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The Wide Window by Lemony Snicket
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Oct 04, 14

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Read in March, 2007

Those super unfortunate orphans get stuck with another ineffectual guardian, who can't keep them safe from the dastardly Count Olaf. Looks like they'll have to find their own way out of this tight bind all by themselves, again!

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The The Wide Window has some colorful characters, wonderful settings and enough action to keep this one entertaining through out. The overly apt naming of people and places gives this a very old-school storybook feel. Snicket keeps up with the whole defining big words thing, which some kids probably get annoyed with, even if they do learn a new word or two.

However, the problem is that at only the third in this series of 13 books, the repetitious plot line is beginning to wear thin. I doubt I would've read even this far in Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events if it weren't that the man behind that preposterous pseudonym, Daniel Handler, played accordion on my favorite band, The Magnetic Fields fantastic triple cd album 69 Love Songs. I know, it's a stretch, but I loved everything about them at the time and couldn't help myself. Here's a somber song he played on, if you care to listen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ReTxR...
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Miriam Heheh, you've seen the little video he did with the song "Scream and run away," right?


Jason Koivu Miriam wrote: "Heheh, you've seen the little video he did with the song "Scream and run away," right?"

Yep. I like the whole personae he took on as the supposed author of the Unfortunate books. There's definitely a lot of fun spinning around the series. I just wish the books hadn't turned out so cookie cutter. Then again, I've only read the first 5 or 6, so I guess I should shut my yapper until I've finished them all.


Carmen I adored this series. :)


Jason Koivu Carmen wrote: "I adored this series. :)"

I need to get back into it and finish it up.


Melki Did not know about the accordion thing - very interesting.
And now I have to listen to that disc again.


Mark Lawrence Celyn and I are on book 10 - I've reviewed the first 5 or 6. The plot forumla does get replayed several more times but by book 10 he seems to have broken free of it.


Miriam Jason wrote: "Carmen wrote: "I adored this series. :)"

I need to get back into it and finish it up."


I never did finish. They got so repetitive...


Jason Koivu Mark wrote: "...The plot formula does get replayed several more times but by book 10 he seems to have broken free of it."

That's reassuring. Thanks, Mark!


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