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I hope, for your sake, that you have not chosen to read this book because you are in the mood for a pleasant experience. If this is the case, I advise you to put this book down instantaneously, because of all the books describing the unhappy lives of the Baudelaire orphans, The Miserable Mill might be the unhappiest yet. Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire are sent to Paltryville to work in a lumber mill, and they find disaster and misfortune lurking behind every log. The pages of this book, I'm sorry to inform you, contain such unpleasantries as a giant pincher machine, a bad casserole, a man with a cloud of smoke where his head should be, a hypnotist, a terrible accident resulting in injury, and coupons. I have promised to write down the entire history of these three poor children, but you haven't, so if you prefer stories that are more heartwarming, please feel free to make another selection.

With all due respect,

Lemony Snicket

Ages 10+

Topics: Illustrated, Metafiction, Adventurous, Black Humor, Dark, Suspenseful, Absurdist , Orphans, Gothic, Siblings, Greed, Secrets, Unreliable Narrator, and 21st Century

Published: HarperCollins on Oct 13, 2009
ISBN: 9780061757167
List price: $8.99
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This book has the Baudelaire orphans working like dogs. At a lumber mill. Even thought this is very unfit for them they can still be their smart, persistent, selves and work on an amazing way to try and stop Olaf.read more
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This book is slightly different from the first 3 as the identity of Count Olaf is revealed quite late on- there are several sinister and mysterious characters who could be him. It was an enjoyable read, but not as funny as the first 3.read more
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This book was one of the more boring books in the series "A series of Unfortunate Events." I recommend this to children who like these books.read more
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This book has the Baudelaire orphans working like dogs. At a lumber mill. Even thought this is very unfit for them they can still be their smart, persistent, selves and work on an amazing way to try and stop Olaf.
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This book is slightly different from the first 3 as the identity of Count Olaf is revealed quite late on- there are several sinister and mysterious characters who could be him. It was an enjoyable read, but not as funny as the first 3.
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This book was one of the more boring books in the series "A series of Unfortunate Events." I recommend this to children who like these books.
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Omg! I can't say I can't believe that happened to the Baudelaire Orphans but like I say before, this isn't just "another" children book. This is a SURREAL REALITY kinda of children book, where there hadn't had a happy ending. YET!For followers of this series, you all know where the kids are from, but for new, I suggest reading from the first book to know what exactly been going on. The Unfortunate Events Series brings you the story of the Baudelaire Orphans, Violet (the oldest and the inventor), Klaus (second borned and the genius bookworm) and Violet (youngest and the biter). Their parent died from horrible fire that burnt their house down to the ground and since then they have been moving from home to another starting from Count Olaf (who'se determined to get the Baudelaire Orphan's fortune) to their Uncle Monty's Reptile House and their Phobic Aunt Josephine. Things hadn't improved since we last seen the Baudelaire Orphans. Mr Poe, their fortunes caretaker until Violet comes to an age, took them to their next guardian who's the owner of the Lucky Smells Lumbermill in Paltryville, where they are made to work in the mill and they shared the place to sleep with the rest of the workers. Close to their cabin, to their horror a building that resembled the mark of Count Olaf!In this Lucky Smells Lumbermills the only option of food for them is Gum and occasionally bits and pieces of food from Charles, their guardian's partner, one of the good people they know there, next to Phil, the extreme optimist who tried to look things in their bright side. Their foreman, named Foreman Flacutono, who just won't give them a break, and also one of the pawns to make the Baudelaire Orphans' life as miserable as the place itself. With the simple prank by him, Klaus was sent to the building that bears the mark of the feared Count Olaf (who seems to be missing) and came out all wrong. He was hypnotized! While he was under it, he did things unimaginable!But of course adults just never listen in this story. Sad isn't it.
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Summary: the Baudelairs are staying with an Uncle who owns a truly "miserable" mill. But who knew that their own Uncle would put them to work! But what will they find in that library of his?Review: Eh
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Fourth in A Series of Unfortunate Events. I didn't like this one as much as the previous three. The lumber mill setting was just too ridiculous. Fortunately, some important new characters are introduced in the fifth book, so it is still worth continuing, and the plots become less formulaic as the series progresses after this point.
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