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What could be worse than a book by Lemony Snicket? Three books by Lemony Snicket—all in one foul package. This second Box of Unfortunate Events, contains The Miserable Mill, The Austere Academy, and The Ersatz Elevator.

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Overview

What could be worse than a book by Lemony Snicket? Three books by Lemony Snicket—all in one foul package. This second Box of Unfortunate Events, contains The Miserable Mill, The Austere Academy, and The Ersatz Elevator.

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Attention fans of Lemony Snicket's totally horrible yet completely captivating series: The second boxed set is here! Including the fourth, fifth, and sixth book in the Series of Unfortunate Events, this collection is just a little bit worse than the first set -- and thank heaven for that.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060095567
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/1/2002
  • Series: A Series of Unfortunate Events
  • Sales rank: 133,241
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.27 (w) x 7.48 (h) x 2.81 (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:

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The Bad Beginning

Chapter One

If you are interested in stories with happy endings, you would be better off reading some other book. In this book, not only is there no happy ending, there is no happy beginning and very few happy things in the middle. This is because not very many happy things happened in the lives of the three Baudelaire youngsters. Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire were intelligent children, and they were charming, and resourceful, and had pleasant facial features, but they were extremely unlucky, and most everything that happened to them was rife with misfortune, misery, and despair. I'm sorry to tell you this, but that is how the story goes.

Their misfortune began one day at Briny Beach. The three Baudelaire children lived with their parents in an enormous mansion at the heart of a dirty and busy city, and occasionally their parents gave them permission to take a rickety trolley-the word "rickety," you probably know, here means "unsteady" or "likely to collapse"-alone to the seashore, where they would spend the day as a sort of vacation as long as they were home for dinner. This particular morning it was gray and cloudy, which didn't bother the Baudelaire youngsters one bit. When it was hot and sunny, Briny Beach was crowded with tourists and it was impossible to find a good place to lay one's blanket. On gray and cloudy days, the Baudelaires had the beach to themselves to do what they liked...

The Reptile Room

Chapter One

The stretch of road that leads out of the city, past Hazy Harbor and into the town of Tedia, is perhaps the most unpleasant in theworld. It is called Lousy Lane. Lousy Lane runs through fields that are a sickly gray color, in which a handful of scraggly trees produce apples so sour that one only has to look at them to feel ill. Lousy Lane traverses the Grim River, a body of water that is nine-tenths mud and that contains extremely unnerving fish, and it encircles a horseradish factory, so the entire area smells bitter and strong.

I am sorry to tell you that this story begins with the Baudelaire orphans traveling along this most displeasing road, and that from this moment on, the story only gets worse. Of all the people in the world who have miserable lives-and, as I'm sure you know, there are quite a few-the Baudelaire youngsters take the cake, a phrase which here means that more horrible things have happened to them than just about anybody. Their misfortune began with an enormous fire that destroyed their home and killed both their loving parents, which is enough sadness to last anyone a lifetime, but in the case of these three children it was only the bad beginning. After the fire, the siblings were sent to live with a distant relative named Count Olaf, a terrible and greedy man...

The Wide Window

Chapter One

If you didn't know much about the Baudelaire orphans, and you saw them sitting on their suitcases at Damocles Dock, you might think that they were bound for an exciting adventure. After all, the three children had just disembarked from the Fickle Ferry, which had driven them across Lake Lachrymose to live with their Aunt Josephine, and in most cases such a situation would lead to thrillingly good times.

But of course you would be dead wrong. For although Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire were about to experience events that would be both exciting and memorable, they would not be exciting and memorable like having your fortune told or going to a rodeo. Their adventure would be exciting and memorable like being chased by a werewolf through a field of thorny bushes at midnight with nobody around to help you. If you are interested in reading a story filled with thrillingly good times, I am sorry to inform you that you are most certainly reading the wrong book, because the Baudelaires experience very few good times over the course of their gloomy and miserable lives. It is a terrible thing, their misfortune, so terrible that I can scarcely bring myself to write about it. So if you do not want to read a story of tragedy and sadness, this is your very last chance to put this book down, because the misery of the Baudelaire orphans begins in the very next paragraph....

A Series of Unfortunate Events Box Set. 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 October 3, 2007

    OUTSTANDING!!!!

    I have read all the Series of Unfortunate Events and I think they are brillant. I was always in suspenes about what might happen next. I think these books were funny (and unfortunate) to read! I loved these series!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2006

    AWEZOME!!

