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The Grim Grotto (A Series of Unfortunate Events #11)

3.98  ·  Rating Details ·  70,473 Ratings  ·  1,305 Reviews
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Unless you are a slug, a sea anemone, or mildew, you probably prefer not to be damp. You might also prefer not to listen to this audiobook, in which the Baudelaire siblings descend into the depths of despair, underwater. The horrors they encounter are too numerous to list, and include mushrooms, a mechanical monster, a distressing message from a lost friend,
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Published September 21st 2004 by HarperCollins Publishers
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Deborah Markus
Jun 12, 2015 Deborah Markus rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own-a-copy
I’m listening to this as read by Tim Curry, which is all things awesome. However: if you’re doing the same, you might want to grab a physical copy long enough to look at the last several pages. Snicket includes six “To My Kind Editor” letters, and Curry doesn’t read them. Which is not his fault, because nothing is his fault, because Tim Curry is a rock god and if you don’t understand that you need to leave my house right now.

The reason Curry doesn’t read these letters is because he can’t. No, he
Richard Denney
Listened to this one on audio read by the amazing Tim Curry in a few hours and it made it a whole lot better. I feel like this was a bit of a filler book but I still enjoyed it. I don’t like Fiona (the tiny bit of romance in here was completely unnecessary and icky to me lol I'm not one for romance in MG.). That twist with the hook-handed man was pretty cool and Count Olaf was just as fucked up as he always is. I think I might check out more audio books in the future. I thought they weren’t for ...more
Jul 04, 2015 Katie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I gasped so loud on the last page that I woke up the hubby! Oh man, what a turn of events. I'm so proud of the Baudelaire orphans! Standing up to Mr. Poe like that, figuring out all the complicated riddles... so proud!! :)
Mark Lawrence
I continue my relentless 3*ing of the series, though this volume was significantly better than the previous one (The Slippery Slope).

Much of the action takes place on submarines. These submarines appear to contain cavernous, often rectangular rooms, although the first of them is encountered in a mountain stream... Later a submarine's window (yup, window) is repaired with chewing gum.

My science is further hurt by the claim that sonar of the type that puts a tracking dot on the screen works by lis
Aug 02, 2016 Tilly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book had everything I missed in a few of the previous books and reminded to the fact how awesome this series can be. The plot was exciting, it has interesting new characters and I really loved this whole underwater scenario. The backstory of Fiona and her stepfather was very well fitting to the rest of unfortunate events through the whole series and I really enjoyed their description of their life in a submarine. I was also happy to meet Phil again, the optimist from "The Miserable Mill", ( ...more
Apr 11, 2016 Nadine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"How can someone so wonderful do something so terrible?"

That ending!!!! What?! I cannot wait to get my hands on the next book. Only two left and I think we're finally going to get some answers.
The Grim Grotto is action packed. The Baudelaire's find themselves on a submarine then in a grotto with poisonous mushrooms only to be left wondering what to do next and who to trust.

Full series review:
Mar 26, 2013 Constadina rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
What can I say about these books?? For me they're so much more than children's books. Sure a child will probably enjoy them but I think you have to be older to fully appreciate the cleverness of these books and the genius that Lemony Snicket is. I think he's one of my favorite authors because he's clever, he's intriguing and mainly because he's sarcastic. One of my favorite parts of his books are the little poems he writes for Beatrice and of course his failed attempt to make us not read his boo ...more
Aug 17, 2016 Octavia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 3-star
Mini Review: Not my favorite, because I do think this one dragged a bit at times, but I think it was better than a lot of the earlier ones. So close to finishing the series, excited to see how the last two play out!
Feb 05, 2009 Jamieson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In the eleventh book in “A Series of Unfortunate Events”, we find the three young Baudelaire siblings in a grim bit of trouble, escaping from the nefarious Count Olaf by riding a toboggan down the Stricken Stream, hoping to find a sugar bowl before he does.

The Baudelaire siblings don’t know what is so important about the sugar bowl, only that it may mean the end of their troubles.Unsure how to get out of the Stricken Stream without drowning, the three siblings contemplate their fate. Violet, the
Jun 26, 2016 Marianne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Grim Grotto is the eleventh book in A Series of Unfortunate Events by American author, Lemony Snicket (aka Daniel Handler). As we once again join the unlucky Baudelaire orphans, they find themselves sailing down the Stricken Stream on a toboggan towards the ocean. Is it coincidence that they are rescued by a submarine whose crew (Captain Widdershins and Fiona) are on a mission to find a certain important sugar bowl, one the Baudelaire orphans also seek?

Having narrowly escaped a burning hospi
Natt BookEuphoria
I love underwater adventures, and this book had one of them. I loved the submarine and the Captain and I shipped Fiona and Klaus so hard. Mind you I also ship Quigley and Violet and it really frustrates me that there is practically no romance since this is middle grade. It was very spooky for me to read theyre underwater cave chapter. The ending was as always quite heartbreaking and the betrayal was unexpected. I really loved Fiona and I was very worried for Sunny in this book. God bless her coo ...more
3.5 stars! // I enjoy this series so much that I wish I'd read it as a child. That would have been so much fun. I still really enjoy them now as an adult - and one of the things I love the most about it is the authors writing and humor. So incredibly good.

