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The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket 
6th-Dec-2004 05:37 am
Title: A Bad Beginning
Author: Lemony Snicket
Reader Rating: 4 (out of 5)

Book 1 of the Series of Unfortunate Events. Read it in about an hour or so. The Baudelaire children find themselves in the care of a very distant (and cruel) relative after their parents' death. This is the beginning of their unfortunate adventures as orphans.

I was expecting something a lot different when I started reading this book. I enjoyed this book, but it wasn't what I expected it to be. I found it a little jarring how the omnipresent narrator would suddenly start defining words in the middle of sentence, but I can see how that would be important for children who have no interest in dictionaries.

The book was absorbing. The plot was a little thin, but I had to see what happened to the children. Yes, it is slightly despressing for a children's novel--morose, even--but it's an interesting read. I couldn't help hoping that something good happened to those children, but as we all know, this isn't the case. I'll defintely read the later books.
31st-Jul-2005 02:26 am (UTC)
I like this series a lot, but feel it's gone on long enough. Thirteen books are going to be plenty. I love the 18th or 19th century atmosphere in the books.
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