A Series of Unfortunate Events

Since I’ve started another Lemony Snicket book… I figured I’d have to do review A Series of Unfortunate Events…

The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket     description:

Dear Reader,

I’m sorry to say that the book you are holding in your hands is extremely unpleasant. It tells an unhappy tale about three very unlucky children. Even though they are charming and clever, the Baudelaire siblings lead lives filled with misery and woe. From the very first page of this book when the children are at the beach and receive terrible news, continuing on through the entire story, disaster lurks at their heels. One might say they are magnets for misfortune.

In this short book alone, the three youngsters encounter a greedy and repulsive villain, itchy clothing, a disastrous fire, a plot to steal their fortune, and cold porridge for breakfast.

It is my sad duty to write down these unpleasant tales, but there is nothing stopping you from putting this book down at once and reading something happy, if you prefer that sort of thing.

With all due respect,
Lemony Snicket

bad book


These books are hard to review apart… they run into each other as well a series of unfortunate events… and that title describes them very well… there are no happy endings here… and honestly no answers… you’ll reach the end of the 13th book and find that you have no idea what’s going on… and that’s honestly part of the charm… Snicket sees the world full of adults that are either oblivious or idiots… or just evil… but even the bad guys aren’t as they seem… nothing is as it seems… these books are about as different as it gets… and not made for an every day read but sometimes it’s nice just for a change…

The one thing that does get irritating about them… and even the new book I’m reading by him… is that he likes to define any ‘big’ word he uses… whether its the narrator defining it or the character speaking… and some of his definitions are a little suspect if I do says so myself…

But my favorite part of all his books is that the whole books is a story… whether it’s the descriptions on the back (as seen above) or the dedications… even Lemony Snicket is the story as that is just the pen name he gave his own character… the man who is searching down the answers… the man who is just as involved as the Baudelaire orphans…

And I just don’t know how to rate this book

5 STARS: for originality and down right absurdity that drew me in

3 STARS: because really that was too many definintions

2 STARS: for not giving me any answers

4 STARS: for being so awesome I really don’t care that you didn’t give me any answers

In the end though, my favorite part was the biography that did give a little behind the scenes info…

The Unauthorized Autobiography      description:

A Warning from the Publisher:

Many readers have questions about Lemony Snicket, author of the distressing serial concerning the trials of the charming but unlucky Baudelaire orphans, published under the collective title A Series of Unfortunate Events. Before purchasing, borrowing, or stealing this book, you should be aware that it contains the answers to some of those questions, such as the following:

1. Who is Lemony?

2. Is there a secret organization I should know about?

3. Why does Lemony Snicket spend his time researching and writing distressing books concerning the Baudelaire orphans?

4. Why do all of Lemony Snicket’s books contain a sad dedication to a woman named Beatrice?

5. If there’s nothing out there, what was that noise?

Our advice to you is that you find a book that answers less upsetting questions than this one. Perhaps your librarian, bookseller, or parole officer can recommend a book that answers the question, “Aren’t ponies adorable?”


The Unauthorized Autobiography        5 STARS

Like I said… he made himself a part of the books… so this actually ties into several of the books that had been written by the time this one came out… though I don’t think it carries all through the series… still… this is one to read along side the other books… of course it’s all just as much fiction as The Bad Beginning… but it’s fun to see how he links himself to the books… and the research he’s done… the pictures that are in there and all… I mean if you’re going to read the others… there’s just no way you can’t read this…


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