by Lemony Snicket
As expected, this book bring more woe to the Baudelaire children. This time around they are sent to live with eccentric herpetologist Montgomery Montgomery.
Sunny actually says a few words, bonds with the Incredibly Deadly Viper, and of course bites things. Violet invents; Klaus reads. Mr. Poe is getting to be beyond irritating — I have to say I hope something unfortunate happens to him in the next tale.
I’m seeing that the pattern set in the first book repeats: horrible event happens to the children, a kind person/way out seems to appear, that doesn’t work out, it looks like Count Olaf is going to win, then the clever children manage to avoid the worst.
The tale is funny and morbid, if unsurprising. I hope there is more to the third and remaining books — which Lemony Snicket does hint at. Olaf’s tattoo had better mean something, too, after all this. I’ll stick with it to see what builds, as it is good, light bedtime reading. (If you like twisted tales in which misery follows children around.)