A Series Of Unfortunate Events #4: The Miserable Mill: The Miserable Mill by Lemony SnicketA Series Of Unfortunate Events #4: The Miserable Mill: The Miserable Mill by Lemony Snicket

A Series Of Unfortunate Events #4: The Miserable Mill: The Miserable Mill

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Hardcover | April 5, 2000

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I hope, for your sake, that you have not chosen to read this book because you are in the mood for a pleasant experience. If this is the case, I advise you to put this book down instantaneously, because of all the books describing the unhappy lives of the Baudelaire orphans, The Miserable Mill might be the unhappiest yet. Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire are sent to Paltryville to work in a lumber mill, and they find disaster and misfortune lurking behind every log. The pages of this book, I'm sorry to inform you, contain such unpleasantries as a giant pincher machine, a bad casserole, a man with a cloud of smoke where his head should be, a hypnotist, a terrible accident resulting in injury, and coupons. I have promised to write down the entire history of these three poor children, but you haven't, so if you prefer stories that are more heartwarming, please feel free to make another selection.

With all due respect,

Lemony Snicket

Lemony Snicket is often despondent, mostly about his published research, which includes A Series of Unfortunate Events andThe Composer Is Dead.
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Title:A Series Of Unfortunate Events #4: The Miserable Mill: The Miserable MillFormat:HardcoverDimensions:208 pages, 7 × 5 × 0.83 inPublished:April 5, 2000Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0064407691

