A Series of Unfortunate Events #4: The Miserable Mill

by Lemony Snicket

Other authorsMichael Kupperman (Illustrator), Brett Helquist (Illustrator)
Hardcover, 2000

Status

Available

Local notes

Fic Sni

Barcode

545

Collection

Publication

HarperCollins (2000), Edition: 1, Hardcover, 208 pages

Description

Accidents, evil plots, and general misfortune abound when, in their continuing search for a home, the Beaudelaire orphans are sent to live and work in a sinister lumber mill.

Language

Original publication date

2000-04-05

Physical description

208 p.; 7.44 inches

User reviews

LibraryThing member KeRo0306
This book has the Baudelaire orphans working like dogs. At a lumber mill. Even thought this is very unfit for them they can still be their smart, persistent, selves and work on an amazing way to try and stop Olaf.
LibraryThing member EmScape
This episode of the series has the most entertaining plot so far, however, I am beginning to tire of Snicket's defining of words within the story. Where at the beginning of the series, he appeared to be giving near-dictionary definitions, his adherence to this has deteriorated to where he is using
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the events of the book to define the word. For example: …the words “grotesque” and “unnerving” here mean “twisted, tangled, stained and gory.” Which they do not, always.
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LibraryThing member inklingsfan47
A bit more outrageous than the previous ones, but once again filled with little quips and metaphors that even a full grown, boring adult should be able to relate to. On a much less outrageous scale, of course.
LibraryThing member heidialice
The Baudelaire orphans are put to work in a mill. After Klaus is hypnotized, Violet and Sunny must rescue him and escape from Count Olaf’s latest plan.

Another exciting adventure. The series continues to develop and more hints are dropped about Lemony Snicket’s (and Beatrice’s) story. Only 9
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to go!
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LibraryThing member lisa211
Omg! I can't say I can't believe that happened to the Baudelaire Orphans but like I say before, this isn't just "another" children book. This is a SURREAL REALITY kinda of children book, where there hadn't had a happy ending. YET!

For followers of this series, you all know where the kids are from,
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but for new, I suggest reading from the first book to know what exactly been going on. The Unfortunate Events Series brings you the story of the Baudelaire Orphans, Violet (the oldest and the inventor), Klaus (second borned and the genius bookworm) and Violet (youngest and the biter). Their parent died from horrible fire that burnt their house down to the ground and since then they have been moving from home to another starting from Count Olaf (who'se determined to get the Baudelaire Orphan's fortune) to their Uncle Monty's Reptile House and their Phobic Aunt Josephine.

Things hadn't improved since we last seen the Baudelaire Orphans. Mr Poe, their fortunes caretaker until Violet comes to an age, took them to their next guardian who's the owner of the Lucky Smells Lumbermill in Paltryville, where they are made to work in the mill and they shared the place to sleep with the rest of the workers. Close to their cabin, to their horror a building that resembled the mark of Count Olaf!

In this Lucky Smells Lumbermills the only option of food for them is Gum and occasionally bits and pieces of food from Charles, their guardian's partner, one of the good people they know there, next to Phil, the extreme optimist who tried to look things in their bright side.

Their foreman, named Foreman Flacutono, who just won't give them a break, and also one of the pawns to make the Baudelaire Orphans' life as miserable as the place itself. With the simple prank by him, Klaus was sent to the building that bears the mark of the feared Count Olaf (who seems to be missing) and came out all wrong. He was hypnotized! While he was under it, he did things unimaginable!

But of course adults just never listen in this story. Sad isn't it.
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LibraryThing member KarenAJeff
I wish I hadn't started reading this series but now I have to find out how it ends.
LibraryThing member supersam
Yeah it may be an exciting story, but Count Olaf appers in like the third chapter!
LibraryThing member bibliophile26
Continuation of The Series of Unfortunate Events. Nothing exciting or particularly memorable.
LibraryThing member catz
Now this book really caught my attention and I think he did a great job doing the characters.
LibraryThing member delaney.h4
Summary: the Baudelairs are staying with an Uncle who owns a truly "miserable" mill. But who knew that their own Uncle would put them to work! But what will they find in that library of his?
Review: Eh
LibraryThing member hjjugovic
There's something very appealing about these books, once you get into the tone. In this episode, the hapless Baudelaires are forced to work in a lumber mill by their newest guardian. Snickett's clever definitions and outragous characters make for some laughs in this dismal tale.
LibraryThing member sayang
Omg! I can't say I can't believe that happened to the Baudelaire Orphans but like I say before, this isn't just "another" children book. This is a SURREAL REALITY kinda of children book, where there hadn't had a happy ending. YET!

For followers of this series, you all know where the kids are from,
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but for new, I suggest reading from the first book to know what exactly been going on. The Unfortunate Events Series brings you the story of the Baudelaire Orphans, Violet (the oldest and the inventor), Klaus (second borned and the genius bookworm) and Violet (youngest and the biter). Their parent died from horrible fire that burnt their house down to the ground and since then they have been moving from home to another starting from Count Olaf (who'se determined to get the Baudelaire Orphan's fortune) to their Uncle Monty's Reptile House and their Phobic Aunt Josephine.

Things hadn't improved since we last seen the Baudelaire Orphans. Mr Poe, their fortunes caretaker until Violet comes to an age, took them to their next guardian who's the owner of the Lucky Smells Lumbermill in Paltryville, where they are made to work in the mill and they shared the place to sleep with the rest of the workers. Close to their cabin, to their horror a building that resembled the mark of Count Olaf!

In this Lucky Smells Lumbermills the only option of food for them is Gum and occasionally bits and pieces of food from Charles, their guardian's partner, one of the good people they know there, next to Phil, the extreme optimist who tried to look things in their bright side.

