The Hostile Hospital (A Series of Unfortunate Events, Book 8)

by Lemony Snicket, Brett Helquist | Children's Books |
ISBN: 0064408663 Global Overview for this book
Registered by NMReader of Herndon, Virginia USA on 12/30/2006
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Journal Entry 1 by NMReader from Herndon, Virginia USA on Saturday, December 30, 2006
I will read before I start A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket book spiral.

The books are quick reads and written such that both adults and children can enjoy.

The Barnes & Noble Review
The unluckiest children in the world face their toughest challenges yet in The Hostile Hospital, the eighth book in Lemony Snicket's delightfully disastrous tales, A Series of Unfortunate Events. The three Baudelaire children, Violet, Klaus, and Sunny, began their string of bad luck when they were orphaned in a house fire. Ever since, they have been forced to move from one disastrous guardian situation to another, trailed the whole way by their greedy relative, Count Olaf, who always has yet another diabolical scheme to get his hands on their fortune.
At the end of the preceding book, The Vile Village, the children found themselves branded as murderers and on the run. Now, desperate to escape, they use the only opportunity they can find, hiding themselves amidst a group of bizarrely happy hospital volunteers whose initials -- V.F.D.: Volunteers for Fighting Disease -- will be familiar to readers of previous adventures. As a result, the children land smack in the middle of a strange hospital that is hardly made for healing. It comes as no surprise that Olaf manages to finagle his way into the facility, wearing a costume that hides his trademark eye-shaped tattoo and singular eyebrow -- a disguise that fools everyone except the children. And now that he's realized he only needs one of the Baudelaire children alive, Olaf's scheme is more heinous than ever. He intends to perform a cranioectomy (a term which here means getting her head sawed off) on Violet. Somehow Sunny and Klaus must save her, but with luck like theirs, it won't be easy.

The level of violence (though generally only implied) seems to mount with each installment of this unique series, but so does the absurdity and humor, making these woeful tales seem safely farcical. Not since the Brothers Grimm has misery been this much fun. (Beth Amos)

From the Publisher
Dear Reader,

Before you throw this awful book to the ground and run as far away from it as possible, you should probably know why. This book is the only one which describes every last detail of the Baudelaire children's miserable stay at Heimlich Hospital, which makes it one of the most dreadful books in the world.

There are many pleasant things to read about, but this books contains none of them. Within its pages are such burdensome details as misleading newspaper headlines, unnecessary surgery, an intercom system, anesthesia, heart-shaped balloons, and some very startling news about such things.

I have sworn to research this story, and to write it down as best I can, so I should know that this book is something best left on the ground, where you undoubtedly found it.

With all due respect,

Lemony Snicket

About the Author

Lemony Snicket was born before you were, and is likely to die before you as well. His family has roots in a part of the country which is now underwater, and his childhood was spent in the relative splendor of the Snicket Villa which has since become a factory, a fortress and a pharmacy and is now, alas, someone else's villa.

To the untrained eye, Mr. Snicket's hometown would not appear to be filled with secrets. Untrained eyes have been wrong before. The aftermath of the scandal was swift, brutal and inaccurately reported in the periodicals of the day. It is true, however, that Mr. Snicket was stripped of several awards by the reigning authorities, including Honorable Mention, the Grey Ribbon and First Runner Up. The High Council reached a convenient if questionable verdict and Mr. Snicket found himself inexile.

Though his formal training was chiefly in rhetorical analysis, he has spent the last several eras researching the travails of the Baudelaire orphans. This project, being published serially by HarperCollins, takes him to the scenes of numerous crimes, often during the off-season. Eternally pursued and insatiably inquisitive, a hermit and a nomad, Mr. Snicket wishes you nothing but the best.

Journal Entry 2 by NMReader from Herndon, Virginia USA on Saturday, January 20, 2007
The trails of the Baudelaire orphans is getting harder. The are trapped in a hospital and are trying to discovery the secret meaning of VFD, if there was a survivor to the fire that destroyed their home, and to clear their names. The must perfrom acts that are tricky and make them wonder if they are really any better then Count Olaf.

