on several occasions.
    A studied expert in rhetorical analysis, Mr Snicket has spent the last several eras researching the travails of the Baudelaire orphans. During his spare time, he gathers evidence and is considered something of an expert by leading authorities. Recently, he had to give up his hobbies due to laws regarding musical performances in mountainous terrain.

    Lemony Snicket published his first book in 1999 and has not had a good night's sleep since. Mr Snicket is the author of quite a few books, all dreadful, and has been falsely accused of many crimes, all falsely. Once the recipient of several distinguished rewards, he is now an escapee of several indistinguishable prisons. He is widely regarded as one of the most difficult children's authors to capture and imprison. There are thirteen books in the A Series of Unfortunate Events, which should be avoided at all costs.

    To his horror and dismay, he has no wife or children, only enemies, associates, and the occasional loyal manservant. Lemony Snicket's extended family, if they were alive, would describe him as a distinguished scholar, an amateur connoisseur, and an outright gentleman. Unfortunately this description has been challenged of late, but Egmont Press continues to support his research and writing on the lives of the Baudelaire orphans. As he continues with his investigation, interest in the Baudelaire case has increased. So has his horror.

    Until recently, he was presumed to be 'presumed dead'. Instead, this 'presumed' presumption wasn't disproved not to be incorrect. Most things written about him are not true, but this is. More miserable news about Mr Snicket and his dreadful books can be found at

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    9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Well, that would be telling! 2 Dec. 2012
    By JK
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
    Ostensibly autobiographical, this is the latest from Lemony Snicket, of 'Unfortunate Events' fame, this time told in the first person. Moving now from gothic to noir, this is another great treatment of a classic genre. Some good jokes, too, and I especially welcome back the familiar trope of the in-text exegesis, a word here used to explain to the reader all the grown-up vocabulary.
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    9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
    In the first book in this new four-part series - apparently an autobiographical account of the author's childhood - a young Lemony Snicket must solve a mystery in an almost-abandoned town full of curious characters. The first strange thing is that Stain'd-by-the-Sea is not actually by the sea; instead, it's surrounded by an eerie forest of still-living seaweed. After that, the oddness only increases.

    The series is titled All the Wrong Questions, and this theme is revisited throughout the book. Not only does Snicket repeatedly ask the wrong questions, so does everyone around him, meaning that the web of mystery keeps getting larger and more complex. As it's the first book, the ending feels a little unsatisfactory, and doesn't answer many of the reader's questions (whether they're the right ones or the wrong ones). However, it sets the tone perfectly for the rest of the series and ensures that readers will have to pick up the next book.
    Quirky, witty and fast-paced, this new series will thrill fans of A Series of Unfortunate Events - or anyone who likes their noir mystery with a good dose of humour.
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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    By Ancient Mariner TOP 1000 REVIEWER
    I like Lemony Snicket/Daniel Handler. Actually, I like and admire him. He is and has been willing to set off in his own direction, at his own speed, for his own purposes without apparent regard for the conventions of children's lit or the lack of precedent for his approach. That said, sometimes his books, especially the later "Series of Unfortunate Events" books, can be sour and brittle or just empty and clever for the sake of cleverness. (Although, you can also say that about authors like Roald Dahl and even Shel Silverstein if you want to get into an argument.)

    In this series Snicket has more to work with and has a grander design. What you end up reading is a sort of kid noir magical realism. You have a deadpan, world weary, gimlet eyed 13 year old narrator with a dark sense of humor and a seen-it-all vibe. But, this isn't your typical middle or high school noir in which each school kid plays a younger version of an established noir type, (cheerleader as femme fatale, jock as a goon, isolated nerdy guy as criminal mastermind, and so on). Rather, Snicket sets his deadpan just-the-facts-ma'am hero in an odd, illogical and twisted world filled with fantastical features. It's as though he set a kid's production of "Dragnet" in Oz, (thankfully, without the magic or the flying monkeys).

    The effect is a restrained yet surreal tale in which the prosaic and exceptional swirl around to create an unstable world. Sometimes this can be upsetting to adult readers, who expect a cute fun story from "Lemony Snicket". But while they are surprised by the unsettled and contrary Snicket world, kids take to it.
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    5.0 out of 5 stars A great start to a new Snicket series! 3 Jan. 2013
    What a fabulous start to the series. I picked up this book immediately when I read it was a Lemony Snicket book. No questions asked. Not even having read the synopsis. I picked it up and walked straight to the cash register.

    Once I was out of the bookstore, I began to have my doubts. I flipped through the pages and the font size worried me. The illustrations even more so. I wondered whether I had erred in purchasing this book without knowing what it's really about or who its intended audience is (which here means I'm 25). It looked like a children's book, and don't get me wrong, it is! Indubitably.

    What I failed to remember at the time of doubt was that several years ago I had read and enjoyed each and every one of his A Series of Unfortunate Events books (those had a sizable font and illustrations also). I figured, I will read it and probably conclude it in a matter of hours. I was correct.

    However, I didn't think I was going to enjoy it as much as I did! Nor that I would enjoy it - dare I say - even more so than his first series! I was sad to see it end, frustrated at having to wait for another 3 installments, and terribly curious about what happens next!

    Thirteen year old Lemony Snicket is a charming, intelligent, witty and quite optimistic young man - that is in comparison to his older self in the Unfortunate series - he is also, as we all know him to be, quite pragmatic. He hooks you in from page 1, and from then on, takes you on a strange and bizarre journey into his world, where you have a rare chance of delving into his mind as he meets some of the oddest characters and makes both friends and enemies.

    As a young detective, he learns that he keeps asking all the wrong questions. The series tell the stories of four questions that he wrongly asked, starting with the first "Who Could That Be at This Hour?"

    I loved it, and I would recommend it to both children and adults.
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    4.0 out of 5 stars The Noir Beginning 9 Dec. 2012
    By Sam Quixote TOP 500 REVIEWER
    Format:Kindle Edition
    Lemony Snicket, author of "A Series of Unfortunate Events" and pseudonym of writer Daniel Handler, looks back upon his strange childhood from the beginning of his teenage years as an apprentice to a terrible detective (here called a "chaperone") named S. Theodora Markson. The two investigate a case of burglary in Stain'd-by-the-sea, a landlocked town, where the stolen item is a carved idol of a bizarre creature worth "upwards of a great deal of money", where literary tips are currency, and everyone is not who they seem...

    I've been aware of Lemony Snicket for some time but never read anything by him. I was drawn to this because of Seth, the illustrator on this title, who is one of my all-time favourite writer/artists in comics and whose projects outside his own books are always interesting (I heartily recommend Aimee Mann's record "Lost in Space" whose jacket was designed by Seth and was my entry into his comics - the music is incredible too). Seth is the perfect choice for this wonderful, twilit tale of mystery as his drawings of old-timey towns and people, night time jaunts and urban decay are both cartoony but convey a strong sense of melancholy and quiet beauty.

    The tone of the story is light-hearted and set against a strange, noir-ish background that is like our world but has more in common with something written by Dr Seuss. The feeling of reading this is like reading "Alice in Wonderland" where everything is a warped version of reality and feels exciting and confusing yet is so much fun to read. S. Theodora Markson gives a different explanation each time someone asks her what the "S" stands for in her name. Two children drive the only taxi in the town. Snicket is a 13 year old apprentice detective.
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