Morgan and Gable Review The Miserable Mill

The Miserable Mill by Lemony Snicket

Color Palette: (Morgan’s specialty)


Describe it in 25 words or less.

Morgan: Three orphans have a miserable time when they are forced to work in a lumbermill and their brother gets hypnotized.

Write 6 words you would put on this book if it were in the “Blind Date With A Book” shelf.

Gable: Lumber-mill, Eyes, Glasses, Hypnosis, Timber, Orphans

Any particular reason for choosing this book?

Morgan: Well, I have already read the first three books in the series, and I LOVED them, so I decided to read the rest. Check out my reviews for The Austere Academy, The Ersatz Elevator and The Vile Village


Morgan: Drama/Stylistic Consistency/Children’s Literature

Who was your favorite character and why?

Morgan: My favorite character would probably be Violet, because she was so smart.

Gable: Violet because, although she only had a hypnotized brother and a little baby girl to help her most of the time, she did her best.

Who was your least favorite character and why?

Morgan: Shirley. And if you’ve read the book, you’ll automatically know why!

Gable: Foreman Flacutono because he was very evil.

 Did it grab you immediately or did it take a while?

Morgan: It took a while. Was it worth the wait? Yes.

Gable: t was eerie, interesting, and mysterious at the start which I very much enjoyed.

Was it plot or character driven?

Morgan: I would say both.

What did you think of the ending?

Morgan: It was pretty predictable.

Gable: Predictable. By now, I can guess pretty well what the ending will be like.

What was the moral of the story?

Morgan: Probably to be grateful for what you have, although in the Baudelaire’s case, it was difficult, and also to probably go with your gut feeling.

Did you learn anything?

Morgan: Yes, I learned that “Stylistic Consistency” is a book that is the same as it was in the beginning throughout the book.

Gable: That assiduous and diligent both mean hard-working, the meaning of the phrase “the lion’s share”, how to hypnotize someone and that ocular science is eye science.

Favorite quote:

Morgan: “It is true, of course, that you never know. A new experience can be extremely pleasurable, or extremely irritating, or somewhere in between, and you never know until you try it out.” – Lemony Snicket

Gable: “Morning is an important time of day, because how you spend your morning can often tell you what kind of day you are going to have.” – Lemony Snicket

Have you read other books in the series?

Gable: I enjoyed the other books in the series very much, although this one was not the best. Check out my reviews of The Bad Beginning, The Reptile Room and The Wide Window.

Who would you recommend it to?

Morgan: People who liked the previous books in this series.

Gable: People who loved the other books in the series, orphans, kids with sight problems or glasses, and kids that are interested in hypnosis or want to be an optometrist when they grow up.

Number of unknown words:

Morgan: 29

Gable: 5

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