A Box of Unfortunate Events: The Dilemma Deepens, Books 7-9: The Vile Village; The Hostile Hospital; The Carnivorous Carnival

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Overview

The third unfortunate gift/box -- set of this New York Times best -- selling series, which will include The Vile Village, The Hostile Hospital, and The Carnivorous Carnival.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060556204
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/23/2003
  • Series: A Series of Unfortunate Events
  • Sales rank: 131,396
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.25 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 3.25 (d)

Meet the Author

Lemony Snicket

Lemony Snicket is often despondent, mostly about his published research, which includes A Series of Unfortunate Events and The Composer Is Dead.

Brett Helquist's celebrated art has graced books from the charming Roger, The Jolly Pirate, to the alarming New York Times bestselling A Series of Unfortunate Events, to the cozy E. B. White Read-Aloud Award finalist bedtime for bear. He lives with his family in Brooklyn, New York.

Biography

As the saying goes, all good things must come to an end -- and, in the case of Lemony Snicket, all unfortunate things must come to an end, too. After seven years and thirteen episodes, the much beloved A Series of Unfortunate Events books are drawing to a close. At least, that's what Snicket's "handler" Daniel Handler says.

But before getting to what promises to be "the most unfortunate event of all," it is first necessary to familiarize oneself with the mysterious man who created a mega-selling series of children's novels pivoting on the premise of placing young people in peril. According to his autobiography Lemony Snicket: the Unauthorized Autobiography, Snicket "grew up near the sea and currently lives beneath it. To his horror and dismay, he has no wife or children, only enemies, associates, and the occasional loyal manservant. His trial has been delayed, so he is free to continue researching and recording the tragic tales of the Baudelaire orphans." Hmmm. Perhaps an autobiography purporting that it may or may not be true isn't the best place to begin.

Instead, let us focus on Daniel Handler, the man who might actually be responsible for composing the Series of Unfortunate Events books according to certain skeptics (which include Handler, himself). Daniel Handler has been asked many times why anyone would want to make a career of chronicling the ghastly trials of a trio of ill-fated orphans. "When I was young, my favorite stories were not the sort of children's books that are constantly being thrust at you when you're little," he explained in an audio essay on Barnes & Noble.com. "I didn't like books where people played on a sports team and won a bunch of games, or went to summer camp and had a wonderful time. I really liked a book where a witch might cut a child's head off or a pack of angry dogs might burst through a door and terrorize a family. So, I guess it should not be surprising that when I turned to children's literature I tried to think of all sorts of interesting things to happen to small children, and all of these things were pretty dreadful."

Handler has long made it clear that his wildly popular series would be limited to thirteen installments. The Penultimate Peril: Book the Twelfth finds the much-beleaguered Baudelaire orphans "enjoying" a family vacation at a menacing hotel, and Handler is wrapping up his saga with The End: Book the Thirteenth, which promises to tie up all remaining threads in the story in an undoubtedly exciting manner.

However, the conclusion of his series is no indication that Handler plans on bringing his writing career to an end. He has also written adult-targeted titles under his own name, including his latest, Adverbs: A Novel. This exploration of love, which Publishers Weekly deemed "lovely" and "lilting," may forgo the trademark Lemony Snicket wry morbidity, but Handler ensures readers that the book isn't without its own unfortunate events. "It's a fairly miserable story, as any story about love will be," he says. "People try to find love -- some of them find it, some of them don't, some of them have an unhappy time even if they do find it -- but it is considerably more cheerful than any of my so-called children's books."

Good To Know

Daniel Handler has a potentially embarrassing confession to make: he is an avowed accordion player. Handler says that when he told his parents about his decidedly uncool musical pursuits, they reacted "as if I had taken up heroin."

His interest in music does not end with the accordion. Close friend and leader of indie-rock band The Magnetic Fields Steven Merritt has written an original song for each audio book version of the Series of Unfortunate Events books. Merritt and Handler will be releasing a CD of all 13 "dreadful" songs when the final installment of the series is published in late 2006. Handler also lent his accordion-laying talents to The Magnetic Fields' critically acclaimed album 69 Love Songs.