A good read. This is being released as part of the Celebrate Life Challenge. This is in celebration of the children in my life.

Journal Entry 3 by NMReader at on Saturday, January 20, 2007

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I mailed this to heartsong2 this morning.

Left to read:

Journal Entry 4 by heartsong2 on Saturday, January 27, 2007
Arrived today! My son finished #1 earlier today. I'm trying to get through the John Steinbeck book I was in the middle of before I get started but he's already bugging me about when I will start! I should be ready in a few more days. This will be great fun! Thank you!

Journal Entry 5 by heartsong2 on Saturday, February 24, 2007
#8 was the one Lemony Snicket book we had ever read prior to the spiral. We both looked it over again to refresh our memories; it was also helpful in making some connections and preparing us for episode #9. I keep wondering if he had this all planned out ahead of time, or if he developed this as he went along.

Looking forward to the next phase of the series. This is the last of what we have at home now, so we'll look forward to receiving the next book or books when they come along! Thanks for sharing!

Journal Entry 6 by heartsong2 on Thursday, March 1, 2007
Posted this afternoon to missprisy!

Journal Entry 7 by missprisy from Edmond, Oklahoma USA on Tuesday, March 6, 2007
Book 8 has arrived! Will read and pass on soon!

Journal Entry 8 by missprisy from Edmond, Oklahoma USA on Sunday, March 11, 2007
This was a very exciting story. The children always seem to escape, but this time just barely! I will mail this to Ctychic tomorrow.

Release #27 for Guinaveve's Keep Them Moving 2007 Challenge

Journal Entry 9 by TaleofGenji from North Jersey, New Jersey USA on Wednesday, March 14, 2007
Received today, will start as soon as done with book 7.

Journal Entry 10 by TaleofGenji from North Jersey, New Jersey USA on Saturday, April 7, 2007
Ugh, did the kids make the right decision? My stomach is in knots to know if they're ok!? With this cliffhanger I'm upset that my next two books are The Beatrice Letters and the Auto Biography! Putting in the mail today! Keep those books coming!!!

Journal Entry 11 by collectorkerri from Springfield, Illinois USA on Monday, April 16, 2007
Received today. Will read ASAP.

Journal Entry 12 by collectorkerri from Springfield, Illinois USA on Friday, May 11, 2007
What an awful hospital. Not only do the patients have to contend with their illnesses in unfortunately named wards like the Ward for People Who Have Accidentally Swallowed Things and the Ward for People with Terribly Itchy Rashes (or some such names), they have to contend with the Volunteers Fighting Disease, who think singing their annoying song and handing out heart-shaped balloons will solve any problem.

The kids are on the run now from the police, so no Mr. Poe in this book, but they are almost better off without his interference in their ability to take care of themselves.

Is it just me, or are Sunny's verbal skills improving in every book?

Anyway, the book is on its way to katintheboots in California today.

Journal Entry 13 by katintheboots on Saturday, May 19, 2007
I'll read this after I finish the seventh book.

Journal Entry 14 by katintheboots on Monday, June 4, 2007
These books are definitely getting more interesting as they go along. Even with the kids accused of murder, if the trade-off is not having bumbling Mr. Poe and an equally unsatisfactory guardian mucking things up, I'll take it. But talk about a cliffhanger ending! And I see from checking the shipping order that I'll have to get through the Unauthorized Biography of Lemony Snicket to keep things in published order before I can get to the ninth book. Either way, I'm looking forward to seeing what happens next.

ETA: I'm holding onto this per NMReader's instructions.

Journal Entry 15 by katintheboots on Wednesday, September 5, 2007
I'll ship this to bigcurlyloz once she's moved to Glasgow in late September and sends me her new address.

Journal Entry 16 by katintheboots on Saturday, November 3, 2007
I sent this to bigcurlyloz this afternoon along with books 7 and 9 and the Unauthorized Autobiography. $30+ to ship four books! I am so not a fan of the new postal rates!

