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The Hostile Hospital

(A Series of Unfortunate Events #8)

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  85,344 Ratings  ·  2,134 Reviews

The Baudelaires need a safe place to stay - somewhere far away from terrible villains and local police. A quiet refuge where misfortune never visits. Might Heimlich Hospital be just the place? In Lemony Snicket′s eighth ghastly instalment in A Series of Unfortunate Events, I′m sorry to say that the Baudelaire Orphans will spend time in a hospital where they risk encounteri

Kindle Edition, 284 pages
Published March 17th 2009 by HarperCollins (first published September 4th 2001)
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Sally I would recommend starting from the start, but the usual middle part of the book is more of the present than the past, so it's not horrible if you…moreI would recommend starting from the start, but the usual middle part of the book is more of the present than the past, so it's not horrible if you start in the middle of this series.(less)
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C.G. Drews
Apr 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens, read-2018
Is this the CREEPIEST ONE or what?!? (Also yes still continuing my reread as I watch the S2 of Netflix's version...and there's only one left before the season ends. sobsob) So this one always freaked me out as a smol!reader and now as a slightly-tol!reader it still freaks me out. Glad to see I've matured. But it's a hospital and there are rusty knives and decapitation plots. AND PEOPLE WONDER WHY I READ DARK BOOKS NOW AS AN ADULT.

Also I have questions about why this hospital was so filthy and if
Mark Lawrence
The Hostile Hospital (book 8 of 13) is the first volume (I believe) to introduce the idea that the children themselves have to do things to survive that, while understandable, are not 'noble' when viewed in isolation. This begins in earnest the theme of noble vs villainous people that dominates to the end of the series.

It demonstrates an increasing sophistication in the novels, perhaps born of the idea that the audience were growing older over the years that the books were published.

In previous
This is your friendly reminder that I LOVE THIS SERIES SO MUCH.

This series ranks among cookies and coffee and Alice's Adventures in Wonderland for things in this world that I purely love, without complication or exception.

Also, I now understand why I am the way that I am. Clearly, nine-year-old me (who wasn't allowed to read Harry Potter past a certain point in the evening because if I did I'd get nightmares) was NOT equipped to handle this book, wherein a fourteen year old girl is drugged for t
I liked it but I feel like the main reason I'm reading this is to catch up with my reading challenge. I also want to find out about V.F.D and all the other mysteries.
Mia (Parentheses Enthusiast)
Alright, I am hereby aborting my mission to finish this series. Here is my reasoning:

1. Every book has the same exact formulaic plot.

2. Every book has versions of same exact characters doing the same exact things.

3. The person who recommended I read these is no longer in my life*.

4. After reading 7.5 out of 13 books, I still know next to nothing about the overarching mystery.

5. Too much teasing. Snicket has to realise that if you keep dangling the answer in front of the reader's face and snatchi
Dec 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2017

“Tra la la, Fiddle dee dee,
Hope you get well soon.
Ho ho ho, hee hee hee,
Have a heart-shaped balloon.”

This was my last book read in 2017. Great book to end the year, to be honest.
The last couple of the series weren’t too exciting nor with an interesting story, but in this one there’s once again the main spirit of this series.
After the escaping from the Village the kids end up in a Hospital, but it’s no common hospital there.

Count Olaf’s disguise in here was pretty cool. We don’t get a “re
“We are Volunteers Fighting Disease
And we’re cheerful all day long.
If someone said we were sad,
That person would be wrong.

We visit people who are ill,
And try to make them smile,
Even if their noses bleed
Or if they cough up bile

Tra la la, Fiddle Dee dee,
Hope you get well soon
Ho ho ho, hee hee hee
Have a heart shaped balloon

We visit people who are ill,
And try and make them laugh,
Even when the doctor says he
Must saw them in half.

We sing and sing all night and day,
And then we sing some mor
Feb 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Okay I changed my mind, THAT one was my favorite so far. I really REALLY like that Sunny is beginning to use more words. The mystery of VFD and Beatrice is still killing me. On to the 9th!! :)
Kate (GirlReading)
3.75* Once again, this was a fun addition to the series, although I did feel it felt a little like a 'filler' book! Not the most memorable of the series so far but it still had me turning the pages, feeling intrigued as to what is going on! I would just like a little more development as there's a lot of teasing going on, which has been intrigued but I'd be glad for some kind of revelation at some point soon... :')
Richard Denney
Apr 17, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

This was full of action! I felt like there wasn't a moment to breathe and I loved that about it. It was fast paced and fun and mysterious and that ending? These kids are brave as hell.

Why did Esme wink at them?
Who survived the fire?
What does Olaf really have to do with any of this?

I'm excited for The Carnivorous Carnival!

Now on to book 9!! :D

- Richard or Drahcir or Ardichar
Oct 26, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: imaginaries
The Baudelaire's start taking matters into their own hands...

I enjoyed the climax scene in this book because it is the biggest close-call yet! Klaus is amazing, and is amazing in the climax scene.

