The Ersatz Elevator (A Series of Unfortunate Events #6)
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...more
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!
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...more
Oh, and PS. Still can't totally visualize how Sunny scaled th...more
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...more
Esme is concerned with keeping up with the Joneses. What is "in" is...more
Storm clouds are perpetually raining on the three Baudelaire children, who now find themselves staring up at the towering apartment building where their new guardians live. Jerome and Esme Squalor own a sprawling penthouse on the very topmost floor, which is saying something when the building has over 600 stories…and the elevators aren’t working. Violet, Klaus, and Sunny soon discover that the elevators aren’t working because elevators aren’t “...more
Fans of Lemony Snicket's wonderful Series of Unfortunate Events won't be surprised to find that in the sixth installment the three Baudelaire orphans' new home proves to be something of a mixed bag. As our ever sad but helpful narrator states, "Although 'a mixed bag' sometimes refers to a plastic bag that has been stirred in a bowl, more often it is used to describe a situation that has both good parts and bad parts. An afternoon at the movie theater, for instance, would be a mixed bag if your f...more
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...more
"There are many, many things that are difficult in this life, but one thing that isn't difficult at all is figuring out whether someone is excited or not when they open a present..."
"Arguing with somebody is never pleasant, but sometimes it is useful and necessary to do so..."
"Morning is one of the best times for thinking. When one has just woken up, but hasn't yet gotten out of bed, it is a perfect time to look up at the ceiling,...more
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...more
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...more
Mi ha messo ansia il presentarsi di Gunther come ombra che torreggiava sui tre fratelli, la discesa nel buio, la corsa per costruire qualcosa che salvasse i pantano, la spinta di esmè nel pozzo...
insomma tutti momenti di cui già conoscevo il risultato, ma che stupidamente mi tenevano sulle spine e mi facev...more
Les orphelins sont contents de revenir dans cette ville mais sont très inquiets. A la fin du tome précédent, le Comte Olaf a enlevé le...more
Als wir uns trafen, begann mein Leben,
bald darauf endete deins.
Wenn man meint, es könnte nicht mehr schlimmer kommen, dann wird es noch viel schlimmer – dieses Sprichwort trifft traurigerweise viel zu oft auf das Schicksal der Baudelaire-Waisen zu. Dem Internat und Graf Olaf entkommen, können sie sich nicht wirklich besser fühlen. Ihre Freunde, die Quagmeier Drillinge, wurden von Graf Olaf entführt, weil er sich ihr Erbe, die Quagmeier Saphire, krallen will und sie hinter sein Gehe...more
They are hoping to hide from a man who is trying to get their family's fortune. I like this book because the characters resembles someone I know in my family, school, and neighborhood. The Baudelaire orphans (Violet, Klaus, and Sunny) a...more
The Baudelaires are becoming "less passive" due to their conviction of saving their friends in distress. The seeds of real mistery are starting to geminate, as before, the "bad guys" can easily manipulate the "good ones", and just when they are needed, they draw back.
What was new was that both guardians turned out to be ersatz ones in some way. Like in the other books, there are red herrings for the "good" adult...more
i started reading this series three years ago , i know ! back in my country only the first three books were translated into my language .
and since then , it was one of my favourites and it got stuck in my mind even though i thought those three books were the only ones in the series and the ending was not a proper one !
and for some reason , after three years i decided to search for it and found out there were 10 more books waiting f...more
The Eratz Elevator
Have you ever read a book wich you can't stop reading, or have you ever gone to a library with not finding any book? Well I have the perfect book for you, you won't want to stop reading it and you'll find it in the library easily now that you know the name (It's in the tittle).This book is REALLY good!!! I loved it and couldn't stop reading.
You have to read the 1st, 2nd, 3rd,etc. to read this book, I recomend you start because this is tha 6th. I love the vocabulery the auther...more
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...more
I first came to this series after watching the tie-in movie "Lemony Snicket's a Series of Unfortunate Events". I love the series for its superb characterization, lovely writing, quirky plotlines, and deeply dark humor. This sixth book in the series carries on the tradition and will not disappoint fans.
Like the rest of the novels in this series, this book is very slender and can be whipped through in a few short hours - if it h...more
In this story, the three Baudelaire orphans got new guardians, and moved to a new apartment with no elevators, just the shafts, where Count Olaf had hidden two of the children’s friends. The Baudelaires discovered them and went for h...more
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