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The Slippery Slope (A Series of Unfortunate Events #10)

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Like handshakes, house pets or raw carrots, many things are preferable when not slippery. Unfortunately the Baudelaires run into more than their fair share of slipperiness during their harrowing journey up and down a range of strange and distressing mountains.
Paperback, 337 pages
Published by Egmont Books (UK) (first published January 1st 2003)
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Sunny isn't a baby anymore.

I might be as wicked as Count Olaf or the other two mysterious new villains for wishing that the children would just be as bad as their ultimate bane. They should have just let Esme fall into the pit.

As the Baudelaires' unfortunate circumstances fill the tenth book of the series, many mysteries are solved but are still replaced by new ones. And as the Baudelaires reach the V.F.D. headquarters, they think that maybe, just maybe, they had found the answers to many of the...more
Deborah Markus
Think how hard it is to write one really good book for *any* age group. Lemony Snicket wrote 13 terrific books in a row, and it's accurate to say they're splendid for all ages. (I know I'm getting ahead of myself, since this is only book 10. I've actually read them all already at least once before; but now I have all the recorded versions, so I'm treating myself to a mostly-Tim-Curry-narrated run-through.)

"The Slippery Slope" continues Snicket's ongoing philosophical exploration of, well, slippe...more
Marjorie Campbell
The Slippery Slope (A Series of Unfortunate Events, Book 10)
Lemony Snicket

I have been working my way through the Series of Unfortunate Events series for two reasons. The first is that I love to read and will read virtually any genre of book if I hear good things about it; and the second is that I am previewing books with a view to building a library for my daughter.

This series has had some peaks and valleys - with certain books in the series being stronger than others as stand-alone stories. I...more
Cate Neuhauser
Thank god that Violet is an inventor, or she and her brother and sister would have been in Count Olaf's clutches or dead long ago. Violet's quick thinking and inventive prowess saved herself multiple times over the series, and chapter one of The Sleepy Slope was no different. Violet and Klaus had been pushed down the side of a mountain by Count Olaf, and the trailer they were trapped in was going faster and faster, closer and closer to the edge of the cliff. Violet was able to slow the speeding...more
These stories are interesting, and with the ever present, impending doom, they are extremely difficult to put down. The stories are very unique, bleak, yet silly,or a delightful blend of them both. In the later books, I came to embrace, and enjoy the silliness, and the over explanation of words, as Daniel's own unique sense of humor. I can not believe that he actually believed his readers to be that ignorant. I believe that it was more of a tease_ dark, spiteful, humor, which I thoroughly enjoy...more
Persephone Smolen
the book starts with sunny being kidnapped by count olaf and Violet and Klaus joining the snow scouts and a boy using the initials V.F.D. The boy and Violet and Klaus go the the V.F.D headquarters the boy reveals himself to be Quigley Quagmire and tells them that V.F.D means volunteer fire department. meanwhile sunny has to do all the cooking and cleaning and count olaf has the 12 pages of the snicket file of couse Violet and Klaus have page 13 of the snicket file.Violet and Quigley climb up the...more
Sunny has been kidnapped by Count Olaf and his crew, who hope to use her to secure the Baudelaire fortune. Her siblings, who Olaf presumes are dead, meanwhile try to find a way to rescue Sunny while continuing to explore the meaning of VFD.

Ever read a book in a series and find lots of references to things that you don't remember from the previous books? That is one issue that these books never have. The author is excellent about reminding you about people and events that have happened in the pas...more
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...more
Hmmm . . .

While the story had been getting good leading into this book, the reader met a lot of McGiver-like events here. Using forks to climb a frozen waterfall, for instance. It seems as the story is more complicated than I thought. We have bosses to Olaf, and a far bigger scheme that involves burning down homes of all the V.F.D., which does seem to stand for volunteer fire department as I thought several books ago. The Baudelaires are not the only ones with a fortune to be captured. And that...more
Oh, ASoUE. I read The Slippery Slope when I was eleven; it marks, for me, the beginning of the series’ end, because Daniel Handler clearly has no clue where to kill the franchise. The End, for instance, browbeats its reader with a tangled philosophical mess that may have something to do with atheist existentialism blah, the nature of art and sin blah, what-just-happened blah.

