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The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket
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Nov 21, 2009

it was ok
bookshelves: book-series, childrens-books, 1st-in-a-series
Read in November, 2007 , read count: 1

"If you are interested in stories with happy endings, you would be better off reading some other book." So cautions Snicket, the exceedingly well-mannered narrator of these two witty mock-gothic novels featuring the misadventures of 14-year-old Violet, 12-year-old Klaus and infant Sunny Baudelaire.

From the first, things look unfortunate indeed for the trio: a fire destroys their home, killing their parents along with it; the executor of their parents' estate, the obtuse Mr. Poe (with a son, Edgar), ignores whatever the children have to say; and their new guardian, Count Olaf, is determined to get his hands on the Baudelaire fortune. But by using their individual gifts (Violet's for inventing, Klaus's for reading and researching and baby Sunny's for biting) the three enterprising children thwart the Count's plan for now. The author uses formal language and intrusive commentary to a (somewhat) hilarious effect.

If you like the part of Harry Potter when he's been abused and living under the stairs of the Dursley household, before the happy bit where he gets accepted to Hogwarts, then you'll enjoy these books. That said, I think I'll pass on this book series. I just don't see the appeal of it.

Book Details:

Title The Bad Beginning (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #1)
Author Lemony Snicket
Reviewed By Purplycookie

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