The Reptile Room opened with Mr. Poe driving the Baudelaires down Lousy Lane. This title indicated that the children were in for another less than hopeful situation. The Reptile Room continues the Baudelaire's unfortunate lives.
The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket begins A Series of Unfortunate Events. The reader is introduced to the characters, plights, and Snicket's sense of humor. I loved this series when I was younger and still enjoy it today.