There are two reasons why a writer would end a sentence with the word “stop” written entirely in capital letters STOP. The first is if the writer were writing a telegram… But there is another reason why a writer would end a sentence with “stop” written entirely in capital letters, and that is to warn readers that the book they are reading is so utterly wretched that if they have begun reading it, the best thing to do would be to stop STOP.

Opening Lines


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The Hostile Hospital

The Ersatz Elevator - Lemony Snicket

The book you are holding in your two hands right now — assuming that you are, in fact, holding this book, and that you have only two hands — is one of two books in the world that will show you the difference between the word “nervous” and the word “anxious.” The other book, of course, is the dictionary, and if I were you I would read that book instead.


The Ersatz Elevator
Chapter 1


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Ersatz Elevator

The Miserable Mill - Lemony Snicket

Whether it was Uncle Monty’s library of reptile books, or Aunt Josephine’s library of grammar books, or Justice Strauss’s library of law books, or, best of all, their parents’ library of all kinds of books — all burned up now, alas — libraries always made them feel a little bit better.


The Miserable Mill
Chapter 4


Libraries make me feel better too. ๐Ÿ™‚


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The Miserable Mill