3.5 STARS ★ ★ ★ (½)
The Miserable Mill is book #4 out of 13 books in the book series: A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket.
The unfortunate ironic fate of Aunt Josephine left Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire without a guardian once again leaving Mr. Poe in charge of finding their NEXT closest living relative, which is located in Paltryville to live in the Lucky Smells Lumbermill. Once there they immediately spot a building shaped as an eyeball which made the children worried that somehow Count Olaf already found them but surely that isn't possible with them just arriving in town. When arriving at the mill they're told that they'll be working for their new guardian whose name was too long for anyone to pronounce so they were asked to just address him as Sir.
Sir order the 3 children to work hard labor in the lumbermill in order to live on site until they're of age. The place they're housed is windowless and also accompanied by a roomful of other adults that work for Sir in exchange for random coupons. That wasn't the only unfair treatment going on at the Lucky Smells Lumbermill the employees are giving a piece of gum to eat on their short lunch break then provided with dinner and that is their meals for the day. After one day being tripped by the foreman of the mill Flacutono, Klaus' glasses break, and he is sent to the towns optometrist Dr. Orwell to get them fixed. When Klaus comes back to the mill he acts weird such as calling Violet "Veronica" and not remembering what happened of course when Violet notices and brings it up to the others no one believes her that it has to be Count Olaf up to his normal schemes.
Another good book by Mr. Lemony Snicket! This is the last book I had to read to watch the new Netflix series based off books 1-4 for season 1. I was excited to read this one especially since I haven't read it before and I wouldn't know what was going to happen as with my previous #1-3 book re-reads.
With all the books so far they've been fun and enjoyable to read. The characters introduced are always nice to get to know. The writing is still as good as it was in book #1-3.
I like that Lemony Snicket keeps making small mentions of his past life it makes you wonder what all we'll learn in the future books.
Another literary reference is featured in this book being the optometrists name "Dr. (Georg)ina Orwell" after the author George Orwell. I'm enjoying trying to spot all these literary reference even if I don't always get them all.
I had a few notes while reading such as:
Why didn't the lumber workers just quit instead of accepting coupons for payment and gum for a meal?
Why don't the orphans just run away? I get they're young kids but it's better than almost dying in the hands of every "caretaker"
And at times I wondered was Sir and his work partner MORE than partners, if you get what I mean.
I am tempted to just keep on going with the book series but I think I'll wait until the next season is released on Netflix and read which ever books are covered that way I am refreshed.
Definitely recommend the book series to everyone who liked middle grade/teen books with dark humor and fun unfortunate adventures!
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