ISBN - 13:9780064407694

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Enjoyable story, entertaining characters, great read. Enjoyable story, entertaining characters, great read.
Date published: 2017-10-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Miserable Mill A great addition to the series. Everything you expect from the last three books
Date published: 2017-10-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fabulous read, fantastic characters, great book. Fabulous read, fantastic characters, great book.
Date published: 2017-10-07
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Depressing I read these up until the third one and then they started to become really depressing. It hard enough being a kid and these kids go through more than any kid should. I feel disconnected and frustrated with the plot. The villain is too scary...
Date published: 2017-09-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fun and entertaining read. Great adventure book. Fun and entertaining read. Great adventure book.
Date published: 2017-09-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fabulous read, very exciting story. Fabulous read, very exciting story.
Date published: 2017-09-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great storyline, fantastic characters, great read. Great storyline, fantastic characters, great read.
Date published: 2017-09-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic read, great adventures. Fantastic read, great adventures.
Date published: 2017-08-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book full of humor, adventures and unfortunate events. Great book full of humor, adventures and unfortunate events.
Date published: 2017-08-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lovely! Even hough I am reading them for the second time now ad uh older, it is still an excellent read!
Date published: 2017-08-08
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Easy to read I'll say this much, they're rather quick to get through, but it doesn't make it any less painful
Date published: 2017-06-15
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Easy to read I'll say this much, they're rather quick to get through, but it doesn't make it any less painful
Date published: 2017-06-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Couldn't put it down It's strange how addictive these books are even though there's really a lot of 'unfortunate events' in them. Definitely recommend this book as well as the entire series.
Date published: 2017-04-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my favourite books. This book series was definitely the perfect read for me growing up. As a kid who likes things a little darker but still witty, this was the best thing.
Date published: 2017-03-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great but unfortunate series Love this series! I read this when I was younger and learned so many words from these books. Definitely a good read :)
Date published: 2017-03-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from love it the structure of the story changes up a bit in this 4th installment of the series. keeps the plot not boring at all
Date published: 2017-03-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from love it the structure of the story changes up a bit in this 4th installment of the series. keeps the plot not boring at all
Date published: 2017-03-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from love it the structure of the story changes up a bit in this 4th installment of the series. keeps the plot not boring at all
Date published: 2017-03-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from love it the structure of the story changes up a bit in this 4th installment of the series. keeps the plot not boring at all
Date published: 2017-03-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from love it the structure of the story changes up a bit in this 4th installment of the series. keeps the plot not boring at all
Date published: 2017-03-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from funny the funniest series i've ever read!
Date published: 2017-02-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great This series is just so enjoyable. I'm actually surprised this book didn't make more kids scared of the eye doctor! would highly recommend this series!
Date published: 2017-02-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from read the books first I loved these books as a youth and now that Netflix is re-booting the franchise, it was time to re-read. The books add a lot to the overall experience. Wonderfully-written and very funny.
Date published: 2017-02-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Dreary but wonderful at the same time This is probably the low point in the series. It's still a great read but not as good as the previous 3 or the ones to follow.
Date published: 2017-02-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good book I enjoyed the story. Not my favourite in the series but still really well done.
Date published: 2017-01-31
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Loved the series - but... I loved this series, but this particular book was very boring and predictable to me. It was more of the same from the first three books - luckily after this book, the series REALLY improves and some of the best books in the series are upcoming!
Date published: 2017-01-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Number 4 The fourth in a series of 13 books. I have previously read this multiple times growing up. Love revisiting my childhood favourite books ahead of watching the netflix adaptation
Date published: 2017-01-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Miserable Mill This fourth instalment of this series is a great way to keep children reading. They can't wait to hear about the next mishap.
Date published: 2017-01-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Part Four of an Interesting Series All of my friends and I were reading these book when they came out back in our elementary school days. They were different than anything on the market, and we couldn't get enough of it. There was always something to discuss amongst friends during the reading of this series, and all of us in particular remember the entire page on which was written exclusively, and excessively, very, very, very... An excellent series to introduce to younger readers. #plumreviews
Date published: 2017-01-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Favourite series! I started reading these books in elementary school and continued reading into my teenage years. Daniel Handler aka Lemony Snicket can twist and play with words like no other and his style is a delight to read. Although the unfortunate events are numerous, this is more than a depressing read. The Baudelaires are truly resilient and it's inspiring and comforting all at once. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-01-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful A great book in a great series
Date published: 2017-01-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great continuation of the series Interesting read, just as good as the first three. This series continues to be great.
Date published: 2017-01-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great The Baudelaires continue to meet their unfortunate fate, and what poor dears they are.
Date published: 2017-01-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Better and Better Snicket brings forth the most miserable of events that keeps you intrigued, hopeful, and invested in the Baudelaire orphans.
Date published: 2017-01-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Childhood classics These are my childhood. Dark, creepy and fun.
Date published: 2016-12-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful I liked the length of this book.
Date published: 2016-11-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved! I started reading this when I was much younger and his has stuck with me this long! The stories are short and cute and irrefutably funny, makes for a great read even now.
Date published: 2016-11-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from how i liked this book This book has a lot of sad events like fights and hypnotizing but the funny and weird part that the authour said that Count Olaf is Shirley his helpers are also in this book pretending to be another person
Date published: 2015-04-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A series of unfortunate events #4 A Series of Unfortunate events the miserable mill is a very good exciting book about three young children named Violet, Klaus and Sunny Baudelire who have terrible misfortune as Count Olaf tries to steal their incredible fortune.
Date published: 2013-11-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Thier Pight Continues! Ahhh, the plight of the Baudelaire orphans continues. This one had me guessing how Count Olaf was going to try to wrestle away the fortune until almost 3/4 of the way through. You really had a feeling at how depressing the mill was and how hopeless the situation was becoming.
Date published: 2009-07-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from SWEAT!!! the book was sweat, just like all the other books and that is what i have to say. LOL <3<3
Date published: 2008-03-20
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Okay This book really wasn't one of the greatest. I thought it was sort of boring. It didn't "tickle my fancy" so to speak.
Date published: 2006-08-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from HE's Done It Again! Another touching book by lemony snicket, with the baudelaire orphans, as the end up in a mill chopping wood, and chewing nothing but gum . . . read the book to know what's going on in these orphans lives!!!!
Date published: 2006-07-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Misenable Mill The Misenable Mill is the fourth novel of A Series of Unfortunate Events . The Series of Unfortunate Events is a very sad series. It is about a very talented Violet, very intelligent Klaus, and a baby Sunny that likes to bite everything. In this adventure book the Baudelaire is adopted by Sir. Sir owns a lumber company. Sir is a very mean person. He let the Baudelaire work in the lumber company. At lunch time he only gives them a gum to eat.If you think he is bad, wait and see Count Olaf. Count Olaf is a very, vey mean person. He wants to get Baudelaire's fortune that their parents left them. Count Olaf shows up in all of the books.If you want to find what happend please read the book. It is by Lemony Snicket. He is a very good author.
Date published: 2002-06-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from awesome this book was awsome... i finished it in one day... i couldn't put it down!!!!!!!!!!!
Date published: 2002-02-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Talk about miserable Once again the Bauladaires have been sent to another place to live their unlucky miserable life! This time they are sent to live in the Luckysmells Lumbermill. Klaus gets hypontized and almost kills his boss's asstant.But that's nothing compared to how Count Olaf disguizes himself..... as a girl!! A responist named Shirley. If you have read the other three books in this series then you must know how exciting this next book will be. I highly recommand this book to any person who loves adventure and bravery. I can tell you one thing with this book you are in for know dissapointment.
Date published: 2001-05-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The best book I ever read! This book I read was tremendous! I have read all the other books in its series, and I found them all wonderful! My friend Jemma Robinson was kind enough to lend me her books. Jemma has all of them except #7 THE VILE VILLAGE which I most certainly will buy myself. I already have #1 THE BAD BEGINNING. I like Sunny Baudelaire because she is cute,likes chewing on hard things and speeks in a funny language. I like Violet because she likes inventing stuff, is preaty and she hates pinstripe suits like me. I like Klaus because he is a reader like me,is smart and is nice to sunny unlike me and my brother. I HATE count olaf because he wants the baudelaire fortune and many many more reasons.I think if aunt Josephine were here now she would be mad at me because I made so many grammar errors,but she is not here now so whew!Well anyways I have to go now,and I recommend this book for anyone.
Date published: 2001-05-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from The book of elements This book has wonderful elements of fantasy, surprise and odd twists and turns. It may not appeal to certain people but it sure can cacth the eye. It's a well written book and is great in terms of using the elements. It uses the best elements at exactly the right time. It has a a very good chance of being a best seller.
Date published: 2001-03-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Miserable Yes, Great No Doubt This wonderful book is packed with mystery and adventure. It was definitely a book I couldn't put down. I read it in a day! I definitely reccomend this book if you don't mind the miserable and unfortunate lives of the Baudelaire children. It is just as great as the first three.
Date published: 2001-01-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from More bad luck This is the fourth book of the Baudelaire childrens' horrible lives of despair and bad luck and it is great! Klaus gets hypnotised, causing horrible accidents; Sunny has a sword fight and they are all forced to live with a mean man with a cloud of smoke for a head who feeds them gum for lunch, makes them do hard labour and pays the other workers only in coupons. Count Olaf is nowhere to be found. This book beats Harry Potter by a mile!
Date published: 2000-11-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Not for Kids Who Scare Really Easily! Okay, wonderful book, Lemony Snicket does it again, but, as someone does have a rather nasty run-in with a saw in a mill, use discresion. I'm just hoping there's no movie. Ick. But it is a cool book, and I loved it. The Baudelaires are child laborors! And with that would-be wonderful library, and nice "partner" (Ha! Slave would be more apropriate), they're SO close. And also so close to being captured by Count Olaf.
Date published: 2000-09-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from More Miserable It just keeps getting worse, for the poor Baudelaires. Again, don't let the warnings discourage you! A warning (which should be taken to heart) a character does die a grusome death, but it's not discribed in detail. Just hope they don't make a movie! Anyway, the Baudelaires have another (if not late) brush with Count Olaf, and by this time it's getting pretty easy to regognise him, with your experience. But no one believes, until the end, when they have to convince them. I bet the Baudelaires never want to see a mill or bubblegum again.
Date published: 2000-08-27

