Sunday, May 11, 2003

Just finished the most recent installment in the Series of Unfortunate Events, The Carnivorous Carnival. I started the series a few summers ago, reading the first five in a couple of days, but as the new volumes keep coming out, I begin to lose my initial interest. The concept is excellent, and Lemony Snicket is an amusing author, but he never gives quite enough story to fill out the clever quips, puns, and etymological asides. In fact, each book is exactly the same, with a different setting, and the poor Baudelaire children never get any further in their quest to solve the various riddles that surround them. I'm wondering if there will actually be an end, or if Snicket will blithely continue to produce the series until he comes to an unfortunate demise.

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