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The Hostile Hospital (2001)

by Lemony Snicket

Other authors: Brett Helquist (Illustrator)

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Series: A Series of Unfortunate Events (8)

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On the run after being falsely accused of murder, the three Baudelaire orphans find themselves in the Heimlich Hospital, with the evil Count Olaf in close pursuit.
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  BooksInMirror | Feb 19, 2024 |
Not favorite book in the series thus far, but still entertaining. I did enjoy it, just not as much as some others. I'm looking forward to see what happens in the next book. I would recommend this. 4 out of 5 stars. ( )
  Beammey | Dec 21, 2023 |
That moment when you finally remember what VFD stands for and you gasp loudly on public transit and you probably look strange but you feel transported back to elementary school and reading these books for the first time. Great moment. ( )
  Moshepit20 | Oct 22, 2023 |
(3.5 / 5)

The three Baudelaire orphans are on their own now, but that doesn't make them safe. In fact, now they have to be wary of anyone who's ever read the newspaper, which is just about everyone. Fortunately, they're able to hide in a group of volunteers who don't read the paper and whose organization initials happen to be V.F.D. This leads them to a hospital, where they encounter Count Olaf and his associates in full force.

As we continue to progress away from the tired formula that the first half of the series followed, I find the overall story a little more interesting. I still don't get most of the humor that others seem to like, but I'll admit I found some of Sunny's dialog to be funny in this book (I even laughed out loud one time). The V.F.D. mystery is gaining interest for me, and the ending was such a departure that it felt like a breath of fresh air.

In some ways, though, outside of the stand-out things mentioned above, this was still the same old story. Still, I liked it more than most of the previous ones, and Tim Curry singing the V.F.D. song throughout the book was a lot more fun than it probably should have been. (This book is brought to you by the word "spurious.") ( )
  Kristi_D | Sep 22, 2023 |
The Baudelaires need a safe place to stay--somewhere far away from terrible villains and local police. A quiet refuge where misfortune never visits. Might Heimlich Hospital be just the place?

In Lemony Snicket's eighth ghastly installment in A Series of Unfortunate Events, I'm sorry to say that the Baudelaire orphans will spend time in a hospital where they risk encountering a misleading newspaper headline, unnecessary surgery, an intercom system, anesthesia, heart-shaped balloons, and some very startling news about a fire.
  PlumfieldCH | Sep 22, 2023 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Snicket, Lemonyprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Helquist, BrettIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Beck, RufusSprechersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Curry, TimNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Dahl, Tor EdvinOvers.secondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Daniele, V.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Helanen-Ahtola, Marja(KÄÄnt.)secondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kozak, JolantaTł.secondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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For Beatrice — Summer without you is as cold as winter. Winter without you is even colder.
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On the run after being falsely accused of murder, the three Baudelaire orphans find themselves in the Heimlich Hospital, with the evil Count Olaf in close pursuit.

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As I read more of this series, I became more and more sorry for the Baudelaire Triplets. Everywhere they go, they would have to get haunted down by Count Olaf, and his stupid assistants! Well, at least they had some success in this book, they had burned down the hopital, but they still didn't capture that nasty old Count Olaf! I think that Count Olaf has been becoming more and more cruel as the book gets further and further. So far, this was the best successfully ending they ever had, well at least in my opinion. But I hope the author could make them have a happily ever ending, beause they had already suffered through a lot of events. Can't wait to read the next book!
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