Lemony Snicket, the author of A Series of Unfortunate Events, has not published a book in quite some time. Many of us have read the series and enjoy the mystery and hilarity of Mr. Snicket’s writing. On October 23, he published a new book that will surely not disappoint fans of his other series.

Who Could That Be at This Hour? is book one of four in Lemony’s new All The Wrong Questions series. This tale follows young Lemony Snicket on an adventure to a small, practically empty town called Stain’d-by-the-Sea with his chaperone, S. Theodora Markson. When they arrive at the town, they meet Mrs. Sallis, an old woman who hired them to steal a statue that is worth a fortune that was stolen from her… or was it hers in the first place? Lemony and S. Theodora Markson start the investigation feeling confident, but after only a short time, everything they planned goes wrong and Lemony starts to ask all the wrong questions.

The characters in this book are as fun and mysterious as the ones in A Series of Unfortunate Events. In Snicket’s new book we meet Moxie Mallahan, a young, tough as nails reporter for a newspaper that doesn’t exist anymore, who joins Lemony on his investigation. We also meet Ellington Feint, who loves coffee and ends up being more trouble than she seems, and Dashiell Qwerty, the town’s clueless, sub-librarian. All of these characters are well-thought out and contain the “Snicket touch” that we all know and love.

One character in particular that I found comical was S. Theodora Markson, the chaperone of Lemony. Her character worked very well with Lemony whenever they shared dialogue and really made the book flow. She wasn’t exactly kind; however, she was a great character to read about. Throughout the book Lemony and other characters continue to ask her what the “S” in her name stands for, and by the end of the book we are left with no clue as to what it means, because she either answers with another one of her countless demands or another question, which makes me wonder if she is hiding something. One part in particular I enjoyed showed how much fun Snicket has with his stories and the characters within. Here is a quote from the book:

I led her into the newsroom, removed the sheet, and pointed to the statue of the Bombinating beast. She gestured to me that I should be the one to take it. I gestured back that she was the chaperone and the leader of this caper. She gestured to me that I shouldn’t argue. I gestured to her that I was the one who had gotten us into the house in the first place. She gestured to me that my predecessor knew that the apprentice should never argue with the chaperone or complain and that I might model my own behavior after his. I gestured to her asking what the S stood for in her name, and she replied with a very rude gesture, and I grabbed the statue and tucked it into my vest.

Snicket always knows how to throw in a bit of humor and make the story fun for older audiences as well as younger ones.

I would not call this a continuation of A Series of Unfortunate Events, but this is obviously backstory on Lemony Snicket’s character. The Snicket family played a big role in the last couple of books of A Series of Unfortunate Events, but we never really get to know Lemony himself. I think this is to show how the VFD started and to tell more about the characters we recognize from A Series of Unfortunate Events. One character that was mentioned was Monty (Dr. Montgomery Montgomery); the Baudelaire orphans’ “late father’s cousin’s wife’s brother” that we met in The Reptile Room. Another is Hector from The Vile Village, who helped the Quagmire twins escape a mob of villagers in his self-sustaining hot air balloon. Hector, like Lemony, is quite young in this book, which leads me to believe that this series will be the prequel to A Series of Unfortunate Events.

Who Could That Be at This Hour?, to me, is flawless. Yes you could pick it apart and ridicule it, but why? There is no need to. It’s a fun book to read. When I read it, it lightened my mood and made me want to read more. This is a children’s book, and there is no doubt in my mind that children will love it. I’m a teenager and I even enjoyed it. Snicket works his magic once again and I bet he will do it over and over and over again with his next three books in the series.

Who Could That Be at This Hour? is a story filled with the classic Snicket humor and adventure that is eminent throughout his other books. It is a book for children of all ages, but even the oldest reader will enjoy this wonderfully written tale.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 4×15 brings the L.M.D. storyline to a truly wild end. Here’s what to expect from “Self Control”!

You don’t know what’s coming

Yeah, there’s a synopsis for “Self Control” — “Suspicion turns to paranoia when the team doesn’t know who can be trusted as more LMDs infiltrate S.H.I.E.L.D.” But that’s the equivalent of saying that Iron Man is about a goateed man who can fly.

Sure, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 4×15 answers a lot of questions about who is and who isn’t a robot. More profoundly though, the episode goes in for a final knead and punch of the ideas that have been floating around all season.

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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 4×15 brings the L.M.D. storyline to a truly wild end. Here’s what to expect from “Self Control”!

You don’t know what’s coming

Yeah, there’s a synopsis for “Self Control” — “Suspicion turns to paranoia when the team doesn’t know who can be trusted as more LMDs infiltrate S.H.I.E.L.D.” But that’s the equivalent of saying that Iron Man is about a goateed man who can fly.

Sure, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 4×15 answers a lot of questions about who is and who isn’t a robot. More profoundly though, the episode goes in for a final knead and punch of the ideas that have been floating around all season.

Free will and humanity. Sacrifice and love. The nature of reality — and even of life itself. Beneath the plot, surprises, and pain, that’s what’s really going on in the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. spring finale.

That, and the characters who get caught in the middle.

Jed Whedon is Not. Playing. Around.

