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Series of Unfortunate Events #10: The Slippery Slope (A Series of Unfortunate Events #10)

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Like handshakes or housepets, many things are preferable when not slippery. Unfo
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Published September 21st 2004 by HarperCollins (first published September 23rd 2003)
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Katie
So many mysteries. I can't wait until I finally get to the end and know all the answers.
Marjorie Campbell
The Slippery Slope (A Series of Unfortunate Events, Book 10)
Lemony Snicket


I have been working my way through the Series of Unfortunate Events series for two reasons. The first is that I love to read and will read virtually any genre of book if I hear good things about it; and the second is that I am previewing books with a view to building a library for my daughter.

This series has had some peaks and valleys - with certain books in the series being stronger than others as stand-alone stories. I
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Swankivy
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Alayne
WOW, WOW, WOW.
ESTE FUE EL MEJOR DE LA SERIE HASTA AHORA.
Creo que ningún libro de los anteriores tuvo tanto misterio ni me resultó tan adictivo como este.
Dio tantas respuestas a preguntas que nos veníamos haciendo desde los anteriores, pero abrió muchas otras.
La cantidad de información nueva que surge de todo esto, los secretos que son develados y los que quedan por descubrir... todo fue demasiado genial.
Las nuevas conexiones entre tantos hechos sospechosos, el nuevo personaje al que creían m
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Deborah Markus
Think how hard it is to write one really good book for *any* age group. Lemony Snicket wrote 13 terrific books in a row, and it's accurate to say they're splendid for all ages. (I know I'm getting ahead of myself, since this is only book 10. I've actually read them all already at least once before; but now I have all the recorded versions, so I'm treating myself to a mostly-Tim-Curry-narrated run-through.)

"The Slippery Slope" continues Snicket's ongoing philosophical exploration of, well, slippe
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Isabeau (Just Keep Reading)
Ahhh it's so good reading about things you'd totally forgotten had happened!
Definitely up to the same standard as the other books, they're just so clever. Sunny's so grown up now and I don't know whether to feel happy or sad!
This book is the first one in which the mysterious object was mentioned in, and I just feel like it's the beginning to more frustration... Again... Oh well. Better enjoy them while I can!
Joey
I just wrote a review for The Carnivorous Carnival and you can pretty much use that review for this book. Just replace "eight" with nine and "ninth" with tenth and there you go... The Slippery Slope review completed.
Julie
What do five stars mean anymore, I don't even know. But this one was so, so much better than the previous book -- now we're finally getting into lots more worldbuilding and exposition about what's going on, shit is even getting real with Lemony Snicket's side-narrative (!!!), Sunny is showing character development(!), the white-faced women defected (!!), and (view spoiler). So many amazing things are happening now!!

Hotel Denouement,
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Cate Neuhauser
Thank god that Violet is an inventor, or she and her brother and sister would have been in Count Olaf's clutches or dead long ago. Violet's quick thinking and inventive prowess saved herself multiple times over the series, and chapter one of The Sleepy Slope was no different. Violet and Klaus had been pushed down the side of a mountain by Count Olaf, and the trailer they were trapped in was going faster and faster, closer and closer to the edge of the cliff. Violet was able to slow the speeding ...more
Persephone Smolen
the book starts with sunny being kidnapped by count olaf and Violet and Klaus joining the snow scouts and a boy using the initials V.F.D. The boy and Violet and Klaus go the the V.F.D headquarters the boy reveals himself to be Quigley Quagmire and tells them that V.F.D means volunteer fire department. meanwhile sunny has to do all the cooking and cleaning and count olaf has the 12 pages of the snicket file of couse Violet and Klaus have page 13 of the snicket file.Violet and Quigley climb up the ...more
Siobhan
Continuing where the last book ended, the children once again find themselves surrounded by action as they try to work their way through the unfortunate events.

