The End (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #13)
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The End (A Series of Unfortunate Events #13)

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Like an off-key violin concert, the Roman Empire, or food poisoning, all things must come to an end. Thankfully, this includes A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket. The thirteenth and final installment in the groundbreaking series will answer readers' most burning questions: Will Count Olaf prevail? Will the Baudelaires survive? Will the series end happily? If...more
Kindle Edition, 368 pages
Published October 13th 2009 by HarperCollins (first published January 1st 2006)
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Barbara
Jul 20, 2007 Barbara rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one
Shelves: j-read
This book INFURIATED me! What a lazy author. Taking us down the garden path through 12 books and then ending the series without really completing the story. As a children's librarian, I no longer recommend this series to kids. I hate to see them as disappointed as I was at this really stupid final book. Shame on you, Mr. Snicket!! You took the chicken's way out. Next time, have an idea of where you expect the series to go before you start it. Truly shameful.
k.wing
Jan 10, 2008 k.wing rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone.
Recommended to k.wing by: The movie.
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Nic
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Dan
I understand that this book made a lot of people angry, by not explaining all the central mysteries, by not wrapping up, by introducing lots more information that the book doesn't resolve. But this is where we were heading: to the point where we know that we can't know everything, to the point where the villain is no longer two-dimensionally evil and our heroes accept that they have done terrible things.

It's still Lemony Snicket, so it's still funny and clever and everything you liked about the...more
Ruben
Oct 21, 2007 Ruben rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: All who need closure
Well. Snicket himself told me that no book can truly contain the end of a story, although it may describe the end of a person. I finished this book on October 13, 2007, exactly one year after it was released. It was not as funny or exciting as the last few books in the series, but it might be more allegorical than all the rest. It had heaps of literary allusions, only a few of which I managed to catch-- Robinson Crusoe, Moby Dick, the Bible... To sum it all up, the biggest "problem" with this...more
Amy
NOTE: Spoiler alert! (Thanks to Tommy for letting me know)

Mediocre and disappointing. For the most part, The Series of Unfortunate Events provides a good set of light reading. Repetitive phrasing, stark imagery and clever descriptions of words gives them the definitive feel of children's books while the plots and dialogues are adequately entertaining for adults. Though the character development is certainly a little thin, the reader still finds themselves deeply attached to Sunny, Violet and Cla...more
Scott
May 07, 2007 Scott rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: you've already read the first 12, you can quit now
Oy, how annoying!

Twelve books! TWELVE books posing question after question and mystery after mystery with twists and intrigue and all that for what? Not answers, that's for damn sure.

This book didn't tie anything together. The sugar bowl. The poison darts. The Schism. All dismissed in some silly existentialist philosophical conclusion about unanswered questions and the Great Unknown. Not cool.

It was a little bit thought-provoking, I guess, but come on! If I wanted thought-provoking, I'd have rea...more
Eric Skillman
Aug 21, 2007 Eric Skillman rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: bibliophiles of all ages
Rather than review all the Series of Unfortunate Events books individually, I'll just say this here: I loved this whole series, it's blackly funny and engaging and filled with so many little tricks and gags that could only possibly work in print fiction (which is why the movie was such a disaster), that they remind you why you love reading in the first place.

For the record, around the third book I was worried that things were starting to get too formulaic and that I might be getting bored with t...more
Dan
Man, what the hell just happened? I know I just finished this series, but it feels like there's more to say, like it ended mid-stream, and this was Book THIRTEEN! Did he not think he had enough time to finish? Was he so set on keeping it to 13 books with 13 chapters each that he stopped throwing out red herrings about what V.F.D. was and realized at the end of Twelve, "Crap, how do I solve this?" The fact that he has a "Chapter Fourteen" on this makes me think so (as well as the seperate "book"...more
Jack
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Bern
The End is a very strange book because although it serves as the Baudelaire orphans's beautiful swan song, it also makes you reflect on the on the state of the world and where your life fits within it. I don't mean in a existentialist way, such as "Who am I?", "What am I doing here?" or "Why is there a person disguised as a bush standing on my rug?", but rather in a way that The End wasn't about answering all the questions and mysteries set in the previous unfortunate events to take place in th...more
Sarah Coughlon
Wait until readers of the Daily Punctilio see this: "Sugar bowl mystery revealed—V.F.D. triumphant!"

If this headline accurately expresses your hopes for The End, dear reader, then you likely began the final volume of A Series Of Unfortunate Events with some expectation for catharsis, a word which here does not mean "a complete explanation of the various mysteries partly revealed in the previous twelve books, including but not limited to the precise reason for the Baudelaire parents' murder, the...more
Ginger
I've decided that books written "for children" are the only books capable of describing life in any basic way. Describing life as an adult is not only layered and complicated, but also carries it with it the tedious responses that person has learned to react to the world with over time. Things go terribly wrong all the time, but as an adult you've learned to eventually put up or shut up. Similarly, adult novels cover all the inbetweens and shades of grey of adult life, but rarely can talk with e...more
Liz
Jul 13, 2009 Liz rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who can handle disappointment
Shelves: 2009
Pa-THETIC! Absolutely pathetic. What a poor effort from the guy everybody absolutely loved!

