The Austere Academy
If you are looking for a story about cheerful youngsters spending a jolly time at boarding school, look elsewhere. Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire are intelligent and resourceful children, and you might expect that they would do very well at school. Don't. For the Baudelaires, school turns out to be another miserable episode in their unlucky lives.
Truth b ...more
Obviously my brain retains only the best and most useful things.
Anyway. This was a thoroughly great reread and perhaps one of the worst tortures the Baudelaire had to go through is Nero's horrific violin playi ...more
What steps this up from the previous book is a return to the established level of surreal, i.e. marked but not extreme. In The Miserable Mill we had Sunny fighting a sword- ...more
This was better than The Miserable Mill, mostly because of the Quagmire siblings.
This doesn't change the fact that it's one of the most tiring series ever. It is comical how depressing these books are, but a little change here and there wouldn't hurt. On one hand I really want to finish this series, on the other I really don't want to read about Olaf trick ...more
You will always be in my heart,
in my mind,
and in your grave.
This book may not be the most interesting of the five I read so far plot-wise, but man was it funny! I was actually laughing out loud at some point, and really isn't the humour the best thing about this whole series?
I also liked the setting and the new characters... there really haven't been other young characters in the series apart from the protagonists, and it was nice to see them making friends and interact with other ...more
Yes, technically this is the fifth book in the series, but to me, it is the very first.
This is the book when I really start to love this series, which, in case you are new to my reviews or have been otherwise purposefully ignoring my Snicket-related screeching, is my favorite in the world.
This book introduces V.F.D., my favorite combination of three letters in the universe. Over such fan favorites as "eat" and "bye." This book also introduces the Quagmire triplets, who, in addit ...more
Lemony Snicket is surely one of the greatest children's writers of our time.
What was your favourite book in the 'A Series of Unfortunate Events' library? ...more
The best ASOUE book I've read so far. I love how the story is starting to have a bit of depth in it. For instance, we were introduced to the Quagmire twins (supposed to be triplets) who were also orphans whose parents died in a fire along with their third sibling. Vice Principal Nero was also very despicable, as well as the cheeky Carmelita Spats. Basically, the misfortunes of the Baudelaires are getting worse in every book. The vocabulary was excellent, it has characters that could poten ...more
In The Austere Academy the Baudelaire kids end up at a school, which should be good news, because they love the learning, but of course it's not good. It's never good.
I stopped reading the series for a good long while at this point. Although the quality of this one is slightly higher than t ...more
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 ...more
The Austere Academy is the firth installment of A Series of Unfortunate Events series. I really enjoyed this one and I think it might be my favorite so far. In this, you are still following the crazy adventure that the Baudelaire children are on. Violet, Klaus, and Sunny are now attention a boarding school where they still end up running into Count Olaf in disguise.
Now, of course, I complain about the adults in these books but today I'm going to switch it up. One charac ...more
Feel like this book's plot is quite simple compared to the others and not a great deal happens, but Count Olaf's wicked plan still hit me hard. I found myself getting pretty emotional at times because we get to see the Baudelaire's happy with their new found friends ...more
The Baudelaires gained some new friends and they did not immediately reveal Count Olaf in his disguise to their 'guardian'. Also, VFD is first mentioned!
My knowledge for this and the remaining books come from the TV show so I'm excited to see exactly what happens! ...more
Memento Mori. Remember you will die.
Another pleasant chapter disentangling the Baudelaire orphans' misfortunes.
In this episode, they befriend the Quagmire triplets who will help them defeating Count Olaf.
We finally start having more action and some clue about the big scheme, hinge point of the series.
Five down, eight to go. Next!
I enjoyed this one more than the previous one. It was better than ‘The Miserable Mill’ and much better than the initial books in the series. Will definitely carry on with the books to see what’ll ultimately happen to Baudelaire children!
A little better than The Miserable Mill but it did have some chunky boring bits that really could've been scrapped. I did like that there was this little mystery thrown in near the end of the book that intrigues the hell out of me and now Count Olaf has kidnapped the Quagmire triplets and will be using them for his insane fuckery filled operations I presume. Those two things I'm excited to see develop in book 6 which I will be starting soon. Carmelita Splats thooooooooooooooo! someone ...more
I have been reading this series for nearly a year now (I started in March 2019; it is now Feb 2020) and thing is that it has become formulaic. However this book did have the blessed addition of friends and in this book the childre ...more
January 28, 2019. Why do all the adults suckkkkkk?
January 30, 2017. I was more than a little upset about what befell the Quagmire triplets and their notebooks. But it's not as if I didn't know what was coming. On a happier note, I thought it was just the funniest thing when Vice Principal Nero made Sunny his secretary....more
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