The Hostile Hospital (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #8)
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The Hostile Hospital (A Series of Unfortunate Events #8)

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Dear Reader,

Before you throw this awful book to the ground and run as far away from it as possible, you should probably know why. This book is the only one which describes every last detail of the Baudelaire children's miserable stay at Heimlich Hospital, which makes it one of the most dreadful books in the world.
There are many pleasant things to read about, but this book...more
Library Binding, 272 pages
Published September 1st 2001 by HarperCollins Publishers (first published January 1st 2001)
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k.wing
Nov 06, 2007 k.wing rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: imaginaries
The Baudelaire's start taking matters into their own hands...

I enjoyed the climax scene in this book because it is the biggest close-call yet! Klaus is amazing, and is amazing in the climax scene.

Favorite quote from this book:
"There are many things in this world I do not know. I do not know how butterflies get out of their cocoons without damaging their wings. I do not know why anyone would boil vegetables when roasting them is tastier. I do not know how to make olive oil, and I do not know why...more
Swankivy
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Nicole
This one was really good because I think that there was a lot of drama and tension, so I couldn't put down the book at points!
swag2perfect84
The Hostile Hospital is the eighth installment to the Series of Unfortunate Events. In this chapter of the series Violet, Clause, and Sonny are on the run from being captured. They are accused of killing their former friend. They were framed by their nemesis Count Olaf. He has tried numerous attempts to steal their fortune. His plans this time are to lead the children in to a hospital. He kidnaps Violet and has plans to perform on her in a live audience. Klaus and Sonny pose as a doctor and res...more
Elliot
Whenever I was bored in high school, I would try to transform my teachers' lectures into as many spoonerisms and anagrams as possible. This sort of word play -- a favorite of mine (and the cause of my friends' occasional frustration when I admit that I was too busy flipping letters in their words to hear some piece of compelling gossip...) -- I learned from The Hostile Hospital, as well as the series as a whole, when I was younger.

The Hostile Hospital, which picks up almost directly where The Vi...more
Infinite Playlist
A hospital is not a very cosy place. Add Count Olaf, the Baudelaires and a bunch of Volunteers for Disease and it gets even more uncomfortable.

I love the development that happens throughout the series. The Hostile Hospital is book 8 and Sunny has begun to speak real words. Also you get more and more information on Lemony Snicket and what really happened the day of the fire. I’m really curious about the big solution... my suspicion at the moment is that (view spoiler)...more
Teresa B
This "woe-filled" collection of thirteen books about the tribulations of three unusually talented orphans will keep adults entertained as well as children. When I first saw the series I thought, "That looks too depressing," but soon I discovered the hilarity in overabundant alliteration, contemptible villains, and idiotic bystanders.

As the series progresses and the mysteries deepen, the children's characters grow and develop in surprising ways as togehter they face obstacles and a growing numbe...more
Julesmarie
This is the first of the series that I'm questioning leaving in my classroom library. The series as a whole is fun and I adore the tone of it and the fun vocabulary lessons and hilarious analogies.

There's a scene in this one, however, that I'm not sure how an eight-year-old would react. (view spoiler)...more
Cherr
Feb 18, 2012 Cherr rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: readers who think the series is getting better
For the first time ever, they are on their own. The Baudelaires are convinced that no one can help them any longer. There's Mr. Poe who does nothing more than send them to people who are supposed to be taking care of them but end up.. let's just say they either try to kill the Baudelaire orphans(?), end up getting killed themselves, accuse the orphans of something utterly terrible, or are not brave enough to help the Baudelaires and be their guardian.

