This book sets a pattern, a formula, that is repeated in each of the books we ve read so far.
The children move to a new place All the adults are idiots Count Olaaf arrives in disguise and at some point a selected member of his theatre troop will show up, also in disguise someone may have been bumped off to make space for one or both of them The children see through his disguise in an instant.
The adults don t believe them.
Count Olaaf insinuates his way into their lives and gets them to refer to him by his assumed name via some kind of threat.
Interesting words are introduced and defined amusingly in context by the narrator.
Sunny makes short random utterances that are interpreted by the narrator as lengthy and cogent observations.
The three children use their given skills respectively inventor, bookworm, biter to solve the problem of not letting Count Olaaf gain control of them.
At the end Mr Poe is called in and Olaaf s disguise is revealed.
Count Olaaf runs away while Mr Poe coughs then phones the police.
Rinse and repeat.
Because this is book 2, and because Lemony Snicket is an entertaining writer, the formula has not yet grown old.
Things get darker in this book Actual murder is done Olaaf repeatedly threatens the children with a knife and with death.
As the books progress there is a slow progression toward the cartoony and surreal In this book though the action is still largely believable and the world recognizably real only the bizarre reptiles referred to in The Reptile Room take us toward make believe, and only Sunny s contribution in biting rope into shorter lengths takes us toward cartoony.
This is then, a well written and entertaining book that establishes a formula LS proceeds to beat to death every book hereafter at least as far as we ve read Fortunately LS s skills mean that this isn t as painful experience as one might think.
Join my 3 emails a year newsletter prizes You can also see my review The Bad Beginning, the Baudelaire children lost their parents and everything they had before being shipped off to Count Olaf s house Count Olaf would be their caretaker until they were of age Quickly the children realize that Count Olaf is evil and only wants to get his hands on their inherited fortune After countless shenanigans, the children are finally whisked away from Count Olaf and Mr Poe delivers them to Dr Montgomery a.
a Uncle Monty This begins The Reptile Room.
Mr Poe stepped up to the door and rang the doorbell that was one of the loudest the children have ever heard After a moment s pause they could hear approaching footsteps, and Violet, Klaus, and Sunny all looked at one another They had no way of knowing, of course, that very soon there would bemisfortune within their unlucky family, but they nevertheless felt uneasy Would Dr Montgomery be a kind person they wondered Would he at least be better than Count Olaf Could he possibly be worse Uncle Monty seems like a kind and safe person The children like him and it seems they are finally safe to enjoy some coconut cream cake and an occasional evening movie They each get their own room and their own chores for the trip they ll be taking Uncle Monty explains his plan to visit Peru with the children to go reptile exploring Klaus is instructed to read books on reptiles, Sunny bites rope, and Violet works on traps that they need for the expedition They re very excited to go on the adventure, until they meet Uncle Monty s assistant Stephano who is really Count Olaf in disguise Everything spins out of control again as the children try to convince the others that Count Olaf is up to his old schemes again Once again, it s going to be up to the children to solve the problemWell, let s try to hash this out, Violet said, using an expression which here means talk about something at length until we completely understand it We really enjoyed this installment in the series, eventhan the first book I felt that there were positive aspects in this installment as well For a time, the children feel safe and engage in normal everyday events, that is until Stephano shows up, but once again the strong children stand by each other and work to solve the problems they face The writing is great and we thought it was really easy to follow just like the first book We loved the illustrations and all the new vocabulary words phrases that are introduced for children to learn It was a nice surprise that multiple times throughout the book there were events that were not in the movie which kept us interested.
Overall, this is another winner for us and left completely open for the third book The Wide Window 5
As the good little fan of Lemony Snicket I am, I ve decided to reread THEM ALL because I m watching the Netflix show And by good little fan here I mean a rabidly obsessed grape who is flailing unnaturally enthusiastically at all hours because loves this series so much So this is a reread I was about 13 when I was first reading this series And 10 years later and I still adore it to pieces Although I admit this one isn t as good as the first one, just because Violet s invention was a really small lockpick instead of something as cool as the grappling hook in the last one lockpicks are still cool, dude, but I m just sayin it wasn t as unique and the actual mystery of convincing everyone that Olaf was dressed up as Stefano was pretty brief.
But you know why this book is THE TRUEST FORM OF PAIN it starts of so lovely The Baudelaires FINALLY get a nice uncle who makes them coconut cake winning and encourages them in their interests and loves them and THEN IT ALL GETS BRUTALLY SNATCHED AWAY.
But I guess we were warned I freaking love this series omg And FYI the show is amazing so far.
