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The Penultimate Peril (A Series of Unfortunate Events #12)

3.98 of 5 stars 3.98  ·  rating details  ·  50,105 ratings  ·  902 reviews
Lemony Snicket returns with the last book before the last book of his bestselling Series of Unfortunate Events. Scream and run away before the secrets of the series are revealed

Very little is known about Lemony Snicket and A Series of Unfortunate Events. What we do know is contained in the following brief list:

o The books have inexplicably sold millions and millions of cop
ebook, 368 pages
Published October 13th 2009 by HarperCollins (first published 2005)
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same formula as all the others, but the plot thickens! favorite snicketism from this volume? “the three adults smiled at the children, and the children smiled back, but of course the baudelaires were not born yesterday, an expression which means “young or innocent enough to believe things certain people say about the world.” …violet was born more than fifteen years before this particular wednesday, and klaus was born approximately two years after that, and even sunny, who had just passed out of ...more
This is clearly the book Daniel was aching to write. The best, most complex, most complete, most well-constructed and most enlightening installment in the series. This is the book with the denouement of the series, indeed, and the main theme of the novels shines darkly through to the end. Kit's early insistence that the children will be able to observe nobility in others, to the final pages where nothing at all about nobility could be foggier, the moral ambiguity of adulthood and the wickedness ...more
Mark Lawrence
I'm fairly sure I've never read 12 books in one series before (with the possible exception of Enid Blyton's Famous Five - which I read in random order with gaps, because they're all stand-alones).

To be honest, I don't think that even as a child I would have reached #12 in the Series of Unfortunate Events - which is not to say that they are bad books, more testimony to my need for change.

Anyway, I'm reading these to my daughter and we're in til the bitter end (Book 13).

This volume takes place alm
Oct 03, 2007 Ruben rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone who's read the first 11.
Shelves: snicket
Here's the point: The Penultimate Peril continues to tie it all together, and the return on your investment is shockingly huge. Lemony Snicket manages to tease out a few underlying themes, like what to think when good people let you down, and whether doing evil things makes you an evil person. There are incredible images here of reflections, fire and justice. The illustrations are also picture perfect. And even though the series grows dimmer and darker, it still manages to be one of the funnies ...more
When we last left the Baudelaire Orphans, they were fleeing from Count Olaf and entering a car with a woman in the back seat who they had never seen before. That woman was Kit Snicket. Kit Snicket, one of the many on the right side of the schism, takes them to The Hotel Dénouement. There, they hope to learn the answers to some of the questions that plague them.

There, treachery is a foot. No one is who they seem to be and lies are a plenty. Kit informs the Orphans that they must rescue the sugar
"... One can remain alive long past the usual date of disintegration if one is unafraid of change, insatiable in intellectual curiosity, interested in big things, and happy in small ways." page 180

"I'm not sure we ARE noble," Klaus said quietly, flipping the pages of his commonplace book. "We caused those accidents at the lumbermill. We're responsible for the destruction of the hospital. We helped start the fire that destroyed Madame Lulu's archival library. We-"
"Enough," Dewey interrupted gen
Deborah Markus
"For the thing which I greatly feared is come upon me, and that which I was afraid of is come unto me. I was not in safety, neither had I rest, neither was I quiet; yet trouble came."

This book is probably the most daring in the series, literarily speaking. GR's spell check is telling me "literarily" isn't an actual word, but it's wrong. "Literarily" can be derived logically, so deal with it, spell check.

Snicket *crafts* this book. There are whole passages in mirror-writing. There's a "Not A Cha
Isabeau (Just Keep Reading)
I had legitimately forgotten how much I loved this book. So good! And everyone comes together which is brilliant!
Nadine Larter
I didn't love this book. In fact of all the books this one was my least favourite. Luckily I did stick with the series and got through this one but I considered giving up for a while. It does however form part of a whole bunch of books that I did love so I will forgive it for not being my favourite :)
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
Nicholas Karpuk
I think this book would have genuinely upset me as a child. As a kid who found the Berenstein Bear book stranger danger disturbing, a book that suggests that it's always difficult to truly know whether someone is good or evil, or whether that even helps at times, would have put dark thoughts in my little head for weeks.

The formula is all but in ruins this time around, and most of the book is a kafkaesque trip through a strange hotel structured around the Dewey Decimal system. And yes, I actually
Kelly Kendrick
I have to say this was the MOST AMAZING book in the whole series. I thought the author went into such amazing detail and the image was just in my mind!!! I finished this book in honestly two nights because I could not stop reading it. Lemony Sniket knows how to write page turners and let me tell you, this whole series was non stop fun! The Denonument brothers really shocked me by adding not only the IDENTICAL twins but also by adding a third brother!!! I fell in love with Dewy (the third brother ...more

From the minute I started reading this book I knew it was for me. The tragedy of this story is unthinkable but, the way the three Baudelaire’s stick together makes the story all worth it. This book has shown me however hard something gets they always push through until the very end. When I started reading this book it felt like a whole new world of adventures was opened for me, from the horrible people to the noblest people you will ever read about this book has everything from the craziest most
First of all, I think that the my interest in "The Series of Unfortunate Events" series is gradually declining with each book. The first ten books were amazing and had me anticipating the succeeding book. However, I did not particularly enjoy the eleventh book, "The Grim Grotto," nor this one. As I was reading this book, I found my mind traveling elsewhere a lot because the book was so long and slightly boring. I was disappointed with Lemony Snicket's performance because I had liked his previous ...more
Oct 08, 2014 Anna rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Anna by: series
"Certain people have said that the world is like a calm pond, and that anytime a person does even the smallest thing, it is as if a stone has dropped into the pond, spreading circles of ripples further and further out, until the entire world has been changed by one tiny action. If this is true, then the book you are reading now is the perfect thing to drop into a pond. The ripples will spread across the surface of the pond and the world will change for the better, with one less dreadful story fo ...more
Fuck! Did that really just happened?! Fuck...
I can't believe I have just one book left and, even though a lot of mysteries have been unraveled, I still know shit about what's going on. I'm pretty sure I would have been very disturbed if I had read this at a younger age. It's still pretty shocking now.
I'm amazed by Handler, I thought all the books in the middle were of no use, but it all seems to make a bit more sense now, it's starting to look less like separate stories and more like one whole s
Stuart Langridge

