Sunday, September 7, 2014

Review: File Under: 13 Suspicious Incidents by Lemony Snicket

First of all, let me state that I am not addicted to the works of Lemony Snicket; I can stop whenever I want. I just don't want to right now.


3.5 stars
Recommended for: Snicket fans, those nostalgic for middle school, readers with short attention spans

This is a charming collection of short mystery stories. Not charming like Gob Bluth, but charming like a little boy all dressed up in a suit with a big smile. They are light, cute, and undemanding. I was able to solve about half of the 13 incidents before turning to the conclusions in Sub-File B, but you shouldn't be in here for highly-developed puzzlers. That's what Agatha Christie is for. No, you are in here to hang out with your friends Lemony, Moxie, Jake, and Dashiell, as well as some other people, like the Mitchums. 

I'm pretty sure that this book isn't required reading for the All the Wrong Questions series - we don't make any progress on the Hangfire case, or what Ellington is up to, or what the S. stands for. But if you are positively apoplectic waiting for Shouldn't You Be in School?, this should quench your thirst for wit and wild hair - at least until the final story, which will make you sit straight up and stare penetratingly into the page, trying to extra every morsel of information that Snicket might be sending you, and then stare penetratingly at the calendar, since the power of your mind can most surely make September 30 arrive sooner. Surely.

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