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

3.96 of 5 stars 3.96  ·  rating details  ·  60,259 ratings  ·  919 reviews
Dear Reader,

Like handshakes, house pets, or raw carrots, many things are preferably not slippery. Unfortunately, in this miserable volume, I am afraid that Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire run into more than their fair share of slipperiness during their journey up-and down- a range of strange and distressing mountains.

In order to spare you any further repulsion, it woul
Paperback, 343 pages
Published September 2004 by Scholastic (first published January 1st 2003)
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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
Sunny isn't a baby anymore.

I might be as wicked as Count Olaf or the other two mysterious new villains for wishing that the children would just be as bad as their ultimate bane. They should have just let Esme fall into the pit.

As the Baudelaires' unfortunate circumstances fill the tenth book of the series, many mysteries are solved but are still replaced by new ones. And as the Baudelaires reach the V.F.D. headquarters, they think that maybe, just maybe, they had found the answers to many of the
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
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!
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,
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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

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

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
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
Dec 17, 2013 Carmen rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone and Everyone
Shelves: children, fiction
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
Julie S.
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Chris Blocker
It's been interesting to watch the evolution of this series. The first four books certainly followed a particular formula with slight changes. The tone was almost gothic, with an attempt at dark humor. The next two stepped out a little farther, but remained close to that formula. Each book seemed to become more action based. With the seventh book, the arc that made this a series began to tighten. Over the next few books, the series became more of a mystery. And here, with book ten, The Slippery ...more
Jonathan M.
This book was so amazing to me, all the villains, the suspense, the details. I like the fact the Snicket put his name in his books. He makes himself special in a way that you wouldn't guess. Like he is himself he keeps himself secret and mysterious in his life and in the books. In this book, Sunny get captured with the villains. She was forced to do things that was almost impossible to a living person. They said it was right to torture kids and that it was allowed. I say that is something like c ...more
Ahhh, the Quagmires are back!! :D This is a great installment of the series, starting to reveal a bit more about Jack Snicket and VFD (though is that really what VFD stands for??!). My favourite bits were Sunny sleeping in a casserole dish, and Esme Squallor in a big, billowing fire dress... hilarious.
Ten books down, only three more to go...already thinking of what series to read next with my girls, but I'm sure gonna miss the unfortunate trio of kids in these books!

"Fate is like a strange, unpopular restaurant, filled with odd waiters who bring you things you never asked for and don't always like..."

"It is always tedious when someone says that if you don't stop crying, they will give you something to cry about because if you are crying than you already have something to cry about, an
Stephanie Hirsch
Things continue escalating for the Baudelairs. The mission is to save Sunny from Count Olaf. It is not without a newly made friend, many more adventures, and even more clues as to what may or may not have happened to their parents. The books seem to be growing with the children, but some things are still repeated, the author wants you to understand that you shouldn't read this book, or any of the others. The author also wants you to ingrain certain things into your head. Either way, in my opinio ...more
I really enjoyed many of the literary tools Mr. Snicket used to bring the story to life and probe a different avenue of story-telling. The great message in this book was an excellent one we can all take to heart. Sometimes we justify the means by the end result, but here an excellent illustration is given of the difference between a villain and a hero. Too often modern media glorifies "bad boy" heroes fighting the villain by any means possible, but the heroes in The Slippery Slope find out that ...more
Ariella Waddell
Best of the series so far. The kids really start to grow and explore their individual identities. When Sunny says "I'm not a baby," I actually teared up.
Sydney Dixen
I believe that this book is written fairly well, but there is still somethings that I disagree with. Like, making a baby sleep outside, in the middle of winter, with no blankets,nor food. That just seems kind of mean in my opinion. Furthermore, it also had some scenes that created quite an intense visual in my head. One of those examples is, when they were getting eaten up by the snow flies, and that they were nibbling into their skins, and eating them all up. Other than the negatives, there wer ...more
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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 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.” 1316 likes
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