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

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There is nothing to be found in the pages of these books but misery and despair. You still have time to choose something else to read. But if you must know what unpleasantries befall the charming and clever Baudelaire children read on...The Hostile Hospital - There are many pleasant things to read about, but this book contains none of them. Within its pages are such burden ...more
Library Binding, 272 pages
Published September 1st 2001 by HarperCollins Publishers
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Mark Lawrence
The Hostile Hospital (book 8 of 13) is the first volume (I believe) to introduce the idea that the children themselves have to do things to survive that, while understandable, are not 'noble' when viewed in isolation. This begins in earnest the theme of noble vs villainous people that dominates to the end of the series.

It demonstrates an increasing sophistication in the novels, perhaps born of the idea that the audience were growing older over the years that the books were published.

In previous
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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
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Rebecca
I re-read the first six books last year. I thought I was up to to this one so I'll have to go back and read book 7 again next, but I loved this. It was always one of my favourites in the series!
Swankivy
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Jbb Lim
Sadly to say, this is one book in the series that I did not like. Well not all, but most of it. However, there are new clues and new highlights in the series that might explain what V.F.D is and there are documents in "The Library of Records" which has evidence about the fire with Baudelaire's parents and someone else. Their house were caught fire but there were 3 person in the house and one has escape death. Who is it?

Violet was captured and left Klaus and Sunny to save the day. I would just li
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Katie
Okay I changed my mind, THAT one was my favorite so far. I really REALLY like that Sunny is beginning to use more words. The mystery of VFD and Beatrice is still killing me. On to the 9th!! :)
Sara Williams
Book #1 of a 24h marathon on the 26th of April 2015

Very Lemony Snicket-y as usual.
There's not much to say about these series for now...
I am expecting something huge to come out of the last few books, and my hunger for the truth about Beatrice and the Snicket family and the fire is increasing every volume I read.
I look forward to picking up the rest of the series.
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!
Kimberley doruyter
getting a little irratated
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
Marianne
The Hostile Hospital is the eighth 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 walking to escape the Vile Village where they were accused of murdering Count Olaf.

Having already suffered the loss of their parents, the threat of marriage, slave labour, hypnosis, a terrible boarding school, being thrown down a lift shaft , being thrown in jail and the murder of their Uncle Monty and A
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Catherine
“As I'm sure you know, it is rarely a good idea to get into an automobile with somebody you haven't met before, particularly if that person believes in such nonsense as 'No news is good news.' But it is never a good idea to stand around a flat and empty landscape while the police are closing in to arrest you for a crime you have not committed.”

On the run from Count Olaf, the police, and everyone who reads the error-riddled Daily Punctilio, the Baudelaire Orphans hide out at the half-finished Hei
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Darren Hagan
Really enjoyed this one. It was a welcome change to the samey plot from the previous 7. This one began with the three Baudelaires being on the run with nobody to help them and no place to go, so it added a kind of desperation and even more of a struggle to their unfortunate lives. I also did not see it ending the way that it did. Lastly, there is the growing mystery of how Lemony Snicket actually plays into the series, and what VFD stands for. I want to know :D

Great instalment to the series.
Miss Bookiverse
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)
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Siobhan
Following on from the plot twist at the end of the last book, the children start to head down a different path on their search for answers.

This book works to move us even further forwards in our understanding of the events that have been unfolding, whilst leaving us with more unanswered questions at the same time. As with all the books the children find themselves in a situation that is not at all pleasant – even more so than usual following on from the events of the previous book – yet they con
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Ros
Admito que un detalle que tiene los primeros seis libros de la serie es lo monótono o mejor dicho: lo repetitivo. Y es que iban siguiendo el mismo camino de los Baudelaire + un nuevo tutor + Olaf llega a causar problemas + nadie le cree a los Baudelaire + finalmente descubren a Olaf + Olaf escapa y repetir en el siguiente libro.
Después de La Villa Vil (The Vile Village) el asunto cambia y en el Hospital Hostil sigue justo donde acabo el libro anterior y lo que acontece aunque no es agradable -na
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Amy
The Hostile Hospital was a surprisingly good instalment to A Series of Unfortunate Events.

Unlike some of the other books in this series I was constantly on edge and at some points I honestly wondered if all the Baudelaire children would survive.

At the start of the book the siblings have no one and nowhere to turn to. They try to send a telegram to Mr Poe but get no response and are chased by shopkeepers who recognise them from the newspaper. They end up at a hospital volunteering to look after t
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Isabeau (Just Keep Reading)
Finally a book without Mr Poe being involved... The Baudelaires are right, all you can count on him doing is coughing. I didn't enjoy this one quite as much as the previous two, but there was still a twist in the middle of the book which I had completely forgotten about, so that was cool. For once I was impressed with the ending of the book as well, it seemed like the Baudelaires were finally taking charge of themselves.
Still can't get over how much I love the writing style of this series!
Steve Archer
Really starting to question why I'm rereading these. If memory serves I only read them as a kid because they could be read in a day and the random tangents mid story.

Other than these, the writer - of whom I forget the real name - seems to spend each book finding an odd or fancy word and trying to use it as many times as possible with as short amount of distance between. Although intended for young adults, even children and read past the ridiculousness of certain concepts he suggests as well. Don
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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
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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)
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Paola (A Novel Idea)
Originally posted at A Novel Idea Reviews

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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Carmen
Apr 28, 2015 Carmen rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone and Everyone
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
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Johnny
This book was alright. It is the 8th out of the whole series which is like 12 books or something like that. I have it a 3 because it was boring in the begginning to the middle. THe baudelare kids have to deal with the village who's name is count olaf. I would recomend this book to a friend because the series is pretty good.
Holli
*groans* Once more into the breach of unhappiness that is this series. Although, hearing Tim Curry singing the VFD song meant to cheer up everyone and make everything better at the hospital was silly and fun.

Book-Tube-a-Thon Challenge #5: Read a book without letting go of it.
Abby
Obviously I gave this 5 stars. This is my favorite childhood series that I can always come back to. Lemony Snicket never disappoints.
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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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www.lemonysnicketlibrary.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 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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