    These books are awesome!! If you like books where little children get followed by a horrible person because of their fortune then u should definately read these bookz!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2005

    The Situation Worsens

    In book four, the children get sent to an old mill where they must work in it. In book 5 the kids get sent to a horrible academy where they befriend to unlikely friends. In book six, the children meet a couple who live high up in an old building where they claim to be rich.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 21, 2005

    ENCORE

    These Books Are Sick!!!!!!!!!! You'll fall in love with them after the fist three chapters. ONLY READ THESE BOOKS IF YOU LIKE HORRIBLE THINGS HAPPENING TO LITTLE KIDS ................. JUST KIDDING!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2005

    Best Series ever....of unfortunate events anyway

    Awesomest books ever. I am 20 years old and think they are great books. The way the books are written is absolutely brilliant. Just DO NOT let your kids (or yourself)find out the real name of the author, cuz that just takes all the mysteriousness away. hehe Read on, readers!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2005

    Great books for everyone!

    I have read all the books in the Series of Unfortunate Events And I would recomend them to anyone who is interested in sugar bowls. Lemony Snicket has a very unique style of writing guarenteed to captivate all his readers.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 13, 2004

    I started

    today i started the misrable mill it was good but 1-3 are better but i cant wait to start The Asture Academy

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 16, 2004

    excellent book , it's so great!

    THIS BOOK IS SO WELL DONE. IT'S REALLY GOOD. IF YOU LIKE TO READ THIS TYPE OF SERIES, YOU WILL ENJOY BOOKS 4 TO 6. THEY ARE JUST AS GOOD.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2004

    Very good

    I realy like these books a lot. My friends and i read them all the time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 9, 2004

    BEST SERIES EVER!!!!!!

    These books are the best books I have ever read in my life!!! Written in EXCELLENT form! I can't wait for the movie!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2004

    The series of unfortunate events rated five stars from my point of veiw!

    I loved The Series of Unfortunate Events because they have a lot of edventure and wickedness. When I first started to read this series I got so attached into the book that I read the whole series. I used to hate reading books until I read the series of unfortunate events. It raised my reading level increasingly at school and now I stay up til 11:00p.m. to 12:00p.m. I even start reading at 6:00p.m. most of the time. I got so mad when I finished the nineth book, it had no ending at all! I came to this site and found out there is a tenth book, now I have to get it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 25, 2003

    not just for kids

    Here are some wonderful stories simple enough to let your child read or to enjoy your self. These stories are about children who use their own special talents to get out of trouble at least for a time its about siblings working together, using their minds, and trying to remain hopeful even in the face of constant adversity. It also gives some vocabulary lessons with the reader hardly knowing what has happened. I mean come on did you know what 'ersatz' meant before reading the Ersatz Elevator?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 12, 2003

    These Books Are A Fine Example of Excellent Literature

    These books are excellent and use very vivid vocabulary throughout each book. Each book seems to stay just as good or better than the previous book. I read the first book and the fourth book. I enjoyed each book and found them both interesting and enjoysable.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2003

    Can I give no stars, how about giving a truthful review?

    These may actually be the worst books I have read ever, they for one; were extremly boring, they always gave away the plot in the first couple of chapters and never were the characters portrayed as having half a brain. I am sorry Mr. Snickett but I have read a fair amount of your Unfortunate events and I promise you by reading the first couple of chapters in each of your books i can guess your plots and predict any 'suspense' you will try to deal out. These books need heart, suspense and a plot for me to give even a 'hoot' about them. If you want to read these books, just read the back of the books and that should allow you to know the entire book's content.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2003

    greatest book ever

    it is about these orphans that were so sad

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2003

    Snicket has done it again!!!

    I LOVE The Series of Unfortunate Events! Lemony Snicket has an amazing gift of leaving readers wanting more! I've read up to book seven in a little over a week! I cant wait to buy the Hostile Hospital, and any more of the books on the Baudelaire's adventures as soon as they come out!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 12, 2003

    i love them!

    I so love these books. I've read all the books so far. I can't wait till the new ones come out. I love the case of the orpans. I cant wait till they have a movie for them.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 21, 2003

    I LOVE LEMONY SNICKETT'S BOOKS!!!!!!!!!!

    My 5th grade teacher started to read the series of the VERY miserable orphans to us.She got through three of them and by then I LOVED the books!!We're starting to think that maybe Mr.Poe is in on Ct.Olaf's evil plans?...I hope not! Can't wait to finish the series(Continue to keep me guessing!) -Briet

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 30, 2003

    MORE MORE MORE!!!!!

    Thank you Limony Snicket...I bought your first book and I can't get enough of 'it's' I've learn so many vocabulary words because of you. I can't wait to see the movie-which stars JIM CARREY. I hope and pray that you make a wise choice in the 3 orphans and don't don't don't hire 'jennifer aniston' or any other 'sexy' girl to play in the movies because it will suck. I want to read more more more more of your books so keep it coming and good luck!!!!! your fan Katie

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 21, 2003

    i love the series

    ive love these books ive read all of them and im now searching for 10,11,12,13. this is the interesting book iv read in years. i love reading the series.

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