A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Bad Beginning
I don't remember when I first read this book, but I didn't like it then. I just couldn't figure out why I was supposed to. It's just a bunch of kids and they somehow wandered into a Charles Dickens situation. They somehow wandered out of it, except not really, and we are promised more misery.
I'm not opposed to the novel because it's about sad kids. I'm perfectly capable of empathy when I dig down deep. It's the gimmicky style that irritates me.
It hit me hard a few days ago after releasing the book. I liked Daniel Handler's other novel, so I figured I should give this one another try. I still hate it.
Or let me rephrase that. I didn't hate it last time. I just didn't care. Now I hate it, because it's too gimmicky and all the story is just a ploy to give the narrator some sort of framework for his gimmicks. It's gimmick from wall to wall of text and I'm just unimpressed.