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SOON TO BE A NETFLIX ORIGINAL SERIES

Dear Reader,

If you have not read anything about the Baudelaire orphans, then before you read even one more sentence, you should know this: Violet, Klaus, and Sunny are kindhearted and quick-witted, but their lives, I am sorry to say, are filled with bad luck and misery. All of the stories about these three children are unhappy and wretched, and this one may be the worst of them all.If you haven't got the stomach for a story that includes a hurricane, a signalling device, hungry leeches, cold cucumber soup, a horrible villain, and a doll named Pretty Penny, then this book will probably fill you with despair.I will continue to record these tragic tales, for that is what I do. You, however, should decide for yourself whether you can possibly endure this miserable story.

With all due respect,

Lemony Snicket

Topics: Orphans, Suspenseful, Adventurous, Absurdist , Dark, Siblings, Gothic, Whimsical, 21st Century, Black Humor, Metafiction, Unreliable Narrator, and Hurricanes

Published: HarperCollins on
ISBN: 9780061757150
List price: $6.99
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The tone of these books actually really starts to get on your nerves, after a while, at least if you're an adult and the condescending tone really starts to wear on you. The quirkiness of some of it -- like Auntie Josephine's neuroses and her love of grammar -- is ladled on, and the 'dark' aspect of it just gets repetitive and irritating. As a single book, it's okay, but more than that gets tiresome. To me, anyway.

Consequently, I'm going to remove all of these books from my to read list.more
It's hard to rate books in a series, especially when the series has thirteen books. In the case of A Series of Unfortunate Events each book, through the third, has been better than its predecessor, but I wouldn't say that book three deserves an extra star over book one. How can I denote its superiority to the other books?

Though The Wide Window follows the pattern set forth in the previous two books, its selling point was that it was much more humorous. Aunt Josephine was hilarious, yet she was also a tragic character, and her interactions with the Baudelaires were among the series' best so far. It's not until book three that the characters start to seem comfortable with their roles. It's becoming natural for Violet to invent, Klaus to piece things together, and Sunny to bite, though at times it still feels a little forced.

The formula is on the verge of growing tiresome and I believe it can only last one more book before it breaks. I have heard that the formula changes periodically in the series, a very wise move for Handler, but I'm hoping either book 4 or 5 mark the changing point.

The kids enjoyed this one more than its predecessors as well. They found Jospehine and her gifts to the children to be very funny.

If I were to assign the books a more specific rating—which I will probably do from this point on to distinguish the many three stars this series will likely earn—it would be as follows.

The Bad Beginning3.1
The Reptile Room3.2
The Wide Window3.6more
This is where the series slowly begins to pick up. A good story with interesting, though damnable characters.more
This is another funny tale from Lemony Snicket, which some may find repetitive, but I think that children love stories where they can predict what will happen. The prose is as delightful and witty as ever.more
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The tone of these books actually really starts to get on your nerves, after a while, at least if you're an adult and the condescending tone really starts to wear on you. The quirkiness of some of it -- like Auntie Josephine's neuroses and her love of grammar -- is ladled on, and the 'dark' aspect of it just gets repetitive and irritating. As a single book, it's okay, but more than that gets tiresome. To me, anyway.

Consequently, I'm going to remove all of these books from my to read list.more
It's hard to rate books in a series, especially when the series has thirteen books. In the case of A Series of Unfortunate Events each book, through the third, has been better than its predecessor, but I wouldn't say that book three deserves an extra star over book one. How can I denote its superiority to the other books?

Though The Wide Window follows the pattern set forth in the previous two books, its selling point was that it was much more humorous. Aunt Josephine was hilarious, yet she was also a tragic character, and her interactions with the Baudelaires were among the series' best so far. It's not until book three that the characters start to seem comfortable with their roles. It's becoming natural for Violet to invent, Klaus to piece things together, and Sunny to bite, though at times it still feels a little forced.

The formula is on the verge of growing tiresome and I believe it can only last one more book before it breaks. I have heard that the formula changes periodically in the series, a very wise move for Handler, but I'm hoping either book 4 or 5 mark the changing point.

The kids enjoyed this one more than its predecessors as well. They found Jospehine and her gifts to the children to be very funny.

If I were to assign the books a more specific rating—which I will probably do from this point on to distinguish the many three stars this series will likely earn—it would be as follows.

The Bad Beginning3.1
The Reptile Room3.2
The Wide Window3.6more
This is where the series slowly begins to pick up. A good story with interesting, though damnable characters.more
This is another funny tale from Lemony Snicket, which some may find repetitive, but I think that children love stories where they can predict what will happen. The prose is as delightful and witty as ever.more
This is a rather sad story so if you are looking for something to cheer you up do not read this story! I would however highly recommend this book to horror story readers and people who are maybe a little bit to happy. This is in fact one of the best books I have ever read, Even though it is sad, you just can't stop reading it. This book is age appropriate for ages nine through fourteen. I highly recommend this, and all the other books in this series. I love how the author jumps in and tells about his life, and his lost love Beatrice. Lemony Snicket does a wonderful job in writing and I look forward to reading many more of his books.more
Daniel Handler, aka Lemony Snicket, continues to come up with new ways of doing the same things.more
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