Book Review: The Miserable Mill by Lemony Snicket (A Series of Unfortunate Events #4)

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It’s time for another post on Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events. I finally finished part three, The Miserable Mill!

Goodreads-Cover for The Miserable Mill by Lemony Snicket

Goodreads-Cover for The Miserable Mill by Lemony Snicket

 

The Plot:
After their last encounter with Count Olaf, the Beaudelair Children are sent to the Lucky Smells Lumbermill. It soon turns out that many things are quite irritating their: the workers get paid in coupons, only get chewing gum for lunch, and the kids (including Sunny) have to start working at the mill. So far Count Olaf is nowhere to be seen, but why does the house across the street look like his tattoo?

 

The Rating:
I have to admit, so far this is my least favourite book in the series. There’s a lot of stuff going on but it feels just a little more superficial than the novels before. Although there were some funny and sad moments, The Miserable Mill failed to pull me in as much as the rest of the series did. Continue reading

Book Review: Cold Calling by Haydn Wilks

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It’s time for another book review! This one actually marks a premier for me. The author approached me and provided me with a copy of his book in exchange for a review. So here we go!

Cold Calling Haydn Wilks Goodreads Cover

Cold Calling by Haydn Wilks, Goodreads Cover

 

The Plot:
We closely follow the life of a call center employee. His time at work, his time at home, his time out and about. But then he gets drunk and does something unbelievable…

 

The Rating:
Well, I had my problems with this one. Haydn Wilks names Bret Easton Ellis (among many others) as his influence and that shows. To be honest that’s not a writer I fancy at all, so I had my problems getting into the book. Just like with Ellis’ works I never find any connection with the characters, nothing relatable no matter how hard I try. And the constant listing of daily activities usually annoys me.
Wilks does the same but as his main character hasn’t much going on, it’s quicker to go through and made it more enjoyable for me.
It’s a rather short book (63 pages) so the story doesn’t have ages to unfold. I like that things are sped up but I still have my troubles grasping the characters real intentions and whatever goes through his brain.
I’m still not sure whether I like the abrupt ending, although it was a smart move.

So, if you like writers like Bret Easton Ellis, I’m 100% sure that you’ll love this book. For me it was just not quite right.

Did you read the book? Let me know in the comments what you think!

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Book Review: The Wide Window by Lemony Snicket (A Series of Unfortunate Events #3)

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I finally got hold of the third part in Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events after all the copies had been borrowed in all libraries here in Vienna! Read this little gem in one sitting πŸ˜€

The Wide Window by Lemony Snicket - Goodreads Cover

The Wide Window by Lemony Snicket – Goodreads Cover

 

The Plot:
The Beaudelair children head for their new home. Maybe thinks are looking up with their new guardian Josephine. You may have guessed it, Violet, Klaus and Sunny are still out of luck. Josephine is afraid of everything (and I mean everything) and soon before long Count Olaf is back in the picture. And what has the Lachrymose Lake with its evil leeches to do with all of this? Continue reading

Book Review: Straight White Male by John Niven

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Today I have to hang my head in shame. I completely forgot to write about Straight White Male, John Niven’s sixth novel. It was the first book I ever took from the shelf at the library in Vienna (which happens to be one of favourite place on this planet by now).

 

The Plot:
We follow Kennedy Marr, a famous writer who prefers spending his time with drinking, sex and insulting everybody around him. When his writers block just won’t pass and he’s faced with a ton of taxes to pay, an interesting option presents itself. He wins an award which comes with half a million pounds, but also some strings attached. Marr is supposed to teach at University. The very same one his ex-wife is working at…

 

The Rating:
I read every John Niven book I could get my hands on, so I was pretty excited to get started with this one.
The first thing I was reminded of is Californication. The TV Show, not the song. For those of you who don’t know: It’s about a fucked up writer who still wants his ex back, isn’t really writing anymore and spends his time drinking and fucking. Well, I really liked the show, so I decided to just go along with the story. To be honest, the more pages I read, the more it reminded me. But that’s not necessarily a bad thing. John Niven has a clever way of telling stories that makes you devour his books. You catch yourself liking characters you wouldn’t even talk to in real life.
However, Straight White Male was not quite as funny, witty and smart as Niven’s other works. I remember laughing throughout the entire novel “The Second Coming” while this only had me giggling slightly at some points. Continue reading

Book Review: The Reptile Room by Lemony Snicket (A Series of Unfortunate Events #2)

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After I read the first installment of Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events I was hooked. So I devoured the next part, The Reptile Room. Let’s see if it’s just as good!

 

The Plot:
After the Beaudelair children had a close call with Count Olaf a silver lining shows itself in the form of Uncle Monty. Violet, Klaus and Sunny meet their new guardian, an acknowledged herpetologist. But before they can start to feel at home, the events take an unexpected turn… Continue reading

Book Review: The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket (A Series of Unfortunate Events #1)

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Todays review is about a book I had wanted to read for a very long time. I remember seeing the movie adaptation in cinemas back 2004 but it wasn’t until now that I finally got hold of The Bad Beginning, the first installment in Lemony Snicket’s 13 volumes long series of Unfortunate Events.

 

The Plot:
The Beaudelaire children (Sunny, Klaus and Violet) are leading a wonderful life. But a huge cloud appears above their heads when their beloved parents die in a fire that also destroyed their home.
Soon they meet Count Olaf, their new custodian. Their happiness about having a new home ends abruptly the moment the step through Olaf’s door.
And that’s only the beginning… Continue reading