I want to go back and read the series again to find more allusions I almost certainly wouldn't have picked up the first time around, but I can't be bothered to. Now, I would've if there had been any sort of plot resolution to keep me going through to the

Very bad, from a commercial point of view, as I'm certainly not going to buy the series now, am I?

I felt so cheated, not knowing the end. The feeling I g...more
Chris
A pretty disappointing final chapter. I'm all for getting a little esoteric with endings but come on! If you promise to tell me about a sugar bowl and then you just... don't tell me... that's annoying.

It doesn't help that my least favorite part of ASoUE was the whole VFD conspiracy, and that the last couple of books in the series are absolutely mired in VFD rigamarole... but that's a personal preference. All in all, it seems to me that if you're going to tell a story over the course of thirteen...more
Emily Stewface
Ok, so this book was very interesting. I was looking forward to the ending of this series because I assumed that it would answer some of the questions that I had been wondering throughout the entire series. I was wrong. It came to a disapointing end....answering no questions that it had asked during the previous books. It just ended. However the reason I rated this book 4 stars is because this series really did need to end it this way! I loved all the books and how mysterious they were and it re...more
Nour Sharif
I feel like I want to cry after finishing this book, and this series. Indeed, this series, unknowingly, became a huge part in my life that I am finding it very hard to let go of.

I have read the reviews of people complaining that the story did not answer any questions. But I disagree. This book is perfect, and I hate to leave it behind. I don't want to become just another book I've read in the pile of the books I've read, because this series is spectacular. This book is the best in the series, t...more
Deborah Markus
Though not a Christian myself, I have a sneaking sympathy for my Christian friends who are baffled by and angry about the plot liberties taken by the Darren Aronofsky movie Noah (in theaters as I write this, probably won’t be by the time you read it). Okay, it’s more than sneaking. I may not have a religious dog in the race, but there’s an identity problem inherent in this project. If you change the story enough, who is this “Noah” you’re talking about?

That said, there’s nothing wrong with play...more
Bryan Murdock
This is really my review of the whole Series of Unfortunate Events, not just The End, because I couldn't read just one of them and altogether they read like one long, sad story, not 13 separate tragic tales.

Many times throughout these books, the author admonishes (a word which here means, warns over and over in many different ways) the reader to stop reading the sad story of the Baudelaires, due to the fact that the story might cause the reader to cry, wail, become depressed, or distressed. Havi...more
Swankivy
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Allyson
Great and I'm sad that I'm at the end.
Ben
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Kruti
Finally, I have some free time to review this series. I remember reading this whole series in a matter of days and I remember my initial thoughts of this last book - at first I was greatly disappointed that this book didn't tie anything together. The End leaves a lot of things unsolved - the mystery surrounding VFD, the Schism and the significance of the sugar bowl. The child in me felt cheated. The Baudelairs are now stranded on an island and far away from the answers that will solve the myster...more
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...more
Jennifer
This was a book that I dreaded reading and honestly - reading the Snicket books has turned me off YA fiction a little. I was so happy to buy the 13th and so happy that the series was over.

I think they are clever books and they are well written - but they were still hard for me to pick up and I found myself avoiding them. Yet I am still a fan of the Snicket books. Weird. It's like a magnet that both repels and attracts me.

In that sense I was both happy and upset at how the 13th book ended. Some...more
Crazy Uncle Ryan
This left me with a lot of unanswered questions. I don’t feel like I really understand what exactly VFD (either the villains or the volunteers) were really up to. Ultimately, I was a bit disappointed with this one because throughout the whole series I had been waiting to find out what was going on and I never really did.
jeeves...
"you really think i did that?" *dies* ...snicket, you torture your poor readers and get popular for it- really good book, haven't read it in ages though...
Megan
Such a cop out, terrible ending to a series I invested so much time and energy into. I loved the entire series up until the last book.
Ebster Davis
Spoilers below.

So basically, in "The End" Lemony makes it look like he kills off the the kids. Not sure how that is possible, because he already said in a previous book that when the baby grows up into a woman she will still like cooking and being with her siblings.

It was good. I especially, liked the reveal of who Lemony's girlfriend was. Kinda made me feel stupid for not figuring it out earlier.


Why, oh why did they feel the need to redeem Count Olaf? Kind of lame, how he's written as an arch v...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.

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

For All The Wrong Questions:
www.lemonysnicketlibrary.com
More about Lemony Snicket...
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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“It is a curious thing, but as one travels the world getting older and older, it appears that happiness is easier to get used to than despair. The second time you have a root beer float, for instance, your happiness at sipping the delicious concoction may not be quite as enormous as when you first had a root beer float, and the twelfth time your happiness may be still less enormous, until root beer floats begin to offer you very little happiness at all, because you have become used to the taste of vanilla ice cream and root beer mixed together. However, the second time you find a thumbtack in your root beer float, your despair is much greater than the first time, when you dismissed the thumbtack as a freak accident rather than part of the scheme of a soda jerk, a phrase which here means "ice cream shop employee who is trying to injure your tongue," and by the twelfth time you find a thumbtack, your despair is even greater still, until you can hardly utter the phrase "root beer float" without bursting into tears. It is almost as if happiness is an acquired taste, like coconut cordial or ceviche, to which you can eventually become accustomed, but despair is something surprising each time you encounter it.” 432 likes
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