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The Vile Village

(A Series of Unfortunate Events #7)

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  122,798 ratings  ·  2,978 reviews
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
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published April 24th 2001 by HarperCollins Publishers
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Annabelle The language is fairly basic (with definitions provided for less-basic words) and the sentence structures are definitely easy for a young child to und…moreThe language is fairly basic (with definitions provided for less-basic words) and the sentence structures are definitely easy for a young child to understand, but there are several references and allegories that would probably fly over a young child's head, with pretty cutting social commentary. (less)
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Mar 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
After finishing up The Ersatz Elevator, we couldn’t wait to start this installment with hopes that the Baudelaires would find a way to locate and save their friends the Quagmire triplets. The book begins with the Baudelaires once again in Mr. Poe’s incompetent hands as he attempts to find them a new and safe home. This time, he’s exhausted all options and finds it extremely difficult locating a place for them. The children are informed that they’ll be living at V.F.D, a.k.a. The Village of Fowl ...more
C.G. Drews
Apr 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens, read-2018
(Still working on my series reread as the Netflix S2 episodes come out!) I don't think this is my favourite book but it's also one I love the aesthetic of the most! If that counts as, um, a legitimate comment. (Shhh let me live.) But the Baudelaire's end up in jail (!) and there are crows everywhere (!!) and Hector's self-sustaining hot air balloon!! (Although I can't actually imagine never coming down? Because there's only so many times you can reread a book, c'mon Hector, don't you want new re ...more
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
I didn't like this one as much.

The kids are sent to a vile village to live. It was filled with weirdos and crows. And of course Count Olaf, I'm beginning to think he has a tracking device on them !

And the mystery of the Quagmire Triplets grows!
I am legally obligated to begin every review of my reread of these books with the following sentiment: I LOVE THIS SERIES SO MUCH.

It is a legal obligation of my own construction, because I do love these books and cherish them with everything I have in my cold dead heart, but also…

Also this wasn’t my FAVORITE of the series. Which really, if you think about it? A book in my favorite series that isn’t necessarily my favorite of the series - still pretty good. Not the end of the world or anything.

Ahmad Sharabiani
The Vile Village (Unfortunate Events #7), Lemony Snicket

The Vile Village is the seventh novel in the children's book series A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket (the pen name of American author Daniel Handler), which consists of 13 children's novels that follow the turbulent lives of Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire after their parents' death.

The children are placed in the custody of their distant cousin/uncle Count Olaf, who attempts to steal their inheritance. After the Baudela
Mark Lawrence
Nov 16, 2014 rated it liked it
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
Oct 23, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read_to_kids
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
Iben Frederiksen
Jul 14, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: middle-grade, series
★ 3.5 Stars ★

Everyone else other than the Baudelaire's are so ridiculously dumb. But at least the story is starting to move away from the tiring formula it followed for the first six books. Also, I'm kind of starting to appreciate the humour.
Feb 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Well, Klaus, Violet, and Sunny find themselves on the hunt to uncover Count Olaf's latest scheme and find themselves in a whole lot of trouble in the village of V.F.D( that's Village of Fowl Devotees if you were curious). As an adult reader, I cannot tell you how much I delight in reading these books. It's hard to hold back laughter during a silent reading period in high school. I really enjoyed the villains( including, of course, Count Olaf in his latest disguise) in this one. It was an interes ...more
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For Beatrice – When we were together I felt breathless. Now you are.

For their seventh misadventure, the Baudelaire orphans are sent to a creepy village, completely covered with crows, and full of impossible, vile rules against inventing, reading, and biting! How are they ever going to escape yet another, inevitable, encounter with the horrible count Olaf if they can't put their best abilities to use?

I enjoyed this adventure so much! I love when the orphans meet actually decent adults, even if t
Melanie (TBR and Beyond)
“There is no way of knowing for sure whether or not you can trust someone, for the simple reason that circumstances change all of the time.”