Things are not looking up for the children. A...more
Paola (A Novel Idea)
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Rating: 3/5

After eluding the clutches of Count Olaf and avoiding being burned at the stake by a bunch of vile villagers, the Baudelaire orphans now find themselves in a van full of Volunteers Fighting Disease. The van, crammed with happy, singing volunteers and heart-shaped balloons, is heading to Heimlich Hospital to cheer up some patients and strum their guitars. Our orphans secure a job for themselves in the hospital’s Library of Records, where they ma...more
Sonia
Stavolta, arrivati all'ottavo episodio, la struttura cambia.
I Baudelaire:
- iniziano a scegliere da soli il loro destino
- non possono più fare affidamento sul signor Poe (per quanto fosse sempre stato inutile, era la loro unica speranza di qualcuno che s'interessasse a loro)
- La loro fama cambia, devono scappare non da olaf ma dal resto del mondo che li crede assassini
- il loro scopo non è più sfuggire semplicemente a olaf, ma scoprire una serie di misteri: cos'è V.F.? chi è sopravvissuto all'i...more
Elle
While this is not my first time reading the Hostile Hospital, I find that this is the book where the Beaudelaire's begin to shine as individuals under their bad circumstances. Having no guardian to protect them they are, and the reader, made aware of their painful isolated existence from 'everyday' society.

From the slow beginning of this book (the predecessor to Hostile Hospital was not my personal favourite in the series) to the gripping moments when it looks like Olaf may finally have his han...more
Kacey
In seeking out the answers to V. F. D., the Baudelaires are smuggled (a word which here means "taken into" and has nothing to do with illegal drug operations) into a hospital. Here they must engage in trickery and disguises as they are still the subjects of a manhunt-- a word here meaning "people think they're murderers".

They are teased (a word here meaning "they find a page of a file") with minimal clues to their past, and once again encounter Olaf and his unpleasant crew. One never grows tired...more
Ana Mardoll
A Series of Unfortunate Events 8: The Hostile Hospital / 9780061757204

I've been reading this series in order since I first gained interest through the tie-in movie "Lemony Snicket's a Series of Unfortunate Events". I love the series for its superb characterization, lovely writing, quirky plotlines, and deeply dark humor, but it's worth noting that the series so far has been extremely formulaic: Mr. Poe drops the children off with a new guardian, things get progressively worse as Count Olaf shows...more
Carmen
Dec 16, 2013 Carmen rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone and Everyone
Shelves: children, fiction
This is a great book in the series. The Baudelaires finally start being active agents instead of passive ones. They work to infiltrate Olaf's band of villains and take the initiative in many other things. Unfortunately this leads to a small crisis of faith as the Baudelaires realize that they are capable of deception and lying, too. I felt genuinely afraid for Violet in this book...it was very suspenseful.

Vocabulary that children will learn in this book: hostile, telegram, punctilio, assortment...more
Ash *Shipper of Many Ships*
An installment that I found especially creepy and memorable. And very enjoyable as well.
Julie Sondra Decker
Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire are on the run from the village of V.F.D., trying to escape those who believe them to be murderers. They're being framed for the murder of Jacques Snicket (gasp!), and end up stowing away in a van and disguising themselves as volunteers giving balloons to sick people in a hospital. They soon get a job filing in a library, using their occupation to dig up info on their own case, but in no time at all they're being pursued by Count Olaf and Esmé again. It's hard...more
Duncan Mandel

The Baudelaires need a safe place to stay - somewhere far away from terrible villains and local police. A quiet refuge where misfortune never visits. Might Heimlich Hospital be just the place? In Lemony Snicket′s eighth ghastly instalment in A Series of Unfortunate Events, I′m sorry to say that the Baudelaire Orphans will spend time in a hospital where they risk encountering a misleading newspaper headline, unnecessary surgery, an intercom system, anesthesia, heart-shaped balloons, and some very

...more
Abby
"Everything in this world is easier said than done, with the exception of 'Systematically assisting Sisyphus's stealthy cyst-susceptible sister,' which is easier done than said."