I am getting really close to the end of the series now, and even though I don't want it to end, I really feel like it's time to get some more answers - and I'm really looking forward to that!
Jun 12, 2016 Abby rated it really liked it
We're so close to the end of the series, so it makes sense that all the pieces are falling together. The Grim Grotto leaves the reader on the edge of their seats wondering if the Baudelaires will find the sugar bowl or if Sunny will survive being poisoned by a deadly mushroom. Just two more books, which I do not remember, so it'll all be new and exciting to me.
Nov 01, 2015 Melissa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: rereads, read-2015
Only 2 more books to go in this series! I'm really enjoying rereading these books now I'm in my twenties, around 10 years since my original read. Am finding them a little slower, now I'm older, but still a lot of fun! Would recommend this entire series to people of all ages.
Dec 28, 2015 Mel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this one. I think I am tied for this one and book 6 for my favourite!
I just can't wait to be done this series.. my goal is to finish it before the clock strikes 12 on Thursday.
Puedo afirmar con un 95% de seguridad que voy a llorar cuando me termine esta saga.
This book was the eleventh installment in Lemony Snicket’s series, A Series of Unfortunate Events. In this book, Violet, Sunny, and Klaus find themselves aboard a submarine, The Queequeg, with a crazy captain (who’s catch phrase is “Aye!”), his stepdaughter, and their overly optimistic cook. The three Baudelaires are eager to know what V.F.D. is, and they plan to attend a V.F.D. meeting with the crew. However, they are also preoccupied with finding the sugar bowl (the reason as to why the sugar ...more
Feb 02, 2011 Iris rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Kat Thomas
Mar 01, 2011 Kat Thomas rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jbb Lim
This would be my least favorite book of all in the series. It progresses with a lot of ramblings instead of focusing on the main plot. I know I did not enjoy this one as much as the others, however towards the end, there was a slight twist in which I kinda bump my ratings up just for that. Yes, my initial rating was suppose to be 2 stars. I did not hate this book per se but it kinda drags on for me.

No offense to many readers who enjoys this series, but I find this book has too much rambling goin
May 28, 2016 Celine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, fantasy
Though somewhat lacking in tension plot-wise, The Grim Grotto has incorporated moral ambiguity in an understandable and interesting way. I feel like the quality of these later books is higher than the middle bunch of the series - the jokes wittier, the writing tighter, the themes more complex. And again, an ending that leaves me wanting to know what lies in store for the Baudelaires next...
Darren Hagan aka snazzlebooks
Another good book in the series. Only 2 left :(

I enjoyed this book (again) but I feel like it was a bit less exciting than some of the others. It had a few good twists and turns though. Looking forward to seeing how it ends :D
Tasha (faeriedrugs)
Overall this book was just okay but THE ENDING OMG
Moujan Taghavi
Aug 26, 2016 Moujan Taghavi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
حدود یک تابستان من در سن 14 ، 15 سالگی تنها به ذوق رسیدن روز اول هفته برای خرید جلد بعدی این مجموعه کتاب بود. عالی بودن . اون زمان که خیلی از خواندنش لذت بردم.
4.5 stars

My favourite novel of the series so far.
Aug 14, 2008 Swankivy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favoritebooks
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Paola (A Novel Idea)
Originally posted at A Novel Idea Reviews

Rating: 3/5

A toboggan, floating precariously on an icy stream, is not a particularly pleasant place to be. Sadly for Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire, this is their current location. Not for long, however, because our orphans eventually encounter a seafaring crew on a submarine called the Queequeg, and while the crew can best be described as ‘volatile’, the Baudelaires are temporarily relieved to have found allies. What ensues is a quest for a sugar bo
Taylor Ramirez
Lemony Snicket telling the truth: the water cycle is really boring.


Fiona and Klaus are really cute, just like Violet and Quigley.

“‘Aye! If you find me the sugar bowl, I’ll allow you to marry Fiona!’
‘Stepfather!’ Fiona cried, blushing behind her triangular glasses.
‘Don’t worry,’ the captain replied, ‘we’ll find a husband for Violet, too! Aye! Perhaps we’ll find your long-lost brother, Fiona! He’s much older, of course, and he’s been missing for years, but if Klaus can locate the sugar bowl he
Apr 06, 2015 Amy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Grim Grotto, the eleventh instalment of A Series of Unfortunate Events was a good read.

Violet, Klaus and Sunny are left to fend for themselves after being split from their friend Quigley while going down a treacherous waterfall. They eventually find themselves aboard a submarine thanks to Captain Widdershins, a member of V.F.D. and he helps them to find the sugar bowl before Count Olaf but obviously things don't go quite to plan.

I liked this instalment because it wasn't at all like any of
Sep 08, 2009 Da rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: summer-books
Chance led them to an acquaintance and Klaus' first love!- Of course Phil as well, or "Cookie" as captain named him. Their strengths and knowledge guide them as well as being a source of aid to Widdershins and his crew. A new voyage is set in motion! Undersea, undercover, understanding, underestimated, undefeateable...?

Sunny with Phil in cooking, Violet and Captain Widdershins at the ship, and Fiona in the company of Klaus working on maps or looking through books. Fiona who has an interest in my
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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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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)
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