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The Carnivorous Carnival (A Series of Unfortunate Events #9)

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Everybody loves a carnival Who can fail to delight in the colourful people, the unworldly spectacle, the fabulous freaks?

A carnival is a place for good family fun - as long as one has a family, that is. For the Baudelaire orphans, their time at the carnival turns out to be yet another episode in a now unbearable series of unfortunate events. In fact, in this appalling nint
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ebook, 304 pages
Published October 13th 2009 by HarperCollins (first published October 17th 2002)
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Brendan Mcdougle It's because they are in a different time period than today in the past they would be called a freak but to today it's considered improper or rude.
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Mykle
Nov 12, 2007 Mykle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My daughter and I adored the entire series, but this episode is my favorite. It contains perhaps the funniest of Lemony Snicket's etymological digressions. It marks the point where the larger story begins to evolve, where the traumatized young Baudelaire orphans first turn the tables on their arch-nemesis, Count Olaf. And it's also a point where both the orphans and the story mature, evolving from a good-vs-evil fairy tale of morbid victimhood into a subtle study of moral complexity.

It's a pity
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Richard Denney
Apr 28, 2016 Richard Denney rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved the carnival theme this book had going, I was excited that Klaus, Violet, and Sunny dressed up in disguises to fuck up Count Olaf's shit, the mystery of V.F.D is still unsolved, one of their parents might be alive and those poor lions oh my gahhhh...

But...

HOLY MADAME LULU!
THAT ENDING.
THAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAT ENDIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIING!!
I WAS JUMPING ALL OVER MY BED AND SCARED THE SHIT OUT OF ONE OF MY DOGS!
This was me after reading that ending:
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I'M READY FOR BOOK 10!

- Richard
Mark Lawrence
The children arrive hidden in the trunk of Count Olaf's car. A new turn of events - they know where Olaf is and it's them who are in disguise.

The good-evil, noble-villain theme expands. The children are the spies. In addition they meet and join the circus 'freaks' who they see put to the test - decent people in a hard place offered difficult choices - will they act like noble people or villains? The circus freaks are a test case, an example, perhaps an illustration of how Olaf's hench-people &am
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Deborah Markus
Snicket engages in some serious moral wrangling in this volume, and forces the reader to do the same. At a crucial moment, the Baudelaire orphans meet a woman who wants to be a good, strong person -- but because her motto is "give people what they want," she can always be manipulated by villains, and always tells herself that she must be a good person, because isn't giving people what they want a good thing to do? The simple answer, "Not if they want bad things!" never seems to occur to her.

It o
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Nadine
Apr 11, 2016 Nadine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"But the sad truth is that the truth is sad, and that what you want does not matter. A series of unfortunate events can happen to anyone, no matter what they want."


The Baudelaire orphans have found themselves in a very dangerous situation and the only way to survive is to disguise themselves. They come so close to discovering answers, but those answers are ripped away from them. Overall, The Carnivorous Carnival is a ridiculous and absurd installment in The Series of Unfortunate Events and I wou
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Marianne
The Carnivorous Carnival is the ninth book in A Series of Unfortunate Events by American author, Lemony Snicket (aka Daniel Handler). As we once again join the unlucky Baudelaire orphans, they are trapped in the trunk of Count Olaf’s car as it travels to the Hinterlands down the Rarely Ridden Road to consult Madame Lulu at the Caligari Carnival. Once there, and unable to contact their banker, ever-tussive Mr Poe by phone, they need to adopt a disguise so that they are not recognised by Olaf and ...more
Isabelle Earley
Nov 13, 2015 Isabelle Earley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This story takes place right after the book that came before. Where the Baudelaire orphans are in the trunk of an evil man named Count Olaf’s rickety old car. Count Olaf and his troupe have no idea that the Baudelaires stowed away with them and continue on their path to a mysterious location. Many of the characters in this book don’t seem believable. These characters are mainly part of Count Olaf’s troupe. The author describes these characters as if they are monsters and they are just as cruel a ...more
Maru
No puedo dejar de repetir que esta saga es increíble. El capítulo cinco de este tomo me obligó a dejar de leer por unos segundos y abrazar el libro.
Fa-bu-lo-so.
Tilly
Apr 17, 2016 Tilly rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Unfortunately, this book was slightly disappointing for me. After my statement to the previous book that the secrets become more and more clearly, this book did not continue this at all but on contrary to that only raised more new questions. In addition to that the events which happen to Violet, Klaus and Sunny become more dark and brutal in every book in the series. I still like the characters of the three orphans and how they suffer together but this time it was a bit over the top for me. (vie ...more
Tara
Sep 26, 2010 Tara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hard to believe that this guy can continue to think up new and even more unfortunate events for these three poor children, but he never disappoints!