From the Author

Dear Reader,I hope, for your sake, that you have not chosen to read this book because you are in the mood for a pleasant experience. If this is the case, I advise you to put this book down instantaneously, because of all the books describing the unhappy lives of the Baudelaire orphans, The Miserable Mill might be the unhappiest yet. Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire are sent to Paltryville to work in a lumber mill, and they find disaster and misfortune lurking behind every log.The pages of this book, I'm sorry to inform you, contain such unpleasantries as a giant pincher machine, a bad casserole, a man with a cloud of smoke where his head should be, a hypnotist, a terrible accident resulting in injury, and coupons.I have promised to write down the entire history of these three poor children, but you haven't, so if you prefer stories that are more heartwarming, please feel free to make another selection.With all due respect,Lemony Snicket

From Our Editors

This fourth book in A Series of Unfortunate Events begins with the author's usual warning of a bleak and bumpy ride ahead. The Baudelaires have found yet another guardian -- the mysterious owner of the Lucky Smells Lumber Mill in the town of Paltryville. The luckless trio of Violet, Klaus and Sunny are convinced that this home will be no better than any of the others they've had since their parents' tragic deaths. They couldn't be more correct. In the other books, there was at least a sympathetic guardian who was hideously dispatched by the obsessive Count Olaf who covets the Baudelaire's fortune. The Miserable Mill, however, has only Phil, the relentlessly optimistic mill worker and Charles, the well-meaning but ineffectual partner of Sir, the mill owner who for no reason has a cloud of cigar smoke in place of a head. The idea of children toiling in a dangerous lumber mill is not the laugh-riot you might think and the villains are even more transparent than ever. The macabre optometrist/hypnotist Dr. Georgina Orwell (a meaningless reference) has no motivation for her misdeeds, but meets a suitably gory end and the ever-present Olaf is cross-dressing this time, insisting that a wig, false high voice and nameplate qualify him as Shirley, the optometrist's receptionist. Ages 9 and up.

Employee Review

This fourth outrageous misadventure of the Beaudelaire orphans finds them sent to live and work in the Paltryville lumber mill, once again trying to outwit the evil Count Olaf. These books might be subtitled "Why won't adults listen to kids?" and will find many sympathetic readers. They are not, however, for the squeamish -- reminiscent of Roald Dahl in The Witches. I hated book one when I started it, but was captivated by the appeal of the children themselves, and by the author's wonderful style, which manages to shield the reader from the full impact of the horrid happenings.