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 (book pictured above) to review and realised I just had to watch the Netflix TV series, which I am now doing, at the same time as reading all the books!
So without further ado… I present…
The Austere Academy
(A Series of Unfortunate Events Book 5)
by Lemony Snicket and Brett Helquist
UK READERS: Check out the series here! (New versions!)
My First Thoughts?
Finally the Baudelaire children have some allies that are not flaky! (I’m rooting for them to stick with these most unfortunate kids. They could do with some luck, however short-lived!)
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 Austere Academy the siblings face snapping crabs, strict punishments, dripping fungus, comprehensive exams, violin recitals, S.O.R.E. and the metric system.
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? Yep, I am going to
bore you share my Lemony Snicket love and devotion — ten more times! You lucky things, you! If you don’t want to read them all by then, well, I give up! lol
The Bad Beginning (The Friday 56 post).
The Reptile Room (last Friday’s Friday56 Post)
The Wide Window (last Friday56 post)
The Miserable Mill (last Friday’s Friday56 post)
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?’
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.
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
As much as I love my Kindle (see last week’s answer) and I also read from my phone, I am first and foremost a physical book lover and (not-so-secret) book sniffer, so I get a lot of physical books. Housing them is always a problem. But the biggest problem I find is getting rid of a lot of them. And it pains me to even say those words! But due to some heavy ARC restrictions, rules and regulations, some ARCs cannot be passed on to friends, or even given away to charity shops for others to enjoy. Very frustrating! I really dislike throwing them away – so I tend to hang on to them. An awful lot of them. Until I forced to sadly purge…
Where do I get my books?
I buy my books from Amazon, and a support a local bookstore when I can get there. Although, most of my books are sent to me via authors, publishers and I’m very fortunate to be in the Amazon Vine and Amazon Influencer programmes.
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