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The Reptile Room

(A Series of Unfortunate Events #2)

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  193,400 ratings  ·  6,935 reviews
Dear Reader,

If you have picked up this book with the hope of finding a simple and cheery tale, I'm afraid you have picked up the wrong book altogether. The story may seem cheery at first, when the Baudelaire children spend time in the company of some interesting reptiles and a giddy uncle, but don't be fooled. If you know anything at all about the unlucky Baudelaire childr
Paperback, 192 pages
Published September 30th 1999 by Scholastic, Inc.
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Jesse (JesseTheReader)
*I'm not going to rate this, because I've already read this book & stand by my first rating of it.

Even though I've read this series before & I know how unfortunate this story is, it was hard to remember all the details & everything the Baudelaire orphans go through. It seems that every time they're shown a glimmer of hope, it's taken away from them. The relationship between the siblings is incredibly beautiful. They make an unstoppable team & they each pull their weight when needed.
Apr 05, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
While re-reading this series my main question is why the hell is an incompetent banker the only adult helping these children. Like where are the police or social workers????
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In The Bad Beginning, the Baudelaire children lost their parents and everything they had before being shipped off to Count Olaf’s house. Count Olaf would be their caretaker until they were of age. Quickly the children realize that Count Olaf is evil and only wants to get his hands on their inherited fortune. After countless shenanigans, the children are finally whisked away from Count Olaf and Mr. Poe delivers them to Dr. Montg
Mark Lawrence
May 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
So, Celyn and I cruised on to book 2, pausing only for breath.

This book sets a pattern, a formula, that is repeated in each of the books we've read so far.

The children move to a new place.

All the adults are idiots.

Count Olaaf arrives in disguise and at some point a selected member of his theatre troop will show up, also in disguise (someone may have been bumped off to make space for one or both of them).

The children see through his disguise in an instant.

The adults don't believe them.

Count Ol
C.G. Drews
Jan 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
As the good little fan of Lemony Snicket I am, I've decided to reread THEM ALL because I'm watching the Netflix show. And by "good little fan" here I mean "a rabidly obsessed grape who is flailing unnaturally enthusiastically at all hours because loves this series so much."

So this is a reread! I was about 13 when I was first reading this series! And 10 years later and I still adore it to pieces!

Although I admit this one isn't as good as the first one, just because Violet's invention was a really
I love Uncle Monty.

I love Uncle Monty. I love his coconut cake. I love the Incredibly Deadly Viper. I love the movie theater and the popcorn and Zombies in the Snow; I love Monty’s house and his shaped shrubs and his plans to voyage to Peru.

I love the Reptile Room (the place) and I love The Reptile Room (the book).

It is unusual for me to be so teeming with love. I’m not well adjusted to it. I may overdose, or my body might reject the chemical reaction in my brain, or something. BUT I LOVE THIS B
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
I liked this book better than the first just because I loved how Uncle Monty was with the kids. Uncle Monty was a great character too. But alas . . .

And I adored Sunny's relationship with the Incredibly Deadly Viper! The end was sad of course!
Cece (ProblemsOfaBookNerd)
I love this book a lot more than the first one. I think the first book is just introduction to characters, and this one Violet especially begins to establish herself as a character which I LOVE. Also, this one remains one of the most upsetting. I'm excited to see some of these moments play out in the show (which we can now watch?? Oh my god??) because I think they have the potential to be really fun to see on screen. Onto book 3! ...more
R.K. Gold
Jul 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I really love the creative simplicity of these books. Not only with the language but the locations and the occupations and the divide of good and evil. I love how each character has a single identifiable trait and that’s enough. I just, I’m really happy reading these books. They’re clever and charming and warp a boring world into one of description; where a name can tell you just about everything you need to know.
Ahmad Sharabiani
The Reptile Room (A Series of Unfortunate Events #2), Lemony Snicket
The Reptile Room is the second book in the children's series A Series of Unfortunate Events, written by Daniel Handler under the pseudonym Lemony Snicket. The book tells the story of the Baudelaire orphans, as they are sent to live with a distant relative named Montgomery Montgomery. The villainous Count Olaf arrives in an attempt to steal the children's inheritance, killing their guardian but failing to steal the fortune.
Brooke Nelson
Violet Baudelaire is a revolution in the female character construct.

