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Die Schule des Schreckens (A Series of Unfortunate Events #5)

3.96  ·  Rating Details ·  95,305 Ratings  ·  2,196 Reviews
Mit Auszeichnungen für seine Helden ist Lemony Snicket nicht gerade zimperlich. Wenn man zum Beispiel den Baudelaire-Waisen einen Pokal verleihen müsste, hieß es in seinem Roman Die unheimliche Mühle, dem vierten Band der Reihe betrüblicher Ereignisse, dann müsste es unbedingt der Erste Preis für Pechvögel sein. Denn seit dem schrecklichen Feuerstod ihrer Eltern haben die ...more
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Jason Koivu
Dec 16, 2014 Jason Koivu rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Oh, oh! This is the one where the orphans get thrown into a difficult situation and are overseen by a caretaker who just doesn't care, allowing the evil Count Olaf to get at deja vu all over again.

In The Austere Academy the Baudelaire kids end up at a school, which should be good news, because they love the learning, but of course it's not good. It's never good.

I stopped reading the series for a good long while at this point. Although the quality of this one is slightly higher than t
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
Mark Lawrence
Another decent read with Celyn. It seems that The Miserable Mill may have been the low-point of the series as this volume is an improvement. The formula is applied once more, but with a slight variation in that the Baudelaires find friends of their own age and this alliance faces Count Olaaf with predictably grim consequences.

What steps this up from the previous book is a return to the established level of surreal, i.e. marked but not extreme. In The Miserable Mill we had Sunny fighting a sword-
This is possibly one of my favorite books in the series. It was kind of different. I liked the new setting and the new characters. Also, it was quite mysterious. Can't wait to start the next book!
Richard Denney
Apr 04, 2016 Richard Denney rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 STARS!

A little better than The Miserable Mill but it did have some chunky boring bits that really could've been scrapped. I did like that there was this little mystery thrown in near the end of the book that intrigues the hell out of me and now Count Olaf has kidnapped the Quagmire triplets and will be using them for his insane fuckery filled operations I presume. Those two things I'm excited to see develop in book 6 which I will be starting soon. Carmelita Splats thooooooooooooooo! someone
I really do love Lemony Snicket. Reading this just brought up so many feelings from childhood. Real review to come eventually.
Probably my favorite of the series so far.
Nicholas Karpuk
Much like The Miserable Mill, Austere Academy finds Lemony Snicket showing that he set up his formula for the series partly to screw with the reader by changing them up occasionally.

Whereas book four featured very little Count Olaf until the end, with the orphans anticipating his appearance through the bulk of the story, book five introduces him fairly early as a gym teacher. What really amused me is that by this point the orphans are actually learning something. Instead of blurting out, "there'
Mar 09, 2016 C.W. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
3.5. Better than the last! I liked the setting quite a bit and found many new characters to be quite infuriating. Lemony Snicket's writing is as funny and fun as ever.
Jun 26, 2011 Titilope rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I didn't read A Series of Unfortunate Events in order; so this was the first book I read, and I liked it. I liked it a lot. In fact, I liked it so much so, I read all the other books, attempted to draw Count Olaf, watched the film and I get seriously defensive if anyone dares to insult the books.

These books are often branded as being for children. I'm not really sure I would brand it as just being for children. It will definitely appeal to children, but I think to fully understand the humour in
Georgina Ortiz
Apr 12, 2012 Georgina Ortiz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Favorite word definition: The waning light of the sunset--the word "waning" here means "dim, and making everything look extra-creepy"--made the shadow of the coach's turban look like a huge, deep hole.
Kimberley doruyter
you would think a grown man would get tired of being bested by 3 children.
Dec 25, 2015 Wigs rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'd like to mention that I liked this better than the others so far. With the addition of the Quagmires I felt like there was more at risk than before and I felt more emotionally invested.


I have a qualm and that is this:

The whole plot of The Miserable Mill revolved around Klaus's glasses and we were told he can't do anything or see without them.

So how is it, that after he lends his glasses to Duncan Quagmire for the night, he is able to spend all night studying and memorizing facts in the no
Mayra Sigwalt
Uma grande melhora desde o último!! Introdução de personagens muito legais e a se sensação de que a série vai se focar mais no que aconteceu com os pais deles e quem é o Count Olaf, do que mais uma vez eles tentarem viver com um guardião incompetente. Veremos!!
Aug 22, 2016 Kristina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this one! Mainly because they finally make actual friends ^^
Oct 11, 2016 Vivian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own, 2016
I was getting tired of the repetitiveness of this series so this seemingly new story arc is definitely welcomed. Also love that the orphans finally have someone in their lives who can empathise with them.
Jul 21, 2015 Alex rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Part of the Great ASOUE Re-Read of 2015.

