It is now the end of June and I have finished the 6th book in A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket which I am re-reading this year. Now, I am starting to head into books that I don’t know as well, simply because they weren’t included in the film which I have seen a number of times. I talked about the first 3 books here, and this post will discuss books 3-6.
The Miserable Mill – 4/5 Stars
The relationships of the guardians to the Baudelaire orphans start to get a bit more tenuous in this book (if that is even possible). While there is less Olaf in this book, his over-bearing, villainous presence persists throughout. This, I found, made him seem more like a threat as you did not know where he was, what he was planning, or when he would turn up. There was also a larger mix of characters, each one adding to the world’s dynamic and the misfortune of the orphans.
The Austere Academy – 4.5/5 Stars
I think I enjoyed this book a lot more than the previous books in the series. It sees the world of the Baudelaires expand to include some more long-term characters as well as starting to take the series down a slightly different route to the one if began with. More secrets and mysteries are revealed. In the Quagmires we see the first hints that something larger is at work, and they provide the perfect counter-part to the Baudelaire orphans. You can’t help but love the boarding school setting either.
The Ersatz Elevator – 3.5/5 Stars
This book is peculiar. It takes a darker turn in the Baudelaire tale but it also takes a more eccentric one (yes, it is possible). Strangely enough, the Baudelaires don’t actually feel like they are in much danger in this book which, given the darker turn, doesn’t make much sense but it’s true. This book also marks the point where I am really struggling to remember the story properly which make it all the more intriguing. The Baudelaires did seem a bit unappreciative of their new guardians, complaining and sounding spoilt and Esme is very over-the-top, but it was still an easy and enjoyable read, just not up to the standards of The Austere Academy.
So those are the three books in A Series of Unfortunate Events that I read in this quarter of the year. I have to say, I am enjoying re-reading this series, especially since I am reaching the point where I don’t remember the story. The next books I will be reading are: The Vile Village in July, The Hostile Hospital in August and The Carnivorous Carnival in September. If those titles are anything to go by, then this series is going to get a lot more crazy.