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Who Could That Be at This Hour? (All The Wrong Questions) Hardcover – 23 Oct 2012


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  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Egmont (23 Oct 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405256214
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405256216
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 2.4 x 17.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 65,270 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 www.unfortunateevents.com.

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"Please, it's Lemony Snicket. Enough said."-- "Booklist"

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‘Charming, clever and enormously enjoyable.’ (The Guardian)

‘Wonderfully eccentric and addictive … Just beautiful writing.’ (The Observer)

‘A dazzlingly clever, funny and literary concoction.’ (The Irish Times) --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By JK on 2 Dec 2012
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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 By K. Logan on 29 Oct 2012
Format: Hardcover
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 loukashaggi on 15 Feb 2013
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I brought this book because I thought it would have a lot to do with A Series Of Unfortunate Events but found that it had very little to actually do with A Series Of Unfortunate Events, since it's only the first book in the series. But I thoroughly enjoyed it, mystery, suspense, not too long, not too short. I definitely recommend this book!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sam Quixote TOP 50 REVIEWER on 9 Dec 2012
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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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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Dan Thompson on 16 Jun 2013
Format: Hardcover
Lemony Snicket's new `All The Wrong Questions' series had my attention from the get go. The first novel in this prequel series to his best selling `A Series of Unfortunate Events' was released earlier this year and I remember venturing out into town on purpose to buy this short attractive looking book. Sadly, I now wish I hadn't.

`Who Could That Be at This Hour?' reminisces about Lemony Snicket's early life and how he became the man we know him to be in the later series aforementioned. He's a boy of about twelve or thirteen and manages to escape his *cough* parents and join up with his new chaperone S. Theodora Markson, who is in definite quotation marks, a sort of sleuth come private detective.

Both Theodora Markson and Lemony Snicket are hired by an elderly lady to reclaim a stolen heirloom of hers, a wooden statue of a beast, well known in this small town's mythology. But as usual with all these sinister detective type novels, things just aren't as they seem as lies and corruption are at the forefront of the crime and it's up to Lemony to figure the truth out.

I think the first problem with the book, lies simply with its blurb. If you please:

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 item that wasn't stolen at all? 3. Do you think that's any of your business? Why? What kind of person are you? Really? 4. Who is that standing behind you?

Truth be told, it's a very clever blurb indeed; put more simply it does its job well. It captures your attention and wants you to read the mystery within.
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