“The Miserable Mill” by Lemony Snicket

Sunday, October 30, 2011 - Book Reading
“The Miserable Mill” by Lemony Snicket

Back of the Book:

Dear Reader,

I hope for your sake, that you have not choosen to read this book because you are in the mood for a pleasant experience. If this is the case, I advise you to put this book down instantaneously, because of all the books describing the unhappy lives of the Baudelaire orphans, The Miserable Mill might be the unhappiest yet. Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudeliare are sent to Paltryville to work in a lumbermill, and they find disaster and misfortune luring behing every log.

The pages of this book, I’m sorry to inform you, contain such unpeasantries as a giant pincher machine, a bad casserole, a man with a cloud of smoke where his head should be, a hypnotist, a terrible accident resulting in injury, and coupons.

I have promised to write down the entire history of these three poor children, buy you haven’t, so if you prefer stories that are more heartwarming, please feel free to make another selection.

With all due respect,
Lemony Snicket

Kat Clapham’s Review on

Where the books become really clever is the additional bits of plot woven into the anecdotes, dedications and acknowledgments, written for the older reader, whether parents reading aloud or older children. (read the entire review here)

Pages: 194

Published: 2000-04-15

Format Read: ebook

[xrr rating=2.5/5]

The very worst thing about this book is the obvious set-ups that every single adult seems to miss. I mean, really?

The very best thing about this book is that Sir is a complete jerk and doesn’t die. Yep, you heard right. The only guardian so far that doesn’t die (not including Olaf, of course) is the jerk.

Oh, um, spoiler alert? Too late, sure, but really, who cares at this point!


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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