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The Vile Village (A Series of Unfortunate Events #7)

3.91  ·  Rating Details  ·  80,733 Ratings  ·  1,262 Reviews
Dear Reader,

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
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published April 24th 2001 by HarperCollins Publishers
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Oct 26, 2012 Drew rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Here at the halfway point of the series, the author is finally dropping more hints and clues about what seems to be a rather large conspiracy against the Baudelaire orphans, the Quagmire orphans, and I gather orphans everywhere who have large fortunes to be acquired.

The search for the Quagmire triplets in The Ersatz Elevator ended with a literal red herring, but The Vile Village is almost entirely red herring, as the children are sent to become the wards of a village known only by the mysteriou
Mark Lawrence
Feb 07, 2016 Mark Lawrence rated it liked it
The Vile Village is where the whole VFD thing really starts to take off and the original formula of a new guardian followed by Olaaf turning up in a new disguise starts fraying.

The village is quite fun, replete with dozens of vile villagers, hundreds of ridiculous rules, and thousands upon thousands of crows.

The off-beat humour continues with Sunny's one worders and their elaborate translation, and the extreme stupidity of everyone who isn't a Baudelaire.

The penalty for breaking almost any villa
Jan 20, 2010 Casey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Mia (Parentheses Enthusiast)
Well, I'm more than halfway through now! And it's pretty crazy how little I actually know about the overarching mystery of the series.

I loved the absurdity of V.F.D., the Elders who wore crow hats, the thousands of pointless rules, burning people at the stake, the constant migration of the crows. Watch as mob mentality seizes the villagers and you find yourself reading bizarre chants like, (view spoiler) Grab your torches and pitchforks, folk
Nicholas Karpuk
Feb 25, 2011 Nicholas Karpuk rated it really liked it
If I had to draw a line in the sand with the Snicket books between overly formulaic but funny, and genuinely well put together, I'd put it within the first few chapters of The Vile Village.

There's a few things absent from this read through, most of them positive. He isn't constantly reiterating the three children's skills in a "this is for Violet, this is for Klaus, this is for Sunny" sort of rhythm. There guardian is slightly more relatable, and altogether decent guy who gets severely skittish
Jul 17, 2013 Matthew rated it it was amazing
The seventh book in this upsetting series. It is yet another tale of how the Baudelaire children are a well placed razor away from death. The scoundrel Count Olaf is up to his old tricks. How he is able to baffle entire crowds of people with his guile, which in this case refers to his uncanny ability to fool adults. Luckily Violet, Klaus and Sunny are sharp children and are using their individual talents to stay alive.

Thanks to the heroic and mysterious efforts of Lemony Snicket it seems that th
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"It takes a village to raise a child"? Gosh, I love that the author takes everything so literally and actually allows a whole village to be the new legal guardian for the Baudelaire orphans.

What's really bugging me is this slow dribble of information. Who was Jaque Snicket? What does Beatrice have to do with everything? I never would've thought there was such a mysterious storyline behind these books, one that weaves through the whole series. I'm so curious about the final solution.
Dec 29, 2015 Mel rated it it was amazing
Reread. I remember this being a favourite but not anymore.
Brooke ♥booklife4life♥
At A Glance

Young Adult; Mystery
Love Triangle/Insta Love/Obsession?: nope.
Cliff Hanger: eh.
Rating: 4.5 stars

Score Sheet
All out of ten

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

Total: 8

In Dept

Best Part:
The village rules!
Worst Part: A bit slow paced.
Thoughts Had: how many rules?!; you're kidding!; there they are!!!


Continuing the Series:
Recommending: yes

Short Review: easily one of my favorite of this series. these "rules" the vil
Dec 20, 2015 Marnie rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
This guy has an amazing imagination!
Nov 17, 2015 Sheida rated it liked it
Not as good as the previous books in the series but still a fun read. I really liked the ending and I'm looking forward to what the rest of the journey will bring (I hardly remember anything, lol).
Kat Thomas
Mar 01, 2011 Kat Thomas rated it really liked it
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
Penny Raspenny
Mar 02, 2012 Penny Raspenny rated it really liked it

I liked it very much!

The images that kept crawling into my mind with all those ravens flying together at sunset and dawn were soooo beautiful! And the riddle with the poems was very challenging! When they got the last note I was like
And the opportunity for the Baudelaires to practice their talents in that huge library and inventing studio was superb! And the trick in the cell was so inspired! And the plan to save Zack!



I need answers. What the hell is
The Baudelaire orphans, at the time this story begins, were certainly wishing that they weren't reading the newspaper that was in front of their eyes.
The saga of the unfortunate Baudelaire orphans continues. Oh these children make me so sad indeed. I think their adventure in the 'Vile Village' was the saddest one yet. However, in this book we get a hint of a bigger story and I am very curious on how the story will continue!

