Synopses & Reviews
"Rare" is a word which can mean either "not burnt to a crisp, and likely to make you ill" or "slightly harder to find." I'm sad to say that this rare edition of the bad beginning fits both of these definitions. In this alleged box, you will find the following:
- A woeful story entitled the bad beginning, featuring a disturbing new cover.
- An entire chapter of previously unpublished author's notes, which are arguably even more woeful than the tale itself.
- An alarming portrait of the heroes and villains of this tale, ready to display in a souvenir frame. You may prefer to display your own, less disturbing, 4" x 6" image.
It is my sad duty to provide these miserable materials to the public, but you are free to look for something easier to find and less likely to upset your stomach.
With all due respect,
Who hasn't had just about enough of the Baudelaires and their seemingly endless run of bad luck? For those who have not, and for Snicket fans, book-o-philes, and weirdos of all descriptions, here is a tastefully packaged edition of HarperCollins' most distasteful backlist title, The Bad Beginning. This is the book to blame, the one that started it all; a book that has sold more than two million copies and kicked off the miserable series that has sold more than ten million books worldwide. This rare edition includes an expanded text, featuring an index, and the elegant slipcased package includes a keepsake portrait of the heroes and villains that make the series so unpleasant to read in a reusable souvenir frame. Exquisitely designed, this rare edition of the first book in A Series of Unfortunate Events will be beautiful--but don't let that fool you. The contents are as foul as ever.
SOON TO BE A NETFLIX ORIGINAL SERIES
Are you made fainthearted by death? Does fire unnerve you? Is a villain something that might crop up in future nightmares of yours? Are you thrilled by nefarious plots? Is cold porridge upsetting to you? Vicious threats? Hooks? Uncomfortable clothing?
It is likely that your answers will reveal A Series of Unfortunate Events to be ill-suited for your personal use. A librarian, bookseller, or acquaintance should be able to suggest books more appropriate for your fragile temperament. But to the rarest of readers we say, -Proceed, but cautiously.-
For Snicket fans, book-o-philes, and weirdos of all descriptions, here is a tastefully packaged edition of HarperCollins' most distasteful backlist title, "The Bad Beginning." This rare edition includes an expanded text and a slipcased package with a keepsake portrait. Consumable.
Imagine tales so terrible that as many as fifty million innocents have been ruined by them – tales so indelibly horrid that the New York Times bestseller list has been unable to rid itself of them for seven years. Now imagine if this scourge suddenly became available in a shameful new edition so sensational, so irresistible, so riddled with lurid new pictures that even a common urchin would wish for it. Who among us would be safe?
Begin at the beginning – evenif it is a bad one – with the first in A Series of Unfortunate Events, now even more disposable in paperback!
About the Author
Lemony Snicket was born before you were, and is likely to die before you as well. His family has roots in a part of the country which is now underwater, and his childhood was spent in the relative splendor of the Snicket Villa which has since become a factory, a fortress and a pharmacy and is now, alas, someone else's villa.
To the untrained eye, Mr. Snicket's hometown would not appear to be filled with secrets. Untrained eyes have been wrong before. The aftermath of the scandal was swift, brutal and inaccurately reported in the periodicals of the day. It is true, however, that Mr. Snicket was stripped of several awards by the reigning authorities, including Honorable Mention, the Grey Ribbon and First Runner Up. The High Council reached a convenient if questionable verdict and Mr. Snicket found himself in exile.
Though his formal training was chiefly in rhetorical analysis, he has spent the last several eras researching the travails of the Baudelaire orphans. This project, being published serially by HarperCollins, takes him to the scenes of numerous crimes, often during the off-season. Eternally pursued and insatiably inquisitive, a hermit and a nomad, Mr. Snicket wishes you nothing but the best.
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