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Who Could That Be at This Hour?

(All the Wrong Questions #1)

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The adventure began in a fading town. Far from anyone he knew or trusted, a young Lemony Snicket started an apprenticeship for a secret organization shrouded in mystery and secrecy. He asked questions that shouldn't have been on his mind. Now he has written an account that should not be published that shouldn't be read. Not even by you. Seriously, we recommend that you do ...more
Hardcover, 258 pages
Published October 24th 2012 by Little Brown (first published October 23rd 2012)
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Kristin Ciullo You can read the book without having read A Series of Unfortunate Events but there are cameos and easter eggs that readers of ASoUE will get. Still en…moreYou can read the book without having read A Series of Unfortunate Events but there are cameos and easter eggs that readers of ASoUE will get. Still entirely enjoyable as a stand-alone series.(less)

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unknown
Jan 19, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2013
Do any actual kids like Lemony Snicket books, or are they only read by hip parents who think that they are the kind of books they want their kids to like?

Because, sure, I'd think it was neat if my daughter was into, like, opaquely plotted genre satires stuffed with obtuse narration, whimsical wordplay, literary references and impenetrable characters, books that tackled life's big philosophical questions through a meta-filter of storytelling.

But actually, kids want to read Captain Underpants and
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Bern
There was a book, and there was a twist and there was annoyance. I was reading said book, I was hit by a twist in it - which here means I was surprised by the writing inside it, not that it somehow managed to bend my body unnaturally - and when I was done with the book, I was annoyed.

I should've asked myself why I ever thought it would be any different than Lemony Snicket's other wonderful books, or why I even supposed it wouldn't be in the first place, but instead I asked myself all the wrong q
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Sara
Sep 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
For me starting to read this book was like coming home from a long vacation to your own bed and toiletries and cuddly cat. So you will possibly guess that this review might be slightly biased toward the tendency I have to love everything DanielLemony HandlerSnicket puts his hands on.

The things I loved about this book:

1. The setting. So. Weird. And quirky. A town by the sea that's no longer by the sea that's major industry is extracting ink from caves populated by terrified Octopi? How does one t
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Tina ➹ the girl who lives in Fandoms  (Book.Enchantress)
3.5 Silver stars

it wasn't as good as a series of Unfortunate Events, but hey, it's the first book in the series. & I laughed at some dumb events.
so yep I think 3 stars is good for it.
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Barb Middleton
Dec 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
You getting this all right, son, or am I goin' too fast for ya? Oops. Wrong character. That's hard-boiled detective Sam Spade. Thirteen-year-old Lemony Snicket would say, This was nonsense, of course, but there's nothing wrong with occasionally staring out the window and thinking nonsense, as long as the nonsense is yours, which pretty much sums up this twisty tale. There's the nonsense of the mystery. There's the nonsense of the word definitions. There's the nonsense of the town with its missin ...more
Nathan Siegel
Oct 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I'm not sure if I would be a reader today if not for "A Series of Unfortunate Events" .

A few nights ago, I was in a small town, and in that small town was an "obscure" a word which here means "so small and pushed aside only an avid reader (or VFD member) would notice it." I walked inside and began talking to the owner about how I review books on "Goodreads", a word which here means "a website used to express one's opinion of a literary piece or work." She then went into the "back room" a word wh
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Teresa
Mar 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
The question I had before picking up this book was, What should I read when the antibiotic I'm taking makes me feel more ill than what it's supposed to be treating? I'm not sure if that's a "wrong question," but this book was a right answer.

At some point I realized -- with the stolen item and its convoluted travels and the girl that maybe shouldn't be trusted -- I was reading a mild parody of the The Maltese Falcon, which added to the fun. And, though it's not obvious, the dialogue of the last c
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Carmen
Dec 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone and Everyone
A detective story about Lemony Snicket when he was 13. Funny and smart.

I like Snicket's description of LORD OF THE RINGS: "A bunch of elves and things get into a huge war over a piece of jewelry that everybody wants but nobody can wear...a wizard who's very powerful but not very helpful."

