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Series Of Unfortunate Events: No.4 (A Series of Unfortunate Events #4)

3.81 of 5 stars 3.81  ·  rating details  ·  85,292 ratings  ·  1,808 reviews
Dear Reader,

I hope, for your sake, that you have not chosen to read this book because you are in the mood for a pleasant experience. If this is the case, I advise you to put this book down instantaneously, because of all the books describing the unhappy lives of the Baudelaire orphans, THE MISERABLE MILL might be the unhappiest yet. Violet, Klaus and Sunny Baudelaire are s
Published November 2004 by HarperCollins Publishers (Australia) Pty Ltd (first published April 15th 2000)
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Apr 25, 2007 Jennifer rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Kids and adults who think like them
Lemony Snicket is fun, it's terribly depressing and highly entertaining. All the books make me feel like I'm 12 again, and I curl up on the couch, laughing out loud and eating gummy bears.
Georgina Ortiz
Favorite insight: It is much, much worse to receive bad news through the written word than by somebody simply telling you, and I'm sure you understand why. When somebody simply tells you bad news, you hear it once, and that's the end of it. But when bad news is written down, whether in a letter or a newspaper or on your arm in felt tip pen, each time you read it, you feel as if you are receiving the news again and again.
Jason Koivu
Miserable indeed. Unfortunately this book in A Series of Unfortunate Events takes its title too literally. I enjoyed the first book and love the concept of put-upon children succeeding with no foreseeable hope on the horizon. However, the execution is too formulaic, mill-like if you will. I can put up with the repetition, because the author's bits of wit keep it fun, but this had less wit and more formula than the first three.

This one has always been my least favorite of the series
I'm not sure I have adequate words to describe my reaction to this book.

I think I need more time to digest. I feel like I stepped out of the Twilight Zone, and I'm suffering from a rare form of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

EDIT: I have now changed my final rating to three stars. After reading book 5, it's become clear to me that the pacing and tone of this book is far too irrepressibly dreary, even for an unhappy story like the Baudelaire's. It felt a lot like being battered by a particularly
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
Deborah Markus
I've already read this on the page, and just now listened to the recorded edition, which is read by the author. If Snicket himself had read the entire series, I would have simply enjoyed it; but it's horribly unfair to ask any reader to follow Tim Curry, who read the first two books. Snicket's reading is sweet and heartfelt; it's just that Curry's is brilliant, especially when it comes to Count Olaf. Also, I think it's fair to say that Snicket writes with a British accent but speaks with an Amer ...more
These are really pretty crappy books. The jokey self-referential writing (which was already tiresome by the end of the first book) is just irritating after the umpteenth repetition, the characters are unsympathetic (in the case of the main characters), one-dimensional (everyone else), or obnoxious (the narrator), and the plot repetitive and predictable. It's a good thing I'm a devoted dad and if my son wants me to read these to him at bedtime, I'll grit my teeth and read 'em. But I don't have to ...more
Reread 2015. I read these when I was very young, and now I'm trying to get through the entire series since I never finished the last book. I need to know how this series ends.
Kimberley doruyter
my dear god where does po find these people?
it goes from bad to worse.
Oh this family. Oh this author. Oh this series. How am I supposed to count the ways that I love it? This morbid humor is right up my alley and the plain silliness is delightful. I honestly think is the perfect series for children to introduce them to dark humor, to introduce them to something new and different that they might not interact with. Some people might argue that they dislike how repetitive the writing style is or how Sunny vocalizes and then Snicket translates for the reader, but this ...more

I really enjoy the Author's writing, whether it is as Lemony Snicket or Daniel Handler, but at least in this particular series it has been getting a little repetitive - it is the exact same storyline in every book. I know that there's a mane plot, obviously, but each book so far has followed the same formula:

Orphan kids
+ Bad Guardian
+ Count Olaf
+ Underestimated kids

= Bad & frustrating situation. Always.

It is the exact same thing over and over - the only change
Nicholas Karpuk
This book literally sat in a pile of items ready for a trip to the used book store. I read the first three books belonging to Lemony Snickets series, and while I find the prose and humor deeply amusing, and Dahl-style sensibility enjoyable, the formula began to wear on me by the end of the third book.

Fortunately for me, a review of children's entertainment worth adult reading sited this series and said that it strayed away from the formula in the later books. Since virtually any of these books t
Drew Simoneau
This series so far is really good. Even though it's depressing at times. Super excited to continue this series this month! I am glad I had pick the first book up and enjoyed it last month. So maybe I could finish this series in October and that would be PERFECT!!!!(:
My least favorite so far, I'm hoping the next one sparks my interest a bit more.
Another fun one as I slowly make my way through this series.

