This week’s Book Beginning and Friday56 choice is…
Continuing with my ‘A Series of Unfortunate Events’ Friday Theme (here’s the last Friday’s post) I am now on to the next book in the series…
Why? I received the lovely book The Incomplete History of Secret Organizations by Joe Tracz (pictured above) to review and realised I just had to watch the Netflix TV series, which I am now doing. Would you believe as part of my new health regime I am exercising every day to one episode of this series? (I watched the whole ‘The Exorcist” series last year by doing this. Yes, I exercised to the exorcist! What a great tongue-twister LOL)
UPDATE : Last Friday I didn’t join in as my blog wasn’t behaving itself by not allowing me to add pictures. It happened again this Sunday and Monday just gone too. I tried everything, rebooting, adding them from my phone, but in the end I had to give up because I’d a hospital appointment to attend (a check up for my Crohn’s), so left it fully intending to come back and do it later, but I got stuck in the Friday night traffic and unexpected A14 road closures and didn’t get back until 8.00pm – we didn’t eat until 9.00 pm – by then I was utterly exhausted and basically just wanted to wind down and get some sleep!
So without further ado… I present…
The Reptile Room
(A Series of Unfortunate Events Book 2)
by Lemony Snicket and Brett Helquist
UK READERS: Check out the series here! (New versions!)
MY FIRST THOUGHTS
There is nothing to be found in Lemony Snicket’s ‘A Series of Unfortunate Events’ but misery and despair. You still have time to choose another international best-selling series to read. But if you insist on discovering the unpleasant adventures of the Baudelaire orphans, then proceed with caution…
Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire are intelligent children. They are charming, and resourceful, and have pleasant facial features. Unfortunately, they are exceptionally unlucky.
In The Reptile Room the siblings endure a car accident, a terrible smell, a deadly serpent, a long knife, a brass reading lamp, and the re-appearance of a person they’d hoped never to see again.
In the tradition of great storytellers, from Dickens to Dahl, comes an exquisitely dark comedy that is both literary and irreverent, hilarious and deftly crafted.
Despite their wretched contents, ‘A Series of Unfortunate Events’ has sold 60 million copies worldwide and been made into a Hollywood film starring Jim Carrey. And in the future things are poised to get much worse, thanks to the forthcoming Netflix series starring Neil Patrick Harris. You have been warned.
Are you unlucky enough to own all 13 adventures?
The Bad Beginning (See last Friday’s post).
The Reptile Room (This post)
The Wide Window (Watch this space. No not this one… next week’s space. Bit tricky as it doesn’t actually exist yet…)
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
And what about All the Wrong Questions? In this four-book series a 13-year-old Lemony chronicles his dangerous and puzzling apprenticeship in a mysterious organisation that nobody knows anything about:
‘Who Could That Be at This Hour?’
‘When Did you Last See Her?’
‘Shouldn’t You Be in School?’
‘Why is This Night Different from All Other Nights?’
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Lemony Snicket was born before you were and is likely to die before you as well. He was born in a small town where the inhabitants were suspicious and prone to riot. He grew up near the sea and currently lives beneath it. Until recently, he was living somewhere else.
ABOUT THE ILLUSTRATOR
Brett Helquist was born in Ganado, Arizona, grew up in Orem, Utah, and now lives in New York City. He earned a bachelor’s degree in fine arts from Brigham Young University and has been illustrating ever since. His art has appeared in many publications, including Cricket magazine and The New York Times.
HAVE YOU READ THIS SERIES?
I can’t wait to visit your blogs to find out. Have a great weekend, may your books be with you!
Luv Sassy X
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