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Who Could That Be at This Hour?

Snicket, Lemony

(Book - 2012)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Who Could That Be at This Hour?
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Thirteen-year-old Lemony Snicket begins his apprenticeship with S. Theodora Markson of the secretive V.F.D. in the tiny dot of a town called Stain'd By The Sea, where he helps investigate the theft of a statue.

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Publisher: New York :, Little, Brown & Co.,, 2012
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780316123082
0316123080
Branch Call Number: FICTION Sni
Characteristics: 258 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
Additional Contributors: Seth 1962-

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Feb 03, 2015

ctalich thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 10 and 13

Jan 15, 2015
  • picklepepper26 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

picklepepper26 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 13 and 13

Aug 22, 2014
  • blizzardo219 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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Jul 29, 2014
  • white_leopard_111 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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Jun 05, 2014
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Dec 10, 2013
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Jun 25, 2013
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Dec 22, 2014

Who Could That Be at This Hour? is uncanny, peculiar and outlandish, all words which here mean ‘quite strange.’ It’s the first book in Lemony Snicket’s new series, in which he gives an account of his apprenticeship in a secret organisation, ‘in a town overshadowed by a sinister conspiracy, culminating in some unnerving and troublesome truths that lay buried for a number of years, while people were busy doing somthing else.’ The story is addictive and once you start, it’s very hard to put down. It’s set in a strange little town, containing ‘a sea without water and a forest without trees,’ and it’s full of bizarre events and curious characters.

Nobody in this story is quite who they first appear to be. There is Lemony’s chaperone, S. Theodora Markson (don’t ask what the S stands for) who is not as competent or highly skilled as she portrays, the mysterious, coffee-drinking Ellington Feint, the shadowy Hangfire, and even Lemony Snicket himself. I love the way that Lemony Snicket describes some of the weird people he meets, like Stew,

He looked like the child of a man and a log, with a big, thick neck and hair that looked like a bowl turned upside down. He had a slingshot tucked into his pocket and a nasty look tucked into his eyes.

My favourite characters in the story are Pip and Squeak, the two brothers who drive the Bellerophon Taxi. They are supposedly filling in for their father, but they’re so short that one steers while the other sits on the floor and pushes the pedals.

If you love mystery and adventure stories, but also want a bit of a laugh, Who Could Be at This Hour? is the perfect book for you.

Dec 18, 2014

This is the first in Lemony Snicket's All the Wrong Questions series.
Similar, in tone, to A Series of Unfortunate Events, but with a totally different hero and a mysterious and unseen villain.
As usual, Mr. Snicket's writing is hilarious and will keep you in suspense. Recommended!

Aug 22, 2014
  • blizzardo219 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I will always love his books . I started with the Series of Unfortunate Events. I'm so glad that my friends introduced me to Mr.Snicket's Stories. Really good series.

May 01, 2014
  • picklepepper26 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

This book is a bit hard to follow in the beginning, but once you get through that part, it's pretty easy to get caught up. It's definitely harder than The Series of Unfortunate Events, which I also recommend, but it's made for older kids. Overall, I loved it and it's sequel, When Did You See Her Last?

Apr 24, 2014
  • CraigGraziano rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

"There was a town, and there was a girl, and there was a theft. I was living in the town, and I was hired to investigate the theft, and I thought the girl had nothing to do with it. I was almost thirteen and I was wrong."

Lemony Snicket is back in action. "Who Could That Be at This Hour?" is the first volume of a new four-book series known as All the Wrong Questions.

Read more at: http://www.librarypoint.org/who_could_that_be_snicket

Apr 09, 2014
  • shepard5 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

So much fun and quite the twist!

Nov 21, 2013

I got it from a book fair and it's awesome!!!!P.S I'm only 7.

Sep 23, 2013
  • abra92 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Very mysterious, very typical Lemony Snicket. It is all about not asking the wrong questions, so just keep on reading even if the beginning appears to be very confusing. The novel was somewhat enjoyable but I am not sure if it was good enough to engage me into reading the sequels.

Apr 30, 2013
  • JCLChrisK rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

I have to admit that Snicket's desire to be vague and mysterious made this book somewhat inaccessible at first, as I didn't understand what was going on or have a helpful way of relating to the character, and the main thing keeping me reading was past experience with the author. I did finally get caught up in the plot and enjoyed the droll voice of the narrator, but never fully identified with him or his concerns (which remained too veiled in mystery to the end). It's a decent mystery in which the youth are much more capable and appealing than the absurd and incompetent adults, which should win it bonus points with young readers.

Of course, since it's Snicket, the best thing about the book is his skewed wisdom and descriptions throughout the telling of the tale. See the "Quotes" tab for a few favorites.

Apr 05, 2013

i absolutely love lemony snicket!i loved a series of unfortunate events(even though it was intensely sad)so i know im goin to luv this one!

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Jan 15, 2015
  • picklepepper26 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

What is the deal with L.S. and the number 13?????? It's driving me nuts!

Apr 09, 2014
  • shepard5 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Over City was a sign that read Police Station and over Hall was a sign that read Library. I walked up the steps and made the sensible choice... pg. 73

Aug 03, 2013
  • darcerama rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

They say in every library there is a single book that can answer the question that burns like a fire in the mind.--Dashiell Qwerty-Sub Librarian p. 75

Apr 30, 2013
  • JCLChrisK rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

"I'm reminded of a book my father used to read me," she said. "A bunch of elves and things get into a huge war over a piece of jewelry that everybody wants but nobody can wear."

"I never liked that kind of book," I replied. "There's always a wizard who's very powerful but not very helpful."

Apr 30, 2013
  • JCLChrisK rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

She stood and ran quickly up the spiral staircase, her shoes making the sort of racket that might give you mother a headache, if you have that sort of mother.

Apr 30, 2013
  • JCLChrisK rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

I stopped looking at her typewriter and looked at her eyes. Their color was pretty interesting, too—a dark gray, like they’d once been black but somebody had washed them or perhaps had made her cry for a long time.

Apr 30, 2013
  • JCLChrisK rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

He was younger than I think of librarians as being, younger than the father of anyone I knew, and he had the hairstyle one gets if one is attacked by a scissors-carrying maniac and lives to tell the tale.

Apr 30, 2013
  • JCLChrisK rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

"Adults never tell children anything."

"Children never tell adults anything either," I said. "The children of this world and the adults of this world are in entirely separate boats and only drift near each other when we need a ride from someone or when someone needs us to wash our hands."

Apr 30, 2013
  • JCLChrisK rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

They say in every library there is a single book that can answer the question that burns like a fire in the mind.

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Sep 23, 2012
  • ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

To be a success in Snicket’s line of work it’s important to know how to ask the right questions. And this is a problem since Snicket finds it difficult doing precisely that. He was supposed to meet his contact in the city. Instead, he finds himself whisked away to the country to a dying town called Stain’d-by-the-Sea. Once a bustling harbor, the town’s water was removed leaving behind a creepy seaweed forest and an ink business that won’t be around much longer. With his incompetent mentor S. Theodora Markson he’s there to solve the mystery of a stolen statue. Never mind that the statue wasn’t stolen, its owners don’t care who has it, and their client isn’t even a real person. When Snicket finds a girl looking for her father and learns the name of the insidious Hangfire things start to get interesting, not to mention dangerous. Can multiple mysteries be solved even if you keep following the wrong paths? Snicket’s about to find out.

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