Favorite quote from this book:
"There are many things in this world I do not know. I do not know how butterflies get out of their cocoons without damaging their wings. I do not know why anyone would boil vegetables when roasting them is tastier. I do not know how to make olive oil, and I do not know why
Ashley Daviau
Feb 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Every time I pick up one of these books, they never fail to make me laugh. They're just so hilariously unbelievable and I love every minute of it! I think this is one of the ones where it strikes me the most though. It's really crazy the things that these poor orphans go through and really unbelievable that they've actually made it this far! I really love this book in particular because it shows that even good people do not so good things sometimes to escape bad situations and that's just part o ...more
Carlos Peguer
Feb 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
Para Beatrice: el verano sin ti es frío como el invierno, el invierno sin ti es aún más frío.

Este me ha gustado muchísimo, de verdad. La saga sólo va a mejor. Y como no se descubra pronto lo que significa VFD me va a dar una crisis nerviosa. Digo.
I re-read the first six books last year. I thought I was up to to this one so I'll have to go back and read book 7 again next, but I loved this. It was always one of my favourites in the series!
Hafsa Sabira
Oct 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Leaving this series for right now with this book. What I have realized is that this series can actually be a bit depressing. Unlike almost every other children literature out there,this book promises a sad ending and being true to his words,Lemony Snicker actually brings unhappy endings in every single book.

It's true that the world is a sad place and there's just too much cruelty everywhere. But Snicket's world has extraordinary amount of cruelty and misjudgment, enhanced by million times under
Aimee Meester
Mar 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who like to Suffer
aaaaand this is where everything really starts to go downhill. I don't think I recognized just how creepy/horrifying this was when I was younger, but now, it has an added dose of anxiety and horror to make the experience even better. But the best part of this by far is the moral strength, the love and loyalty, the cleverness and heart that's in it. (Don't even talk to me about the conspiracies it's bringing up and the plot secrets I need to unravel.)

Basically this is my favorite series of all ti
Nov 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017, books
Yeesh! That was disturbing.

And cue the PTSD! If these poor children weren't irrevocably traumatized for life already they certainly are now!

Aug 14, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favoritebooks
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John Velo
Jun 04, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: listenedto
I am struggling to continue with this series. Literally, what's making me continue is because I want to know what happens before the TV series comes out but it's really getting irritating to read similar events happen in every single book.

This is the 8th installment of the series and there's still a lot of unanswered mysteries.

But, one thing that sets this one apart from the others is when Claus and Sunny save Violet from Olaf and his associates. For a repetitive book, that was a scene that's
falling asleep reading
“Maybe we're becoming villains after all.”

I don’t understand why I used to dislike this book so much! It’s so good. It was interesting to see how the two youngest Baudelaires fended for themselves without big sister Violet to help them. This book also marks the start of Olaf slowly but surely losing his theatre troupe members until he (eventually) ends up completely and utterly alone as he deserves.

The Baudelaire children are so brave. That epic ending. It's awfully sad that they're comparing t
Magda S
May 02, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ένα ακόμη πολύ ενδιαφέρον βιβλίο της σειράς, αν και αρκετά πιο σκοτεινό σε σχέση με τα προηγούμενα, με την απόγνωση να ξεχειλίζει από παντού. Έχει επίσης και ενδιαφέροντα hints για τους γονείς των παιδιών και την Ε.Α.Π.
Kimberley doruyter
getting a little irratated
Liv (Оља)
3.5, as always.
Sara Williams
Book #1 of a 24h marathon on the 26th of April 2015

Very Lemony Snicket-y as usual.
There's not much to say about these series for now...
I am expecting something huge to come out of the last few books, and my hunger for the truth about Beatrice and the Snicket family and the fire is increasing every volume I read.
I look forward to picking up the rest of the series.
Amanda Bishop
Considering the fact that these stories originated in the dark and questionable recesses of Lemony Snicket's imagination, I don't know why I'm still surprised by the events of each book, but I am. I'm surprised that adults, who are supposed to be at least somewhat sensible, would believe that three children - one of whom is a baby - are murderers, but if it's strange, dire, and extremely unpleasant, Snicket puts his characters through it. This book has some of the most unpleasant events seen yet ...more
Aug 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, youth
I am now stuck with the VFD song stuck in my head! Tim Curry really brought it to life. It is both annoying and amusing. This was so engaging to listen to! Esme is still crazy about what is in. What if she was told crime was out? Would she stop? I wonder... It was nerve wrecking when the siblings are seperated. This hospital is bizarre in how they handle things and their volunteers are nuts! I felt bad for the patients that needed real help. Seriously-wh can't they stop and simply get someone a ...more
Timothy Urges
Bruna Miranda
GENTE, essa série tem ficado mais sinistra do que eu esperava, mas adorando <3 E o audiobook é DEMAIS! O narrador é maravilhoso, vários efeitos de áudio que dão um tcham pra história :)))
~~3.5 stars~~
Jul 25, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 3-star
Mini Review: Pretty solid addition to the series. I liked that the formula was a little different than usual, with the kids on the run with people chasing them in the hospital rather than being sent to a new guardian. Not my favorite, but pretty good.
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Lemony Snicket had an unusual education and a perplexing youth and now endures a despondent adulthood. His previous published works include the thirteen volumes in A Series of Unfortunate Events, The Composer is Dead, and 13 Words. His new series is All The Wrong Questions.

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Other books in the series

A Series of Unfortunate Events (1 - 10 of 13 books)
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  • The Reptile Room (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #2)
  • The Wide Window (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #3)
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