I don't really have a lot to say about this book. It was ok, there were some cute parts. I like that the book always has some spot-on satire about society and adults especially. This book did push the series along a bit but I'm getting tired of the formula with these books. Orphans go to terrible place, all the adults are horrible human beings, the orph
Nicholas Karpuk
Feb 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Kate (GirlReading)
Jan 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: middle-grade
This was bizarre but another fun read! It genuinely had me anxious as times and worried for what was going to happen. I'm enjoying the way the plot is starting to somewhat (very slightly) deviate away from the original formula and new characters, mysteries and objectives are being added. I'm still not entirely sure where this series is heading (although I have my guesses) so I'm still very intrigued! ...more
Ashley Daviau
Feb 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It was nice to dive back into this series after taking a little break from it! This book is definitely one of the stranger ones in the series in my eyes. Something about a village adopting children and the crows mixed together was incredibly creepy! But that doesn't mean I enjoyed this book any less, in fact I think it made me enjoy it more. As the series goes on, the books really become more intricate and mature and I find that's particularly prominent in this one! ...more
Nov 13, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017, books
The most lackluster, nonsensical and frustrating of the series so far.

Regardless, I love the Baudelaires with all my heart and can't wait to devour the next book!

Feb 09, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Besides the poem notes, I found this novel rather dull.
Once again, it’s just a bunch of adults who don’t want to hear anything the Baudelaire's try to tell them and the one person who is nice enough is unwilling to do anything to actually help the children.

But with this story comes a change and I’m very excited for that!

Also, Tim Curry has now been changing his voice for different characters which I greatly appreciate!
Feb 08, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
2.5 stars. Not my favourite by far in the series.

"For sapphires we are held in here.
Only you can end our fear."

This is definitely my least favorite out of the whole series so far.
It was just okay, nothing exciting happens in here.

I liked at the beginning the idea of the entire village that adopts the kids and all the absurd rules that were created for the habitants.
Then it became pretty boring to be honest. The most exciting part was definitely the "riddles" that were left for the children by their missing friends.
It was fun to build
Apr 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Another great installment of this series. I did predict quite a bit, but that is to be expected of a middle grade book lol.

I don't have too much to say about these books after a certain point because my opinion on all of them is pretty universal: I love this series, and I need to read book 8 so I can finish season 2 of the Netflix show!

Here is my favorite quote from this book of the series:

"'Normally I don't approve of children staying up late,' he said finally, 'unless they are reading a ver
Apr 26, 2014 rated it liked it
I am actually enjoying reading this series. I think I liked the first 3 books best but this one was fine. I would love to read another type of book or series from this author sometime.
This series is starting to improve and I'm liking it even more despite the fact that it is so repeatative. I am now soooooo excited for the TV show coming out next month!!!!! ...more
John Velo
May 17, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: listenedto
2.5 stars

Seventh book already and the plot of this one doesn't really differ much from its predecessors. And I'm getting a bit tired of it... And I am so frustrated about the adult's logic in this world! The same thing happens over and over, yet no one believes the Baudeliere children.

I feel like the readers haven't been given answers to the bigger mysteries of this series. Although, Lemony Snicket is slowly dropping hints and facts of a bigger overall series storyline here, sometimes, I still
Emily B
Nov 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Back on these, trying to finish the series before the end of the year.
It’s hard to review these as they are pretty similar and they are targeted at a young audience.
There was definitely some nice things about this one, like the rhyming couplets.
4 stars. Very much enjoyed this one.
MissBecka Gee
I think this was my favourite one thus far.
I hope the rest of the books are even better!
Jan 20, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Dec 27, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Poor Jacques. Poor Baudelaires. Poor Quagmires. It really is all downhill from this book on when it comes to the Baudelaire children’s miserable experiences, but uphill when it comes to storytelling.
Tana 🌻 Cozyreadings
Jan 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2019, audiobook
no Mr. Poe to save (ruin) the day? That was a very nice twist. Enjoyed this one the most out of the seven I have read!
Uhh... interesting?

The Vile Village is the seventh installment of the A Series of Unfortunate Events series. It was a really one that kind of threw me for a loop. My freaking favorite character, Sunny, was definitely the reason why.

Okay so this village is, again, weird. The people and basically everything about it is weird. I pretty much blame this whole weird creepy village for the kids acting stranger than they usually are. For instance, Sunny was just ugh in it. I mean, she eventually came a
Aug 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
Well, I'm more than halfway through now! And it's pretty crazy how little I actually know about the overarching mystery of the series.

I loved the absurdity of V.F.D., the Elders who wore crow hats, the thousands of pointless rules, burning people at the stake, the constant migration of the crows. Watch as mob mentality seizes the villagers and you find yourself reading bizarre chants like, (view spoiler) Grab your torches and pitchforks, folk
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