Just read Lemony Snickett's "Who Could That be at This Hour" ? (I should be doing other stuff, but...) Lemme see if I can nail down why I don't like it:
1. Too much mysterious suspense and foreshadowing. Not
enough real stuff happening now, in the present book. 2. Just his
style... I get a little sick of him defining vocab. "Reticent, which in
this instance means..." [and he actually gets wrong]
I remember--trying to read Unfortunate Events, and hearing him on the
radio: getting sick of his fake-depressing schtick. (Not as much in
this book, but...sure, still a little.)
3. Maybe the
stakes aren't high enough. (I know can't save the world every time; but
all that work--of a whole book--for some stupid trinket...we probably won't find
out why important until book 5 or 6.)
So, that's the critic--and
professional jealousy--in me. Sometimes a little bit fun / funny /
interesting... I could add: I like that the town is called "Stained-by-the-Sea" and fueled by Octopus Ink. That's great.
And I got sucked into it. Wanna find out what happens in end...but,
then, kind of maddening--b/c, again, with
mystery vs. action--not satisfactory enough. I don't think. Doesn't
reveal enough here and now. Ending is always: "Sorry. Gotta wait, go
read my other book--if you really wanna find out."
Like only solution: get mad or stop caring. (Don't want to read a whole
nother book, to find out what he should've told me already.)
I guess this is kind of a rant, huh ? Okay, I'm done.