Handler's persistence may rival that of the never-say-die Baudelaire orphans. His first novel, The Basic Eight, was rejected 37 times before it was finally published.

He enjoys the work of novelist Haruki Murakami so much that Handler devoted an entire essay to the subject in the plainly and guilelessly entitled Village Voice review, "I Love Murakami."

According to a former high school classmate writing in the local paper, Handler was "voted not only Class Clown, but also Best Actor, Chatterbox, and Teacher's Pet."

A few fun facts from our interview with Handler:

"I can cook anything."

"I know one very good card trick."

"I auditioned for an enormous role in the film Gigli."

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    1. Also Known As:
      In some parts, people get to know him through his handler, Daniel Handler.
    2. Hometown:
      Snicket is something of a nomad. Handler lives in San Francisco, California.
    1. Date of Birth:
      February 28, 1970
    2. Place of Birth:
      Handler was born in San Francisco in 1970, and says Snicket's family has roots in a land that's now underwater.
    1. Education:
      Handler is a 1992 graduate of Wesleyan University in Connecticut.
    2. Website:

First Chapter

A Series of Unfortunate Events Box: The Dilemma Deepens

The Vile Village

Chapter One

No matter who you are, no matter where you live, and no matter how many people are chasing you, what you don't read is often as important as what you do read. For instance, if you are walking in the mountains, and you don't read the sign that says "Beware of Cliff" because you are busy reading a joke book instead, you may suddenly find yourself walking on air rather than on a sturdy bed of rocks. If you are baking a pie for your friends, and you read an article entitled "How to Build a Chair" instead of a cookbook, your pie will probably end up tasting like wood and nails instead of like crust and fruity filling. And if you insist on reading this book instead of something more cheerful, you will most certainly find yourself moaning in despair instead of wriggling in delight, so if you have any sense at all you will put this book down and pick up another one. I know of a book, for instance, called The Littlest Elf, which tells the story of a teensy-weensy little man who scurries around Fairyland having all sorts of adorable adventures, and you can see at once that you should probably read The Littlest Elf and wriggle over the lovely things that happened to this imaginary creature in a made-up place, instead of reading this book and moaning over the terrible things that happened to the three Baudelaire orphans in the village where I am now typing these very words. The misery, woe, and treachery contained in the pages of this book are so dreadful that it is important that you don't read any more of it than you already have.


The Hostile Hospital

Chapter One

There are two reasons why a writer would end a sentence with the word "stop" written entirely in capital letters stop. The first is if the writer were writing a telegram, which is a coded message sent through an electrical wire stop. In a telegram, the word "stop" in all capital letters is the code for the end of a sentence stop. But there is another reason why a writer would end a sentence with "stop" written entirely in capital letters, and that is to warn readers that the book they are reading is so utterly wretched that if they have begun reading it, the best thing to do would be to stop stop. This particular book, for instance, describes an especially unhappy time in the dreadful lives of Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire, and if you have any sense at all you will shut this book immediately, drag it up a tall mountain, and throw it off the very top stop. There is no earthly reason why you should read even one more word about the misfortune, treachery, and woe that are in store for the three Baudelaire children, any more than you should run into the street and throw yourself under the wheels of a bus stop. This "stop" -- ended sentence is your very last chance to pretend the "stop" warning is a stop sign, and to stop the flood of despair that awaits you in this book, the heart-stopping horror that begins in the very next sentence, by obeying the "stop" and stopping stop.


The Carnivorous Carnival

Chapter One

When my workday is over, and I have closed my notebook, hidden my pen, and sawed holes in my rented canoe so that it cannot be found, I often like to spend the evening in conversation with my few surviving friends. Sometimes we discuss literature. Sometimes we discuss the people who are trying to destroy us, and if there is any hope of escaping from them. And sometimes we discuss frightening and troublesome animals that might be nearby, and this topic always leads to much disagreement over which part of a frightening and troublesome beast is the most frightening and troublesome. Some say the teeth of the beast, because teeth are used for eating children, and often their parents, and gnawing their bones. Some say the claws of the beast, because claws are used for ripping things to shreds. And some say the hair of the beast, because hair can make allergic people sneeze.

