The Penultimate Peril (A Series of Unfortunate Events #12)
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
"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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...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 ...more
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 ...more
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
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 ...more
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 ...more
In this volume it's never certain who is a villain and who is a volunteer. Even the orphans struggle wit ...more
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 ...more
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
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 ...more
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.
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.
The Penultimate (a ...more
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 ...more
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|The ASOUE Challenge: Books Alluded||1||3||Nov 08, 2014 09:22AM|
|Am I the only one who finds it weird when Kit casually said that the volunteers use to meet in 'opium dens'||3||43||Nov 22, 2013 05:05AM|
|ONTD Book Club: The Penultimate Peril||1||6||Feb 28, 2013 02:02PM|
|The Ending||2||36||Jul 04, 2012 01:27AM|
|Not totally noble after all?||3||32||Jun 20, 2012 12:10PM|
|What happened to Justice Strauss?||3||42||May 09, 2012 04:57PM|
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