Executive producer and showrunner Jed Whedon is the man behind the pen and the camera in “Self Control,” and he’s there for a reason. Whedon’s first try at the director’s chair on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is operatic, incisive, and perpetually gut-clenching.

Yes, there are lovely and disturbing vistas, an artistry that comes from a deliberate and careful eye. But more important is the unshakable Whedon impulse that animates Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 4×15, that builds through the episode like a cresting tide.

You know that unmistakable sense that someone is laughing behind the scenes? Yeah. That’s why Jed Whedon is here.

What’s next?

Well, that’s a very good question. “Self Control” leaves us with a few razor-like possibilities, all of which lead down spiky corridors of questions. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 4×15 is here to leave us thirsty for the season’s final seven episodes, and that’s exactly what it does.

Oh, and to answer your next question…

Cliffhanger?

Uh, yes. Cliffhanger.

Oh boy, cliffhanger.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 4×15, “Self Control,” airs Tuesday, Feb. 21 at 10:00 p.m. on ABC.

What are your top theories for ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ 4×15?

Have President’s Day off? Here are some movies, TV shows, and soundtracks with which to celebrate President’s Day.

‘Hamilton’


Even if you were somehow lucky enough to have already seen the musical, you might as well celebrate today with another listen to the soundtrack. In case you have been living under a rock, Hamilton is a hip-hop, rap, musical about Alexander Hamilton. Yes, Hamilton never became president, but the musical does include multiple would-be presidents. Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and even birthday boy himself George Washington are heavily featured in Hamilton. Based on the biography by Ron Chernow, you can get a history lesson while you listen to great music.

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Have President’s Day off? Here are some movies, TV shows, and soundtracks with which to celebrate President’s Day.

‘Hamilton’


Even if you were somehow lucky enough to have already seen the musical, you might as well celebrate today with another listen to the soundtrack. In case you have been living under a rock, Hamilton is a hip-hop, rap, musical about Alexander Hamilton. Yes, Hamilton never became president, but the musical does include multiple would-be presidents. Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and even birthday boy himself George Washington are heavily featured in Hamilton. Based on the biography by Ron Chernow, you can get a history lesson while you listen to great music.

‘Liberty’s Kids’


Liberty’s Kids aired in the early 2000s on PBS. Liberty’s Kids follows three teenagers from varying backgrounds throughout the American Revolution, mentored by Benjamin Franklin. It is geared for children but is still pretty enjoyable for adults. In each episode, the teenagers encounter a significant person or event from the revolution, giving a concise and entertaining history lesson. The show features many important figures throughout the revolution, showing even more presidents than in Hamilton. As one can imagine, Washington is among these.

‘Lincoln’


Lincoln is a 2012, Oscar nominated movie, directed by Steven Spielberg based on Doris Kearns Goodwin’s biography of Abraham Lincoln, Team of Rivals. Instead of a biopic of Lincoln’s entire life, Lincoln is specifically about his passing of the 13th amendment. Essentially directed between each of his science fiction blockbusters, Spielberg also made many significant historical movies, Lincoln among them. Lincoln not only shows his power as a president, but also humanizes him through an Oscar winning performance by Daniel Day-Lewis.

‘1776’


Hamilton is not the first musical about American history. Thankfully, though, because this way there are other options, one of which is 1776. Even more conveniently, the musical 1776 was adapted into a movie in the early 1970s. Heavily implied by its name, 1776 is about the signing of the Declaration of Independence. 1776 definitely has a more classical musical theater vibe than Hamilton. The strange combination of American history and musical theater allows for a humorous yet educational experience. However, as reflective of the history of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, Washington is not a character in the musical; yet, it obviously includes many other significant historical figures.

‘The West Wing’ or ‘The American President’


Unlike the other items on this list, these two are about fictional presidents. But it would be nice if they were real. Of the many politically charged movies and television shows by Aaron Sorkin, these two are specifically about presidents. If you have the day off and want to attempt to binge watch seven seasons, then you may want to check out The West Wing. The West Wing follows President Bartlet and his staff and advisors during their time in the White House. If you want a movie to help you transition between Valentine’s Day and President’s Day then The American President is worth watching. It is a romantic comedy about President Shepherd, who falls in love with a lobbyist.

How else will you celebrate President’s Day?

The first two cast members for Disney’s live-action adaptation of The Lion King have been announced by director Jon Favreau.

James Earl Jones, who voiced Mufasa in the animated movie in the ’90s, is returning as the character in the live-action adaptation. Interesting!

Meanwhile, Donald Glover — who will co-star in this summer’s Spider-Man: Homecoming for Disney and Marvel — will play Adult Simba.

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The first two cast members for Disney’s live-action adaptation of The Lion King have been announced by director Jon Favreau.

James Earl Jones, who voiced Mufasa in the animated movie in the ’90s, is returning as the character in the live-action adaptation. Interesting!

Meanwhile, Donald Glover — who will co-star in this summer’s Spider-Man: Homecoming for Disney and Marvel — will play Adult Simba.

Favreau tweeted the news Friday evening:

According to a statement from Disney, The Lion King “will build on the groundbreaking technology used in The Jungle Book to bring the story of Simba to photorealistic life.”

A release date for the film hasn’t been set. Favreau also helmed the live-action Jungle Book for the studio.

So far casting is off to a great start!