As with previous books we’re working towards getting more answers to the mystery surrounding the series. With the return of past characters and development for reoccurring characters, this book sees a lot happen. As with every book in the series it is well written and enjoyable, keeping you hooked on the series and ready to read the next
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Lis
Wow. Es el primer libro de la serie al que le doy cinco estrellas, porque esto se está poniendo cada vez más intenso.

Amo como la evolución de todos estos personajes se hizo notar tanto en este libro, y toda la información que POR FIN pude leer.

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Todavía quedan muchas preguntas por responder, pero falta cada vez
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Mark Lawrence
I'm getting boring with 3* for the last 8 volumes in the series ... this one drifts close to 2*.

The book opens with a double whammy of the oft-mentioned bad science combined with the not infrequent impossible-to-visualise scene.

The Mortmain Mountains are bizarrely cube-shaped and have the expected vast vertical cliffs... one of which our heroes are hurtling toward in a loose caravan. This then begs the question ... how is there a slope for them to hurtle down? And the broader question about how
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Anna
Violet and Klaus are in a precarious predicament at the start of this story, separated from Sunny. In addition to the story of the Baudelaire orphans, there are verbal gems like these throughout the story ...

“A man of my acquaintance once wrote a poem called "The Road Less Traveled", describing a journey he took through the woods along a path most travelers never used. The poet found that the road less traveled was peaceful but quite lonely, and he was probably a bit nervous as he went along, b
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Megan
I loved this one too! I loved it so much that I couldn't stop reading until I was finished with it. I love how the children are growing and developing, especially Sunny. She has come a long way from the first couple of books. I loved the part where she was saying whatever she wanted to Olaf and his troupe because they couldn't understand her. The series just keeps getting better with each book. I may be a little sad when I finish it.
Dzemo Sh
A Series of Unfortunate Events keeps getting better end better, and this is owed to the much improved character development, overall world-building and direction the whole story has taken.

In the first half of the series, there was a same structure and formula that followed each book, with the Baudelaires being put under the care of a new guardian, and Count Olaf somehow appearing in a disguise with some kind of evil plan, only for it to be revealed in the end. There were significant improvements
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Amy
I liked the tenth instalment of The Series of Unfortunate Events but it definitely wasn't my favourite in the series so far.

The Slippery Slope was repetitive at times. There was a lot of travelling involved, going up and down hills, climbing waterfalls etc. This happens multiple times and by the end I was a little fed up with reading the same thing over and over. A few details annoyed me, for example the children lurring Esme down the waterfall with smoke, it was a little stupid and you'd think
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Emma
3.5
yeah okay this was good.
Elison Daher
The slippery slope by lemony snicket was an amazing book and I would recommend it to anybody that likes mysteries and stories that are really odd at points. This story is about the Baudelaire children...Violet, Klaus, and Sunny who have to go to their uncle... Count Olaf...because their parents died in a horrible fire, which leaves their fortune to the eldest Baudelaire, Violet. This specific number of the series is about how Count Olaf and his group of villans capture Sunny and take her as bait ...more
Kimberly
Sunny has been kidnapped by Count Olaf and his crew, who hope to use her to secure the Baudelaire fortune. Her siblings, who Olaf presumes are dead, meanwhile try to find a way to rescue Sunny while continuing to explore the meaning of VFD.

Ever read a book in a series and find lots of references to things that you don't remember from the previous books? That is one issue that these books never have. The author is excellent about reminding you about people and events that have happened in the pas
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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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Robert
Hmmm . . .

