Review: Poison for Breakfast by Lemony Snicket

Author: Lemony Snicket
Publisher: Liveright
Released: August 31, 2021
Received: Review Request
Warnings: Poison

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He’s back! Lemony Snicket is back with another book, this time titled Poison for Breakfast. If you’re a fan of the winding and unique writing style, the odds are good that you’ll happily dive into this read.

There are many things Lemony Snicket does on a given day. Write entertaining tales, create whimsical thoughts, etc. It all starts with one of his favorite routines: breakfast. The great Lemony Snicket always starts off his day with the same meal.

That is, until one day, he gets a note informing him of a special little additive to his morning meal: poison. While this description may make the story sound larger than life, Lemony Snicket promises that the tale is entirely true.

“Happiness, in my experience, is like a bowl of bananas, because if you pay too much attention, it gets gobbled away, but if you forget all about it, either a robber steals it or it ends up rotten mush. It can be tricky to keep one’s happiness intact, and the interference of a supermarket strikes me as someone offering a badly cracked bowl into which to store one’s happy bananas.”

Words cannot express my absolute delight at finding Poison for Breakfast in my mailbox one day. I haven’t read a Lemony Snicket novel since A Series of Unfortunate Events, so this was quite the walk down memory lane – one that I thoroughly enjoyed.

Nostalgia aside, I found Lemony Snicket’s series of adventures to be pretty compelling. Not only was I inquisitive about the true tale of a poisoned meal, but I loved all of the references woven into the narrative. This book is very much an exploration of literary love, one that could only ever have come from an author’s mind. Specifically, it could only ever have come from the mind of Lemony Snicket.

The writing style was somewhat different than I expected – it reads as more of a stream of consciousness than anything thoroughly planned out. Yet I think this fact is the very reason why I enjoyed it so much. It was such an organic read, with all of these twists, turns, and comical tangents.

About Liz (AKA Cat)

I am an avid animal lover, photographer, reader, and much more. While my photography blog is feeling a bit neglected at the moment, the other sites I'm involved in are going strong. ✧I review books, comics, and basically anything else in the literary world over at Quirky Cat's Fat Stacks (of Books). ✧I review comics and books, as well as write content for Word of the Nerd. ✧I review comics for Monkeys Fighting Robots. ✧I write content for Screen Rant and CBR. ✧I write book reviews for The Review Crew.
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