I think this is the first truly fantastic book in ASOUE. There's the sense of deeper story threads afoot here, rather than this just being another "oh la la la, our guardian sucks" story. We get the Quagmires. I love the Quagmires. I love how we get the first moment in three books when the Baudelaires are truly happy, and that's because they have friends their own age. Duncan and Isadora are a little flat, sure, but they're also kind. These children are st
Aug 20, 2016 Octavia rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2-star
Mini Review: 2 1/2 stars. Again, I still liked and mostly enjoyed reading this, but I'm having a bit of an issue with the formulaic feeling of the plot. Each book has the kids going off to some new home and then Count Olaf shows up in disguise and no one believes them and in the end they lose whatever new home they'd been in and have to go somewhere new. Each book has been pretty much the same thing done slightly differently. And I still have issues with things and characters feeling unrealistic ...more
Lauren R.
This is one is excellent. I love the ending because VFD was finally brought up and the stories have direction, instead of just being a literal series of unfortunate events haha. While I generally enjoyed hearing the author narrate himself, the volume control for character's voices vs. the narration was so hard to deal with. TIM CURRY IS BACK NEXT!!! Anyways, definitely one of my favorites - or at least the start of quite a few in a row that are great.
daniella |-/
Aug 08, 2016 daniella |-/ rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow, I just am speechless...
Mar 12, 2012 Lesley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own

The Austere Academy is a rather important book in the Series of Unfortunate Events. It introduces us to 3 important new players in our story. The First and unfortunately the most horrid, is Carmelita Spats. There is no getting around it. You will hate this character. She is obnoxious and rude and cruel. She is the opposite of everything the Baudelaire children are and stand for I almost can't imagine a most unlikeable child and I have to give Daniel Handler kudos for creating her.

The next two
Aug 21, 2014 Lis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: wishlist
Definitivamente el mejor libro de la serie hasta ahora. El adulto idiota de esta historia es uno de los personajes más odiables que leí.

¿Está bien que shippee tan pero tan fuertemente a Violet y Klaus con los Quagmire? ¡No pude evitarlo!

Como ya dije, esto se pone cada vez más horrible para los pobres chicos cuanto más avanza la historia, pero sé que van a salir de todo esto y ser felices, yo lO SÉ.
Sep 12, 2013 April rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013-reads
The brightest story so far. This book restored my faith in SOUE. So much fun inspite the craziness, unrealistic unfortunate events the Baudelaires experienced. Lemony Snicket, hits and misses but this one was surely a hit!
Aug 14, 2016 Morgan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: borrowed
Does this series change it's plot anytime soon? I feel like I'm just reading the same book over and over. Going to take a break with this series and start with #6 later on...hoping it gets better and really hoping it at least changes the plot.
Apr 28, 2016 Reggie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This brought back 100% of the charm I felt was lacking in the last book.
Apr 20, 2016 Ashley rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: middle-grade
The adults in this series are just completely incompetent HOW EVEN ARE YOU THIS BAD AT THINGS?
Apr 13, 2015 Jude rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Slightly more bearable than the Miserable Mill - 3.7 stars :v
Nov 25, 2013 Samuel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read the book, "The Austere Academy" by Lemony Snicket. I liked this book, as I have been reading The Series of Unfortunate Events. This book was just another great writes Lemony Snicket has done, making this book exciting and suspenseful. Overall, this is a great book with a fantastic plot, like any other book that Snicket writes.

The Plot starts out where Klaus, Violet, and Sunny learn they will be living in the "Orphan Shack" at the Academy because they don't have a guardian to give them the
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Basic Info

Pages/Length: 3hrs 15mins
Genre: Young Adult; Mystery

At A Glance

Love Triangle/Insta Love/Obsession?:
Cliff Hanger: yes
Triggers: Kidnapping
Rating: 3.5 Stars

Score Sheet
All out of ten

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

Total: 7

In Dept

Best Part:
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Worst Part: That guys voice is breaking my ears!
Thoughts Had: shut up!!; cake sniffers!!!; oh nooo


Continuing the Series
Tally Youngblood
This book in particular is definitely better after rereading. Wow. It really is the book where everything changes. Makes you want to sit down and finish the series in one night.

Our darling Baudelaire orphans are sent off to boarding school. Fun, right? No. Of course, this boarding school is the WORST boarding school in the history of boarding schools. The punishments are absolutely horrid. How did they get away with that? Someone call children's aid. ANYWAYS it's this boarding school where the
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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:

For All The Wrong Questions:
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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 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)
  • The Carnivorous Carnival (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #9)
  • The Slippery Slope (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #10)
  • The Grim Grotto (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #11)

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