Or JOHNNY TREMAIN: "...about a boy named Johnny. He lived in America when America was still England. One day he burned his hand and was no longer able to work as a silversmith, which sounded like a miserable l
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Kristina
Feb 08, 2019 rated it liked it
I love Lemony Snicket, have for years! This book was good solid Snicket. Not great Snicket but good Snicket. There’s the trademark snark and humorous absurdity and the language, as always, is fabulous. The characters are not nearly as likable & developed as Violet, Klaus, and Sunny (“A Series of Unfortunate Events”) but this is the first book in a series so I’ll see what happens in the following volumes. ...more
Diz
Jan 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult
This is basically a noir mystery series for kids. Lemony Snicket is both the author and the main character of this story. In this series Snicket is a kid who ends up getting involved with a mysterious organization. When he and his incompetent chaperone are hired to retrieve a family heirloom, a darker side of the town they are in is revealed. The dialogue is snappy and sharp and the characters are interesting. If you're looking to read something light, this is a good choice.
Dan
Oct 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
This is the newest book from Lemony Snicket. It's the first of four volumes that form the authorized autobiography of the author, titled "All the Wrong Questions", and act as a sort of prequel to A Series of Unfortunate Events. I say "sort of" because so far there's very little link between the two series but that's not to say there is no link at all.

In this book 13 year old Lemony Snicket begins an apprenticeship to S. Theodora Markson, a woman who seems hopeless at solving the cases she's bee
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Jesse (JesseTheReader)
Oct 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Video review coming.. soon ;)
Paul E. Morph
Jun 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great stuff! Very funny and well written.

I'd've loved these as a kid; why couldn't he have written these forty years earlier?
C.G. Drews
Oct 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
And WHERE is the famed illustrator, Brett Helequist? But maybe that’s the wrong question.

As with all Lemony Snicket’s work, it’s brilliant. I’m biased enough to just outright say it. But I also admit that Mr. Snicket can also be an acquired taste. If you’re not into books that present more questions then answer, refer to things but don’t explain, introduce characters that are the opposite of who they say they are, then Lemony Snicket’s work might just drive you crazy. But if you’re already crazy
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Liam
Sep 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
( 3.8 STARS )

It wasn't until I picked up this book that I realised how much I truly miss Lemony Snicket's writing! It's just so quirky and intriguing! The series of unfortunate events series were the books that properly got me into reading so I will forever be thankful to Snicket for that and it was so nice to be back in that world with this book!

I didn't know what to expect from this at all but I really did enjoy it! To be honest, I was worrying that I would be "too old" for this book but hones
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Betsy
Sep 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
Last year I was running a bookgroup for kids, ages 9-12, when the subject of children’s books adapted into films came up. We talked about the relative success of Harry Potter, the bewildering movie that was City of Ember, and the gorgeous credit sequence for A Series of Unfortunate Events. Then one of the younger members, probably around ten years of age, turned to me and asked in all seriousness, “Do you think they’ll ever make a movie out of The Spiderwick Chronicles?” I was momentarily floore ...more
Laysee
Feb 12, 2013 rated it liked it
Anyone who, like me, had enjoyed reading “A Series of Unfortunate Events” will be thrilled to learn that Lemony Snicket has embarked on writing a prequel to it. “Who Could That Be At This Hour?” is the first book in a new series titled “All The Wrong Questions”.

We are introduced to Lemony Snicket, a near 13-year-old, who was recruited as a neophyte to an enigmatic secret society and sent on his first mission to investigate the case of a missing statue. It was an investigation calculated to frust
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Rashika (is tired)
Actual Rating 3.5

I, like many other people, loved The Series of Unfortunate Events as a child so when I found out that this series would be a prequel of sorts, I was PUMPED. It only took me a couple years to getting around to reading the first book in this prequel series.

Lemony Snicket is probably one of my favorite characters ever so the fact that this series is all about a younger him made me really happy! I couldn’t wait to get inside his mind and see if he was just as awesome when he was yo
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Brandy
Oct 29, 2012 rated it liked it
Oh, Lemony Snicket, you've lured me into reading yet another entertainingly written, but incredibly unsatisfying book. You'd think after being downright lividly irritated about the unanswered questions at the end of the Series of Unfortunate Events books (13 books of enticing clues and no answers! Who does that??? And with a children's series?), I would know better. But the cool illustrations and the promise of a relatively short 4-book series convinced me to pick this book up from the table at ...more
Mia  Bakhthiar
The story was interesting, and I didn't see the ending coming! I enjoyed it, though I would've expected more from one of my favourite authors.
Cleo
Dec 16, 2012 rated it it was ok
I read the Series of Unfortunate Events series maybe 5 years ago, and really enjoyed them, so I was excited to learn that Lemony Snicket had a new book coming out- about himself. The narrator of the book is the thirteen year old Lemony Snicket. He is now an "apprentice" to S. Theodora Markson. Don't even think about asking what the S. stands for. They arrive at the town of Stain'd-by-the-Sea, which manufactures ink, and is no longer by the sea. There are many mysterious characters and shady goin ...more
Lydia
This book was super fun!

