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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 ...more
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Published August 28th 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers (first published 2001)
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Drew
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
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Matthew
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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Casey
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Miss Bookiverse
"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.
Kat Thomas
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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Penny Raspenny
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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
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"I KNOW WHERE THE QUAGMIRE TRIPLETS ARE"
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!

But

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I need answers. What the hell is
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Elliot
One of the greatest joys in reading through A Series of Unfortunate Events is the gradual discovery of Lemony Snicket's character, and the extent of his involvement in the endless perils that follow the Baudelaire siblings. Daniel Handler apparently inserted himself as a character in his debut novel The Basic Eight (which is more-or-less on my To Read list), but I imagine that the effect is quite different than that of Snicket in ASOUE. Handler establishes Snicket's unique position in the story ...more
Nicholas Karpuk
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
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Christina Taylor
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
Carmen
Dec 16, 2013 Carmen rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone and Everyone
Shelves: children, fiction
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
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Thomas
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
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Mark Lawrence
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
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Marianne
The Vile Village is the seventh 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 sent by their banker, the ever-tussive Mr Poe, to the village of V.F.D under a government scheme based on the aphorism that it takes a whole village to raise a child. Having already suffered the loss of their parents, the threat of marriage, slave labour, hypnosis, a terrible boarding school, being thrown do ...more
Aprille
One of the better, thus far. The thing has gone really really strange in this book. Snicket's writing or rather Daniel Handler's writing is far-fetched.
Steven
Quite the entertaining tale, this one. More fun than some of the earlier books. Hope the next few are this fun. :)
Matt
The plot thickens.
This is not a book for physics majors, but rather English majors.
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
My favorite of the series so far. I love when the Baudelaires all get to work together, each doing what he or she does best to help evade Count Olaf.

The satirical portrayals of the adult characters in this one were back on (imo, anyway) the funny side rather than the annoying side.

My favorite thing: the self-sustaining hot air mobile home was 100% inspired by The Twenty-one Balloons, and at first I was a little bothered by how similar this invention is to some of the ones in that book. However,
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Deborah Markus
I read a complaint when these books first came out that they were too horribly violent to be appropriate for children. This was before "The Hunger Games," which I'm sure threw that particular complainer into a state of permanent shock. This was also missing the point, which is that while the Baudelaire orphans are in constant peril, the dangers are as ridiculously over the top as the ingenious escapes the children manage to contrive. You can't really believe any of it, so you can sit back and en ...more
GraceWastheAnswer
These stories are interesting, and with the ever present, impending doom, they are extremely difficult to put down. The stories are very unique, bleak, yet silly,or a delightful blend of them both. In the later books, I came to embrace, and enjoy the silliness, and the over explanation of words, as Daniel's own unique sense of humor. I can not believe that he actually believed his readers to be that ignorant. I believe that it was more of a tease_ dark, spiteful, humor, which I thoroughly enjoy ...more
Nina
For Beatrice-
When we were together I felt breathless.
Now, you are.


I rate this book with 4 stars. I did find the Ersatz Elevator much more interesting, but the Vile Village was also good in its own way.

VFD, which stood for Village of Fowl Devotees, which I've forgotten, is a town filled with lots of people who have this intense adoration for crows and have this long and absurd set of rules that must be followed, even though most of them are ridiculous and some, even contradict each other.

Hector s
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Allendra
The book that I read is called The Vile Village by Lemony Snicket. This book is the 7th book in the Series of Unfortunate Events. Out of this series so far I think that this book was the best. This series is about the ups and downs of Violet,Klaus,and Sunny Baudelaire who lost their parents in a terrible fire.

In the previous book the Baudelaire orphans were sent to a prefatory school where they met the Quagmire twins. Before the twins were kidnapped they told the Baudelaire orphans that they had
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Brian Palmer
There have been some bumps in the road for this series and some entries which din't keep my attention as much as others did, but this one is one of the best I have read in the series so far. It was filled with a number of close calls, ingenious plans and moments of resourcefulness by the Baudelaire children, supremely painful moments as they almost tasted joy and relief before more inexplicable things happened to them (or to others they care about) and delightfully ridiculous characters.

This Vil
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Allison
This was the one with the drab little town in the middle of nowhere! That conjured some very stark, vast imagery. The birds (ravens? crows?) were eerie, and the little slips of paper with poems was an alluring idea (view spoiler).

- VFD acronym of the book: (I loved the various meanings of VFD throughout the series) Village of Fowl Devotees
- I remember the bit at the end with the Baudelaire's inventive/creative/resourceful cleverness (these bits are al
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Henry

I love Lemony Snicket (or, rather, Daniel Handler). I think he is such a talented and original writer. When I was at primary school, I remember devouring the A Series of Unfortunate Events, anxiously awaiting the next installment.


Now, a few years later, (ten years since this book was published? Really?) I am still a huge fan of the series. However, it was only when I thought about it - and I mean, really thought about it - I realised that, fantastic though the books were, there were huge chunks

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Kacey
With anxious anticipation, we once again join the Baudelaires on their latest adventure. This time an entire village takes it upon themselves to raise the children, an action which here means forcing the children to obey ridiculous rules and do the village's chores. The only bright spot in this V.F.D. (an acronym here meaning "very foul development") is the handyman Hector, who shows kindness to the children.

Anyone following the adventures of the Baudelaires knows that unfortunate events are sur
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Carl Ingebretsen
It has taken me this long to figure out that these books all teach lessons. That you should do your best in school, and not fall behind with extracurricular activities, that you should be yourself and not care what is "in", that you should follow rules but not create an absurd amount of them, and that if you are with people you care about, people that care about you, then, come hell or high water (a phrase in which here means, "if your home burns down and kills your parents in a fire, whereupon ...more
Jennifer
I felt like the action really started to pick up in this book. The kids are off to the Vile Village - a lovation they selected because the name of the village is actually the Village of Fowl Devotees and the children selected it because the initials of the town (VFD) keep popping up over and over again in their travels/investigations.

They don't have an easy time in the Village - but at least they have Hector. They always have one person who is on their side - mostly. Everything goes downhill qu
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Julie S.
More Snicket wit. He adds so much to the story with the funny prose, the constantly changing schemes of Count Olaf, the kids' adapting wit, strange environments, and, of course, this mysterious V.F.D. that keeps coming up.

He has a tremendous talent for opening the books. From the second I open these books, I am hooked.

I also love the letters to the reader than he includes on the back cover. Part of this one:

"It is my solemn and sacred occupation to research each detail of the Baudelaire childre
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Jacoba
The Vile Village by Lemony Snicket (2002)
Genre: Juvenile Fiction
Format: Audio book
Plot summary:Under a new government program based on the saying, It takes a village to raise a child, the Baudelaire orphans are adopted by an entire town, with disastrous results.
Considerations or precautions for readers advisory (strong language, sex, death, religious overtones, violence, etc.):
Review citation (if available):Dowler, Farida S. School Library Journal , August 2001, Vol. 47 Issue 8, p188-189
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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
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