Quotes:

"Eavesdropping...is a valuable thing to do, and it is often an enjoyable thing to do, but it is not a polite thing to do, and like most impolite things, you are bound to get into trouble if you get caught doing it..."

"Besides getting several paper cuts in the same day or receiving the news that someone in your family has betrayed you to your e
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Ella
Nov 26, 2015 Ella rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
L'ansia :3
Amy
Mar 15, 2015 Amy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Carnivorous Carnival was okay but this series is starting to drag ridiculously for me, which is why it took me so long to finish this one!

Even though this book did use a different formula to the previous A Series of Unfortunate Events instalments I still thought that the storyline was a little over done.

Count Olaf is supposed to be a very clever man but he still can't seem to capture the Baudelaire children. He also doesn't realise that he is being tricked by the children even though they a
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Brooke ♥booklife4life♥
At A Glance

Genre:
Young Adult; Thriller
Love Triangle/Insta Love/Obsesion?: no
Cliff Hanger: eh
Rating: 4 Stars

Score Sheet
All out of ten


Cover: 8
Plot: 8
Characters: 9
World Building: 7
Flow: 7
Series Congruity: 8
Writing: 8
Ending: 7

Total: 8

In Dept

Best Part:
The children are wearing disguises
Worst Part: Death.
Thoughts Had: Yah get him; ohhhh; *AHH*

Conclusion

Continuing the Series:
yes
Recommending: yes

Short Review: The children is this book are amazing. I love them in this one. They have to wear the disgu
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Kimberley doruyter
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Catherine
“And sometimes we discuss frightening and troublesome animals that might be nearby, and this topic always leads to much disagreement over which part of a frightening and troublesome beast is the most frightening and troublesome. Some say the teeth of the beast, because teeth are used for eating children, and often their parents, and gnawing on their bones. Some say the claws of the beast, because claws are used for ripping things to shreds. And some say the hair of the beast, because hair can ma ...more
Paola (A Novel Idea)
Originally posted at A Novel Idea Reviews

Rating: 3/5

The hostile hospital is in flames, and Violet, Klaus and Sunny Baudelaire are in the trunk of Count Olaf’s car. The three children have no idea where they’re headed, but it was absolutely imperative to hide in the trunk with Count Olaf’s various disguises in order to find the truth behind the terrible fire that killed their parents. And so they emerge from the trunk, see that they are at a place called the Caligari Carnival, and must then disgu
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Cate Neuhauser
Aug 03, 2013 Cate Neuhauser rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I don't know why I thought it would be a good reason to reread this series, I mean the things that happen to the Baudelaire children are more than unfortunate, rather they are downright dreadful and nauseating. I had forgotten some of the horrible things that happened to the Baudelaires and it’s almost like I'm reading these books for the first time.
If you recall, the previous novel left Violet, Klaus, and Sunny squished in the back of Count Olaf's car in an attempt to escape the fire Count Ola
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Ana Mardoll
Jul 09, 2011 Ana Mardoll rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ana-reviewed
A Series of Unfortunate Events 9: The Carnivorous Carnival / 9780061757211

What is there to say about this series that I haven't said eight times before already? Once again, Lemony Snicket tells the beautiful, terrifying, and delightfully sardonic tale of the poor unfortunate Baudelaire orphans; once again, the incomparable Tim Curry lends his rich voice talents to the audiobook narration in a tale-telling that is a pure joy to listen to. And if you've liked the series so far for the last eight b
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Kat Thomas
Mar 01, 2011 Kat Thomas rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As a series these books are incredible. The formulaic plot that is repeated in every book satisfies the child who is being read to's expectation of what's going on, right and wrong and the band of simple characters.

Where the books become really clever is the additional bits of plot woven into the anecdotes, dedications and acknowledgments, written for the older reader, whether parents reading aloud or older children.