Sadly, this book presents the next-to-last chronicle of the lives of the Baudelaire orphans, and it is next-to-first in its supply of misery, despair, and unpleasantness. Probably the next-to-last things you would like to hear about are a harpoon gun, two mysterious initials, a notorious villain and an unsavoury curry. The Baudelaire orphans are sent to the Hotel Denouement, where they act as concierge-detectives. The hotel is run by Frank and Ernest and is arranged according to Dewey d

A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Penultimate Peril
By Lemony Snicket
353pp. New York, New York
Harper Collins Publishers
ISBN 0 06 441015 3

Often, as a writer continues a series, the quality of his writing begins to diminish...that is not the case with Lemony Snicket. Actually, the books keep getting better and better, and better. The twelfth book in the unfortunate series is the "next to last" danger the Baudelaire children will face. The Baudelaires have been on a roller coaster ride, being boun
Paola (A Novel Idea)
Originally posted at A Novel Idea

RATING: 3.5/5

Violet Baudelaire (our ingenious inventor), Klaus Baudelaire (our remarkable researcher) and Sunny Baudelaire (our celebrated chef) have arrived at the Hotel Denoument. If you have ever stayed at a hotel where all the rooms are organized according to the Dewey Decimal System, then you will no doubt be familiar with the Baudelaires’ new problems as they attempt to be hotel concierges and gather evidence to prove their innocence at the same time. For o
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The word "unfathomable" usually means "puzzling" or "unknown". In this latest installment of the Baudelaires' history, the word here means "most events that occur in the story". If you opened this book hoping at last for some answers, it's best to turn back now. If, however, you are dedicated to following the Baudelaires then you will not be deterred no matter how puzzling their circumstances.

In this volume it's never certain who is a villain and who is a volunteer. Even the orphans struggle wit
** There are no spoilers of Book 12, but this review assumes you’ve read the first 11 books in the series.

The word Penultimate is defined as “The second to last in a series or sequence.” What a fantastic word to use in the title of this, the second to last book in the Series of Unfortunate Events.

Kit Snicket (fictional author, Lemony’s sister) takes the Baudelaire orphans, Sunny, Violet and Klaus, to the Hotel Denouement, where the mysterious VFD will be meeting in a few days. The siblings must
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 19, 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 children will learn in this book: penultimate, adroit, faculties, concierge, flaneurs, distraught, denouement, emblazon, signage, inadvertent, punctilio, botanist, disaccharides, wormwood, augment, expound, unfathomable, perplexing, sequential, simultaneous, sycophant, insignia, tomboy, atrocious, preoccupied, unsavory, epistemology, concertina, cynical, unearthly, brandish, dekagram, hectogram, centigram, deciliters, xenophobia, taciturn, gourmand

No puedo creer que quede un solo libro.UNO.
¿En unas 100 y pico de páginas se van a explicar todas las dudas que siembra el autor desde un principio? Porque fueron demasiadas preguntas que respondían a otras, y aunque ya sé más de lo que sabía en el quinto libro, todo sigue confundiéndome.
No puedo creer que ya se venga el final. No todavía. No.
Princess Godoy
I must say, I'm kind of proud of myself for putting up with this book. I'm feeling the excitement cursing to me as the ending dawns upon me.

This book is like the huge reunion of the past characters' some I remember, some dont't even ring a bell but I'm glad that most of the recurring characters are united to take Count Olaf down.

I'm really excited for the ending IS hope it will not disappoint me.
Von Sowards
How do you decide what opinion to have when you enjoy a book for the mounting expectation it gives you for the conclusion of a story but when you get to the conclusion, the conclusion is dumb? I am not saying that the conclusion simply did not "meet exceptions", or that it was not "what I would have done", but that it was just DUMB. You know it must be hard as a writer to right a good, satisfying, answer all questions ending that makes every one happy, but at least he can try!

The Penultimate (a
'Penultimate' is probably the best descriptor for this book, because while I really really liked the things it contributed to the worldbuilding -- Kit! the Hotel Denouement! Dewey! learning more about the Baudelaire parents! hints about Olaf's backstory! bringing back characters from all the previous books! -- nothing much really happens, instead just gathering everyone, observing unfathomable and inscrutable things, building up towards the end [The End]. It's a good setup and fleshes out the wo ...more
After many years of waiting the release of The Penultimate Peril sent shivers down my spine, even the title was apt, penultimate signalling that indeed the brilliant series writen by Lemony Snicket was indeed unfortunatley almost at it's end. I was not disapointed, easily one of my favorites of the series so far it held me glued to its pages right from the begining to the very end, a feat that only few books have achieved in my time as an avid reader. If you enjoyed the other books in the series ...more
My generic review for A Series of Unfortunate Events.

I really love this series. I love the wit and humor. I love the way the author 'explains' and 'defines' things to the reader. I was constantly laughing out loud while reading these.

The series does get progressively darker or more confusing as to who is good and who is bad. But it never reaches Harry Potter level. I would feel comfortable with my tweens reading these.

Very good twists and turns and outright ridiculous in parts.

Lemony Snicket i
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Other Books in the Series

A Series of Unfortunate Events (1 - 10 of 13 books)
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