Still reading Harry Potter (it sure is harder to whip through the series when you have to work 5 days a week, I’ll tell ya that) with absolute glee.
Another excerpt from the Weasley Files of Past Reviews -
I thought I better tell anyone that does not know, that A Series of Unfortunate Events ROCKS! I’m talking Book One to Book Thirteen.
It's hilarious in its ludicrousness. There’s a truly interesting mystery involving the letters VFD that links the books, there’s the fact that despite how crazy and insanely funny the plots are you still truly care about the Baudelaire orphans.
Maybe I need to summarize the plot for those of you who have never heard of the books (where have you been, may I ask?) or don't know what they're about.
Three siblings: Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire, are at the beach one day when they get the horrifying news that their parents have died in a fire that has engulfed and destroyed their entire home. They get shipped off to their new guardian only to find out he is a terrible actor named Count Olaf who ends up being cruel, cunning, and ridiculous all at the same time – not to mention he has a wee bit of an obsession with their inheritance. Though they continually ruin his dastardly plans with their sharp minds and strong bond, he always manages to escape and is on their tails yet again.
That’s a very generic way to summarize the novels – but let me just tell you, there is nothing, and I mean nothing generic about these books. They are a breath of fresh air among novels. They are more than just amusing – they bring about a fanciful, almost fairy-tale aspect to the story – soaked in maximum entertainment. Meanwhile, your vocabulary is constantly being enlarged by Mr. Snicket’s outrageous words and dictionary-like lessons.
They are laced with a satirical humor that is absolutely impossible not to enjoy – and I mean by any age. So ignore the little age appropriate label on the back. I’m sure children like them immensely – but I can’t help but believe that when you’re a bit older (of any age, really) you can catch jokes you’d miss when you’re younger.
So, in conclusion, you have absolutely no reason to not pick them up and join the bandwagon.
Seriously, DO NOT DEPRIVE YOURSELF!!!
The Order of the Series for your Convenience:
The Bad Beginning
The Reptile Room
The Wide Window
The Miserable Mill
The Austere Academy
The Ersatz Elevator
The Vile Village
The Hostile Hospital
The Carnivorous Carnival
The Slippery Slope
The Grim Grotto
The Penultimate Peril