Short Reviews: A Series of Unfortunate Events #5-7 by Lemony Snicket
Published August 8th 2000 by HarperCollins
Oh, the references! My favourite is when they meet the Quagmire triplets:
“You write poetry?” Klaus asked. He had read a lot about poets but had never met one.
“Just a little bit,” Isadora said modestly. “I write poems down in this notebook. It’s an interest of mine.”
“Sappho!” Sunny shrieked, which meant something like “I’d be very pleased to hear a poem of yours!”
The cultural and literary references are endless, including the name of the Vice Principal (Nero) and the name of the academy (Prufrock). Lovely to reread this series again now I’m older, since I couldn’t pick up these when I was young.
Published August 1st 2003 by HarperCollins
Not one of the better mysteries. The Ersatz Elevator does have some interesting characters like Jerome, who is one of the first gray characters in the series next. Most of the grown-ups are just plain stupid, but he is a bit more interesting than that. Writing short reviews is very In by the way.
Published April 24th 2003 by HarperCollins
This is the first book in the series that I’m reading for the first time (the others were childhood rereads) and one of the best. I love the village and the way the Elders are constantly bickering over their rules, and there was some nail-biting action going on at the end. I’m looking forward to learn more about the whole VFD thing, and how Mr Snicket himself is involved in the whole thing. He keeps giving us small clues, but I hope there will be some bigger clues in the next few books (or at least in the final one).