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

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Dear Reader,
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 ever the most imbalanced meal.
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Paperback, 286 pages
Published January 1st 2003 by Scholastic (first published October 17th 2002)
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Rosie Hi, This question as already been answered but I thought I would put my two cents in. I've just finished re-reading this book and I think the purpose…moreHi, This question as already been answered but I thought I would put my two cents in. I've just finished re-reading this book and I think the purpose of having the ambidextrous man being considered a freak is to highlight how ridiculous the idea of freaks is - something shown in the scene at towards the end where the crowd are calling Esme's suit and the man with pimples freaks even though they aren't part of the freaks and aren't freakish in any way. It fits with the whole series where the only sane characters seem to be the orphans and is just a silly reminder that the adults in the series aren't the most sensible of people. I'm likely overthinking things but that's what I got from the book this time around reading it. (less)
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Mykle
Nov 11, 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 20, 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
Lauren
I liked this book a lot more that I thought although everytime I am close to finding out everything it just slips form my fingertips and I have to wait for the next book.
Meghan
JANUARY 2017 RE-READ

Bumping this up from 4 stars to 5. I last read this when it first came out in 2002! So that was FIFTEEN YEARS AGO. God I feel old. For some reason I had it in my head that I didn't enjoy this one as much as others in the series, but I was clearly mistaken because this is a great instalment. I like how books 2-7 involve Count Olaf in disguises trying to fool the Baudelaires, and books 8 and 9 involve the Baudelaires in disguises trying to fool Count Olaf. Madame Lulu is a cool
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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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Phrynne
Just dipping into this series to find out what it is all about. Maybe I should have tried book 1 first but
I happened on this one by accident.
I think if I had read this when I was a child I would have loved it. Despite all the terrible things that
happen to the Baudelaires there is always a feeling that they will find a way out and since I hated
suspense back then this would have suited me down to the ground.
As an adult I enjoyed the dryness of the narrative, the slightly snarky comments and e
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Kate (GirlReading)
3.75* Similarly to book eight, this wasn't the most memorable in the series but I absolutely loved the intensity of the ending! I thought the kids starting to question and doubt themselves and their actions was really interesting too! This was a slightly drearier book in tone than the others, but it worked in connection to the Baudelaire's reclining and undoubtably exhausting situation! I can feel the ending getting closer and I'm looking forward to finally (hopefully) getting some answers soon! ...more
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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Ashley Daviau
Feb 14, 2017 Ashley Daviau rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Every time I read one of these books I feel like I'm instantly transported to my childhood and it's the most wonderful feeling in the world! This is one of my favourite books out of the series, I'm a sucker for anything based in a carnival. It's been so long since I first read this book that I had forgotten most of the plot, I was actually quite surprised by the twist at the ending and now I'm quite looking forward to getting started on the next book to see how the Baudelaires manage to get out ...more
Marguerite
3 Stars.

My binge read of this series continues. If you've been following my reviews, you may notice that the ratings have been dropping, mainly because I feel that the story is becoming a little too repetitive and that there would be some really simple solutions to the children's problems. I don't want to spoil anything, but at the start, Violet, Klaus and Sunny are near Olaf's unattended car and instead of thinking "Let's use Violet's mechanical skills to hot-wire this car and Klaus' knowledge
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Leah Craig
Jan 16, 2017 Leah Craig rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“I don't care who falls in!” announced the pimpled man. "To me, a woman in a turban is just as freaky as a two headed person. I'm not prejudiced!”
Elaina
Mar 13, 2017 Elaina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: middle-grade, mystery
~3.5 stars~
Sorry for all of these half stars lol That's just the way I rate stuff sometimes :P
As for the review, it's gonna be short lol I feel like we know more about a certain organization and I am intrigued to find out what will happen in the 10th book next! For some reason, I can't help but keep reading these! I just want to know what happens next...even though I know it will be unfortunate. (Catch my pun anyone? Yeah, I know that was terrible...I'm sorry xD lol) It's the same old same old w
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Nicanor
Nov 16, 2016 Nicanor rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The series continues with its breath of fresh air, revealing more information of the mistery regarding the children.

The only complain is that it acts more as an explanation and bridge to the next books than anything. The good thing is that it ends like never before in this series.

Full interested ahead with this series
Octavia
Jul 25, 2016 Octavia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 3-star
Mini Review: Might be my favorite so far! This one finally abandons the formulaic plot of its predecessors. The setting of the carnival was one of my favorites, all in all really happy with this one!
Nadine
Mar 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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Ullie Kathlyn
Feb 05, 2017 Ullie Kathlyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook, read-in-2017
Eu indo pro próximo livro:
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Isabelle Earley
Oct 07, 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
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
Natt BookEuphoria
I really enjoyed this book. I loved the children, the circus, the freaks, the disguises, Madame Lulu and the magic cristal. I didnt expect the direction that this book took. I was quite dissapointed about the fact that the Baudelaires didnt learn anything new about the past and whereabouts of their parents. I was very proud of Sunny and her progress. The ending was sad and devastating.
5/5 stars
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Sandra Bašić
Sep 29, 2016 Sandra Bašić rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Zanimljivo ali još uvijek se ne nazire kraj patnji siročića Baudelaire
Marina
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.
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
Pallavi Sareen
Mar 27, 2017 Pallavi Sareen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The series has finally picked up the pace and there is a lot of action going on along with Moral dilemmas and I am loving it.
Jayanth
The tragedy becomes even more tragic. The mystery becomes even more mysterious. The villains becomes even more villainous. The absurd becomes even more absurd.

God dammit, Lemony Snicket! You seem to be knee deep into the shit that's happening but you are being purposefully vague. Damn you, I will read the next book immediately. Poor orphans! What the f*** is V.F.D, that is still not clear.
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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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
Carmen
Dec 16, 2013 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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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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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:
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Other Books in the Series

A Series of Unfortunate Events (1 - 10 of 13 books)
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  • The Reptile Room (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #2)
  • The Wide Window (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #3)
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