Title: The Hostile Hospital
Author: Lemony Snicket
Series/Standalone: A Series of Unfortunate Events (Book #8)
Genre: Fiction, Middle Grade, Fantasy
Publisher: HarperCollins Publisher
Year Published: 2001
Format: Hardcover Library Copy
First Line: "There are two reasons why a writer would end a sentence with the word 'stop' written entirely in capital letters STOP."
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 many 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 as I can, so I should know that this book is something best left on the ground, where you undoubtedly found it.
With all due respect,
My Rating: 5/5
So I took a break from this series for a month and when I was at the library getting some books for my preschool classroom I thought what the hell, I might as well pick up this book and the next one in the series. For me, these are perfect weekend reads and on weekends when I don't have plans I can fly through them along with my other book of the week. This one I thought really blew the others out of the water. It came into its own and connections are starting to be made and as an adult, I'm far more interested. I think that the author does a magnificent job incorporating his own story and others into that of the Baudelaire orphans and I was impressed with his writing in this installment even more than the others. I can't wait to finish the rest of the series, and I'm strongly considering binge reading over the next few months. After all what's a long weekend without books!
Can't wait to see where this series is going.
Thanks for reading,