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All the Wrong Questions (From: Last Book You Read)


Lyichir

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The other day at BJ's I picked up the three books from Lemony Snicket's new series, "All the Wrong Questions".

 

The series is a sort of prequel to A Series of Unfortunate Events and deals with Lemony Snicket's apprenticeship with VFD at the age of thirteen. Where ASOUE was inspired more by Gothic novels and penny dreadfuls, this new series is more of a noir detective story. It maintains Lemony Snicket's trademark humor, but being told in the first person more of that humor is told through dialogue than in ASOUE, where the bulk of it occupied the narration. It definitely scratches the itch I've had since ASOUE concluded almost eight years ago.

 

The titles, for whoever is interested:

 

"Who Could That Be at This Hour?" (Book one, dealing with a "stolen" statue)

"When Did You See Her Last?" (Book two, dealing with a disappeared girl)

"File Under: 13 Suspicious Incidents" (A standalone collection of Encyclopedia Brown-like whodunits, presumably taking place between book two and the upcoming book three, "Shouldn't You Be at School?")

 

Halfway through the series (which will have four books rather than the 13 of ASOUE), I'm already on the edge of my seat with anticipation. And I'm surely going to want to read these to my mom, as I did with ASOUE back in high school. Personally, I can't wait.

 

Source: Last Book You Read

 

So, anyone else reading this series? Thoughts? Opinions? Please share in the comments!

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This reminds me that I should try ASOUE again. I tried reading it years ago and wasn't impressed at all, although I was like 7 or 8 at the time. *shrug*

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This reminds me that I should try ASOUE again. I tried reading it years ago and wasn't impressed at all, although I was like 7 or 8 at the time. *shrug*

YES YOU SHOULD. The series starts out fairly simple but gets progressively more complex as the series goes on (with the individual stories, which start out mostly independent of one another and slightly formulaic, congealing into a larger story of conspiracy and intrigue in the later books). They're easy reads (13 chapters, large print), so if you read like me you could probably knock out two or three in a single afternoon at the library. Or you could try listening to them as an audiobook—like I said in my post, I read the entire series to my mom (and later, my aunt) while I was in high school, just because they were having trouble getting into them in a timely manner.

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This reminds me that I should try ASOUE again. I tried reading it years ago and wasn't impressed at all, although I was like 7 or 8 at the time. *shrug*

It's definitely a fantastic series. There's a reason my blog was ASOUE-themed for so many years.
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I really should read that again... I remember some of it but I think most of it was over my head at the time... such a great series.

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