The humour is clever, beautifully insightful and infinitely quotable. Type Lem
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Carmen
Apr 28, 2015 Carmen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone and Everyone
An amazing book in an amazing series.

Vocabulary that children will learn by reading this book: carnivorous, bloodthirsty, imbalanced, unnerving, ambidextrous, unruly, displeasing, disenchanting, palatable, woeful, wretched, upholstery, unceasing, hinterlands, voracious, discernible, mulctuary, summarize, punctilio, comrades, eavesdropping, prevail, archduke, rabbi, disentangled, cower, cringe, talcum powder, utterly, unrecognizable, freakish, frantically, recreationally, hover, suspicious, tedio
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Julie S.
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Sibil
May 30, 2016 Sibil rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved the Carnival but the freaks were really annoyin! They're so whiny and so sheep-minded but they are not even freaks. And I was really sorry for the Lions and for Madam Lulu. I'd love to see for once an adult who really behave like pne, just for once! I was expecting something more but it was not a bad reading. I hope to see less mobs around in the next books!!!
Hannah
In my opinion this was on of the most exciting and dangerous books of the series I was so scared but excited at the same time because it was full of close calls and now choices I was competency entertained I recommend this book to everyone.
Dzemo Sh
Nov 07, 2014 Dzemo Sh rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This books keep getting better and better, the writing seems more mature and the characters are really growing, and I love the way that these books have developed over the course of the series.
Melissa Jacobson
In this book the kids finally start to get smart and try to turn the table on Olaf. Of course they fail but at least they tried. This series is so much fun and I will be sad to see it end.
Hayden
Jan 21, 2016 Hayden rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: other-genre
Aww, my little Sunny's growing up and making cinnamon hot chocolate. I'M SO PROUD.
Laurie
Mar 04, 2015 Laurie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-french
I remember loving the all "Series of Unfortunate Events". Well, at least I can say that I probably loved them very much because I remember that I read them all in a very short amount of time. And now, couple several years later, I can't tell which one is about what.
Even though I remember I liked them, I also remember how I liked almost everything I read when I was younger. So my mind is probably mistaken.

Someday, I will re-read them ALL and make a real review with a real rating. But for now, I
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Dinah
Nov 13, 2015 Dinah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was ok. More mysteries were solved and I could bare reading through it. I would mostly recommend this series to someone who loves mystery and suspense. I find this book boring since I feel it's getting predictable. I have read a few other books and I have noticed a pattern where the siblings always escape. I only read these books to see how they escape and to solve the previous mysteries from previous books, and gain new mysteries too. I liked the part when they wore costumes and blend ...more
Charlotte
Nov 18, 2014 Charlotte rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Carnivorous Carnival is the ninth addition to Lemony Snicket’s series, A Series of Unfortunate Events. This book is told in the first person, with the narrator, Lemony Snicket, addressing the readers, although not directly becoming involved in the events of the book. In this book, the main characters are the three Baudelaires: Violet, Sunny, and Klaus. These three characters are constantly chased by an evil villain named Count Olaf. Olaf wishes to steal their fortune, but can never catch th ...more
Joey
Mar 14, 2015 Joey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-library
If you're reading this review, you probably have read the previous eight books in the series and now you want to know if you should read the ninth book. Well, I will tell you... you should absolutely, without a doubt, no bones about it NOT read this book. It is the most dreadful, frightening, distressing and unnerving of all the books thus far. The Baudelaire siblings are put into the most unfortunate of situations and for your own piece of mind please stay away from this book.
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Lemony Snicket had an unusual education and a perplexing youth and now endures a despondent adulthood. His previous published works include the thirteen volumes in A Series of Unfortunate Events, The Composer is Dead, and 13 Words. His new series is All The Wrong Questions.

For A Series of Unfortunate Events:
www.lemonysnicket.com

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Other Books in the Series

A Series of Unfortunate Events (1 - 10 of 13 books)
  • The Bad Beginning (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #1)
  • The Reptile Room (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #2)
  • The Wide Window (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #3)
  • The Miserable Mill (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #4)
  • The Austere Academy (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #5)
  • The Ersatz Elevator (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #6)
  • The Vile Village (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #7)
  • The Hostile Hospital (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #8)
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