While the story had been getting good leading into this book, the reader met a lot of McGiver-like events here. Using forks to climb a frozen waterfall, for instance. It seems as the story is more complicated than I thought. We have bosses to Olaf, and a far bigger scheme that involves burning down homes of all the V.F.D., which does seem to stand for volunteer fire department as I thought several books ago. The Baudelaires are not the only ones with a fortune to be captured. And that
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GraceWastheAnswer
These stories are interesting, and with the ever present, impending doom, they are extremely difficult to put down. The stories are very unique, bleak, yet silly,or a delightful blend of them both. In the later books, I came to embrace, and enjoy the silliness, and the over explanation of words, as Daniel's own unique sense of humor. I can not believe that he actually believed his readers to be that ignorant. I believe that it was more of a tease_ dark, spiteful, humor, which I thoroughly enjoy ...more
Carolynn
Oh, ASoUE. I read The Slippery Slope when I was eleven; it marks, for me, the beginning of the series’ end, because Daniel Handler clearly has no clue where to kill the franchise. The End, for instance, browbeats its reader with a tangled philosophical mess that may have something to do with atheist existentialism blah, the nature of art and sin blah, what-just-happened blah.

Nonetheless ASoUE is charmingly long-running and convoluted in the same way that X-Files and Lost are meant to be, rife wi
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Leah Robinson
First I will start by saying that I highly recommend these books. However, I would recommend them for probably about forth to seventh grade. It is a range but could be used with young advanced readers or older and a little behind readers. The overall plot may also be a little much for younger readers to grasp, but they will enjoy the adventures. I remember reading these books all through middle school, I could not wait to read the next one and I absolutely could not wait for the tenth book to co ...more
Al

What would you do if you found yourself trapped in a runaway caravan hurtling down a precipitous mountain slope? Fourteen-year-old Violet, the oldest orphan of the three Baudelaires, decides to try to slow the velocity of the caravan with a drag-chute invention involving a viscous combination of blackstrap molasses, maple syrup, maraschino liqueur, peanut butter, etc. If plummeting to their death weren't scary enough, Violet and her brother Klaus have been separated from Sunny, their baby sister

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Kacey
Being on the edge of your seat may be an unpleasant experience, but it's not nearly as bad as being on the edge of a cliff. Being on the edge of your seat usually refers to a state of extreme excitement or anticipation. Being on the edge of a cliff, however, is where we left the Baudelaire orphans in the previous volume of their history. Things don't get much better for them.

However, new friendships are formed and new discoveries are made. The Baudelaires begin to learn more about V. F. D., most
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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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Carmen
Apr 28, 2015 Carmen rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone and Everyone
An amazing book in an amazing series.

Vocabulary that children will learn in this book: Harrowing, repulsion, receptacle, facinorous, ruse, defected, able-bodied, concoct, perilous, interference, drag chute, detach, culinary, tumult, escapade, jagged, hurtling, ferocity, stagger, ukulele, swerve, navigate, fate, vehicle, ambiguous, inseparable, perish, gurgling, ore, high-altitude, deposit, geological, ominous, ghastly, ascertain, whimper, tedious, sufficient, individual, practitioner, fraught, s
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Julie S.
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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.

For A Series of Unfortunate Events:
www.lemonysnicket.com

For All The Wrong Questions:
www.lemonysnicketlibrary.com
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Other Books in the Series

A Series of Unfortunate Events (1 - 10 of 13 books)
  • The Bad Beginning (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #1)
  • The Reptile Room (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #2)
  • The Wide Window (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #3)
  • The Miserable Mill (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #4)
  • The Austere Academy (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #5)
  • The Ersatz Elevator (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #6)
  • The Vile Village (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #7)
  • The Hostile Hospital (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #8)
  • The Carnivorous Carnival (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #9)
  • The Grim Grotto (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #11)
The Bad Beginning (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #1) The Reptile Room (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #2) The Wide Window (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #3) The Austere Academy (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #5) The Miserable Mill (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #4)

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“A man of my acquaintance once wrote a poem called "The Road Less Traveled", describing a journey he took through the woods along a path most travelers never used. The poet found that the road less traveled was peaceful but quite lonely, and he was probably a bit nervous as he went along, because if anything happened on the road less traveled, the other travelers would be on the road more frequently traveled and so couldn't hear him as he cried for help. Sure enough, that poet is dead.” 1359 likes
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