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on 9 April 2006
The exitement starts straight in the beginning of the book, where Violet, Klaus and Sunny Baudelaire go to a general store to send a telegram to Mr.Poe. However, no answer is coming and soon they must escape with a VFD car to the Heimlich Hospital. They get a job in the Heimlich Hospital archival library where they find a page from the mysterious Snicket file.
Klaus and Sunny try to save somebody named Laura V. Bleediotie from a suspicious person called Mattathias. It turns out that the Baudelaires have encountered him before! I found this book very enjoyable and amazing, so if you like to read a book with an (very)unhappy end this is what you are looking for.
Even my father who hasn't read any other books of "A Series of Unfortunate Events" liked this! "The Hostile Hospital" is great!
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The Hostile Hospital is the eighth book in A Series of Unfortunate Events by American author, Lemony Snicket (aka Daniel Handler). As we once again join the unlucky Baudelaire orphans, they are walking to escape the Vile Village where they were accused of murdering Count Olaf.

Having already suffered the loss of their parents, the threat of marriage, slave labour, hypnosis, a terrible boarding school, being thrown down a lift shaft , being thrown in jail and the murder of their Uncle Monty and Aunt Josephine at the hands of the evil Count Olaf and his nefarious assistants, the siblings are ever-vigilant of his reappearance. Luckily these well-mannered and uncomplaining children are also very resourceful: Violet invents, Klaus researches and Sunny bites.

Snicket’s tone throughout is apologetic, sincere and matter-of-fact as he relates the unfortunate events in the children’s lives; his imaginative and even surreptitiously educational style will hold much appeal for younger readers, as will the persistent silliness of adults. Snicket’s word and phrase definitions are often hilarious. There are some literary references to delight older readers.

This instalment sees the Baudelaires join a troupe of Volunteers Fighting Disease at the Heimlich Hospital. They are luckily assigned (by the Head of Human Resources, an adult who is heard and not seen) to filing paperwork in the Library of Records, enabling them to search for clues about Jacques Snicket and whatever intriguing information he had about the Baudelaire parents.

Of course Olaf, Esme and their nasty crew appear to make life difficult and dangerous for the orphans, causing them to resorts to disguise and untruth. Anagrams and alphabet soup play a big part in this instalment; Esme plays a deadly game of filing-cabinet dominoes; Violet almost loses her head, but manages to save the day using rubber bands and a make-shift megaphone. As always, the alliterative titles are delightful and Brett Helquist provides some wonderfully evocative illustrations. Trapped in the trunk of Count Olaf’s car, what will be the fate of our orphans in the ninth instalment, The Carnivorous Carnival?
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on 6 September 2015
What I loved most about The Hostile Hospital is that it becomes very dark towards the end - sinister, almost violent to an extent, and this is fabulous news for children's fiction. It heightens the tension, and while no actual violence takes place, it certainly paints a picture.

It also takes away the totally inept guardian element every previous book has featured, and this is very much welcomed. It's a transition book of what is to come - the orphans by themselves, making decisions for their own safety, as well as trying to solve the many mysteries the author has now built up.

We do need some answers though, and this books doesn't really give any. It just creates another mystery of a potential survivor of the fire that killed their parents.

Enjoyable to say the least.
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on 30 July 2013
Great gripping story for young children with a hunger for legendary story telling .finding books I enjoy and take pleasure reading is hard for me however as soon as I found this series I immediately feel in love with it .
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The Baudelaire orphans escape to a hospital where they are set to work in a library full of papers and files. At night they sneak in to find a file that Hal (the man they work with in the library) had mentioned he’d spotted them in. Could this be the chance to clear their names? But unfortunately (that’s not an unfamiliar word in the Baudelaire dictionary) they were discovered by Olaf....

This book was quite tense and a bit scary but I still love it. As the books go on they get better and more interesting so as I always say, I really recommend these books, but it is quite depressing so please don’t read if you are 8 years old or younger!
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on 8 April 2009
As usual, I found this latest installment of A Series of Unfortunate Events very difficult to put down and rattled though it in a couple of days. However, I was a little less enthusiastic about this book than some of the other reviewers. Basically, I thought that the plot lacked the clever twists and turns typical of the other books in the series. You always know the Baudelaires are going to get out their sticky situation, but it didn't seem to me that they had too much of a challenge this time round. Still very enjoyable.
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on 16 February 2013
Great book i dont think they are deppressing at all. i think it is good that you have to think about what happens next
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on 21 June 2003
In the eight part of Lemony Snicket`s A series of unfortunate events Klaus, Sunny and Violet Bauldilare are on the run from the evil Count Olaf. This is with out a doubt the best volume yet, unlike the seventh book (The vile village). Worth every penny of your money. The Lemony Snicket books are second only to Harry Potter.
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My son aged 9 recently discovered these books in his school library. He read the entire series in less than 2 months, we bought the ones the school library did not have. In his words, 'fantastic, I just wish there were more'.
There are in fact 13. Well worth it.
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VINE VOICEon 22 November 2003
The hostile hospital is my all time favourite book. In my opinion it is the best in the series as it contains Voilence, Plans, Danger, and unbeleivable storyline. Lemony snicket is the ultimate childrens author capable of practically anything with suspense humour and also helps kids learn the meaning of new complex words which will help them no doubt at school.
This book is ultimate buy and i reccomend it for peole of anyage especially for those aged 9-13 but even adults will enjoy this book!
Other books in the series I reccomend:
All the rest. Otherwise this book won't make any sense!
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