Why Is This Night Different from All Other Nights? (All the Wrong Questions)

Lemony Snicket
Train travel! Murder! Librarians! A Series Finale! On all other nights, the train departs from Stain'd Station and travels to the city without stopping. But not tonight. You might ask, why is this night different from all other nights? But that's the wrong question. Instead ask, where is this all heading? And what happens at the end of the line? The final book in Lemony Snicket's bestselling series, All The Wrong Questions.


Reviewed: 2020-07-22

Originally written in 2015

A part of me can’t believe that this series is already over. It was over so quickly, but that’s probably due to the fact that I picked it up rather late and could read most of the four stories in nearly one go.

Why Is This Night Different From All Other Nights? is the grand finale to the All The Wrong Questions series and while it doesn’t answer all your question it’s definitely more finale and closed than A Series Of Unfortunate Events. I still went out of the story with some question marks, but I guess that’s something you get used to when it comes to Lemony Snickets stories.

The story of All The Wrong Questions was a really interesting one with many mysteries. Some I could solve easily on my own and some that actually held a surprise or two. Unfortunately Why Is This Night Different From All Other Nights? was the one I liked the least. The reason for that probably was the very narrow space the characters had to make their move this time. I’m also not completely satisfied with who Hangfire turned out to be in the end as I always expected a long known enemy of Snickets. He seemed to know so much about Hangfire that the mysteries’ answer was a bit strange. Otherwise I liked the story of the last book even though it was a bit confusing around the end and felt a bit rushed.

I think I’ve mentioned this in every single review about this series, but I love Lemony Snicket as a character. The last story didn’t change anything about this. Another character I always loved and probably never mentioned enough was Moxie. I loved her character, the dynamics of her and Snicket, her determination and her other relationships. There actually were a lot of relationships and group dynamics I enjoyed very much about this book. A thing I also absolutely loved (and you wouldn’t find in other children’s books) is how in the end Snickets friends reacted very natural to what happened on the train. A lot of other authors would have ended it differently.

A thing you always have to bear in mind when reading any of Snickets adventures is that they are children’s books. I still would recommend them to teens and adults as they are fun to read no matter your age. The world these books create is a very interesting one I always loved to visit again. I actually hope to be able to visit it again in another series of Snickets adventures. And hopefully that will happen soon.

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