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All the Wrong Questions Review

While at the London Book Fair earlier this year, I went to one seminar that offered freebies at the end. One of the freebies was a hardback edition of ‘Who Could That Be At This Hour? By Lemony Snicket.All the Wrong Questions It’s been on my to-do list for quite a while and I finally got round to reading the book in the last few weeks. Below is my review of this book which I posted on the GoodReads website.


Why did I read this book? Has this book added any value to my life? Will I bother reading the next instalment?

These questions and more might be questions you will find yourself asking yourself while reading and after you’ve finished reading this book. It took me a while to get into this book. Because the writing style is unlike anything I’m used to, I found it hard settling into that comfort zone you get into when you’re familiar with a writer’s style and assured that the journey, regardless of the detours, bumps and surprises will be a good one.

The story is about a young sleuth called Lemony Snicket who seems to have graduated from sleuth school and has to prove himself in the real world by solving a case. Lemony has to become the apprentice of S. Theodora Markson. Don’t ask me what the S. stands for as that will definitely be the wrong question. Their mission is to return the Bombinating Beast to its rightful owner in a god-forsaken town called Staind-by-the-Sea. This god-forsaken town has a handful of memorable characters who you’ll enjoy reading about.

I was fascinated by Lemony’s relationship with his chaperone – S. Theodora Markson as it becomes clear there needs to be a reversal of roles. Nothing is as it seems in this book and over the pages I grew to love it. Things eventually fall into place.. well almost. The end leaves you with this dissatisfied contentment. Almost as if the writer wanted to achieve a sense of obfuscation which here means confusion resulting from failure to understand.

Like Marmite, some will love this and some might very well hate it but I’ll let you be the judge and encourage you to have a read.


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8 Responses to All the Wrong Questions Review

  1. Julie Grasso says:

    Great to see you here David on the Kid Lit Blog Hop. I enjoyed your review, as I have seen this book time and again and wondered about it. I was having a discussion the other day with some aspiring authors about books that do not have a good resolution or even a resolution in the end, and we were having a hard time trying to come up with some titles. The ending sounds very deliberate, like he wants to confound the reader lol. Thanks so much for your take on it and for joining us on the hop.

    • David Chuka says:

      Hi Julie

      Thanks for stopping by. I have to admit it was a bit getting into the book but I’m glad I persevered as it was worth the read. I think we used to consuming stories with a beginning, middle and end and when a film or book does not conform to this pattern, it seems a bit weird.

  2. Thanks for sharing your review with the Kid Lit Blog Hop! I’m a huge fan of Lemony Snicket’s other books, but I haven’t checked out this series yet. I need to add it to my library list!

  3. I have seen this book before, but also never had a chance to look into it more. The cover definitely intrigues me, and it sounds unique. That’s not surprising to me, since it’s by Lemony Snicket! Thanks for sharing–found you via the Kid Lit Blog Hop!

    • David Chuka says:

      Hi Katie

      Thanks for paying a visit. I have to admit that the copy I received had a velvetty feel unlike the copies I’ve seen at the major book stores.

      I’m actually going to make out time to watch the Lemony Snickett movie starring Jim Carrey on Netflix this week 🙂

  4. PragmaticMom says:

    I love Lemony Snickett. His voice is so deliciously snarky and fun! I really enjoyed your review. Thanks so much for sharing at the Kid Lit Blog Hop!

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