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The Ersatz Elevator (A Series of Unfortunate Events #6)

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In their most daring misadventure, the Baudelaire orphans are adopted by very, very rich people, whose penthouse apartment is located mysteriously close to the place where all their misfortune began. Even though their new home in the city is fancy, and the children are clever and charming, I′m sorry to say that still, the unlucky orphans will encounter more disaster and wo ...more
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published February 20th 2001 by HarperCollins Publishers
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Michelle E.
>Originally read in 2010.
>Reread November 28 - 29, 2013

Dear Count Olaf,


Sincerly,
Violet, Klaus and Sunny Baudelaire
Skeletonized
I'm getting tired and bored of this. Nothing new happens! The same things happen again and again and again and again.... Had it not been for the author's pleasant and playful style I would have threw this out the window. URGH!
Spoilers ahead!
Seriously now. Halfway through I know what is going to happen: the Baulderies will find out a way to stop Count Olaf who will be revealed in the end (with Mr. Poe assisting, appearing from nowhere at all, coming from the mountains in a random place) and manag
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Mark Lawrence
I'm slowly catching up with the reviews on ASoUE. Currently I'm reading book 12 of 13 to Celyn.

The story formula is eroding by book 6 and some welcome variety / twists are introduced.

More surreal adventure, more amusement for the adults in the translation of Sunny's bon mots. More skulduggery from Count Olaf and friends. Very few questions answered and lots more posed.

Whilst the absurdity doesn't scale the heights of Sunny's teeth vs sword duel in book 4 we do get to see Sunny scale the heights
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Hayk Mirzoyan
The book "The Ersatz Elevator" is a book I chose to read, because it looked interesting and I thought the title would lead to an interesting story. In this book, three orphans named Violet, Klaus and Sunny(whose parents were killed in a fire), had to live with the Squalors, and soon, a evil man named Olaf who had been chasing them for their enormous fortune, caught up with them. The three kids had to avoid his nasty clutches, and also rescue their two friends who got captured by Olaf, in the fif ...more
Ciara
as this book begins, it seems that the baudelaires have maybe finally caught a break, sort of. yes, the street they live on now is completely overgrown with big bushy trees so it's as black as night even in the middle of the day, which is weird. & the elevator is out of order, so they have to walk up god knows how many flights of stairs (dozens) to get to their new penthouse home. but when they meet their new caretaker, jerome, he seems like a nice guy. he's very accomodating & listens t ...more
Chris Blocker
Okay, these books are supposed to be absurd. I get it. But I was somehow able to not let my obsessive sensibilities get in the way through the first five books in this series. It didn't matter than a baby was dangled in a cage, that an old curmudgeon almost tricked a judge into marrying a minor, that children worked in a lumber mill, that these children could stay awake for twenty-four hours day after day, that there are banana eating leeches that can capsize a boat, and that anyone would hire S ...more
Tory
This book wasn't really captivating or resolving in any way, but it was at least nice that the Baudelaire's saw the two Quagmire triplets for a few moments. The only thing I really liked about Book the Sixth is the satirical punch to fads and materialism through Esme's obsession with the IN-significant details.

Also, I don't know how much longer I can handle their misfortune and the stupid adults who always have issues in trusting the children. It's really getting on my nerves!
Melissa
Another fun, super quick read by the ever entertaining Lemony Snicket. I loved these books as a kid, and even though I don't quite love them as much now, they're still very interesting, well written books and I think this is a series everyone can enjoy.
Kimberley doruyter
in book the sixth we have: a b****, a man without a spine and a money hunger madman.
what's not to love.
Kristin
"He's a genius! He's a wonderful acting teacher! And he's the handsomest, innest man in town!"

"Don't be absurd!" Jerome said. "Ruthless kidnapping villains aren't in!"

"You're right."
Shay
Ersatz and idiosyncrasy. Just a couple of new words to add to my vocabulary. Book the sixth was another fun read. It parodied how extravagant and obnoxious the wealthy could be through the many ludicrous "in" things that they gave much importance. The addition of Esme into the mix of villains that scheme after the Baudelaire fortune was unexpected yet amusing. I still fear for the Quagmires' though and hope that they are rescued soon.

