Back of the Book:
After narrowly escaping the menacing clutches of the dastardly Count Olaf, the three Baudelaire orphans are taken in by a kindly herpetologist with whom they live happily for an all-too-brief time.
Chris’s Review on Goodreads.com:
I was not as entertained with the second book as I had been with the first one, nor was I convinced that the story should end up as it did. Uncle Monty did not deserve to die, and if there was to blame for his death, I would say it were the orphans. Why, in the first place, have they let the disguised Count Olaf in? They could have shut the door in his face then and there, and told Uncle Monty after he arrived who the man really was (they could have even told lies, as intelligent as they were, in case that doesn’t work). But then I thought, perhaps, even the smartest of the smarts go dumb when faced with this kind of situation. (read the entire review here)
Format Read: ebook
The very worst thing about this book is the formulaic approach to this book. Change a place, change an adult character, change a disguise and voila! Instant new story. Wait, that’s not how it works, Handler.
The very best thing about this book is the consistency of the series. There are so many series where the quality decreases from one book to the next; this series stays at about the same level for readability.
Why did I drop the rating for this book if it’s the same caliber as “The Bad Beginning?” Because it’s exactly the same as the first book! I don’t want to read the same story, but I do want the writing to be decent so that I’m encouraged to continue reading an ongoing and changing series.