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The Reptile Room (A Series of Unfortunate Events No. 2) [Hardcover]

Lemony Snicket , Brett Helquist
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26 May 1999
The Baudelaire siblings suffer all sorts of misfortunes in this, the second book of their adventures.

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  • Hardcover: 190 pages
  • Publisher: Egmont Books Ltd; 1st. UK Edition edition (26 May 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405208686
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405208680
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 13.2 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 265,342 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lemony Snicket was born before you were and is likely to die before you as well. He was born in a small town where the inhabitants were suspicious and prone to riot. He grew up near the sea and currently lives beneath it. Until recently, he was living somewhere else.

Mr Snicket first received his education from public schools and private tutors, and then vice versa. Early in life, he learned to reupholster furniture, a skill that turned out to be far more important than anyone imagined. He has been hailed as a brilliant scholar, discredited as a brilliant fraud and mistaken for a much taller man on several occasions.
A studied expert in rhetorical analysis, Mr Snicket has spent the last several eras researching the travails of the Baudelaire orphans. During his spare time, he gathers evidence and is considered something of an expert by leading authorities. Recently, he had to give up his hobbies due to laws regarding musical performances in mountainous terrain.

Lemony Snicket published his first book in 1999 and has not had a good night's sleep since. Mr Snicket is the author of quite a few books, all dreadful, and has been falsely accused of many crimes, all falsely. Once the recipient of several distinguished rewards, he is now an escapee of several indistinguishable prisons. He is widely regarded as one of the most difficult children's authors to capture and imprison. There are thirteen books in the A Series of Unfortunate Events, which should be avoided at all costs.

To his horror and dismay, he has no wife or children, only enemies, associates, and the occasional loyal manservant. Lemony Snicket's extended family, if they were alive, would describe him as a distinguished scholar, an amateur connoisseur, and an outright gentleman. Unfortunately this description has been challenged of late, but Egmont Press continues to support his research and writing on the lives of the Baudelaire orphans. As he continues with his investigation, interest in the Baudelaire case has increased. So has his horror.

Until recently, he was presumed to be 'presumed dead'. Instead, this 'presumed' presumption wasn't disproved not to be incorrect. Most things written about him are not true, but this is. More miserable news about Mr Snicket and his dreadful books can be found at www.unfortunateevents.com.

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"Luckily for fans, the woes of the Baudelaires are far from over: readers eager for more misfortune can turn to The Reptile Room, for an even more suspenseful tale." -Publishers Weekly

--This text refers to the Unknown Binding edition.

From the Back Cover

Dear Customer,
If you have picked up this sheet, you have probably not read the warning so clearly outlined in my prior message. This story may seem cheery at first, when the Baudelaire orphans spend time in the company of some interesting reptiles and a giddy uncle. But don’t be fooled.
The three siblings endure a car accident, a terrible odour, a deadly serpent, a long knife, a large brass reading lamp and the reappearance of a person they’d hoped never to see again.
I have made a solemn vow to present this information to the public, but there is nothing stopping you from tearing up this paper and pretending you’ve never heard of this CD. Then you can sell something that is less unpleasant.
With all due respect, Lemony Snicket

