zaterdag 30 juni 2012

50 Book Challenge 2012 - # 27: The Reptile Room by Lemony Snicket (A Series of Unfortunate Events #2")

Title: The Reptile Room (A Series of Unfortunate Events # 2)
Author: Lemony Snicket
Story: After narrowly escaping the menacing clutches of the dastardly Count Olaf, the three Baudelaire orphans are taken in by a kindly herpetologist with whom they live happily for an all-too-brief time.
Start: june 28th 2012
End: june 30th 2012
Comment: Fans of Lemony Snicket will not be disappointed with the second book in "The Series of Unfortunate Events". Again we follow Violet, Klaus, and Sunny. In this volume they visit Uncle Monty and they're finally for once since their parents died having a good time. When Uncle Monty tells the children that they will be going on an expedition to study snakes they get even more riled up. But Uncle Monty's assistant mysteriously disappears so he hires a replacement. And off course this is Count Olaf. Uncle Monty is finally an adult who the children like and he likes them just as much. But happiness is not in the Baudelaire's dictionairy, they have bad luck all the time. Snicket has his own way of telling a story. He doesn't patronize his readers, although it's written for kids. Children know more than you think. The author continues using the technique of defining words that do not need be defined in his attempt to ridicule some children books. He even lets Klaus express the frustration some readers may feel when Mr. Poe is explaining to him what ridicule means and Klaus snaps back "I know what 'ridicule' means". As for the characters, it's hard to dislike the Baudelaires and uncle Monty. Violet is still my favorite. Snicket treats his characters the same as his readers. The children in this book are very bright. And again Count Olaf is so.... bad. He is a good bad guy, if you know what I mean. He's well written and very well described. "The Reptile Room" has the same format as the first book and is just as excellent. I enjoyed the second book equally as much and I will definitely continue to read the rest of this series.
Rating: 5/ 5

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