I like the subtle breaking of stereotypes in this book (as with all the books). Yes; Violet invents and Klaus reads in all the books as opposed to the other way around - subtle, but significant. But I liked how in this book there's the casual mention of Klaus' mother having been the one who taught him to fish (as opposed to his father). And there are other little things that show women in a positive light throughout the series without i
Lemony Snicket Band 1 bis 4 entsprechen in etwa dem Film mit Jim Carry, drehen sich um die drei Boudelaire Waisen Violet Clause und Sunny und um deren sehr betrübliche, sehr schreckliche Geschichte. Denn nicht nur sind ihre Eltern bei einem Feuer ums Leben gekommen, auch sollen sie von dem ganz schrecklichen und ganz betrüblichen Graf Olav adoptiert werden, der nur an ihr Vermögen herankommen will. Die Geschichte ist einfach der Knaller, weil ich die Schreibweise genial finde! Übrigens ist die V ...more
Barbara ★
The Baudelaire orphans are extremely rich and Count Olaf (a complete stranger) wants that money! He will do anything to make this happen as the orphans have found out in the last three books. In this episode, he tricks the child welfare guy, Mr. Poe into leaving the kids at the Lucky Smells Lumbermill where they must toil from dawn til dusk for their gum. (Yes they get gum for lunch and coupons for pay and a disgusting casserole for dinner.)

Violet, being the inventor, is always able t
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
This one took a decided turn to the dark. Not that the story's been all sunshine and rainbows up until this point, but even in the midst of unhappy circumstances, the first three books still managed to be fun, entertaining, and frequently hilarious in a snarky-sarcastic way. This book was just... dark.

I think a good bit of what made me so uncomfortable about this one is (view spoiler)
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Wow. So far, I haven't read the next ones in the series and even though The Wide Window is still my favorite, I really loved this one. It has the same repetitive qualities of the past books (Count Olaf in disguise, new guardian with a quality that separates them from the others, funny vocabulary lessons, ridiculously long translations of Sunny's speech, etc) but it's told in a way that I don't find annoying. It's sort of like Scooby-Doo, where every episode ends in "I would've g
Two things about this fourth book in the series:

(1) I only noticed, when it was mentioned in this book, how all the nice characters (not necessarily guardians) in the first three books had libraries in their houses. Justice Strauss in the first book had a huge library of law books, where Klaus was able to find the solution to their problem; Uncle Monty in the second book had a library of reptile books, and in book 3, Aunt Josephine also had a large library in her house overlooking Lachrymose La
Apr 28, 2015 Carmen rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone and Everyone
Here is a sampling of vocabulary a child will learn when reading this book: finite, wretched, atrocious, paltry, catastrophe, assiduous, diligent, pathetic, optimist, cacophony, askew, psychoneurotically, ocular, backbreaking, perplexing, disentangled, ostentatiously, horrendous, entwined, entangled, grotesque, unnerving, inordinate, irregular, immoderate, disorderly, incredulously, nefarious, dastardly, curtly, heinous, bootless, cahoots, conceivably, absurd, tome, endeavor, scrutinize, breadth ...more
Julie S.
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Miserable Orphan Fiction. The Baudelaires are sent to work at the Lucky Smells Lumbermill. The owner of the mill doesn't seem to be even slightly related to them, and no attempt is made to explain how Mr. Poe found the guy or why he decided to leave the kids there. I need my ridiculous orphan fiction to at least pretend to have some internal logic.

Outside of Lemony Snicket himself, my favorite part of these books is Count Olaf in disguise yet openly menacing the orphans while their naive but wel
Luli Maggi
No le doy 5 estrellas porque, si bien las historias me parecen excelentes y cada vez más morbosas (y menos para chicos!), siento que, hasta ahora, siguen el mismo esquema. Como que pasa lo mismo pero diferente en el mismo momento, siempre.
Igualmente lo que se cuenta es súper ingenioso, pero me gustaría mas desorden en la manera de desarrollarlas.

Se los comento porque sé que lo que yo diga sobre un libro es muy relevante (?)
As much as I love this series, this one has always been my least favorite book. While each book stretches the imagination and believability, this book pushes it beyond the edge for me, from the premise of children working in a lumber mill to Sunny debarking trees with her teeth, to her sword fight with Dr. Orwell, to the gum invention Klaus invents it's all just a little too much for me.

Having said that, every time I read these books I catch something new and somehow I just caught that the optom
Amanda Louise
Even though it feels like Snicket is trying to boost his word count by repeating himself over and over, I'm still having fun reliving my childhood.
I didn't like it quite as much as the Reptile Room, but the writing was still perfect. Lemony Snicket's analogies always make me laugh. And the words he uses make my spine tingle up and down. Maybe it's because I'm a writer? I don't know. But I do know that I adore his writing style.
Me encantan estos libros.

Creo que con este entendí el mensaje que les deja este libro a los chicos más chicos. Pienso que todos los nenes deberían leer esta serie, porque en ella siempre, siempre, los Baudelaire usan las bibliotecas como refugio, los libros como salvación y las palabras como arma.

Siempre que llegan a un lugar horrible como todos los que pisaron hasta ahora en la serie, la biblioteca es lo único que los hace sentirse seguros. Y siempre que el Conde Olaf aparece para hacerles al
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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.

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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 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 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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