But I always insist that the most frightening part of any beast is its belly, for the simple reason that if you are seeing the belly of the beast it means you have already seen the teeth of the beast and the claws of the beast and even the hair of the beast, and now you are trapped and there is probably no hope for you. For this reason, the phrase "in the belly of the beast" has become an expression which means "inside some terrible place with little chance of escaping safely," and it is not an expression one should look forward to using.

A Series of Unfortunate Events Box: The Dilemma Deepens. Copyright © by Lemony Snicket. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 23, 2005

    Awesome Opposem

    These books are the best I have them read in a day annd a half!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 9, 2005

    Two Thumbs Up!!!

    This series of books are very fortunate! They are the best books that I have read yet! It gives big words and the definitions for it like no other book besides the dictionary!! Parents also recommend this book for use of vocab and more!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 12, 2005

    Super Book!

    I loved these books! They are super interesting and filled with mystery, well at least to me. I always love a good book and, well, these were good ones.I've read books numbers 1-10 and hope to read the 11!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 14, 2004

    Would get for anyone!

    This series is the best ever, since harry potter. You would like it to have a happy ending, but still last forever to see how they could get out of the misfortunate events that happen to them.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 14, 2004

    Incredible

    This box set was amazing all the books were great,I highly recommend this.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 7, 2004

    GREAT!

    This book is great! I love this author.... I hope he make movies for all his books, and I also hope he continues making them!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 12, 2004

    these books rock

    These books are some of the best books I have read. They are so awsome!!!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 25, 2004

    The Best Series Ever!!!

    I absolutely LOVED these books... I read each and everyone in the series! These books are hi-larry-ous!!! I laughed out loud many times!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2004

    Absolut Genius

    Snicket is by far the best children's author of this millenium (sorry, Ms. Rowling.) However, these are by no means books for children alone. Half the jokes are far above kid's heads...I'm sixteen and I laugh constantly. It's obvious that Snicket has a blast doing what he does best - mystifying and confusing everyone who picks up one of his books. Genius, pure genius. I love it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2004

    A Series of Unfotunate Events

    I think a seires of unfortunate events is the best but sadest book of all time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2004

    The COOLEST book ever

    this series is the best. i totally love snickets style of writing.its really interesting.i really like the character of klaus baudelaire in the book.he reminds me of myself, the book worm that i am.....

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2004

    So Sad, But So Great

    If you like books that have horrible and cruel events happening to three very intelligent and innocent kids, extremely well writing, and no happy ending, these are the perfect books for you. If you don't like all that stuff, just read them anyway, because the events, characters, and the great sense of humor of Lemoney Snicket all comes together to create an awesome (or maybe woesome) series that'll have you laughing out loud at some parts, and weeping at others.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 28, 2004

    GREATEST BOOKS EVER

    THESE ARE THE BEST BOOKS I EVER READ. GOOD FOR MONTHLY BOOK REPORTS. MY TEACHER MUST THING I'M VERY DEPRESSED. KEEP ON WRITING.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2004

    Wonderful series of books.........

    This series of books has totally changed my 10 year old's opinion of reading - he literally devours each one, and is so sad to have just discovered that there are only 10 books in the series. He was a below avg reader w/a very low interest in reading until he started reading this series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2004

    The best books ever!!!!!!!

    These books are wonderful! They had me in stiches. I can't wait till the next one comes out.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 24, 2003

    This children's author is amazing.

    If you like Dickens then you should read these books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2003

    ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ!!!!!!! SNORE

    boring, 'nuff said.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2003

    Grown-up Fan of Lemony

    I highly recommend the Series of Unfortunate Events! My daughter, age 10, and I, age none-of-your-business, read these books with relish. The term 'relish' here means with great enthusiasm.

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