Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Book Review #298 - The Hostile Hospital (A Series of Unfortunate Events #8) by Lemony Snicket

The Hostile Hospital (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #8)

Dear Reader,

Before you throw this awful book to the ground and run as far away from it as possible, you should probably know why. This book is the only one which describes every last detail of the Baudelaire children's miserable stay at Heimlich Hospital, which makes it one of the most dreadful books in the world.


There are man pleasant things to read about, but this book contains none of them. Within its pages are such burdensome details as a suspicious shopkeeper, unnecessary surgery, an intercom system, anesthesia, heart-shaped balloons, and some very startling news about a fire. Clearly you do not want to read about such things.

I have sworn to research this story, and to write it down as best I can, so I should know that this book is best left on the ground, where you undoubtedly found it.

With all due respect,
Lemony Snicket.
My Rating: 3/5

I'm not sure if this series keeps getting better book by book or if the writing style just seems to bother me less and less, but this book was a huge improvement from the first few.

I liked how in this book the three main protagonists get split up, although this meant that Violet was absent for the main portion of the book.

I also liked how the story was primarily set in a hospital as it proved to be an interesting setting.

The mystery aspects with this series keep getting stronger and stronger with a key plot twist that is making me want to read the rest of the series quicker than what I planned. 


  1. I thought the hospital was a really neat idea for a setting, lots of possibilities. I wonder if they are improving as Snicket is able to weave his story more densely? I also remember the books getting a bit longer which allows for more depth.

  2. I think the series gets better...the plot starts developing a little more, making the books more interesting. :)