This book is so funny and imaginative and delightfully strange.

But let's talk about Violet. What a positively outstanding character. Gentle and kind and funny and intelligent and sensible and feminine and brave. It just doesn't get better than that.

My Book 1: The Bad Beginning Review
My Book 3: The Wide Window Review

(Connect with me.)
Mohammed Arabey
Jan 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's a cool, cloudy gray grim day...
It's 25th January.. reminds me with the event that triggered all the Series of Unfortunate Events, that increased for many of us lately...
One of them, I read this book now in ebook format.. since all the book stores increased the prices cause of foreign currency crisis.. The book store that used to give us huge discounts as source of happiness for many changed its policy dramatically.. and other one closed all branches in my city...

Well, as I said
Sam Quixote
Wow, this series tanked hard - and so damn soon after a great first book! I kinda expected it to dip in quality gradually, like every series does at some point, but so quickly and by so much in just the second book? That’s impressive!

So the orphaned Baudelaire children, Violet, Klaus and Sunny, are sent to a new distant relative to stay with. This time it’s their Uncle Monty, who’s a herpetologist (a scientist who studies amphibians/reptiles). Then Count Olaf appears and the same charade from t
Kate (GirlReading)
Jan 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: middle-grade
This series is already frustrating me so much. Why does no one listen to the kids? How is Mr. Poe allowed any responsibility? How is Mr. Poe so entirely incompetent? How can I stop becoming physically tense with infuriation every time Mr. Poe is mentioned?
Will these kids ever get a break?
Is the next book going to terrify me half to death like the movie did? (It's the leeches isn't it? It has to be the leeches. I'm certain the leeches must be coming...) I'm infuriated, addicted and loving it. I
¸¸.•*¨*•♫ Mrs. Buttercup •*¨*•♫♪
“It is like walking up the stairs to your bedroom in the dark, and thinking there is one more stair than there is. Your foot falls down, through the air, and there is a sickly moment of dark surprise as you try to readjust the way you thought of things. The Baudelaire orphans were crying not only for their Uncle Monty, but for their own parents, and this dark and curious feeling of falling that accompanies every great loss.”

This second volume was just as enjoyable as the first... and oh how muc
Dec 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
*first read Jan 21*

#RYBSAT seriously though, the ending to each book in The Series of Unfortunate Events makes me cry! This ending tore my heart!
Each book only gets better. I probably loved this one more than The Bad Beginning, if that's even possible. I have to say, Sunny had her shinning moments in this book and is quickly becoming my favorite character! She's just so adorable!

Mr. Snicket's commentary throughout this book was awesome and so hilarious! And his writing is so poetically magnific
This definitely took me longer to read this than I expected but I still loved it!!
Paul E. Morph
Jul 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
The regrettable record of the rotten run of luck of the Baudelaire rugrats rolls recklessly on...
Jan 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook, z2017, childrens
3.5ish Stars.

I was actually liking this one a lot more than the first one right up until the unfortunate event. The unfortunate event was indeed unfortunate but that's not what made me stop liking it as much. I felt it got kind of boring and it dragged out. I did still love the writing and the majority of the storytelling though.

What I found interesting though is how this Lemony Snicket storyteller keeps explaining words to his readers when in the story the adults do it but the children always
Dannii Elle
“How did you do that?” Mr. Poe asked. “Nice girls shouldn’t know how to do such things.”
“My sister is a nice girl,” Klaus said, “and she knows how to do all sorts of things.”
Dec 29, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, young-adult
These books are such fast reads! They also take me back to when I first read them in my last year of primary school, when life was much easier. However, reading the unfortunate events of Sunny, Klaus and Violet's life always makes my life a little better - as horrific as that is.

The children face yet again more trials in The Reptile Room, while fearing Count Olaf. There is no foreshadowing as the author tells you directly who is going to die etc.

