So here it is another instalment – A Series of Unfortunate Events : Mini Reviews Part Three. I have read another three of the series and thought it was about time I updated you with my thoughts and ideas. I definitely think this is where the series starts to come into itself, answering some of the questions that had been left unanswered at the beginning.
The Vile VillageThe Vile Village by Lemony Snicket, Brett Helquist
Series: A Series of Unfortunate Events #7
Published by HarperCollins Publishers on 24th April 2001
Genres: Middle Grade
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You have undoubtedly picked up this book by mistake, so please put it down. Nobody in their right mind would read this particular book about the lives of Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire on purpose, because each dismal moment of their stay in the village of V.F.D. has been faithfully and dreadfully recorded in these pages. I can think of no single reason why anyone would want to open a book containing such unpleasant matters as migrating crows, an angry mob, a newspaper headline, the arrest of innocent people, the Deluxe Cell, and some very strange hats. It is my solemn and sacred occupation to research each detail of the Baudelaire children's lives and write them all down, but you may prefer to do some other solemn and sacred thing, such as reading another book instead.
With all due respect,
This is the turning point I think for the Baudelaires. They suddenly have a purpose and you can start to see them make decisions based on that. This is also the book that everything seems to go wrong, we revisit the Quagmire triplets and learn a little more about that. I definitely think that this book is more of a filler than any of the others, it moves the story along to where it needs to be. It wasn’t my favourite and I thought it lacked the usual humour and snarky tone that make these books enjoyable.
The Hostile HospitalThe Hostile Hospital by Lemony Snicket, Brett Helquist
Series: A Series of Unfortunate Events #8
Published by HarperCollins Publishers on September 4, 2001
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There is nothing to be found in the pages of these books but misery and despair. You still have time to choose something else to read. But if you must know what unpleasantries befall the charming and clever Baudelaire children read on...The Hostile Hospital - There are many pleasant things to read about, but this book contains none of them. Within its pages are such burdensome details as a suspicious shopkeeper, unnecessary surgery, heartshaped balloons, and some very starling news about a fire. Clearly you do not want to read about such things.
This has to be one of my favourite books of the entire series. The growth the children go through is astonishing and they begin to recognise the bad behaviours creeping in. I really think that this is the book for the personal growth for the children, you can see the pain of having to do awful things, and not having any choice. This is where the choice of survival comes into play and watching the children struggle with it made this book one of my favourites. Plus it was at times hilarious and the casual violence that is reintroduced makes these books so special.
The Carnivorous CarnivalThe Carnivorous Carnival by Lemony Snicket, Brett Helquist
Series: A Series of Unfortunate Events #9
Published by HarperCollins Publishers on October 17, 2002
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The word "carnivorous," which appears in the title of this book, means "meat-eating," and once you have read such a bloodthirsty word, there is no reason to read any further. This carnivorous volume contains such a distressing story that consuming any of its contents would be far more stomach-turning than even the most imbalanced meal.
To avoid causing discomfort, it would be best if I didn't mention any of the unnerving ingredients of this story, particularly a confusing map, an ambidextrous person, an unruly crowd, a wooden plank, and Chabo the Wolf Baby.
Sadly for me, my time is filled with researching and recording the displeasing and disenchanting lives of the Baudelaire orphans. But your time might be better filled with something more palatable, such as eating your vegetables, or feeding them to someone else.
With all due respect,Lemony Snicket
This book pains me so. I just thought the entire thing was a little on the predictable side. I knew what was going to happen before the last sentence of the first paragraph. It was a disappointment. We learn a lot about the children’s parents, but the mystery is annoyingly out of reach again. One thing I loved was the ending. It was the one thing in the book that actually surprised me. In fact, it took my breath away a little.
This series seems to get better as the books are going on, plus we must be close to finding out about the mystery right? RIGHT?? I need to know like now.
Have you made it this far? If so what are your favourite parts of the series? Or your favourite character? Let me know.
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