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The End (A Series of Unfortunate Events #13)

3.97  ·  Rating Details  ·  57,966 Ratings  ·  2,229 Reviews
The only thing more depressing than this lamentable series is the realization that it is ending. Like the vague pain of an untreated toothache, Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events had come to be a familiar part of our daily existence. We had even grown to relish the discomforts of the Baudelaire orphans as they coped, often inadequately, with the devious machin ...more
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published October 13th 2006 by HarperCollins Publishers
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Jul 20, 2007 Barb rated it did not like it  ·  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.
Jul 04, 2009 Nic rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: on-a-boooat
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Jan 10, 2008 k.wing rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone.
Recommended to k.wing by: The movie.
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Jun 13, 2007 Dan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens
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
Oct 21, 2007 Ruben rated it really liked it  ·  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
May 07, 2007 Scott rated it it was ok  ·  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
Mark Lawrence
May I steal the lyrics from the eponymous Door's song?

This is the end
Beautiful friend
This is the end
My only friend, the end

Of our elaborate plans, the end
Of everything that stands, the end
No safety or surprise, the end
I'll never look into your eyes...again

The important thing to recognise here is that in a continued move to the meta that Patrick Rothfuss might admire (and even have studied) this is a story about stories.

In order that we not forget this fact/theme (a theme that, incidenta
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
Eric Skillman
Aug 21, 2007 Eric Skillman rated it it was amazing  ·  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
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
Nov 17, 2007 Dan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2007
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
Jan 22, 2008 Jack rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Jul 13, 2009 Liz rated it did not like it  ·  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
A review of the whole series mate...what do I do with my time now?

This is a series I never read as a child (for reasons I really can't fathom) and decided to visit now as a 27 year old adult. I guess reading is reading and I can fully, fully admit that I would have no problem reading The Berenstain Bears and the Messy Room a few more times (is this why people have kids?) Anywhoooo...this summer I randomly decided to check out the series at the library and became fixed on it. It is
I definitely would have preferred more answers. Like wtf was the sugar bowl? And, hello, romance that came out of left field.
Jul 08, 2015 Katie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
But... but!!! My questions haven't been answered!!!!! What the HELL man!! What. The. Hell!!!!!
Jan 16, 2010 Ginger rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010
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
Deborah Markus
Apr 09, 2014 Deborah Markus rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 11, 2014 Lieke rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: english
This is more like a 4.5 stars rating, but I decided to round it off to 5 stars (damn goodreads for not being able to give half stars!).

I really, really loved the writing style. 'Lemony Snicket' is a genius! I loved all the wisdoms hidden between the lines and the wisdoms that weren't hidden but quite obvious. I loved the cross-references and almost all of the characters. The entire series has touched me and changed me.

I think, overall, what I loved most about the series was how it dealt with de
Nour Sharif
Jul 18, 2013 Nour Sharif rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013, kindle, english
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
Isabeau (Just Keep Reading)
Solid end. Although much is still left shrouded in mystery, I didn't find it quite as frustrating reading it this time around. It left questions, but also it felt more like it really was the finale, and things kinda did wrap up. The one thing I can't stand, is what happened to the Quagmires? We never truly find out their fate. Nor what the sugar bowl actually was! *sigh*
What? Literally what? I mean it's not a bad book, but this sure as hell didn't conclude the series. Olaf's last words to the orphan's can't be "you really think I burned down your house?" because that opens more questions rather than closing them.
I'm extremely disappointed.

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Mar 03, 2009 Max rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
the best one.
Bryan Murdock
May 02, 2011 Bryan Murdock rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 14, 2007 Chris rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: yanovels
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
Emily Stewart
Feb 07, 2012 Emily Stewart rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
I've decided to do a slightly more in-depth review of this book (and by extension, this series) as a whole. Partly because I've come to terms with some things and are still bothered by others, but overall I've had a little more time to think about it. In case you are wondering, the following is my my former review (and first reaction):

"No matter how much one reads, the whole story can never be told."

I understand why many people despised this ending. After 13 books you'd like to have some answers, even the most useless ones, still we've been given nothing. The attitude of the author frustrated me in the first books but then I got used to it and moreover I already knew I wasn't going to know anything more about VFD or the sugarball or the poisoned dards because I was spoiled by some reviews here on this site which I think helpe
Aug 14, 2008 Swankivy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favoritebooks
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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
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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)
  • The Wide Window (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #3)
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