A Box of Unfortunate Events: The Dilemma Deepens, Books 7-9: The Vile Village; The Hostile Hospital; The Carnivorous Carnival

A Box of Unfortunate Events: The Dilemma Deepens, Books 7-9: The Vile Village; The Hostile Hospital; The Carnivorous Carnival


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A Warning from the Publisher:

Would you rather sprain your ankle, bruise your hip, and lose a toe to frostbite on the same day? Or would you rather have these accidents happen on three different days?

This collection of volumes seven through nine in A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket is the equivalent of having three ghastly accidents right in a row. Contained here are such unpleasantries as kidnapping, disguise, murder, paperwork, another disguise, heart-shaped balloons, false allegations, stiletto heels, a shattered crystal ball, a cryptic map, an irritating song, and quite a few more disguises, all bundled together into a continuous barrage of horror and dismay.

The more sensible approach would be to read The Vile Village, The Hostile Hospital, and The Carnivorous Carnival months or even years apart from one another, so you have time to recuperate from the misery each volume offers—or better yet, to turn your eyes away from Mr. Snicket's work and find a literary experience that would cause you no distress whatsoever.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780060556204
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 09/23/2003
Series: A Series of Unfortunate Events
Sales rank: 291,459
Product dimensions: 0.00(w) x 0.00(h) x (d)
Age Range: 9 - 12 Years

About the Author

Lemony Snicket had an unusual education which may or may not explain his ability to evade capture. He is the author of the 13 volumes in A Series of Unfortunate Events, several picture books including The Dark, and the books collectively titled All The Wrong Questions.

Brett Helquist's celebrated art has graced books from the charming Bedtime for Bear, which he also wrote, to the New York Times–bestselling A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket to the glorious picture book adaptation of Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol. He lives with his family in Brooklyn, New York.


Snicket is something of a nomad. Handler lives in San Francisco, California.

Date of Birth:

February 28, 1970

Place of Birth:

Handler was born in San Francisco in 1970, and says Snicket's family has roots in a land that's now underwater.


Handler is a 1992 graduate of Wesleyan University in Connecticut.

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A Series of Unfortunate Events Box: The Dilemma Deepens

The Vile Village

Chapter One

No matter who you are, no matter where you live, and no matter how many people are chasing you, what you don't read is often as important as what you do read. For instance, if you are walking in the mountains, and you don't read the sign that says "Beware of Cliff" because you are busy reading a joke book instead, you may suddenly find yourself walking on air rather than on a sturdy bed of rocks. If you are baking a pie for your friends, and you read an article entitled "How to Build a Chair" instead of a cookbook, your pie will probably end up tasting like wood and nails instead of like crust and fruity filling. And if you insist on reading this book instead of something more cheerful, you will most certainly find yourself moaning in despair instead of wriggling in delight, so if you have any sense at all you will put this book down and pick up another one. I know of a book, for instance, called The Littlest Elf, which tells the story of a teensy-weensy little man who scurries around Fairyland having all sorts of adorable adventures, and you can see at once that you should probably read The Littlest Elf and wriggle over the lovely things that happened to this imaginary creature in a made-up place, instead of reading this book and moaning over the terrible things that happened to the three Baudelaire orphans in the village where I am now typing these very words. The misery, woe, and treachery contained in the pages of this book are so dreadful that it is important that you don't read any more of it than you already have.

The Hostile Hospital

Chapter One

There are two reasons why a writer would end a sentence with the word "stop" written entirely in capital letters stop. The first is if the writer were writing a telegram, which is a coded message sent through an electrical wire stop. In a telegram, the word "stop" in all capital letters is the code for the end of a sentence stop. But there is another reason why a writer would end a sentence with "stop" written entirely in capital letters, and that is to warn readers that the book they are reading is so utterly wretched that if they have begun reading it, the best thing to do would be to stop stop. This particular book, for instance, describes an especially unhappy time in the dreadful lives of Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire, and if you have any sense at all you will shut this book immediately, drag it up a tall mountain, and throw it off the very top stop. There is no earthly reason why you should read even one more word about the misfortune, treachery, and woe that are in store for the three Baudelaire children, any more than you should run into the street and throw yourself under the wheels of a bus stop. This "stop" -- ended sentence is your very last chance to pretend the "stop" warning is a stop sign, and to stop the flood of despair that awaits you in this book, the heart-stopping horror that begins in the very next sentence, by obeying the "stop" and stopping stop.

