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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 (68 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 210,013 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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By JK on 2 Dec. 2012
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 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 Ancient Mariner on 23 Mar. 2015
Format: Paperback
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. Shamma on 3 Jan. 2013
Format: Hardcover
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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By Barmy_Bex on 3 Jun. 2014
Format: Hardcover
I have always been a massive fan of Lemony Snicket - A Series of Unfortunate Events is one of my all time favourite series, so when I saw that he had written something new I got really excited and knew I would have to dive in. I bought myself a copy but didn't get round to it for a while, we then had Book 2 come in at the library so I decided to read them both. I've also picked this book as my next read for my Children's Book Group, so now seemed the perfect time to read it.

I only just found out that this is actually supposed to be a prequel mini series to the Unfortunate Events books which actually makes a little bit more sense. This is our chance to discover where Lemony Snicket started out, before he got involved in the Beaudelaire's case.

In this book Lemony is just 13 years old, he is supposed to be on his way to meet a friend and help them with a mission, but he ends up with a new Chaperone - S Theodore Markson and they journey to 'Stain'd Upon Sea' where one mystery leads to another. Only in training still Lemony is trying to learn and solve mysteries, but he keeps asking the wrong questions - and so does everyone else which means things just get more and more complicated. This starts with a lady asking them to recover a stolen statue, but what if it wasn't stolen in the first place, why would they want it and how can it be worth so much.

I found this book quite light and witty but it was missing a little bit of the charm I came to love in the other series. There isn't much action - things unravel quite slowly and I was waiting to be blown away. But there is something about it that makes you want to know more and the further into the book I went the more I was intrigued.

If you like books that are a bit more involved and not so action packed then this will be perfect, but even if not there is enough to keep most readers entertained.
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