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#21 Martz

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Posted 18 May 2009 - 02:24 PM

My 9 year old daughter has the complete set of these and loves them. I read the first one with her and quite enjoyed it, then she got all independant on me and wanted to read the rest herself so never got any further with them. Might have to borrow them and give them a go! xxx

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Posted 18 May 2009 - 03:44 PM

I haven't seen the films, nor have I read any of the books yet but every time I go to the book shop I always end up looking at the Lemony Snicket series. I am intriguied by the name, the blurb and the title of the series.
I think eventually I will have a shot at reading them but until I am really pressed for something to read, after seeing some peoples reactions on here, I will leave them on the book store shelf.

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Posted 19 May 2009 - 01:15 AM

I was intrigued by the same things you were Attic, plus the characters that seem so great in the film from the trailers.
I went ahead and picked up the 2nd one yesterday at the library because a) it's free to check things out and :welcome: it will make fine, easy reading on the train or between the two "serious" books I got at the library and c) I really want to like this series!
We'll see if its all in vain.... :smile2:

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Posted 19 May 2009 - 07:02 AM

Yes, I get really intruiged by the blurbs and also the things at the end of the book that's like.. a clue to the next book or something. I like those things. :welcome:

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Posted 20 May 2009 - 03:04 AM

I had heard about the books, but saw the film randomly beforehand, i would be really interested in reading the novels, i thought the film seemed quite interesting xD

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Posted 21 May 2009 - 10:39 PM

I have read the first in the series.... It was good, a quick read much better than the movie. However, I too did not feel compelled to read the rest of the series. :friends0:

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Posted 22 May 2009 - 03:09 PM

I read all 12 of them, and I must admit, pretty good!
I really enjoyed the way he used his words to describe the childrens unfortunes. It's much better than the film!
In the film they put all the books together and mix it all around! So In my opinion the books, as always, beat the film!
Great read though, I'd recommend!:friends0:

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Posted 23 May 2009 - 01:06 AM

Oh, Haven't you read The End?

Yes, the film was almost nothing like the book. However, I didn't like the way he described the children's unfortunes. Especially in the 11th one, how he just kept going on and on about the water cycle or something. That was annoying.

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Posted 24 May 2009 - 02:34 AM

I'd picked up the 2nd in the series for some light, easy reading between the heavy "We Need to Talk about Kevin" and the scary "Ring".. I started to read it, but gave up about 1/4 of the way in. It just felt pointless and a waste of time -- I wasn't getting anything out of it or enjoying it, so I moved straight on to "Ring." :)

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Posted 25 May 2009 - 08:59 AM

I have about three more of these to read. They are good but you just can't read the whole series together they are very repetative.

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Posted 10 September 2009 - 12:44 AM

Did any of you complete the entire 13 books? We actually enjoyed the stories but got side tracked and didnt finish it. We also listened to them on CD. Great voices. I cant remember his name but he was in Home Alone 2 Lost In New York. He was the hotel manager.

I was disappointed when they did the movie and combined most of the movies into one. Sad, sad, sad. This didnt do the books justice.

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Posted 10 September 2009 - 04:08 AM

Hi Katrina,

I have never read them but I am planning to, I liked the film but I would rather read the books.

Tim Curry played the hotel manager in 'Home Alone 2~ Lost in New York', so I imagine the CD would be really good. :mrgreen:


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Posted 10 September 2009 - 07:39 AM

I'm halfway throug the series. They are put aside for the moment until I feel I need a very light read again. Waht I read up till now was really good though

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Posted 10 September 2009 - 08:33 AM

Tim Curry played the hotel manager in 'Home Alone 2~ Lost in New York', so I imagine the CD would be really good. :mrgreen:

... O, M, G!

I love Tim Curry's acting and voice (Rocky Horror, Clue, The Man in the Iron Mask - yes I know it was a terrible film but I don't care -, the fabulous Will Shakespeare series...); as it happens, I'm not adverse to the Lemony Snicket books, either.

If I haven't read them all it is mainly an issue of shelfspace: when my cousin (roughly a decade my junior) lent me the first book one time I was staying over at her uncle, she assured me I'd love it, and I did!

I found it refreshing, diverting, and was quite impressed at how much education (particularly about complicated words) the guy had managed to sneak into the book without seeming patronising towards the kiddies. In a few years when I've got a house of my own, more shelves and possibly kiddies to read them to (excuses, excuses) I might invest in a boxset; for the time being... ooooh, Tim Curry CD!

#35 Fi

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Posted 10 September 2009 - 08:55 AM

I love the Lemony Snicket books but for some reason I stopped reading them after book 9. Now I've moved and don't have much room I think I might look into getting the CDs as I adore Tim Curry. He was the only reason I managed to sit through the travesty that was The Colour Of Magic and the only reason to watch the tv adaptation of IT :mrgreen:

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Posted 10 September 2009 - 12:55 PM

Thats him!! Tim Curry!!! I LOVE him, his expressions, his voice... I could actually picture his facial expressions while listening to the Series of Unfortunate Events CDs.

I think I may have to pick up where I left off.

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Posted 10 September 2009 - 12:55 PM

My sons' and I read five or six books from the Series of the Unfortunate Events and as I recall, everyone enjoyed them. Not sure why they stopped reading them though. I'm guessing another series took over. I remember my youngest becoming a REDWALL nut at one point.....could be that these books bumped Lemony Snicket's books.

#38 Ben

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Posted 10 September 2009 - 03:27 PM

I completed the entire thirteen books and felt the ending was a let down - without giving too much away. The novels are good though and I enjoyed them.

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Posted 10 September 2009 - 05:04 PM

I read all thirteen books as well, and I did enjoy the first half of the series a lot, but felt that the last six or seven books got a bit repetitive, and also predictable. I know the books aren't aimed at my age group, and I can understand why children would love the series, but I don't think there was enough originality by the end. However, as I'd started them, I had to finish the saga just so I knew how it ended!

#40 Stephanie2008

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Posted 11 September 2009 - 11:14 AM

I haven't read them yet, although I do want to. I have seen the movie though and wasn't really impressed (even Meryl Streep couldn't save it for me :blush:)




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