Merely one example of Snicket's many witty remarks found throughout The Hostile Hospital and the rest of A Series of Unfortunate Events.
It is such a pleasure to read a book with such a delightful narrator. I never know what to expect from him, and it is a treat. Another treat is listening to Tim Curry's character perform...more
Ruby Ng
In this part of the book the kids are at a hospital .They are Volunteers because they copied what Jaques Snicket have said he said I am a Volunteer...... But then the people at the village had coverd his mouth forcing him to be tied.The kids are at a group of Volunteer fighting department they are a group of nice and fun people that sing to sick people and give them heart shaped balloon to make them smile.Violet Kaus and Sunny both had changed their names to something similar so nobody knows.On...more
Bobby
I think this might be one of my favorites of the series so far! The plot was so intense, I couldn't put the book down.. I read it for about 5 hours straight.. I think what I liked so much about this installment of the Series of Unfortunate events was that the action in the book picked up.. and it stayed up throughout the rest of the book. I don't wanna spoil anything, but what the Baudelaires found out in the library of records legit made me so much more excited to find out how the series ends....more
Julie
Slightly longer review later!
Dolly
Apr 30, 2014 Dolly rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: middle grade readers
This is the eighth book in the very popular series by Lemony Snicket, A Series of Unfortunate Events.

We have been enjoying listening to the stories on audio CD and I really enjoy listening to Tim Curry narrate the story. He does an amazing job, so much better than I ever could! We were enthralled by the story and our girls were disappointed when I would insist on only listening to one disc each night.

The tale is dark and creepy and our girls loved the twists and turns as the story progressed....more
Victoria
The 8th book of the series and I'm still hooked. The story keeps growing on me with every chapter, I just wish I could swallow those books! The most unexpected ending yet, the most miserable book of the series, the first book with no Mr Poe salvations... Yikes, what's to come next! And I just love the Snicket/Beatrice mysterious story line. I want more, more, more!
Alison
I liked this book because it offered more character depth especially in Sunny and Klaus as they wonder if the desperate measures they have taken throughout their plight have perhaps made them a bit manipulative and possibly even villainous. The plot buildup, as well as character structure, gains much strength through this book. Can't wait to read the last five again.
Lidie
This book is the eighth book in the "A Series of Unfortunate Events". I recommend reading the other books in this series because they tell you more background information on the story than this book alone. This story is about Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire. They have been framed for murder of Jacques Snicket, so they are now wanted criminals. They find a job at a half-finished hospital where they work in the Library of Records. One night, they sneak into the Library of records to try and fi...more
Ahmad
بچه ها به عنوان فراری مجرم شناخته شده، همیشه در حال فرار هستند، ولی این بار به بیمارستانی می‌روند، که آنجا «کنت الاف» می‌خواهد با عملی عجیب سر «ویولت» را قطع کند، تا بتواند بر آنها مسلط شود، که با کمک کلاوس و سانی نمی‌تواند. بچه‌ها با مدارکی حاکی از اینکه پدر یا مادر آنها زنده‌است، رو به رو می‌شوند
Watson
This is so far my favorite book in the series! It has the closest call ever, and they finally aren't sticking with a guardian 24/7 they are on there own, and independent. This book, like the others is very sad. I found some parts unbelievable like Sunny saying that huge gigantic word whenever she was confused about something. I also love how Snicket made it so Sunny is saying more and more real words each book. This book is so suspenseful and wonderfully written. I always feel that the Baulderin...more
Aprille
This book gave me the chills! I'm loving this series more and more. The plot is getting more mature, and it's really nice to see that the Baudelaires take their lives into their own.
Harrison Yates
The Series of Unfortunate Events is by far my favorite series and books to read altogether. Snicket takes you through the adventures of three siblings who keep running into trouble whenever they meet their uncle. These nail biting adventures constantly keeps the reader intrigued and wondering what will happen and if they will survive. In the end they ultimately survive and live together without any risks of their uncle jeopardizing their safety like he has. I chose the Hostile Hospital because t...more
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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

For All The Wrong Questions:
www.lemonysnicketlibrary.com
More about Lemony Snicket...
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 Austere Academy (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #5) The Miserable Mill (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #4)

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