Journal Entry 17 by bigcurlyloz from Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire United Kingdom on Monday, November 12, 2007
This arrived today! So far I've finished 1-5, so hopefully I won't have them for too long.

Journal Entry 18 by bigcurlyloz from Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire United Kingdom on Wednesday, January 16, 2008
Finished this last night. The books get more intriguing as the series goes on, but I'm wondering if I'm getting bored with the style of writing. I'll still read the rest to find out what happens though!!

Journal Entry 19 by bigcurlyloz from Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire United Kingdom on Sunday, February 24, 2008
Posted on to AnglersRest yesterday.

Journal Entry 20 by AnglersRest from Teignmouth, Devon United Kingdom on Wednesday, February 27, 2008
Arrived today, thanks for sending.

Journal Entry 21 by AnglersRest from Teignmouth, Devon United Kingdom on Tuesday, April 15, 2008
Continuing the events of Lemony Snicket's.
Now off in the post to cross-patch with books 7,9-11

Journal Entry 22 by wingCross-patchwing from Leicester, Leicestershire United Kingdom on Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Suddenly I have 4 new books on my pile. Thank you AnglersRest and NMReader. I'll read them and send on as soon as I can. I'm looking forward to sharing the pain with those unlucky Baudelaire children.

Journal Entry 23 by wingCross-patchwing from Leicester, Leicestershire United Kingdom on Monday, June 2, 2008
They are getting better, these stories. I'm about to detour to The Unauthorised Biography before I can continue with No.9! Sorry for the delay as I try to finish the batch that will be going on to Mary-T next...nearly there.

Journal Entry 24 by wingMary-Twing from Bretzfeld, Baden-Württemberg Germany on Monday, June 16, 2008
Thanks, cross-patch, also for the nice card :)
The whole bunch was picked-up at the post-office right away.
... what's going on in this series of unfortunate events...?

... it's getting more and more interesting...

Journal Entry 25 by ladybug74 from Dothan, Alabama USA on Friday, September 12, 2008
Received in today's mail. I look forward to continuing this series.

Journal Entry 26 by ladybug74 from Dothan, Alabama USA on Tuesday, September 23, 2008
I enjoyed this one. I read it all in one evening, but don't know if it was that much better or if I was just in the right mood for some light reading. Sunny is starting to make more sense when she speaks since she is using many real words that actually relate to what she means to say. This one did end in more of a cliffhanger than the others, so I am anxious to read book 9 to see what happens next.

There are still parts that are a bit silly, but I have enjoyed reading these for a change so I don't have to think so hard on what I'm reading. I sure hope they catch Count Olaf by the time we reach the final book!

I will mail this book to the next reader as soon as I read book 9 to mail with it.

Journal Entry 27 by ladybug74 at Book Spiral, Book Spiral -- Controlled Releases on Thursday, September 25, 2008

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mailing to imuzak12 to continue the spiral

Journal Entry 28 by imuzak12 from Virginia Beach, Virginia USA on Saturday, October 11, 2008
Received today@Key West, Florida. The cover picture looks soooo... interesting. What kind of hospital is it?! I am going to read ASAP after my currently reading ones!

Oh, my gosh!! It is awful! I mean, all incidents occurred and things that three kids went through were so terrible! To me, these incidents were the worst ones next to the one in "The Miserable Mill"! Oh, these poor Baudelaires! I am scared to read the next book...

Journal Entry 29 by imuzak12 at Lawrence, Massachusetts USA on Monday, December 8, 2008

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Mailed to the next person. USPS DC#: 9102165561353005046798

Journal Entry 30 by dastephan6 from Lawrence, Massachusetts USA on Sunday, December 14, 2008
recieved in the mail this weekend

Journal Entry 31 by dastephan6 at Book Relay, A Book Relay -- Controlled Releases on Monday, February 2, 2009

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off to the next reader

Journal Entry 32 by BecksterCa from Willits, California USA on Saturday, March 7, 2009
This book just arrived. Can't wait to read it!

