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A Series Of Unfortunate Events #8: The Hostile Hospital [Hardcover]

Lemony Snicket
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Aug. 23 2001 Series of Unfortunate Events (Book 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 many pleasant things to read about, but this books contains none of them. Within its pages are such burdensome details as misleading newspaper headlines, unnecessary surgery, an intercom system, anesthesia, heart-shaped balloons, and some very startling news 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 something best left on the ground, where you undoubtedly found it.

With all due respect,

Lemony Snicket

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As you might expect, nothing but woe befalls the unlucky Baudelaire orphans in the eighth grim tale in Lemony Snicket's Series of Unfortunate Events that began with The Bad Beginning. Ever since the orphans' photographs were plastered across the front page of The Daily Punctilio in an article falsely accusing them of murder, they have been on the run. Only when they disguise themselves as cheerful hospital volunteers (Volunteers Fighting Disease, to be exact), do they see a possible refuge. Of course, this backfires hideously. Where is their ineffectual guardian, Mr. Poe, when they need him most? Will the evil, greedy Count Olaf be successful in giving poor Violet a cranioectomy at the Heimlich Hospital? Is a heart-shaped balloon really better than water for a thirsty patient? Is no news really good news? As ever, Snicket refuses to comfort young readers with cozy answers and satisfying escapes. And, as ever, there are plenty of rusty blades and horrible plot twists to make us shudder and shameless-but-hilarious wordplay to make us grimace happily. Bring on the next one! (Ages 9 and older) --Karin Snelson

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Gr 4-7-Another roller coaster of perils for the three Baudelaire children. This time, they search for clues concerning their parents' deaths and attempt to clear themselves of a false murder charge while being pursued by the evil Count Olaf, who is after the family fortune. While attempting to escape arrest, the siblings join a volunteer group that sings and brings good cheer to patients and enter Heimlich Hospital, where they soon find themselves working in the Library of Records. A picture with an important clue surfaces just as Olaf's girlfriend discovers them and captures Violet, who is then readied for a cranioectomy, a surgery in which the head must be removed. The trio's talents are put to good use in a daring escape from the burning hospital. They jump into Olaf's car trunk in search of more clues and position themselves for the next exciting sequel. Readers will enjoy cheering for the clever youngsters, booing the diabolical villains, and noting the many new clues. The narrator's active voice is forever teasing readers by taking them to the edge of their seats and then purposely switching the subject or suggesting they stop reading all together. This volume can stand alone but few will be able to resist reading the next installment after the cliff-hanger ending.

Jean Gaffney, Dayton and Montgomery County Public Library, Miamisburg, OH

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.


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2.0 out of 5 stars meh gettin boring Nov. 17 2003
Format:Library Binding
the people out there that like happy books dont read this... there's even a disclaimer on the book about it. anyways its pretty good...fer kids maybe up to 14 cause they're pretty short a good short read. [...] is a good page to check fer more books like these
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1.0 out of 5 stars oh please... May 8 2003
Format:Hardcover
Hmm... maybe I'm not supposed to talk, as this is the only book I've read in this series. Before reading this book I heard a lot of hype about how it was "better than Harry Potter". At first I was intrigued by the "Put down this dreadful book" business at the beginning and back of the book. When I got down to reading, though, I was really disappointed.
The book is based in the real world, instead of in a magical world, so forgive me if I find the authors little side story about his friend swallowing loyal butterflies to keep them out of 'insect prison with evil bugs who torture criminal bugs' and eating light food to avoid injuring his butterflies, before burping them out several years later a tad out of place. The author also spends too much time giving you definitions to words you already know the meaning to, and translating what Sunny is trying to say than coming up with a stronger storyline.