It takes a village to raise a child, goes the saying in the village in
April Sarah
Feb 03, 2016 April Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
I do feel like the series is getting better. There is more to each story (which is probably why they are getting longer). The characters are starting to get more varying now as well which is nice. Instead of completely incompetent adults, you have a range. Some of them are even only mildly incompetent.
Aug 21, 2014 Lis rated it it was amazing
Shelves: wishlist
No sólo cada vez son mejores, sino que estos libros se ponen más adictivos a medida que los leo.

Estoy impaciente por que los chicos resuelvan el misterio y, sobre todo, ¡salven a los Quagmire!
Denny Patterson
Jan 26, 2016 Denny Patterson rated it really liked it
These poor kids can't catch a break!
Jun 23, 2015 Katie rated it it was amazing
I think this one is my favorite so far. Things are starting to come together and I'm excited to get to the next one now :)
Jul 28, 2015 Alex rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2012, kid-lit
Part of the Great ASOUE Re-Read of 2015.

I have misjudged this book for a good portion of my life.

The Vile Village, as a child, was not one of my favourites in ASOUE. I think it was just that the setting freaked me out too much, although I think that's one of the strengths. Here, we have perhaps the most ludicrous "guardian" the Baudelaires will ever have, an entire village of bird people. (Not that they are people who are also birds, but they are all extremely into birds that they might as well
Jbb Lim
May 14, 2015 Jbb Lim rated it it was amazing
WHOA!!! This is madness! Of all the books I've read in the Unfortunate events, this is DA BOMB! It has something to do with runaway, dangerous plots to get out of the village, excellent disguise by Esmé and more. This book has the adrenaline going and I think it's one of my favourite among the other books. I'm not sure about the subsequent ones.

The Baudelaires once again was brought into this village full of old folks and rules, whoever breaks it, the ultimate punishment is to be burnt at the st
Feb 23, 2014 Ian rated it did not like it
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Christina Taylor
Aug 03, 2012 Christina Taylor rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens
The Vile Village is the seventh book in Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events. Like its predecessors, this is a metafictive modern fantasy in which the narrator--and supposed author--is not only conscious of his audience as evidenced by his speaking directly to the reader, but also plays with his language as telegraphed by the book’s alliterative title. Snicket peppers this recount of the Baudelaires’ misadventures with allusions, adages, word play, and interstitials a la William Goldm ...more
Apr 28, 2015 Carmen rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone and Everyone
A smart and funny series about three orphans and their terrible lives.

Vocabulary children will learn in this book: vile, punctilio, notorious, assortment, skittish, aphorism, paltry, horizon, distortion, mirage, desolate, scuffling, windswept, morrow, nevermore, roosting, rustle, superlative, orthodontist, fowl, devotee, nefarious, ordeal, self-sustaining, tedious, quizzically, gargantuan, literary, pester, ornithological, dismay, hedge clippers, strenuous, intimidated, pandemonium, kindling, pe
Thomas Willis
Aug 15, 2013 Thomas Willis rated it really liked it
Okay, continuing my re-read through of the series here (I started with Book 4 for some reason).

Knowing what's coming in The End I've been on the look out for anti-religious or secular-humanist themes, and I think I find the first hint of it in this, Book 7, the centerpiece of the series. And if you know me, you know what a big fan I am of organized religion so we'll see what my opinion is of this series when we're done with the re-read. But I'm a tolerant fellow, and I like good art as such. Bei
Dec 30, 2011 Katherine rated it did not like it
Shelves: childrens, awful

this series never gets any futher - you still dont know 100% what VFD stands for, how olaf knew their parents, who killed their parents (although it obvisous its olaf, they still gavnt confirmed it) you dont know what the 'sugar bowl' is and snicket just keep dragging each book on and on. The one thing i hate about these books is when snicket says a word and then sits there for 2 pages talking about what the word means :S what the hell????

This book was incredibly boring a
Elise Jey
Feb 06, 2015 Elise Jey rated it really liked it
Tenhle díl se mi obzvlášť líbil a spoustu mi toho dal. Četla jsem ho i za chůze, i když mi u toho mrzly prsty, ale bylo to tak napínavé, že jsem nemohla přestat. Série Řada nešťastných příhod čítá sice jedny z nejdepresivnějších knih vůbec, ale pokud bych dětem měla něco doporučit, byl by to Harry Potter a hned v závěsu tato série.
Maryam AlNasser
Mar 29, 2015 Maryam AlNasser rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015
i thought these would get repetitive and boring after the fourth or fifth one, or i would simply get bored. but no, they get more funny and witty and clever as you read on. i'm loving this.
Darren Hagan
Jul 11, 2015 Darren Hagan rated it really liked it
It was a bit slower than some of the previous 6, but on the whole I still enjoyed it :)
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
EXCELENTE, como siempre :')
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A Series of Unfortunate Events (1 - 10 of 13 books)
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