The Carnivorous Carnival

Chapter One

When my workday is over, and I have closed my notebook, hidden my pen, and sawed holes in my rented canoe so that it cannot be found, I often like to spend the evening in conversation with my few surviving friends. Sometimes we discuss literature. Sometimes we discuss the people who are trying to destroy us, and if there is any hope of escaping from them. And sometimes we discuss frightening and troublesome animals that might be nearby, and this topic always leads to much disagreement over which part of a frightening and troublesome beast is the most frightening and troublesome. Some say the teeth of the beast, because teeth are used for eating children, and often their parents, and gnawing their bones. Some say the claws of the beast, because claws are used for ripping things to shreds. And some say the hair of the beast, because hair can make allergic people sneeze.

But I always insist that the most frightening part of any beast is its belly, for the simple reason that if you are seeing the belly of the beast it means you have already seen the teeth of the beast and the claws of the beast and even the hair of the beast, and now you are trapped and there is probably no hope for you. For this reason, the phrase "in the belly of the beast" has become an expression which means "inside some terrible place with little chance of escaping safely," and it is not an expression one should look forward to using.

A Series of Unfortunate Events Box: The Dilemma Deepens. Copyright © by Lemony Snicket. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.

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Box of Unfortunate Events: Books 7 - 9: Dilemma Deepens: The Vile Village; The Hostile Hospital; The Carnivorous Carnival 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
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These books are the best I have them read in a day annd a half!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This series of books are very fortunate! They are the best books that I have read yet! It gives big words and the definitions for it like no other book besides the dictionary!! Parents also recommend this book for use of vocab and more!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved these books! They are super interesting and filled with mystery, well at least to me. I always love a good book and, well, these were good ones.I've read books numbers 1-10 and hope to read the 11!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is great! I love this author.... I hope he make movies for all his books, and I also hope he continues making them!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This box set was amazing all the books were great,I highly recommend this.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This series is the best ever, since harry potter. You would like it to have a happy ending, but still last forever to see how they could get out of the misfortunate events that happen to them.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Snicket is by far the best children's author of this millenium (sorry, Ms. Rowling.) However, these are by no means books for children alone. Half the jokes are far above kid's heads...I'm sixteen and I laugh constantly. It's obvious that Snicket has a blast doing what he does best - mystifying and confusing everyone who picks up one of his books. Genius, pure genius. I love it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I absolutely LOVED these books... I read each and everyone in the series! These books are hi-larry-ous!!! I laughed out loud many times!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think a seires of unfortunate events is the best but sadest book of all time.
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this series is the best. i totally love snickets style of writing.its really interesting.i really like the character of klaus baudelaire in the book.he reminds me of myself, the book worm that i am.....
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you like books that have horrible and cruel events happening to three very intelligent and innocent kids, extremely well writing, and no happy ending, these are the perfect books for you. If you don't like all that stuff, just read them anyway, because the events, characters, and the great sense of humor of Lemoney Snicket all comes together to create an awesome (or maybe woesome) series that'll have you laughing out loud at some parts, and weeping at others.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This series of books has totally changed my 10 year old's opinion of reading - he literally devours each one, and is so sad to have just discovered that there are only 10 books in the series. He was a below avg reader w/a very low interest in reading until he started reading this series.
Guest More than 1 year ago
These books are wonderful! They had me in stiches. I can't wait till the next one comes out.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I highly recommend the Series of Unfortunate Events! My daughter, age 10, and I, age none-of-your-business, read these books with relish. The term 'relish' here means with great enthusiasm.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you like Dickens then you should read these books.
Guest More than 1 year ago
boring, 'nuff said.
Guest More than 1 year ago
These books are some of the best books I have read. They are so awsome!!!