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More of the miserable, mesmerizing same!!
on 28 March 2005
Although Snikett takes a different direction in book 5, this 4th book in the series of Unfortunate Events is just as inventive and surprising and probably my favourite up to this point, with the exception of book 1. To me this definitely didn't feel like a repeat of previous books, on the contrary- I found the content both refreshing and at the same time familiar enough for me as a fan to feel at home.
In some ways this is similar to previous books i.e. a clueless guardian, a disguised Count Olaf and a series of unfortunate events that the siblings must overcome using their inventiveness, knowledge and sharp tooth, respectively. So all we've come to expect, really. But there are also several new elements that keep the reader both gripped by the story and constantly guessing, as to what will happen next.
In the 'Miserable Mill' the continued story of the Baudelaire's that was waning in book 3 feels renewed and invigorated by new characters and unusual events. Count Olaf, although still present in all his horrid glory, takes a back seat to some very despicable new characters who attempt to thwart Violet, Klaus and Sunny in their perfectly reasonable pursuit of a calm and contented childhood. The Boss character for example is captivating- he may only have one facial expression, but he just makes a fantastically menacing character for the reader to love to hate.
With this book I felt more than ever before that the author was gradually upping the anti, putting the siblings in greater and greater danger and so providing the reader with greater thrills. Also with this book, you'll be screaming at the pages more than ever before for the Baudelaire orphans to resort to more extreme measures to battle the fiends they face, even though you know if they did they would very probably find themselves in an even more unfortunate position. So all that we can really do is wait and continue to hope that very soon they may be a little bit better off. Unlikely I know, but we can still hope.