At just gone midnight (I seem to have a habit of such things) I finished reading my 46th book of the year and the 2015 Reading Challenge #62 A book with alliteration in the title: “The Reptile Room” by Lemony Snicket. I read the first book in this series earlier this year, and since I downloaded the first three books together as a Kindle bundle, on a whim I decided to pick up the second volume.
My Goodreads Review
“The second in a thirteen book series, ‘The Reptile Room’ sees the Baudelaire orphans rehomed with their eccentric herpetologist uncle Montgomery Montgomery, after their fortune escape from the evil Count Olaf. All is well, and the Baudelaire’s seem to have found their happily ever after, until their uncle hires an assistant – the cunning Count Olaf in disguise.
As usual, only the children identify the risks posed – the adults don’t believe them – and they have to concoct a plan to oust Olaf. When their beloved uncle turns up dead, Violet, Klaus and Sunny get to work convincing Mr. Poe that Olaf is once again after their fortune.
I found this book more entertaining than the previous volume, primarily because I loved the interaction with uncle Monty, who was, as a character, highly entertaining. However, I found the plot predictable, and the escape wasn’t well orchestrated. I guess we’ll see which distant relative the Baudelaire’s end up with next…”
I am slightly depressed that I have another eleven books to read before the conclusion of this series, which I am expecting to be terrible anyway – at least in terms of an unhappy ending. Despite the books being short, I find their tone and patronising nature difficult to stomach, except in small bursts. I do expect to carry on with the series (at least with the third novel “The Wide Window”) but I’m not in any rush to do so.
#62 A book with alliteration in the title – A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Reptile Room by Lemony Snicket (5/10)
Thirty-three down, seventeen to go. (Forty-six read)
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