Synopses & Reviews
Dear Fan of Count Olaf,
You may think you want to read a book about the Baudelaire orphans, but you should know that reading can be very dull. This book has hardly any pictures, and none are in color. Plus, most of the story isn't even true! You would have a better time watching a motion picture starring a handsome count.
My major motion picture, for example, starring me, features an impressive sailor with a manly eye patch, a heroic rescue of some lucky orphans, and an ending that might have been better for everyone if things had turned out differently. True, this "book" has all the same details, but there are several scenes in which I do not appear, which makes for a very boring story.
Take my advice: Put this thing down at once and rush to your local movie theater to marvel at my groundbreaking performance in Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events.
Of course you may have my autograph:
Within the pages of this novel, readers will discover one of the books upon which the movie Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events
is based: The Wide Window
. Like the movie, this book tells an unhappy tale about three very unlucky children, who despite being likeable lead lives that are doomed. From the very beginning of this volume, when the children learn that a storm is gathering over a lake full of leeches, continuing onto the last page of this distressing story, disaster lurks at their heels. Unlike the movie, however, this book should not be consumed in one sitting.
Count Olaf is not only smart, he is also intelligent. A renowned, talented, and handsome actor, he wouldn't be one bit surprised if you were dying to meet him. Fans of Count Olaf should watch out for the name "Count Olaf."
P.S. He is also very good-looking.
Tie–in books for the feel–bad movie of the year!
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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