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The Carnivorous Carnival - Book The Ninth (A Series of Unfortunate Events: 9) Hardcover – 28 Oct 2003


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  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Egmont Books Ltd; 1st Edition edition (28 Oct. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405207523
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405207522
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 18.4 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 64,584 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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“Is there a gleam of hope for the orphans and their new friends? Most certainly not. The only thing we can really count on are more gloriously gloomy adventures.” Karin Snelson, Amazon.com

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Lemony Snicket 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.

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By D'Angelo Twain on 22 May 2005
Format: Hardcover
The ninth book in the series is one of the funniest and is extremely interesting throughout, despite a slow build up. The Baudelaire orphans find themselves arriving at caligari carnival in the back of olaf's car this time. They disguise themselves as freaks for the freakshow in this carnival to find out what olafs really up to. It turns out Madame Lulu, a mysterious fortune teller, holds the answers to all the baudelaires question, but as their luck would have it, their are many obstacles along the way, incluing olaf and some hungry lions...
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 6 Sept. 2003
Format: Hardcover
Im not able to comment on whether this is the book in the series as we are still waiting for all 13 books to be published, however I can say that this is the 2nd best book to date. I recently purchased this in Canada and I read it in a few days. The plot follows on from Book 8 (so read Book 8 before this one!!!!)
The scene for this book is a Carnival in the Hinterlands where the Orphans end up after travelling in Count Olaf's car boot. They are sent to work in the Carnival as "Freaks." However you will have to read the book to find out what happens to them in the end. All I will say is the end of the book will leave you wanting the 10th Book (The Slipperly Slope) immediately!!!
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Dear Mr. Snicket,

We have found out about you telling our story, and we wanted to communicate with you. Luckily for us, this reviewer visited the carnival in which we were performing in an unusual capacity (as f-r-e-a-k-s) and agreed to make this message available to you. At first we were enraged, since we realized that you were interjecting funny comments in our story, which seemed to derive from really bad taste. But then we understood, if you did not do that, nobody would want to read about our miserable experiences.

As you already know, we barely escaped from the hospital. "Slash!", that was a comment from Sunny, who intends to say that Olaf and his cronies were trying to chop off Violet's head and they almost succeeded. We sneaked into the trunk Count Olaf's car and ended up in this carnival, trying to figure out the secret of V.F.D. If you have any information, please, please, please, help us out. "Chersssh", that was Sunny again, saying that we found out that one of our beloved parents may be alive. If you have any news, we would appreciate you providing this information to us.

We have found a few compassionate people in the carnival, but the lions arrived a short time ago, and we are getting scared. If you have any way to contact Mr. Poe, tell him to come rescue us. He seems to have missed our telegram. We are looking forward to hearing from you soon.

Sincerely,

Violet, Klaus and Sunny Baudelaire

PS from the reviewer: Mr. Snicket, I realize that you have found out about the events that unfolded at the carnival and already wrote a book about it. I applaud your accuracy in telling the tale and I thoroughly enjoyed your use of humor at such a grim time. I hope you can help these children and I hope I get to find out soon about what happened to them. I have a lot of questions and the suspense is killing me. I will now let you get back to your writing, which I hope many people get to read. Best regards.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By "margaretpikovsky" on 9 Nov. 2003
Format: Library Binding
Life had never been good for the Baudaulaire orphans. Although Violet, Klaus and Sunny were very talented and clever, they were constantly on the run from people who wanted to steal their fortune and kill them.In addition to this their friends, the Quagmires, had been kidnapped. And then there was the mystery of "the survivor" and V.F.D.In this thriller the Baudaulaires find themselves in the world of the carnival, where carnivorous beasts lurk behind every shadow and trouble clings on to the orphans like velcro, where fortune tellers pedict unpredictable things...
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By Alicia on 23 Aug. 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I read this book as a child and wanted to purchase it in order to complete my collection.
It tells the story of the Baudelaire orphans in a carnival where they have to disguise themselves as 'freaks' in order to prevent their identities from being discovered.
The book contains the usual amount of woes that the children have to go through and it is gripping with a cliffhanger ending that means you are sure to want to read the next book.
I highly recommend this series to anyone aged about 8 years old. Keep in mind that it is advisable to read them in chronological order (the first book is called the Bad Beginning).
This book like the rest in the series never fails to deliver the right amount of thrills and imaginative scenarios to make a gripping book!
The pages are small with easy to read writing and short chapters making it suitable for children.
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By A Customer on 20 Feb. 2004
Format: Audio CD
This book was excellent, as the Baudlaire siblings embark on their everlasting quest to find out the truth about the fire that supposedly engulfed their parents. Continuing in the style that set this series apart from other books, this book starts where "The Hostile Hospital" ends, in which the Baudlaires children lay anxiously in the boot of their enemy's car, until they arrive to a rundown carnival. To avoid being detected, the children disguise themselves as "freaks" and become new attractions in the house of freaks. The story contains the same thrills and chills which were in the previous titles. This is a highly recomended book for all fans of this series, and should not be excluded from anyone's collection.
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