A Series of Unfortunate Events Collection: Books 1-3 with Bonus Material: The Bad Beginning, The Reptile Room, The Wide Window
Lemony Snickets unhappy tale of the unlucky Baudelaire siblings begins with The Bad Beginning. In this short bothersome book alone, the three orphans encounter a greedy and repulsive villain, itchy clothing, a disastrous fire, a plot to steal their fortune, and cold porridge for breakfast.
Should you not mind deadly serpents, slippery salamanders, lumpy beds, large brass...more
I enjoyed this a lot more than I was expecting to. It's surprisingly dark and gritty yet filled with witty prose and morbid humor to go along with it. Seeing a group of young, ordinary orphans with no powers of any kind working together to humiliate and bring down an evil man willing to abuse them and manipulate them to gain access to their family fortune was highly satisfying. Count Olaf really reminds me of the classic gothic-horror villains such as Dracula, Carmilla and ...more
The Lemony Snicket books offer two unusual twists on this established plot ...more
The Bad Beginning: a pretty short book, just 168 pages. A quick read. I don't think it took me longer than an hour. I read it in one sitting. Reasonably interesting, but at this point not as interesting as Harry Potter or Percy Jackson. The author has a quirk of using long words and then defining them. At the end of the book he uses several of the words - like the exercise ...more
I didnt like it as much as I thought, and if I stopped after reading the first book, I would have been fine. For those not familiar with the series, its about the unfortunate lives of the Baudelaire orphans. In the first book (The Bad Beginning), we learn that their parents died, so the 3 children go to live with Count Olaf. Hes after their ...more
Violet, Klaus, and sunny Baudelaire were peacefully enjoying a foggy day at the beach, tossing stones and observing the native creatures there. Then it happened. Their parents friend and local banker, Mr. ...more
Violet is fourteen and an inventor, able to build useful contraptions and devices out of almost anything. Klaus, a little older than twelve is very intelligent and reads a lot, while Sunny enjoys biting things (a ...more
So far, this series is the right level of depressing. There are a lot of life or death situations and the world is pretty dark, but it's not terrifying ...more
The three Baudelaire children had their lives changed forever one morning while at the beach. A devasting fire destroyed their family house and their parents as well. Now Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire are now orphans and put in the care of Mr. Poe a banker at Mulcatory Money Management. As per their parents Will Mr. Poe places them with their relation Count Olaf. A series of unfortunate events occur such as a marriage, poisonous snakes, an aunt so sarced of everything, and a lake ...more
It's of course a book for children so it actually has a surprising amount of complexity, but it still doesn't excuse how formulaic and repetitive it is. The main reason I liked the series so much was the secondary characters, like Mr. Poe and all the guardians, but they don't really get a chance to shine so much when ...more
I also appreciate the author's vocabulary and the frequently interjected definitions. Some are real - and some are words I don't know ...more
When i read them I did have the film at the back of my head when visualizing everything as these three books were the ones that made up the film. But I really enjoyed reading them. They may be for kids, but they ...more
The Bad Begining: Starts off with Sunny, Klaus & Violet at the beach & Mr. Poe drives in with terrible news... can't share the news. Have to read the book to find out. =)
The Reptile Room: The family has to leave Count Olaf and go to another care takers to prevent him from taking their family fortune.
The Wide Window: The family has to leave uncle Monty's after tragedy comes knocking at their door.
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