Journal Entry 33 by BecksterCa from Willits, California USA on Saturday, June 27, 2009
Will be sending to next reader as soon as I get the address.

Journal Entry 34 by HunterRyu from West Norriton, Pennsylvania USA on Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Books 6, 7, 8, & 9 all arrived safely in the mail. I will be reading them one at a time and sending separately to the next reader as they are mostly hardbacks and travelling overseas. This means it will take a bit longer to get through the latter in the series. Thank you so much for sharing with me and I will pass along these sad little tales as soon as I can. Happy Bookcrossing!

Journal Entry 35 by HunterRyu from West Norriton, Pennsylvania USA on Friday, January 8, 2010
Reading this book now, I'm so so so SOOOO sorry for the delay! I didn't mean to stall out the later books in the series for so long but life has been hectic the past couple months. Will finish this book and mail it out as soon as I can. Thanks for sharing! And thank you for your patience!

Released 13 yrs ago (1/10/2010 UTC) at To the next participant in Bookring/Bookray, -- By post or by hand/ in person -- Canada



I speed read my way through this book over the past couple days so as not to stall out any longer. Again, so sorry for the delay but when the PO opens tomorrow I will send this along to Deepswamp and continue the spiral.

Another terrible tale of unfortunate events that plague these poor children. The routine gets dull but I live for the little hints and information lead-ons that are dropped within the stories. I'm dying to know about Beatrice and find the truth about the fire that started the Baudelaires on their misadventure. The blurb given within this book is such a tease, I'm sure I'll have the next in the series read soon just so I can learn a little bit more.

Thank you for sharing, and thanks for your patience with me!

Journal Entry 37 by wingDeepswampwing from Björkhagen, Stockholm Sweden on Friday, January 15, 2010
Arrived safe, yogether with a little "game". I´m in!
It get more interesting, the baby groves...

This is interesting:
In one section of the book there is a list of patients at the Hospital, and their names are all anagrams of the names of characters, real life people, and other pertinent phrases.

* Lisa N. Lootnday - Alison Donalty (designer for the books' cover)
* Linda Rhaldeen - Daniel Handler
* Monty Kensicle - Lemony Snicket
* Eriq Bluthetts - Brett Helquist (the illustrator of the books)
* Al Brisnow - Lisa Brown (Daniel Handler's wife)
* Carrie E. Abelabudite - Beatrice Baudelaire
* Laura V. Bleediotie - Violet Baudelaire
* Ruth Dercroump - Rupert Murdoch (owner of HarperCollins)

Other than the patient list of the Hospital contains anagrams, several other anagrams also appeared in the book:

* Dr. Flacutono - Count Olaf (previously appeared as Foreman Flacutono in The Miserable Mill)
* Dr. O. Lucafont - Count Olaf (previously appeared as Dr. Lucafont in The Reptile Room)
* Doctor Tocuna and Nurse Flo - Count Olaf

Journal Entry 38 by wingDeepswampwing at A fellow BookCrosser, A RABCK -- Controlled Releases on Sunday, March 14, 2010

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Journal Entry 39 by AgdaAgulina from Helsinki, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on Thursday, April 15, 2010
The book has safely arrived - all the way to me!! Hooray! Hope my attack in the post helped, I was so disappointed at the empty envelope of the previous one. However, I managed to bookmooch the 7th book, so if that ever comes to me, I will read it first and then this one.

Quite a timing, I just journaled the 6th book before picking this up... thank you Deepswamp!

Journal Entry 40 by AgdaAgulina at Helsinki, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on Tuesday, September 1, 2020
Embarrasing indeed, this book has waited 10 years (!) to continue the journey. Life happened, very much, now time to go on. To be released soon!

Journal Entry 41 by AgdaAgulina at Vuosaaren kirjasto in Helsinki, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on Tuesday, September 8, 2020

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To be left on the library take-away-shelf, with the other Snickets.

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