29 Myths on the Swinster Pharmacy
Illustrations by Lisa Brown
McSweeney’s McMullens, 2014
From the book jacket: “Renowned investigator Lemony Snicket has compiled 29 myths about the Swinster Pharmacy in the vain hope that he could help us shine some light on this bewildering establishment.”
With the bewildering introduction from the book jacket I should have guessed that the book wouldn’t make a lick of sense. I don’t know why I keep reading Snicket books, but I do – maybe I keep hoping I will enjoy them as much as I did The Series of Unfortunate Events; at least those books made sense in a Snicket-sort-of-way. But then, maybe that’s what Snicket wants – confounding books with confounding nonsensical sentences strung together in an attempt to create some sort of story. And that’s what this book is like. Each ‘myth’ is not a myth in any sense of the word – just 29 statements that offers no information on what the heck the story is supposed to be about. Oh, well. I’ll keep attempting to read his books because I hope they will be good. I don’t mind weird; but I do mind absolute total nonsense.
Rating 2 out of 5 paws because the only saving grace in the book are the illustrations, and that there’s a black cat on almost every page!