The Reptile Room by Lemony Snicket

The Reptile Room Lemony Snicket

 

Rating: 3 Stars ★★★☆☆

The stretch of road that leads out of the city, past Hazy Harbor and into the town of Tedia, is perhaps the most unpleasant in the world.

Plot

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 misery.

In 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 again.

I am bound to record these tragic events, but you are free to put this book back on the shelf and seek something lighter.

With all due respect,

Lemony Snicket

Review

The adventures of the unfortunate Baudelaire children continue in the second installment of a Series of Unfortunate Events. After escaping Count Olaf’s nefarious scheme (barely) they are now in the care of someone entirely different: Dr Montgomery Montgomery, Uncle Monty.

He loves snakes, movies and he actually cares for the children. He’s a genuinely nice man and it seems as if the Baudelaires could be happy with him. Of course, that doesn’t work out and they soon find themselves battling Count Olaf again.

It’s another quirky read with some great moments. I really liked the Deadly Viper and her friendship with Sunny. I liked Uncly Monty. And Count Olaf is as scary as ever.

His eyes shone even brighter, as if he were telling a joke, and he reached into the pocket of his shabby coat and brought out a long knife, such as one might use for slicing bread. “I seem to recall there was a man who was so confused by being called repeatedly the wrong name that he accidentally dropped a knife on her little foot and severed one of her toes.”

Violet and Klaus looked at Count Olaf, and then at the bare foot of their little sister.

Overall, though, it does not hold up as well as the first book did. It’s really annoying how little the adults listen to the children. Sure, it’s kind of Mr Poe’s trademark but uncle Monty was not portrayed that way in the beginning and he only stops listening to the kids when it’s convenient to the plot.

Conclusion

A highly enjoyable second installment with some flaws.

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