I liked this book better than the first just because I loved how Uncle Monty was with the kids Uncle Monty was a great character too But alasAnd I adored Sunny s relationship with the Incredibly Deadly Viper The end was sad of course
I love Uncle Monty I love his coconut cake I love the Incredibly Deadly Viper I love the movie theater and the popcorn and Zombies in the Snow I love Monty s house and his shaped shrubs and his plans to voyage to Peru.
I love The Reptile Room the place and I love The Reptile Room the book.
It is unusual for me to be so teeming with love I m not well adjusted to it I may overdose, or my body might reject the chemical reaction in my brain, or something BUT I LOVE THIS BOOK.
The Bad Beginning is so great, but it is only a fraction of the level of Varied, Full Detail this series will reach This book kind of hints at it AND YET IS STILL NOT QUITE AS GREAT AS THE SERIES BECOMES Which is why my rating for this book is like, a 4.
75, technically speaking, or something ridiculous like that Because it s all uphill from here, folks.
Well, generally Not exactly The Wide Window is not as good as this book But whatever you get what I mean.
Bottom line I CANNOT WAIT to go home for break so I can continue my reread of this series I amexcited to reunite with these books than I am to do so with most friends and family Priorities, people oh my GOD i love this series so much.
so much so much so much so much so much so MUCH.
what a sequel, am i right what a follow up if you think about it this is one of theimportant books of the series.
anyway four to five stars not my favorite of the series but far from the least maybe in my top 5 of the books how ridiculous that this series is so immense that being in my top five is fairly elite review to come I love this book a lotthan the first one I think the first book is just introduction to characters, and this one Violet especially begins to establish herself as a character which I LOVE Also, this one remains one of the most upsetting I m excited to see some of these moments play out in the show which we can now watch Oh my god because I think they have the potential to be really fun to see on screen Onto book 3 Dear Reader,If You Have Picked Up This Book With The Hope Of Finding A Simple And Cheery Tale, I M Afraid You Have Picked Up The Wrong Book Altogether The Story May Seem Cheery At First, When The Baudelaire Children Spend Time In The Company Of Some Interesting Reptiles And A Giddy Uncle, But Don T Be Fooled If You Know Anything At All About The Unlucky Baudelaire Children, You Already Know That Even Pleasant Events Lead Down The Same Road To MiseryIn Fact, Within The Pages You Now Hold In Your Hands, The Three Siblings Endure A Car Accident, A Terrible Odor, A Deadly Serpent, A Long Knife, A Large Brass Reading Lamp, And The Appearance Of A Person They D Hoped Never To See AgainI Am Bound To Record These Tragic Events, But You Are Free To Put This Book Back On The Shelf And Seek Something LighterWith All Due Respect,Lemony Snicket Una notable mejora respecto al primero.
En La habitaci n de los reptiles que por fin se est n publicando en espa ol de nuevo podemos encontrar aparte de una edici n preciosa y que te dan ganas de abrazar, una historia m s compleja que la primera parte de esta saga.
Mi mayor queja respecto a la primera entrega fue que los conflictos suced an demasiado r pido, que no apenas hab a tensi n dram tica y que el mundo se quedaba sin definir Sin embargo, en esta segunda entrega todas las cosas de las que me quejaba han mejorado bastante Respecto al Conde Olaf y su personaje en este libro la verdad que tampoco tengo queja, estaba perfectamente explicado y todo lo relacionado con su trama se me ha hecho divertido.
Respecto a los j venes hu rfanos me ha gustado saber m s detalles sobre su vida, y que Sunny haya cobrado un poco m s de protagonismo Como digo, en esta ocasi n hay m s tensi n especialmente en cuanto a ellos y la superaci n de los conflictos el escapar de x, el decirle a x que y ha hecho eso De verdad, genial esa tensi n, mucho mejor manejada.
En general, este segundo libro de la saga me ha gustado bastante m s Lo he le do m s r pido pese a ser un poco m s largo y me ha enamorado Tengo muchas ganas de ver c mo contin a con el resto de libros.
VIDEORECENSIONE La morte di una persona casa una strana cosa Noi tutti sappiamo che il nostro tempo in questo mondo limitato, e che alla fine ci ritroveremo tutti sotto un lenzuolo per non rialzarci pi E tuttavia sempre una sorpresa quando succede a qualcuno che conosciamo come quando saliamo le scale al buio per andare a casa e pensiamo che ci sia un altro gradino, e invece non c Il piede ricade pesantemente nell aria, e c un momento di spiacevole sorpresa in cui cerchiamo di modificare la nostra idea delle cose.