--This text refers to the Unknown Binding edition.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read! 3 Sep 2001
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I think this book is a great read, but as it says in the book, it isn't good for those people who like happy endings. It is quite creepy. I would call it a thriller for children. I enjoyed it loads, and I would recomend it to people looking for a new series to read!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars WHAT AN AMAZING BOOK! 4 May 2006
I am a fan of the series of unfortunate events and this book is related to the first book. This book is about the Baudelaire orphans who are Sunny, Klaus and Violet. This time they went and stayed with a relative Dr. Montgomery who is a herpetologist who studied snakes. He treated them well and the Baudelaries were happy. But one day, the worst thing in the world happened, Count Olaf, who wanted to get their fortune pretended to be Stephano and he went in and lived with the orphans. He will do any terrible things to get the fortune. Lemony Snicket stays faithful to the first book, the Baudelaries were unhappy, the evil Count Oalf returned and the writing style of the book is unchanged. It is exciting to read this book and I will recommened this book to everyone, but be warned, everything will be unpleasant.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A book worth reading 1 Jan 2004
I went to the library in search of a good book that would keep me occupied during the long summer holiday. I picked up a book that intrigued me by reading the back cover. So with no idea what I was in for, I rented it and began to read. This book kept me on the edge of my seat. Before I knew it I had finished the book, but my holiday was not over. I looked at the front cover to find I had read the second book of the series. So I went back to the library to rent the first. As so with the second I enjoyed the first. For christmas I asked for the Series Of Unfortunate Events. I read seven of the books i had had in the series in two months. This was unusual for me, for at my age I didn't like to read. After having these books I passed them down to my younger sister, who was seven years of age, to read. But why should you read it? It's interesting, griping, realistic and is something most people can relate to. Losing parents, having a brother or sister, to fell happy and sad, and sticking together whatever happens. I could tell exactly what happens in this book, but why don't you rent it or buy it and find out for yourself.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By Lawrance M. Bernabo HALL OF FAME VINE VOICE
"The Reptile Room" is Book the Second in A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snickert. It professes--the word "professes" here means "claims to be"--to be the story of the three unlucky Baudelaire children, but I suspect that, with all due respect, Lemony Snickert is really engaging in vocabulary building skills for his young readers. Now, this has no effect on me because I already know what "ridicule," "preempt," "crude," and "retrieve" mean and do not need to have them defined for me. However, I suspect that for many young readers this book may well be, and I hestiate to use the word, educational.
Unlike the first volume in the series, which began with the Baudelaire children Violet, Klaus, and Sunny being orphaned by the death of their parents and being placed in the clutches of the wicked, bad, mean and nasty Count Olaf, "The Reptile Room" provides a brief window of opportunity for readers to have high hopes for their future. Mr. Poe has entrusted their care to Dr. Montgomery Montgomery, who is not only their late father's cousin's wife's brother but also a herpetologist of some repute (and the discoverer of the impressively misnamed Incredibly Deadly Viper). Dr. Montgomery gives the children the run of his home in general and the Reptile Room in particular, and plans to take them along on his expedition to Peru. The children are happy and gay, but such feelings do not last long in this series and before the end of the tale there is a deadly snake, a murder, a car accident, and the return of the worst of all possible persons.
Fortunately, Violent Baudelaire is especially good at inventing things, her brother Klaus likes to read, and Sunny may be inarticulate but is still a clever little baby.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Alluring...which here means enchanting reading 7 Jun 2004
To be honest I had never heard of Lemony Snicket and had bought this book by complete accident one day while I was looking for Pullman's dark materials trilogy! However, I am glad to say that this was a very enthralling and entertaining little book.
This is the second book following the adventures or rather unfortunate circumstances of the three Baudelaire children who have been made homeless and parentless from the first book of unfortunate events. Without giving too much of the storyline away the orphans are delivered to their Uncle Monty who deals in herpetology (the study of snakes). Thus his laboratory is called the Reptile room which holds some of the most bizarre snakes known to anyone.
From here we all know something is going to go wrong, it's just a matter of when. So when Uncle Monty's new assistant turns up after the mysterious resignation of his previous one things are not what they seem.
Needless to say, any fan of the unfortunate series of events books will love this second book. It is teeming, meaning full to the brim of irony, dark humour and funny characters. I will definitely be continuing to buy these little books as they are very entertaining and are an easy and comfortable read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good book:)
It's a really good book but I read it in an hour. It should be longer but apart from that good.
Published 1 day ago by stupid
5.0 out of 5 stars Epic
If you are going to read this book you need to read them in order other wise you can not understand them
The book is the best book I have ever read
Published 9 days ago by Edie
5.0 out of 5 stars great book
I liked the bit where count Olaf was discovered I disliked the fact that gustav (uncle montys assistant ) died
Published 21 days ago by ruth mansell
5.0 out of 5 stars Snicket does it again!
Another great read from Snicket. Good for children and adults alike. I really like how Snicket doesn't write your typical children's book, with happy endings, so children learn... Read more
Published 27 days ago by Jennifer May
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
I didnt want the book to end and kept wanting to read on and on. Looking forward to the rest of the series. Enjoy number 1 as well.
Published 5 months ago by Gail McGuane
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE OF SO MUCH
This book is AMAZING!!!! can't say anything else apart from I love it, and anybody who likes happy endings and not bad ones poo light to step away I repeat STEP AWAY!!!!!!!!!!!!
Published 6 months ago by Mimi
5.0 out of 5 stars The Reptile Room
I loved this book but I didn't like the fact that Count Olaf escaped again. Although I have to admit that I was shouting at the Baudelaire Orphans and trying to tell them that the... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Lydia Baker
5.0 out of 5 stars A delightful foray into irony
easily this books exceeds the only placed before it. dragging me deep and well on tender hooks into its world, and most of all. treating kids as adults.
Published 6 months ago by Macauley Shaw
5.0 out of 5 stars ordered for a friend
This book was ordered for a girl of 11 years. She really enjoyed it as she has read all the other books in the series.
Published 7 months ago by Chris Dickinson
4.0 out of 5 stars Book review
Amazing well worth getting but very dark usual. Enjoyed every last bit of it . How does he come up with these ideas
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