In the unlikely event that anyone's interested, I got my copy of the Egmont non-movie edition of The Puzzling Puzzles. The cover's the same as the HC edition, just styled more in Egmont's fashion (with regards to font and such on the spine and back cover). It doesn't contain the sixteen new puzzles, or the introduction by R., although it does contain several pages for "Notes" in the back before the upside-down page. I haven't seen the original movie edition, but I'm inclined to believe that this is just the same, but with the updated cover.
Edit: Horseradish was recently the subject of an AuthorTracker, and it and the reprints now appear on the Books page of LemonySnicket.com.
--- Lemony Snicket: Bitter Truths You Can't Avoid --- March 2007
If you know anything about the Baudelaire orphans, you know their lives are filled with difficulty, discomfort, and dreariness. What you may never have considered is this: so is yours.
We're sorry to tell you that, at the end of April, Lemony Snicket will publish an unsettling new book called Horseradish: Bitter Truths You Can't Avoid. In it, Mr. Snicket serves up nearly a hundred inviolable life lessons that no else would dare admit. Many are drawn from A Series of Unfortunate Events, like, "It is always cruel to laugh at people, although sometimes if they are wearing an ugly hat it is hard to control yourself." Other wisdom has been prepared by Mr. Snicket solely for this solemn publication, such as, "Everyone should be able to do one card trick, tell two jokes, and recite three poems, in case they are ever trapped in an elevator."
We are obligated to warn you about the coming distastefulness of Horseradish, but you are free to try something sweeter and more boring, like maltballs.
April 11th: Amazon.co.uk has somewhat sketchy listings for paperback versions of the U.A. and Horseradish set for September, and published by Egmont, the U.K. publishers of Snicket's books. The U.A. is presently out of print in the U.K., and it's unclear if Horseradish is coming out here at all, so let's see if anything comes of this.
April 14th: Edit: Amazon.co.uk has apparently a fuller version of the Horseradish synopsis, but how much is original material? Life is a turbulent journey, fraught with confusion, heartbreak, and inconvenience. This book will not help. Many collections slap together the wit and wisdom of certain authors in the hopes of inspiring a reader at a crucial time in his or her life. This book contains a bouquet of alarming but inescapable truths from the work of Lemony Snicket, along with selections from his unpublished papers and remarks he has made at dinner parties and anarchist riots, in order to remind the reader that even the loftiest of inspirations contains a sharp, bitter kernel of dread - and vice versa.
April 16th: Edit Again: Seriously, guys, reply for once and stop making me go through convoluted edits with these posts. Anyway, straight off LemonySnicket.com's pages, here are the synopses for Orphans! and Murder!
--- PLEASE READ SOMETHING ELSE. —Lemony Snicket Are you made fainthearted by death? Does fire unnerve you? Is a villain something that might crop up in future nightmares of yours? Are you thrilled by nefarious plots? Is cold porridge upsetting to you? Vicious threats? Hooks? Uncomfortable clothing?
It is likely that your answers will reveal A Series of Unfortunate Events to be ill-suited for your personal use. A librarian, bookseller, or acquaintance should be able to suggest books more appropriate for your fragile temperament. But to the rarest of readers we say, “Proceed, but cautiously.”
BE ADVISED! This volume constitutes only one-thirteenth of Mr. Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events. Readers unafraid of bloodshed will want to continue with the second installment, The Reptile Room. Others will not. --- PLEASE READ SOMETHING ELSE. —Lemony Snicket Do snakes make you nervous? How about salamanders? Does the mention of a brass reading lamp give you conniptions? Is a long knife something you wish to avoid? A car accident? An odor? Cake? Clues to a bloodthirsty crime?
It is likely that your answers will reveal A Series of Unfortunate Events to be ill-suited for your personal use. A librarian, bookseller, or acquaintance should be able to suggest books more appropriate for your fragile temperament. But to the rarest of readers we say, “‘Beware’ doesn’t begin to cover it.”
BE CAREFUL! This volume constitutes only one-thirteenth of Mr. Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events. Readers unbothered by inclement weather will want to continue with the third installment, The Wide Window. Others will not. ---