Ultimately, these books are just fast reads and
Dec 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone and Everyone
These books are amazing. This book is a little darker than the first. It tells you right from the beginning that Uncle Monty will be killed. Other examples of darkness:

p. 51 ...he would slit the throats of the Baudelaire orphans as easily as you or I might eat a small butter cookie.

p.76 If I wanted to harm you, orphan, your blood would already be pouring down these stairs like a waterfall.

p.88 The hallway was strangely quiet, and blank as the eyes of a skull.

p.96 It is a curious thing, the dea
B Schrodinger
Nov 20, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: childrens
In this second volume, the Baudelaire children are sent to stay with another distant relative who is a herpetologist - studies snakes, therefore the reptile room of the title. What proceeds is another adventure of mishaps and contrived situations that see the children triumph, yet not at the same time.

There is nothing new to report here, I felt the same way about this novel as the last - a little bit creeped out, a lot bored. There is the explaining of words, which I do like and the hint of som
Jan 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017-reads

An improvement compared to the first book, although it was basically the same life lessons. This was another quick read and I really loved the storyline of this one. Violet once again shows her cunning knowledge in tools and devices, Klaus's bookish personality saved their lives, and the adorable Sunny is still that too-mature-to-be-an-infant baby. Count Olaf's Stephano disguise was really funny and ridiculous as well! (view spoiler)
Apr 07, 2017 rated it liked it
"If one's safety is threatened, one often finds courage one didn't know one had."

I like this book better than the first one. Count Olaf took the next step in pursuing the Baudelaire's treasure and it was fun!
I can't help but be frustrated when no one believes the children even though they were telling the truth, but where's the fun if they did believe them right away, right?
Violet, Kalaus and Sunny are one of a kind, their sibling bond is so sturdy and I don't think any unfortunate e
Count Olaf is back at it again!

Violet, Klaus, and Sunny are here too. They are getting closer and closer to a great future after learning about their parents death. They have a new guardian in their lives, Monty. However, he still seems naive just like every other adult in this series. Then there's Count Olaf who is still trying to take the kids fortune.

Sunny is still my absolute favorite character. She just always makes me laugh no matter what. The kid's got spunk and I will forever love to wa
Aug 16, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
For anyone who isn't familiar with Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events, it's a 13 part children's book series that follows the lives of the three Baudelaire children, Violet, Klaus and Sunny after their parents perish in a fire that destroyed their family home. Cheerful right? Honestly, it's wonderful.

The story is told from the narrative perspective of Lemony Snicket. The concept, the literary devices, the language used are all wholly unique to me. The fact that Daniel Handler create
Mar 11, 2016 rated it really liked it


Finished this is one day! It was a great follow up to the first and was much more dark, dreary, and funny. I also really like snakes, so I enjoyed this one a bit more than the first. When I finished it though I couldn't help but wonder HOW this series goes on to 13 books? you can only drag on the same story line for so long until it gets irritating and boring. I can't promise I'll read all 13 but I will try. Now onto the third!

- Richard
Feb 23, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-audiobook
3.5. Enjoyed this much more than the first one! Uncle Monty is seriously great. I mean, I really just want to see these kids be happy, but I can’t help but wonder how Lemony Snicket can make it worse for them...
Ashley Daviau
Jan 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I distinctly remember this book being my favourite out of the whole series as a child and after rereading it, that has definitely proven to be true! But I couldn't really tell you why it's my favourite, it just grabs me like no other in the series did! I just love the Baudelaires and how each of them are so unique yet complement each other so well in escaping Olaf time after time. I'm truly enjoying my reread of this series so much and with two books down and eleven to go, I'm already dreading m ...more
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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)
  • The Bad Beginning (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #1)
  • The Wide Window (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #3)
  • The Miserable Mill (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #4)
  • The Austere Academy (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #5)
  • The Ersatz Elevator (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #6)
  • The Vile Village (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #7)
  • The Hostile Hospital (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #8)
  • The Carnivorous Carnival (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #9)
  • The Slippery Slope (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #10)
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