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text 2019-06-17 19:00
Adaption Review: The Vile Village

 

Title: The Vile Village
Show Details: A Series of Unfortunate Events S2. E5&6
Starring: Neil Patrick Harris, Patrick Warburton
Guest Starring: Ithamar Enriquez, Mindy Sterling
Release Date: March 30, 2018
Length: Episode 1 - 48 min

             Episode 2 - 41 min

 

Favourite character: Klaus
Crush: Jacques
Least Favourite character: Olaf

 

Mini-review: This was a good adaption, lots of additional material, but one thing I love is how much more they’re including the henchmen. I also love how the hook-handed man has mentally adopted Sunny and has proud dad moments.

 

Complaints: I don’t have as many complaints as I thought I would, but one thing is how TV Mr. Poe is like 10% more terrible or stupid, I can’t tell which. But like, he’s completely fine with burning the Baudelaires at the stake because “Rules are rules and we have to follow the rules.”

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2019-06-17 18:52
Review: The Vile Village by Lemony Snicket
The Vile Village: Book the Seventh (A Series of Unfortunate Events) - Lemony Snicket

Title: The Vile Village
Author: Lemony Snicket
Series: A Series of Unfortunate Events, 7
Format: ebook
Length: N/A
Rating: 4 stars

 

Synopsis: Dear Reader,

You have undoubtedly picked up this book by mistake, so please put it down. Nobody in their right mind would read this particular book about the lives of Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire on purpose, because each dismal moment of their stay in the village of V.F.D. has been faithfully and dreadfully recorded in these pages. I can think of no single reason why anyone would want to open a book containing such unpleasant matters as migrating crows, an angry mob, a newspaper headline, the arrest of innocent people, the Deluxe Cell, and some very strange hats. It is my solemn and sacred occupation to research each detail of the Baudelaire children's lives and write them all down, but you may prefer to do some other solemn and sacred thing, such as reading another book instead.

With all due respect,

Lemony Snicket

 

Favourite character: Klaus
Least favourite character: Olaf

 

Mini-review: I love how independent Sunny’s becoming. And Isadora’s inventiveness with her poems. Honestly, I always find this one a bit forgettable, except for Jacques’ death.

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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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quote 2018-01-31 01:45
I'm sorry to say that he was extremely prone to error, a phrase which here means "always had a cough, and had placed the three Baudelaire children in an assortment of dangerous positions."
The Vile Village - Lemony Snicket

 

Chapter 1

 

Referring to Mr. Poe

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text 2017-02-19 20:26
Week 7 of 2017
The Ersatz Elevator - Michael Kupperman,Lemony Snicket,Brett Helquist
The Vile Village - Lemony Snicket
The Hostile Hospital - Brett Helquist,Lemony Snicket
Champagne for One - Rex Stout,Lena Horne
Black Orchids - Rex Stout
The Silent Speaker - Rex Stout,Walter Mosley

 Books Read: 6

 

The Ersatz Elevator, The Vile Village, The Hostile Hospital: I'm continuing A Series of Unfortunate Events, hoping to finish by the end of this month. Sunny, Klaus, and Violet begin to investigate the VFD after the loss of the Quagmire triplets. At the end of The Vile Village the series breaks off from it's usual search for a guardian for the siblings and leaves them to fend for themselves completely. 4 1/2 stars.

 

Champagne For One, Black Orchids, The Silent Speaker: I stated last week in my round-up that going back and re-reading the Nero Wolfe books I enjoyed them even more than the first time, this continues to be accurate. Champagne For One is my favorite of the three I've finished this week (5 stars), Black Orchids comes in second (4 1/2 stars), and The Silent Speaker comes last (3 1/2 stars).

 

Ongoing Reads: 1

 

The Invention of Murder: How the Victorians Reveled in Death and Detection and Created Modern Crime: I'm still working my way through this. Reading this, I have to say, not much has changed in regards to how people behave during and after a murder investigation.

 

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