The Miserable Mill by Lemony Snicket: A

From the back cover:
Dear Reader,

I hope, for your sake, that you have not chosen to read this book because you are in the mood for a pleasant experience. If this is the case, I advise you to put this book down instantaneously, because of all the books describing the unhappy lives of the Baudelaire orphans, The Miserable Mill might be the unhappiest yet. Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire are sent to Paltryville to work in a lumbermill, and they find disaster and misfortune lurking behind every log.

The pages of this book, I’m sorry to inform you, contain such unpleasantries as a giant pincher machine, a bad casserole, a man with a cloud of smoke where his head should be, a hypnotist, a terrible accident resulting in injury, and coupons.

I have promised to write down the entire history of these three poor children, but you haven’t, so if you prefer stories that are more heartwarming, please feel free to make another selection.

With all due respect,
Lemony Snicket

This one made me giggle before I even opened it. Why? Coupons. 🙂

This is also a very big improvement over The Wide Window. Hooray for variation! There were many switcheroos this time around that I greatly appreciated, but shan’t enumerate, a word which here means “blather on about spoilerifically,” because that would be mean.

Suffice it to say that this story is great, good enough for me to overlook some extreme silliness concerning the properties of gum, and that I am now especially looking forward to the next one, which is about boarding school.

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