The Reptile Room by Lemony Snicket
Published by: HarperCollinsPublishers
Genres: Gothic Fiction
Date Read: 02/02/2016
If you have picked up this book with the hope of finding a simple and cheery tale, I’m afraid you have picked up the wrong book altogether. The story may seem cheery at first, when the Baudelaire children spend time in the company of some interesting reptiles and a giddy uncle, but don’t be fooled. If you know anything at all about the unlucky Baudelaire children, you already know that even pleasant events lead down the same road to misery.
In fact, within the pages you now hold in your hands, the three siblings endure a car accident, a terrible odor, a deadly serpent, a long knife, a large brass reading lamp, and the appearance of a person they’d hoped never to see again.
I am bound to record these tragic events, but you are free to put this book back on the shelf and seek something lighter.
With all due respect,
This novel picks up from where the previous book left off, as the children get taken to a new distant relative to live with, which leaves them nervous as their previous experience with Count Olaf was very unpleasant. We are told in the beginning that as usual, the reader should not get lulled into a false sense of security because this will be a miserable story for the children, and that there is no happy ending for them. Despite this warning, the beginning of this story is much more pleasant than the previous book and I loved the character of Uncle Monty, who brought a positive and fun tone to the story. I loved that this one offered a small glimmer of hope for the children, that is until Uncle Monty’s new assistant arrives. From there on out everything goes completely downhill.
But the book itself – its fun, the characters are easy to associate with and very much larger than life. The plotline to this book continued down the dark path. They are so fluid, easy to follow and mysterious as well. I also find them to be very fast paced which keeps the stories very exciting. I think the characters are pretty well developed for only being book 2. I have to say I just love the kids in this book.