Monday, October 13, 2014

Book Review: The Reptile Room (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #2) by Lemony Snicket

Author: Lemony Snicket
Publisher: HarperCollins
Pages: 192
Format: E-book
Published: October, 2009
Price: $ 6.20 -> Rp 75.764 (Amazon)
Rating: 3½ / 5 stars

Date started: October 13, 2014 - Date finished: October 13, 2014

Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire are intelligent children. They are charming, and resourceful, and have pleasant facial features. Unfortunately, they are exceptionally unlucky.
In the first two books alone, the three youngsters encounter a greedy and repulsive villain, itchy clothing, a disastrous fire, a plot to steal their fortune, a lumpy bed, a deadly serpent, a large brass reading lamp, a long knife, and a terrible odour.
In the tradition of great storytellers, from Dickens to Dahl, comes an exquisitely dark comedy that is both literary and irreverent, hilarious and deftly crafted. Never before has a tale of three likeable and unfortunate children been quite so enchanting, or quite so uproariously unhappy.
So, this is my review on the 2nd book in the A Series of Unfortunate Events and although I find the first story to be better than the second one but I liked it nonetheless. In the second book the Baudelaire children are once again put in the care of yet another distant relative, this time it is Dr. Montgomery or Uncle Monty who is a scientist that studies snakes and he has a fondness of reptiles.
Violet, Klaus, and Sunny gazed at the Reptile Room and envisioned an end to their troubles as they lived their lives under Uncle Monty's care. They were wrong, of course, about their misery being over, but for the moment the three siblings were hopeful, excited, and happy.
In this book we see a glimpse of a good life for the Baudelaire children in the care of Uncle Monty, they get their own rooms in his house and they can decorate it any way they want also Uncle Monty has a huge collection of books that made the children very happy. They helped with their uncle's research everyday and was going to go to Peru for an expedition. For a while everything seemed fine, they were happy with their new lives because Uncle Monty was not at all like Count Olaf.

If one's safety is threatened, one often finds courage one didn't know one had, and the eldest Baudelaire found she could be brave enough to open the door.
Of course as expected bad things are bound to happen in this series. And in this book is no exception. I won't tell you what happens just know that you should read this book if you want to find out cause I don't want to give out spoilers.

One thing I must say is that I am really fed up with how ignorant the adults around the children are. In this book especially, I am super angry at Mr. Poe I mean the nerve of that man to be such an ignorant person is just beyond my imagination. I just wished that Mr. Poe's character would grew and in the end become a smarter person, because I am just mad at him of his stupidity and his innocent-ness (is this even a word...)

Another thing I like about this series is that in each book I always find a lot of good quotes!! Here's another one for you guys!
It is a curious thing, the death of a loved one. We all know that our time in this world is limited, and that eventually all of us will end up underneath some sheet, never to wake up. And yet it is always a surprise when it happens to someone we know. It is like walking up the stairs to your bedroom in the dark, and thinking there is one more stair than there is.

Bad circumstances have a way of ruining things that would otherwise be pleasant.
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