I also find he gives too many unnecessary examples. An average sentence goes something like this "You must have felt frightened in one way or another, like when you were outside your headmaster's office, or if you are about to be pushed of a cliff, or when bla bla bla... that's how the Baudelaire children felt." Half the page is full with all these and the plot is as thin as a piece of paper.
Well, after all I've heard about the book, and after reading the description at the back of the book, I prepared myself for the goriness and dark stuff the book would undoubtedly have. So I read, and read and read... but they never came. The whole thing was downright boring!
I won't be too harsh on it, as it's a children's book, but compared to other children's books it loses out miserably.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Hostile Hospital June 1 2004
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
The Hostile Hospital is a great and exciting book. It is about three children named Violet, Klaus, and Sunny who don't have parents anymore. Their parents died in a fire and now our living with relatives. These children also have a evil man after them named Count Olaf who is after their fortune. When ever they are with another person Count Olaf always shows up. The Hostile Hospital keeps you interested the whole time you read it.Can Violet, Klaus, and Sunny survive Count Olaf?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Suspenseful and unpleasant May 30 2004
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
This is the eighth in a series of stories about unfortunate events that happen to the Baudelaires, three siblings who live by themselves after their parents die. They encounter many different adventures and misfortunes. I particularly liked this story because the plot kept me really interested and enthusiastic about reading more! This is a great option for readers who have not read any of the stories in this series. In this story, "The Hostile Hospital," one of the Baudelaires is held hostage in a hospital while her siblings try to save her.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The not so Hospitable Hospital April 30 2004
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
In the 8th book,The Hostile Hospital is an extrodinary book that has lots of action and mystery. The only thing the Baudelaire children have left from their friends, the Quaqmires, is a notebook with a page that says V.F.D. What does it mean? When Violet gets into the greedy hands of Count Olaf what is Klaus and Sunny going to do? Is she going to be rescued or stay forever in Count Olafs hands. In this book, Lemony Snicket gives us more information about how the Baudelaire children became orphans. He also hints that they may not be orphans after all. Yet, do not start with this book if you have never read books one through seven first. Lemony Snicket continues to make each book more mysterious then the one before it. I would recommend this book because it gave me a lot of information about the kids but also left me wondering. When the children find a paper related to their family in the hospital records, I thought that they would get the chance to find more family but instead they find the papers gone except for one page (13). This starts them on a new quest but first they must survive Count Olaf who plans to kill Violet and Klaus. To do this they must also figure out the mystery of the fire that was supposed to have killed their parents.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Hostile Hospital March 31 2004
By m diaz
Format:Hardcover
The Hostile Hospital
By:Lemony Snicket
Reviewed By: M. Diaz
Period: 6
LIke all the other books it all started when a fire had killed their parents. So their parent's fortune was sent to them. They were sent to Mr.Poe who, then sent were sent to a guy named Count Olaf. In this book there is a murder a guy got killed. Then Count Olaf frames it on the three children. The Children ran away they didn't bother telling anyone because they knew no one would believe them. As the police were chasing them in the middle of no where they come across a store called the last chance general store. Because it was really the only store left. So they went in and there were so much stuff. They asked the storeowner if they could send a telegram. The storeowner said yes, and said do you have money they said no it's an emergency so he said ok it's for free. They telegrammed Mr. Poe telling him what had happened. Then a newspaper called the Daily Poncho. The children knew that they were in the front page. So they ran for because they knew they wouldn't believe them. They were saved because a group called the V.F.D came and they went in the van. The V.F.D. is an organization the sings for sick people in the hospital. When the V.F.D notices them Violet says her name is Sally. But the leader of the group says we don't need names we just call it other brother and sister. They go to the hospital and they were looking for volunteers to work in the file room. You're going to have to read the book for the rest.
I loved the book so much. This is my favorite book out of the whole series. It always keeps you guessing until the end. Here is one of the quotes "Oh no they've captured Violet" that's were the book gets really interesting.
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2.0 out of 5 stars A series of boring events
Cmon. I've read all the way up to this book (#8) and the stories keep on coming. I've had enough of these little kids being forever chased by a guy that no one will ever catch. Read more
Published on Dec 1 2005 by FreeToRhyme
4.0 out of 5 stars the hostile hospital
i tought that the book lacked the comidy as the others had.it is worth the time though.wich is about 3hours
Published on March 22 2004 by joshua duquette
4.0 out of 5 stars book the 8th
The Hostile Hospital is the 8th book in the A Series of Unfortunate Events.In this book we find out more about V.F.D and the Baudelaire family. Read more
Published on March 20 2004 by john caul
3.0 out of 5 stars cori davis - a richview middle school student
The story starts out by telling you that if you were smart, you would put the book down and stop reading it. The Baudelaire orphans are the main characters. Read more
Published on March 11 2004
3.0 out of 5 stars The Hostile Hospital
Envision yourself always running always afraid and always alert. Well unfortunately for the three Baudelaire children they don't have to because they always are. Read more
Published on March 8 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars The Hostile Hospital
I thought this book was amazing, but yet in the beginning I thought it was boring because it was the same story as every other one. Read more
Published on Feb. 21 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars the hostile hospital
I think this book and all of the other books are great!!!
Published on Feb. 3 2004 by ,rylan
5.0 out of 5 stars They did it again !!!
I love this book! This book is called A Series of Unfortunate Events, The Hostile Hospital. It is the eighth book in the series by Lemony Snickets. Read more
Published on Oct. 27 2003
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