Oh, and PS. Still can't totally visualize how Sunny scaled th
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Catherine
“Sometimes words are not enough. There are some circumstances so utterly wretched that I cannot describe them in sentences or paragraphs or even a whole series of books.”

But that doesn't mean Lemony Snicket is going to stop telling us all the terrible things that happened to the Baudelaire orphans. At the end of the last book, their newfound friends, the Quagmire triplets (2 out of 3 of them, anyway), were kidnapped by evil Count Olaf. Back in their unnamed home city, the Baudelaires have been
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Kruti
Actual Rating: 3.5 stars

I have become a great fan of Daniel Handler (aka Lemony Snicket's) 'Unfortunate Events' series and I love the ingenious ways the Baudelaire orphans overcome various obstacles at every turn. Despite the fact that adults fail them at every opportunity, the Baudelaires know that they can atleast rely on eachother and their various skills.

As a series, The Ersatz Elevator marks the point when a larger mystery gradually starts to unfold - namely the mystery of VFD and the reaso
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Carmen
Apr 28, 2015 Carmen rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone and Everyone
This gripping book is part of an amazing series called A Series of Unfortunate Events.

Vocabulary children will learn in this book: ersatz, interval, squalor, superb, dogged, compatriots, mulctuary, halogen, grueling, aqueous, fraught, despicable, luxurious, penthouse, salmonella, indicate, mortified, almanac, resolutely, titanium alloy, legacy, oxygen, aluminum, nefarious, monocle, scraggly, bickering, banister, xenophobe, somniferous, emerging, fruitless, caffeine, stimulant, idiosyncrasies, me
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Jbb Lim
Now, let me say that this book has a great plot twist out of all the series that I've read. I have my reasons for continuing this series and it still has the element of wanting to know more and see how Count Olaf get his well-deserve punishment towards the end.

Sunny is really growing in this book! I can really feel that she has been really helpful in this book. Her ideas during part of the siblings brainstorming is utterly shocked worthy with great attempt to help Violet and Klaus.

And still, wh
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Maru
Siempre conquista Lemony.
Robert
The formula is set, but this was a much better offering that Austere Academy was. This time the orphans find shelter on Dark Avenue in the penthouse 66 floors up. Esme Squalor and her milquetoast husband offer to care for the children. Despite Esme's disinterest, it appears the children may have found a place to live comfortably with the 71-bedroom penthouse afforded them luxury. Of course, nothing comes easy for the Baudelaires.

Esme is concerned with keeping up with the Joneses. What is "in" is
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Kacey
The phrase "sunshine and rainbows" usually implies a happy moment, perhaps accompanied by uplifting music. Except when used sarcastically, which makes it the exact opposite. I'm afraid to say that it's only the sarcastic meaning that applies to this latest adventure of the Baudelaire orphans.

Here the Baudelaires have two guardians: one kind but eager to avoid arguments, and the other who even before revealing her true colors-- a phrase which here means "showing she's a bad guy" and having nothin
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Kat Thomas
As a series these books are incredible. The formulaic plot that is repeated in every book satisfies the child who is being read to's expectation of what's going on, right and wrong and the band of simple characters.

Where the books become really clever is the additional bits of plot woven into the anecdotes, dedications and acknowledgments, written for the older reader, whether parents reading aloud or older children.

The humour is clever, beautifully insightful and infinitely quotable. Type Lem
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Isadora Torres
If Esmé Squalor heard you were reading this book, she'd probably admit that this is "in". The only "out" thing about this book is finishing it, although to wish it has more 100 pages is absolutely "in".
Siobhan
This is yet another great addition to the series.

