Daniel Handler's A Series of Unfortunate Events, written under his Lemony Snicket pseudonym, delves into a great many intriguing themes -- the blindness and dysfunctionality of modern society; living with uncertainty and incomplete information; the ambiguity of moral judgments; society's tendency to clash and schism. These themes are constant and developed throughout the series.

In addition, there is a very distinct tone that Handler maintains in all his Snicket work -- quirkiness, idiosyncrasy, and dark, deadpan humor.

Do Handler's works, aimed for adults, have similar themes and/or tone? Or are they extremely different in nature?

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    For reference, his four books not written under the Snicket pseudonym are The Basic Eight, Watch Your Mouth, Adverbs, and We Are Pirates.
    – auden
    Aug 13, 2017 at 16:44
  • I've read (and highly recommend) The Basic Eight. It doesn't have (as much of) the fantasy elements present in the Lemony Snicket works, but many of the idiosyncracies and themes you like are present.
    – alphabet
    Jan 9, 2023 at 0:42
  • @alphabet If you're willing to flesh that out a bit (which idiosyncrasies and themes are shared?), it sounds like it would make a good answer!
    – DLosc
    Feb 13, 2023 at 22:26


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