Their foreman, named Foreman Flacutono, who just won't give them a break, and also one of the pawns to make the Baudelaire Orphans' life as miserable as the place itself. With the simple prank by him, Klaus was sent to the building that bears the mark of the feared Count Olaf (who seems to be missing) and came out all wrong. He was hypnotized! While he was under it, he did things unimaginable!

But of course adults just never listen in this story. Sad isn't it.
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LibraryThing member bellalibrarian
If the fourth of the Unfortunate Events Series the Baudelaire orphans once again find themselves in a new home. Now, they are living at the Lucky Smells Lumbermill under the care of a man named, "Sir." The children are forced to work at the mill in exchange for the payment of coupons. The orphans
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existence at the mill doesn't last for long when their good friend, Count Olaf appears again. Violet and Klaus have the chance to switch roles in order to save Sunny and themselves; and they each develop a deeper appreciation for the other's gifts. (Klaus' reading and Violet's inventiveness) Another great adventure by Lemony Snicket!
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LibraryThing member Crowyhead
My favorite part in this one involves a duel using a sword and a certain very sharp pair of teeth...
LibraryThing member briannad84
This book in the series was a bit different than I thought it'd be. I liked how it ended and thought it was amusing the way Olaff was dressed in drag as a disguise. But it was one of the more duller ones so far.
LibraryThing member readafew
This is the 4th book in the Series of Unfortunate Events chronicling the misadventures of the Baudelaire children. Now Mr. Poe has found a businessman that is willing to 'protect' them from Count Olaf. The Baudelaire's get to work at the lumber mill in exchange for protection. Interesting things
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ensue.

Another great chapter in the lives of the Baudelaires. The books just keep getting better and better, or do I mean worse and worse. Totally awful books to read, highly recommended!
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LibraryThing member GBev2008
I didn't start reading this series until after I had seen the movie so I didn't enjoy parts 2 and 3 quite as much. This book is a bridge to a new path for the series. It is also funnier and more entertaining than book the second and third. (Perhaps seeing the movies spoiled those for me.)
LibraryThing member riverwillow
Life just keeps getting worse for the Baudelaires, following the tragic death of Aunt Josephine, they are sent to live with Sir, no one can pronounce his real name. Sir puts them to work in his lumber mill, where he promises to keep them safe from Count Olaf. Of course he can't and terrible things
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happen.
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LibraryThing member miyurose
More of the same. I feel like I'm starting to get a little bogged down in them, so I think that after I finish the next one, I'm going to start alternating them with some other audio books. I think I'm coming down with Baudelaire overload.
LibraryThing member aethercowboy
Lemony Snicket has a way with words, especially big, complicated words that may be difficult for some children to understand, so he breaks them down and defines them, though, he doesn't always define them correctly. Nevertheless, the humor of his definitions prevail.

The Miserable Mill, the fourth
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book of A Series of Unfortunate Events, is also the first book not made into a movie. If you are familiar at all with A Series of Unfortunate Events, you will no doubt know of the Baudelaire orphans: Violet, the inventor; Klaus, the reader; and Sunny, the biter. You will also most certainly know about the bumbling banker, Mr. Poe, who always seems to send the orphans to their doom, and Count Olaf, their doom.

In this volume, the orphans are sent to the Lucky Smells Lumber Mill, and put to work turning logs into planks, receiving nothing for lunch but chewing gum, and getting no pay other than coupons. Their guardian, Sir, seems to think that it is a pretty good deal for the orphans, to have such a horrible existence at his mill, though his partner, Charles, is a little more understanding.

It's only after Klaus breaks his glasses and has to go to an optometrist in an eye-shaped building that the orphans begin to see things a bit more clearly, such as the optometrist's receptionist is a little too mannish and Count Olaf-y to be named Shirley.

The orphans must outwit the count and talk sense to the rest of the adults before Sir hands them over to Shirley.

If you do so enjoy the Lemony Snicket works, I would definitely recommend reading this and the rest of the Unfortunate books. Otherwise, if you're into independent reader fiction, and are looking for something entertaining, that can appeal to both children and adults alike, you might also enjoy this series.
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LibraryThing member matinicuselementary
'The Miserable Mill' is book four in the popular series, A Series of Unfortunate Events. In this book, the Baudelaire children are brought to the Lucky Smells Lumber Mill, where they are forced to work in a dangerous lumber mill for coupons that they can't use. They are fed a stick of gum for lunch
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and a lumpy casserole for dinner. Things are pretty bad, but there is no sign of Count Olaf. They are very nervous, because all over the town there seems to be signs of him. Are they just paranoid, or is there something to their concerns? I really enjoyed 'The Miserable Mill'. It is book 4 in a series of 13. Ages 9 and up.
reviewed by Lydia Twombly-Hussey
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LibraryThing member Angelicaquezada
The siblings go live at a mill where they work all day and get a piece of gum for lunch
LibraryThing member absurd_bird
In the fourth book of the series, the Baudelaire orphans are ordered to work at the Luck Smells Lumbermill in Paltryville, a dark and gloomy place that none of the children likes very much at all. It was very interesting and quite amusing to see the way Count Olaf disguised himself this time
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around. The book has many interesting and unusual parts (in a good way), including Klaus being hypnotised, a man with smoke for his head, and a dentis who isn't what she seems. A great addition to the series.
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LibraryThing member Eilidh1799
I'm only half way through this book and its one of the best books ive ever read!
LibraryThing member ababe92
This book was one of the more boring books in the series "A series of Unfortunate Events." I recommend this to children who like these books.

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208

Rating

½ (1853 ratings; 3.6)
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