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Chris Blocker

Literary snobbery and other thoughts by Chris Blocker

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Visible Empire
Hannah Pittard
The Deptford Trilogy
Robertson Davies
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Jennifer Brown
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Natalie Savage Carlson

The Vile Village

The Vile Village - Brett Helquist, Lemony Snicket, Michael Kupperman

Having completed the seventh book in the Series of Unfortunate Events, I must say this one, The Vile Village, was the most difficult to get through. I imagine when I reach the end of the series, this is the one I'll look back on and ask, “what happened in that book?” I remember crows and... that's about it.


There were a few moments worth a snicker. The overarching mystery moved forward a little. Very little. Overall, this book was fairly ho-hum. I've seen many television series go through the same thing—a moment where the creative team loses focus, hopes to stretch the plot while they decide what to do next (Anyone remember Lost's “Stranger in a Strange Land”?) I hope that is the case here. I hope this isn't the new direction for A Series of Unfortunate Events, but merely a breather. The Vile Village was equal with The Bad Beginning in scope and overall story, but I expect more from the seventh book in a series, so I declare this one the worst so far.


A Series of Unfortunate Events:
The Bad Beginning – 3.1
The Reptile Room – 3.2
The Wide Window – 3.6
The Miserable Mill - 3.3

The Austere Academy - 3.4

The Ersatz Elevator - 3.3

The Vile Village - 3.1