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review 2018-05-26 03:29
When Did You See Her Last? - Seth,Lemony Snicket

For more reviews, check out my blog: Craft-Cycle

Overall, a good read, especially for fans of Lemony Snicket and his unique narration style. 

This book contains a new wrong question and a new mystery while continuing the larger scheme from the first book. It picks up right where the first book left off. There are more strange characters and new developments regarding Kit. It is a good mystery story.

I didn't like this one as much as the first one. I can't quite put my finger on why, but I think this one dragged on a bit more than the first. I wanted it to move a bit quicker. The story was interesting, but it was a bit slow at times. 

Great artwork, as with the first book. And like the first book, the audio narration is well done. Good job, Original Klaus Baudelaire. 

Overall, a good read and I definitely want to continue the series, but it didn't live up to the excitement I felt reading the first book in the series. Can't wait to see what else Stain'd-by-the-Sea has in store for young Snicket.

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review 2018-05-11 14:39
Who Could That Be At This Hour? - Lemony Snicket,Seth

For more reviews, check out my blog: Craft-Cycle

As with The Series of Unfortunate Events, this book is not altogether satisfying at the end and leaves more questions asked than answered, but it is still an entertaining mystery story. 

I enjoyed learning more about Lemony Snicket's youth and how he got his start. 

I loved the mystery and the various twists and turns. Yes, there are a few twists that are pretty obvious ("Come on, Snicket, step up your game. Who's the first person you always suspect in a fancy-pants mystery in a mansion?), but it is still an interesting book. 

As far as the audiobook itself was concerned, I enjoyed it. I listened to the audiobook of Hatchet before this, whose narrator had a really low voice that was hard to hear. In comparison, Liam Aiken did a very good job. Bonus points for changing his voice in the dialogue. 

The book ends by setting up the second book in the series, much like the misadventures of the Baudelaires, which again is a bit unsatisfying, but it did make me want to continue the series. You successfully snagged a reader intent on finishing the series. Bravo, Snicket. 

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review 2018-02-25 02:49
The Slippery Slope
The Slippery Slope - Michael Kupperman,Lemony Snicket,Brett Helquist


The tenth book in this outrageous publishing effort features more than the usual dose of distressing details, such as snow gnats, an organised troupe of youngsters, an evil villain with a dastardly plan, a secret headquarters and some dangerous antics you should not try at home. With the weather turning colder, this is one chilling book you would be better off without. (From Amazon)


The title of this book refers not only to the mountain the Baudelaire children find themselves on but also to the slippery slope that could lead them to become villains. The Baudelaires are challenged to save their sister and find out the secrets of VFD without comprising their principles.


The performance of Tim Curry (who reads the story) is flawless - to the point where I forget who I'm listening to. His portrayal of Count Olaf is deliciously evil.

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text 2018-02-19 04:17
# 7, 8, 9 in The Series of Unfortunate Events
The Vile Village - Lemony Snicket
The Hostile Hospital - Brett Helquist,Lemony Snicket
The Carnivorous Carnival - Lemony Snicket

In The Vile Village, an entire village decides to adopt the Baudelaire orphans. But, instead of taking care of them, the villagers just put them to work. Nothing goes easy for the Baudelaires but they pull together to survive and protect each other. 


From Amazon re: The Hostile Hospital.

In Lemony Snicket's eighth ghastly installment in A Series of Unfortunate Events, I'm sorry to say that the Baudelaire orphans will spend time in a hospital where they risk encountering a misleading newspaper headline, unnecessary surgery, an intercom system, anesthesia, heart-shaped balloons, and some very startling news about a fire.

From Amazon re: The Carnivorous Carnival.

A carnival is a place for good family fun—as long as one has a family, that is. For the Baudelaire orphans, their time at the carnival turns out to be yet another episode in a now unbearable series of unfortunate events. In fact, in this appalling ninth installment in Lemony Snicket's serial, the siblings must confront a terrible lie, a caravan, and Chabo the wolf baby.


Throughout the three books, the Baudelaires find more clues about the initials VFD and what happened to their parents. Then again, everything they learn only leads to more questions. Count Olaf continues his villanous behavior and efforts to get his hands on the Baudelaire fortune. The warnings from Snicket to stop reading still make me laugh as do his explanations of what words mean (always set in the context of the story).


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text 2018-02-18 04:02
# 4, 5, 6 in The Series of Unfortunate Events
The Miserable Mill - Lemony Snicket
The Austere Academy - Michael Kupperman,Lemony Snicket,Brett Helquist
The Ersatz Elevator - Brett Helquist,Lemony Snicket,Michael Kupperman

The Miserable Mill and The Austere Academy are books 4 & 5 in the series. Both involve the same plotline as books 2 & 3... No one ever recognizes Count Olaf in his ridiculous costumes except the Baudelaires, and no one ever believes them. And in the end, when Count Olaf is finally discovered, he escapes. In the Miserable Mill, the children are forced to work in a lumber mill, and the Austere Academy takes place in a boarding school. At the school, the Baudelaires finally meet some friends their own age who believe them.


In the Ersatz Elevator, the formula finally changes. The Baudelaires are adopted by a wealthy family near where their home burned down. As the back of the book says,

"Even though their new home in the city is fancy, and the children are clever and charming, I'm sorry to say that still, the unlucky orphans will encounter more disaster and woe. In fact, in this sixth book in A Series of Unfortunate Events, the children will experience a darkened staircase, a red herring, an auction, parsley soda, some friends in a dire situation, a secret passageway, and pinstripe suits."


I was thrilled at a change and having someone else to root for and someone else to hate. The characters are quirky and outlandish, but fun to read about.


The mystery deepens...

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