Well…I was warned. Did I listen? No. It was so short a book I ended up finishing it on my lunch break, I didn’t really have a chance to give up on it.
Was it good? Sort of.
Did I enjoy it? Not really.
I have seen the movie, which may be part of the problem. I knew exactly what to expect, what was going on, what would happen. But the book is darker. Much, much darker. Jim Carey presents a weird, creepy, greedy Count Olaf. The real Count Olaf is the worst of the worst. Abuse, stealing, child rape (hinted at), murder, plus a general creepiness. And that is just Olaf. Some of his friends were as bad as he was.
I will not be continuing with the rest of the series. One book was enough for me.
What I liked? I liked the children. They were strong in the face of so much opposition. They were smart and interesting. A girl who likes mechanical engineering? She automatically makes the awesome list.
I would give this 4 stars for the writing, the writing was awesome. I think Lemony Snicket is a great writer, but I just can’t give such a depressing book a 4. So I will give it a 3.