Sunday, 4 November 2012

Litsperartion #1

This is Aunt Josephine's house from Series of Unfortunate Events: The Wide Window.

Book review of Series of Unfortunate Events: The Reptile Room

Violet, Klaus, and Sunny hope that all their misfortune is over; there will be no more house fires, no more weddings, and no more Count Olaf. But as they drive down the road to their new home, they can’t shake the feeling that there are still terrible things to come! So they are pleasantly surprised their new guardian, Uncle Monty, is a kindhearted herpetologist that is planning a trip to Peru and intends to take all three orphans with him. But when his intern, Gustav, quits unexpectedly and hires a new one who goes by the name of Stephano. But there is something, maybe the twinkle in his eye that is just not quite right…
 I found it very ironic that in the book many adults explain what words mean when the orphans know exactly what it means, and the author explains every word or phrase that that is remotely complex. The story was very unique because the author stretched reality to make it much more interesting. There was good foreshadowing for the next book i.e. in the end there is a man wearing a Lachrymose Leeches sports jersey for the next book. I think the theme is light in the dark because at the end of this book and the first book they’re happy because they have each other. There were seven characters; only one of them is a flat character. I think that shows quality not quantity. Some of the characters could be very dump because they would not think of very obvious things; like that some one can cover up a tattoo with makeup. -I liked the description of all the reptiles in the cages in the reptile room. Lemony Snickit made his book said but not dark just gloomy, which I think opened it up for younger audiences.
            Over all I enjoyed this book with the mystery elements and adventure. I would give Series of Unfortunate Events: The Reptile Room a 7 out of ten, because it had great plot but some things like a built in dictionary toke away from the story!

Series of Unfortunate Events: The Wide Window

A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Wide Window

Violet, Klaus, and Sunny are stuck in yet another terrible predicament as they sail their way across Lake Lachrymose in the middle of hurricane Herman. How they got here you ask? I can only tell you bits and pieces, but for sure it involved allergic reactions, cheer up burgers, a fatal banana, an irrational fear of realtors and a familiar looking captain. It seams as if the Baudelaire orphans have gotten themselves into another series of unfortunate events.
I really started to hate how the author would describe every complex word in detail, sometimes with a page long story! I really liked Aunt Josephine’s house, and how it was falling off the ledge but it is held up by tons of support beams. This was a really cool idea. The mystery elements in the book worked well to make you worried but still gripped with action. I dislike that all that Klaus can do is read, because anyone can read. The theme for this book is a small light in the darkness. I believe this because even in some of the worst situations, the orphans can still go on because they have each other! I love how even in the darkest parts the author can make jokes and make things light hearted and not depressing. I feel as if the picture the author is painting is really empty because there is a lack of extra characters in the scenes. Overall I thought that this book did a good job of keeping wondering and worried for the characters! There was some draw backs though, especially the built in dictionary! I will give this book a 6/10 looking forward to the next one!