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Book one of "All the Wrong Questions" series.
This is a very strange little book but, then again, what would you expect from Lemony Snicket? (AKA Daniel Handler)
I read him for the language and the wonderfully twisted worlds he creates. It may be a children's book but he has never talked down to his audience and even makes his use of explaining more difficult words by throwing it in to the dialogue. Handler is obviously a highly intelligent person and that comes through in his writing style. I have never come across anybody who writes quite like him.
The plot is loosely follows Snicket's first adventure, he is an apprentice to a secret society, in the town of Stain'd-by-the-Sea. Stain'd-by-the-Sea is a dying, one-industry town, that used to make the world's best ink. Snicket and his chaperone are assigned to recover a statue of the Bombinating Beast.
|The Bombinating Beast|
Because it's a children's book it is also filled with illustrations, something that was much more common during the days of the pulps. I would love to see them make a comeback in some way.
I really enjoyed this first installment.
|Daniel Handler AKA Lemony Snicket|