This series just gets and miserable as it goes along and I just love it It still truly astonishes me how horrible the adults in these books are no matter how many times I read them The way they treat the children is absolutely appalling but I think that s part of the charm of this series The poor Baudelaires can just never get a break That s what makes this series real though because a lot of the time in real life, orphans do have terrible experiences and bounce around from home to home I really enjoyed my reread of this book, and although this book as a whole is not my favourite of the series, Count Olaf s disguise in this one is my favourite out of all of them Lemony Snicket is fun, it s terribly depressing and highly entertaining All the books make me feel like I m 12 again, and I curl up on the couch, laughing out loud and eating gummy bears. Dear Reader,I Hope, For Your Sake, That You Have Not Chosen To Read This Book Because You Are In The Mood For A Pleasant Experience If This Is The Case, I Advise You To Put This Book Down Instantaneously, Because Of All The Books Describing The Unhappy Lives Of The Baudelaire Orphans, The Miserable Mill Might Be The Unhappiest Yet Violet, Klaus, And Sunny Baudelaire Are Sent To Paltryville To Work In A Lumber Mill, And They Find Disaster And Misfortune Lurking Behind Every LogThe Pages Of This Book, I M Sorry To Inform You, Contain Such Unpleasantries As A Giant Pincher Machine, A Bad Casserole, A Man With A Cloud Of Smoke Where His Head Should Be, A Hypnotist, A Terrible Accident Resulting In Injury, And CouponsI Have Promised To Write Down The Entire History Of These Three Poor Children, But You Haven T, So If You Prefer Stories That Are Heartwarming, Please Feel Free To Make Another SelectionWith All Due Respect,Lemony Snicket This is perhaps the most anxiety inducing book in the most anxiety inducing series of all time.There is something about the particular Count Olaf evil plan hijinks in this book that is SO MUCH WORSE to me than all the others It s not so much fun villainy to me as it is extremely stressful stuff of nightmares So not necessarily the most consistently pleasant reading experience.HOWEVER there is a really cool part of this book The Baudelaire orphans, up to this point, have very narrow and consistent, like, specializations What do you call the constant semi adult ish habits and passions of a child I do not know Anyway Violet invents, Klaus reads, Sunny bites.In this book, Violet reads And Klaus invents It s kind of a fun thing of, like, hey children of the world, you do not need to limit yourself You can be good at a lot of things, even if someone is better at them than you Woohoo Count Olaf s role in this book is very limited, and therefore not as AMAZING as he normally is in the other books villain wise But there are some great characters in this one I love Phil Also there is a gay partnership in this book and no one can tell me otherwise and so there.Bottom line Not the best book in this series Maybe the worst But still fabulouswonderfulamazingIlovethisworldsomuchohmygod. The Miserable Mill continues the trend of me liking each book less than the previous one in this series Don t get me wrong it s still a fun read with plenty of cleverness and wit, and Celyn still seems to be enjoying me reading her the stories It s also worth noting that this volume has the lowest average rating on Goodreads of all 13 books in the series, so I m hopeful things will improve In this book the established formula is applied with little or no variation The bad point, for me, though was the descent into truly cartoon writing In all the books before the world was similar to ours, bizarre, but largely believable Normal laws of physics applies, things were internally consistent.In The Miserable Mill many things are wholly surreal and or plain don t make sense.Some random examples i The signs being made out of chewed up chewing gum why ii The Boss having no name and his face being wholly concealed by smoke from his cigar the entire time that steps into a kind of silly that is very different from the previous books silliness I cannot see in my mind a cloud of smoke from a cigar that is totally impenetrable and moves with someone.iii A log being sawed is moved from its path where it is held by the fact the circular saw is halfway through its length by a child with a strip of metal using only the force that can be applied through the adhesion of a piece of chewing gum stuck to both the log and the metal strip.iv A baby has a lengthy sword fight with a grown and murderous woman The woman is using a sword and the baby is using her teeth We are repeatedly told that the teeth and sword clash.If the books had begun like this I would be ok with us being in a cartoonish world where that kind of thing happens though I still wouldn t be able to visualize the sword fight in any satisfactory manner But the first three books aren t like that though they do move slowly in that direction and in book 4 is comes as an unwelcome non sequitur You should join my 3 emails a year mailing list for updates about my books prizes I adore the development of the Baudelaire kids in this book That s easily my favorite part This is also, of all four of my rereads, the book I remembered least so it was fun to really rediscover a lot of the plot elements that I had forgotten Also, I have to say I have seen some spoilers for how Charles and Sir are portrayed in the ASOUE show and I m thrilled So, overall, I have loved rereading these four books in the series I can t wait to continue rereading of them later but jus rereading these first four has been SO GREAT And I promise that my ASOUE videos will start going up soon. The Miserable Mill Series of Unfortunate Events 4 , Lemony SnicketThe Miserable Mill is the fourth novel of the children s novel series A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket In this novel, the Baudelaire orphans live with the owner of Lucky Smells Lumber Mill The book was published on April 15, 2000, by HarperCollins and illustrated by Brett Helquist 2011 1381 164 9649333304 1383 1384 1386 1387 21 The books I read, the less I like this series I m now 100% positive that I didn t read these books as a child Perhaps if I did, I would like them better now but unfortunately I feel lukewarm at best about this series I just feel like these stories go around and around in circles and I m quite tired of it I like the kids but the story just isn t working for me any This was probably my least favourite book so far but thinking about it now, the mill was probably one of the stronger stories I will probably return to this series eventually and I plan to watch the Netflix show to see if I like it any better but for now, I m done reading this series A new experience can be extremely pleasurable, or extremely irritating, or somewhere in between, and you never know until you try it out. The children head to Paltryville where they ll meet there new guardian They arrive at the Lucky Smells Lumbermill where they meet Sir, the owner of the mill Sir is the Baudelaire s new guardian and the children learn that the mill will be there new place of employment Once again, the children are told not to worry about Count Olaf and that they ll be kept safe from himThe deal is this I will try to make sure that Count Olaf and his associates never go anywhere near you, and you will work in my lumbermill until you come of age and get all that money Is that a fair deal Life at the lumber mill is horrible They re barely given any food to eat and they re forced to work very difficult and dangerous jobs Not only that, they re paid with coupons they can t even use Klaus ends up getting hurt which breaks his glasses, and when he returns from the doctor he s become hypnotized It appears that somehow Count Olaf is up to his heinous crimes again The children discover that Count Olaf has disguised himself as a secretary at the mill and they must find a way to expose himWhy, hello there, little girls, Count Olaf said in a ridiculously high voice, as if he were really a receptionist named Shirley instead of an evil man after the Baudelaire fortune What are your names We enjoyed reading this installment in the series, but it was our least favorite yet Our interests in the themes are sort of getting burned out after reading this book and we decided to take a break before moving on to book five It just started feeling like the same story over and over again with the repeating plot, but the addition of new characters always makes it interesting I will say that the books do seem to be getting darker and darker as they go on, not only that, larger with pages It s fun to see what tricks Count Olaf will be up to next, but I m still wondering why he keeps coming around to steal the children when the money isn t even available until Violet turns 18 My kids are still enjoying the series and we plan to finish all the books After our break, we started book five, and it s promising so far.4 I like the idea of the mill but it was just okay I had the vibe of a horror movie in an old mill so I think this messed up the book for me Lol.