Story summary: What happened to his parents? Where is that screaming coming from? Is it too late? This book contains these and other wrong questions.*
First in the "All the Wrong Questions" series: the story of a young Lemony Snicket and his apprenticeship in a secret society.
- Full of bleak, unpleasant people in a bleak, unpleasant town.
- It's strange. A little too strange for me.
This first in the series was not really my style. I love Snicket's meta-ness and puzzles, but they are not that apparent here, and I find his bleakness and strangeness creepy and boring. Hopefully it is accurate that the later books get quite good. I'm planning to continue the series mostly for that reason alone.
- The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart: Because there are puzzles and it's clever, but it's also a lot happier than Snicket's books.
- The Wolves of Willoughby Chase by Joan Aiken: I haven't read this in a while, but I remember liking it a lot when I was young, even though it has similarly bleak people and places.
- Roald Dahl might also be a good recomendation, though I'm not sure if I've actually read any of his books. Maybe James and the Giant Peach a long time ago?