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Who Could That Be at This Hour? (All the Wrong Questions) Audio CD – Audiobook, 23 Oct 2012
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"Please, it's Lemony Snicket. Enough said." ""Booklist"""
A "Kirkus" Best Book of the YearA "School Library Journal" Best Book of the YearA "New York Times" Notable Children's Book of the Year
A Kirkus Best Book of the YearA School Library Journal Best Book of the YearA New York Times Notable Children's Book of the Year
* "[With] gothic wackiness, linguistic play and literary allusions....Fans of the Series of Unfortunate Events will be in heaven picking out tidbit references to the tridecalogy, but readers who've yet to delve into that well of sadness will have no problem enjoying this weird and witty yarn."--Kirkus Reviews, starred review
* "Full of Snicket's trademark droll humor and maddeningly open-ended, this will have readers clamoring for volume two."--Publishers Weekly, starred review
* "Will thrill fans of the author's earlier works and have even reluctant readers turning pages with the fervor of seasoned bookworms. A must-have."--School Library Journal, starred review
* "Full of Snicket's characteristic wit and word play . . . this book belongs in all collections."
--VOYA, starred review
"Please, it's Lemony Snicket. Enough said."--Booklist
"A Pink Panther-esque page turner that marks the return of eccentric narrator Lemony Snicket....The black, gray and blue illustrations by celebrated cartoonist Seth only add to the throwback gumshoe vibe of this outrageous, long-overdue, middle-grade follow-up series from a truly beloved narrator."--Los Angeles Times
"Demands to be read twice: once for the laughs and the second time for the clues....Equal parts wit and absurdity."--The Boston Globe
"The sort of goodie savored by brainy kids who love wordplay, puzzles and plots that zing from point A to B by way of the whole alphabet."--The Washington Post --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
‘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 an alternate Audio CD edition.
Top Customer Reviews
In this installment, 13-year-old Snicket is apprenticed to the lowest ranked agent, S. Theodora Markson; she of the big, voluminous hair, smallish intellect and a loud scolding voice, who is inevitably always two steps behind Snicket when it came to searching for clues or catching the significance of anything's that observed. The case that they have been assigned is to steal back a statue to return to its rightful owner. The statue is that of a Bombinating Beast in the deserted little town called Stain'd by the Sea, and before long, it becomes apparent that the statue is wanted by more than a few interested parties. One of them is Ellington Feint, a girl who needs it to rescue her kidnapped father, and Snicket forms an uneasy alliance with her. The novel ends with a betrayal and Snicket must plan his next move and possibly ask the right question this time.
Enjoyable, and the author creates yet another believably quaint and mysterious locale in Stain'd by the Sea, with its cast of curious inhabitants. Perhaps there isn't a clear sense of who the villain really is, in the form of the name Hangfire, whom we never meet in the novel, but that is a rather minor complaint.
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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is purely based on the kindle version of this book as I didn't get it read it.
I downloaded the kindle version obviosuly expecting to be able to read it on my kindle. Read more
This book was purchased as a gift for someone who has all the series of Lemony Snicket's 'A series of unfortunate events' So it was received with great relish, I am definitly... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
I loved this book sooooo much that I've read it about a billion times! Definitely read this book if you love crime , mystery an a little bit of action. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Tls
Struggled to get to the end. Characters a bit too weird for my taste.Published 15 months ago by Diane Kenny
This book is an absolute classic and a must read for any self respecting fan of books. the descriptions are really vivid so you feel like you are actually there and the characters... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Jan Green
Review taken from my blog strawberrypanda18.wordpress.com
When anyone hears Lemony Snicket the first thing you think of is A Series of Unfortunate Events right? Read more