It was slow to start but I'd forgotten how much I loved Snicket's voice. What I love most about this author is how he treats his child readers with respect. My favourite passage reads: "Scolding must be so much fun, otherwise children would be allowed to do it."

Who Could That Be at This Hour features a young 13-year-old boy called Lemony Snicket, who's had a very unusual education from a mysterious 'agency'. He is paired with a superior called S. Theodora Markson who or
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rhea
Jan 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
Excited to get this book I jumped it ahead in the stack, I knew it'd be a quick read too. The first chapter or 2 I was worried that it wouldn't be as good as A Series of Unfortunate Events, but it picked up quickly and the word play and story line were exactly what you would want from his books (it was probably me jumping the gun too soon on first book intro stuff). It is a fun book and I cannot wait for the next book in the series! My bookshelves are thankful this series will only be 4 books, l ...more
Amy | shoutame
Brilliant first installment of what promises to be a great set of books. What else would you expect from Lemony Snicket?
Ellen Trautner
Mar 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
Funny and a quick, entertaining read. This is the first in a series of 4 about Lemony Snicket's youth, when he starts working for a mysterious organization (I'm assuming the VFD, but he doesn't specify). My original hope in reading this was that it would shed light on unanswered questions from A Series of Unfortunate Events. Obviously that was stupid. Partly because I read that series so long ago (except the last one) I no longer remember my questions, and partly because this is Lemony Snicket a ...more
Ty
Jan 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed "Who could that be at this hour", especially when I opened it and immediately could tell it was written by Lemony Snicket. Interestingly, he used his own name as the protagonist in this story. Lemony (the book character) is an "almost thirteen year old" boy who has been apprenticed by the fifty-second (on a list of fifty-two) detectives. His associate, S. Theodora Markson, thinks of him as silly or dumb most of the time, though makes rather idiotic assumptions herself. The book starts ...more
Konstantina
Dec 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
"It is difficult to do this, but i had learned. It is simply a matter of putting one's fear aside, like the vegetable on the plate you don't want to touch until all of your rice and chicken are gone, and getting frightened later, when one is out of danger. Sometimes I imagine I will be frightened for the rest of my life because of all of the fear i put aside during my time in..."

Lemony Snicket thinks a lot, perhaps more than the average person, and has this tendency of analysing things. He is al
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Tessa
Nov 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I'm re-reading this whole series to prepare for BOOK FOUR.
Niki
Dec 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I hadn't realized just how much I missed Lemony Snicket's writing style. But I did, and thankfully I have the rest "All the Wrong Questions" series to read now.
Khai
Nov 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Lemony Snicket is almost 13 and he's just graduated from a very unique education. He is all set to begin his apprenticeship in the city (and a mysterious project and partnership as well), but circumstances, it turns out, have changed. A secret note slipped to him at Hemlock Tearoom and Stationery Shop, and his apprenticeship begins sooner than he expected. He will now be spending it in a little town called Stain'd-by-the-Sea, which is no longer, in fact, by the sea. The sea was drained away, lea ...more
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Lemony Snicket had an unusual education and a perplexing youth and now endures a despondent adulthood. His previous published works include the thirteen volumes in A Series of Unfortunate Events, The Composer is Dead, and 13 Words. His new series is All The Wrong Questions.

For A Series of Unfortunate Events:
www.lemonysnicket.com

For All The Wrong Questions:
www.lemonysnicketlibrary.com
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All the Wrong Questions (4 books)
  • When Did You See Her Last? (All the Wrong Questions, #2)
  • Shouldn't You Be in School? (All the Wrong Questions, #3)
  • Why Is This Night Different from All Other Nights? (All the Wrong Questions, #4)

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