Written in the same loveable way as the past books the children continue along the series of unfortunate events which directs their lives. Filled with new and old characters the children continue to work towards finding happiness and uncovering the larger mystery that surrounds the mysterious events of recent times. As with every book so far we’re left with unanswered questions which we can only understand by continuing through the series.
Alyssa Miller
“The Ersatz Elevator” is the sixth book in this series. The Baudelaire children are on their way to a new adventure once again. This time, they are taken to the same city they were born in. They were happy to return to the city they loved, however, their troubling future is just around the corner. Their new guardians are Jerome and Esme. Jerome, unlike Esme, is a kind hearted person. Esme is greedy, cruel and obsessed with popularity. The Baudelaires new home is a spacious penthouse with hundred ...more
Katie
A Series of Unfortunate Events -- The Ersatz Elevator
By Lemony Snicket

This book is the sixth book in the series. It is about three sibling orphans who are, for lack of a better term, attempting to escape the misery that constantly lurks at their heels. This particular book involves their most feared person, Count Olaf, an attempt to rescue their friends, and a deep elevator shaft that may lead to their doom.

Personally, I like this book because of the suspense, mystery and epic moments it holds.
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Julie
The chic, cosmopolitan Squalors in 667 Dark Avenue and their obsession with what's "in" is a hilarious indictment of shallow yuppies -- plus, their absurdly, mindboggling huge 71-room penthouse is like an Escherian existentially dreamlike madhouse in which it takes hours and hours to walk up the stairs. So weird and surreal, so great.

Jerome Squalor is yet another in a line of well-intentioned, kind adults who nonetheless fail to do anything for the children. It cheesily reminds me of that quote,
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Samuel
I read the book "The Ersatz Elevator," by Lemony Snicket. I enjoyed this book, but I didn't like it as much as some of the other books I've read in the series. The book still had a great plot and idea behind it.

The plot starts out with the orphans moving into their new home, with their new guardians, Jerome and Esme. They live in a huge apartment complex in the same town the orphan's house burned down. Sunny, Klaus, and Violet are on a search for their friends that Count Olaf captured, the Quagm
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Alex
Part of the Great ASOUE Re-Read of 2015.

Yesssssssssss. Okay, I think there's a lot this book gets right, notably the Squalors. Esme Gigi Genevieve Squalor is a fantastic creation and I love her. (I don't actually love her, but, like... she's great.) Jerome is a sad excuse of a guardian, mostly because he could have showed promise but was too spineless to actually do anything. Snicket's comment about Jerome being an ersatz guardian is right on the money, as his conflict-avoidance tendencies will
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Ian

I despise this book. I despise them all. Reading them made me so mad and depressed, and reading reviews of them just amplifies those feelings. People adore these books. They list them among their favorite books of all time. Kids and adults alike love them and say they're great. So I don't quite know what they're missing. I feel it's my duty and responsibility to reveal these books for what they are. But I'll probably undergo a serious case of angst and start questioning myself and my motives nea

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Teresa B
This "woe-filled" collection of thirteen books about the tribulations of three unusually talented orphans will keep adults entertained as well as children. When I first saw the series I thought, "That looks too depressing," but soon I discovered the hilarity in overabundant alliteration, contemptible villains, and idiotic bystanders.

As the series progresses and the mysteries deepen, the children's characters grow and develop in surprising ways as togehter they face obstacles and a growing numbe
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Lesley
The Ersatz Elevator is the sixth volume in A Series of Unfortunate Events and the novel that brings the Baudelauries back to their home city for however short a time. The Ersatz Elevator is also, unfortunately, the novel that introduces us to Esme Squalor, a detestable sort of character obsessed with being trendy and knowing what’s ‘In’ and ‘out’ at any given moment. Regrettably for the Baudelaires, Orphans happen to be ‘In’ throughout the course of this volume, leading them to their newest ‘hom ...more
Casey
Alright, I was going to start by saying that I didn't enjoy it, but then I realized that I was so frustrated at the end of the book because it really drew me in, which is actually a GOOD thing.

Accordingly, let me say that I enjoyed the plot twists of this book. Even though I saw the ending coming, I still think it played out well. It was relieving to see the Quagmire kids again, and refreshing to see very little of Olaf, and I actually admired the not-so-subtle jab at fickle people who live thei
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Lemony Snicket had an unusual education and a perplexing youth and now endures a despondent adulthood. His previous published works include the thirteen volumes in A Series of Unfortunate Events, The Composer is Dead, and 13 Words. His new series is All The Wrong Questions.

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A Series of Unfortunate Events (1 - 10 of 13 books)
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