The Vile Village, by Lemony Snicket

Hey, look, another road trip happened! You’ll be seeing this and two more Series of Unfortunate Events posts over the next several days. These books are just so perfect for driving — they’re simple, they’re engaging but not so much that you cause an accident, and they are easy to pick up again after you’ve taken a pee break. They should clearly list these qualities on the CD case.

Okay, so, we pick up on the V.F.D. thing in this book with a trip to a town called V.F.D., where the citizens have decided to take part in an orphan-raising program based on the idea that it takes a village to raise a child. Yes, you can groan.

The Baudelaires find a friend in the town handyman, who helps them attempt to decipher notes that are clearly coming from the Quagmire triplets but who is too “skittish” to do any good defending of the orphans when Count Olaf comes waltzing into town accusing the orphans of murder. Oh, snap.

In the last book, the series got an overarching storyline (finding V.F.D), but this book radically changes the way that the Baudelaires will follow that storyline, as they go from “orphans being shipped around the greater Earth area to increasingly inappropriate guardians” to “orphans running around the greater Earth area trying to find V.F.D. and also avoid the people who think they’re murderers.” I don’t really remember the rest of this series very well, so I don’t know if this is a good shift or not, but it definitely makes the series a bit easier to bear over the next couple of books, as you’ll soon see.

Recommendation: I really like this series, even if it’s not exactly “good.” You should read this if you like sarcastic humor, and you should listen to this if you like Tim Curry.

Rating: 8/10
(A to Z Challenge, Support Your Local Library Challenge)

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