“The Bad Beginning” by Lemony Snicket

Friday, October 28, 2011 - Book Reading
“The Bad Beginning” by Lemony Snicket

Back of the Book:

Dear Reader,
I’m sorry to say that the book you are holding in your hands is extremely unpleasant. It tells an unhappy tale about three very unlucky children. Even though they are charming and clever, the Baudelaire siblings lead lives filled with misery and woe. From the very first page of this book when the children are at the beach and receive terrible news, continuing on through the entire story, disaster lurks at their heels. One might say they are magnets for misfortune.
In this short book alone, the three youngsters encounter a greedy and repulsive villain, itchy clothing, a disastrous fire, a plot to steal their fortune, and cold porridge for breakfast.
It is my sad duty to write down these unpleasant tales, but there is nothing stopping you from putting this book down at once and reading something happy, if you prefer that sort of thing.
With all due respect,
Lemony Snicket

Chris’s Review on

There are a few occasions where a word is defined well, in context and occasionally in character, and I don’t mind those. But the constant shoehorning in of definitions made me want to take a sharpened number two pencil and work it under Mr. Snicket’s fingernails until he apologized sufficiently for being a hack. (read the entire review here)

"The Bad Beginning" by Lemony Snicket

“The Bad Beginning” by Lemony Snicket

Pages: 162

Published: 1999-09-30

Format Read: ebook

[xrr rating=3.0/5]

The very worst thing about this book is the constant defining of “big” words. At first, I really liked the fact the Snicket (Daniel Handler) defined certain words, it very quickly began to wear on my nerves. It began to feel as though he was including a definition to pad the word/page count instead of to add anything meaningful to the story.

The very best thing about this book is all the creepy and evil things that happen. I also like how everything ties back to Count Olaf; although, as the series progresses, this too gets tiresome.


This book will be placed under the 2011 E-Book Reading Challenge, the 2011 Fantasy Reading Challenge, and the Full Steampunk Ahead.

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