And so I will continue my trend of alternating between Lemony Snicket and Ann Brashares. An interesting match, really.
“The Vile Village” is the seventh “Series of Unfortunate Events” books. I’m really not sure how much time has passed across the series, but it surely can’t be that much. The Baudelaires never seem to stay in one place for too long.
In this book, someone high up the ladder has decided to take the aphorism “It takes a village to raise a child” quite literally, so now an actual village and all its citizens are the legal guardian of Violet, Klaus, and Sunny. The village is called V.F.D., which the orphans think have to do with some mysterious clue that their friends the Quagmire triplets have been hinting at, but it really just stands for “Village of Fowl Devotees” (the whole place is covered in crows, hence “fowl”) and we still have no idea what V.F.D. actually means. Even though the Quagmires keep trying to tell the Baudelaires and the Baudelaires are just too dense to listen for a few seconds. Like I said before, for being such smart children, they have some really dumb moments.
This time they are living with a nice dude named Hector, but things are still miserable because they are required to do literally all of the citizens’ chores. What a drag. Eventually you-know-who shows up again (Count Olaf, not Lord Voldemort) and no one believes that he’s actually him because apparently the residents of V.F.D. can be a little dense too. The Quagmires are saved, and then they’re gone again. There’s just a lot of back and forth at this point.
We are now on to book eight of the series, “The Hostile Hospital.” Haven’t started it yet but I’m going to take a wild guess and say it takes place at a hospital. I’m also about three-quarters of the way through “Forever in Blue: The Fourth Summer of the Sisterhood” by Ann Brashares, and of course after I finish it I have to read every other book that Ann Brashares has written, so my to-be-read list will probably just never stop growing.
Wish me luck,