Nonetheless ASoUE is charmingly long-running and convoluted in the same way that X-Files and Lost are meant to be, rife wi...more
Leah Robinson
First I will start by saying that I highly recommend these books. However, I would recommend them for probably about forth to seventh grade. It is a range but could be used with young advanced readers or older and a little behind readers. The overall plot may also be a little much for younger readers to grasp, but they will enjoy the adventures. I remember reading these books all through middle school, I could not wait to read the next one and I absolutely could not wait for the tenth book to co...more

What would you do if you found yourself trapped in a runaway caravan hurtling down a precipitous mountain slope? Fourteen-year-old Violet, the oldest orphan of the three Baudelaires, decides to try to slow the velocity of the caravan with a drag-chute invention involving a viscous combination of blackstrap molasses, maple syrup, maraschino liqueur, peanut butter, etc. If plummeting to their death weren't scary enough, Violet and her brother Klaus have been separated from Sunny, their baby sister

Being on the edge of your seat may be an unpleasant experience, but it's not nearly as bad as being on the edge of a cliff. Being on the edge of your seat usually refers to a state of extreme excitement or anticipation. Being on the edge of a cliff, however, is where we left the Baudelaire orphans in the previous volume of their history. Things don't get much better for them.

However, new friendships are formed and new discoveries are made. The Baudelaires begin to learn more about V. F. D., most...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
Dec 17, 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 that children will learn in this book: Harrowing, repulsion, receptacle, facinorous, ruse, defected, able-bodied, concoct, perilous, interference, drag chute, detach, culinary, tumult, escapade, jagged, hurtling, ferocity, stagger, ukulele, swerve, navigate, fate, vehicle, ambiguous, inseparable, perish, gurgling, ore, high-altitude, deposit, geological, ominous, ghastly, ascertain, whimper, tedious, sufficient, individual, practitioner, fraught, s...more
Julie S.
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Chris Blocker
It's been interesting to watch the evolution of this series. The first four books certainly followed a particular formula with slight changes. The tone was almost gothic, with an attempt at dark humor. The next two stepped out a little farther, but remained close to that formula. Each book seemed to become more action based. With the seventh book, the arc that made this a series began to tighten. Over the next few books, the series became more of a mystery. And here, with book ten, The Slippery...more
Jonathan M.
This book was so amazing to me, all the villains, the suspense, the details. I like the fact the Snicket put his name in his books. He makes himself special in a way that you wouldn't guess. Like he is himself he keeps himself secret and mysterious in his life and in the books. In this book, Sunny get captured with the villains. She was forced to do things that was almost impossible to a living person. They said it was right to torture kids and that it was allowed. I say that is something like c...more
Ahhh, the Quagmires are back!! :D This is a great installment of the series, starting to reveal a bit more about Jack Snicket and VFD (though is that really what VFD stands for??!). My favourite bits were Sunny sleeping in a casserole dish, and Esme Squallor in a big, billowing fire dress... hilarious.
Ten books down, only three more to go...already thinking of what series to read next with my girls, but I'm sure gonna miss the unfortunate trio of kids in these books!

"Fate is like a strange, unpopular restaurant, filled with odd waiters who bring you things you never asked for and don't always like..."

"It is always tedious when someone says that if you don't stop crying, they will give you something to cry about because if you are crying than you already have something to cry about, an...more
Stephanie Hirsch
Things continue escalating for the Baudelairs. The mission is to save Sunny from Count Olaf. It is not without a newly made friend, many more adventures, and even more clues as to what may or may not have happened to their parents. The books seem to be growing with the children, but some things are still repeated, the author wants you to understand that you shouldn't read this book, or any of the others. The author also wants you to ingrain certain things into your head. Either way, in my opinio...more
I really enjoyed many of the literary tools Mr. Snicket used to bring the story to life and probe a different avenue of story-telling. The great message in this book was an excellent one we can all take to heart. Sometimes we justify the means by the end result, but here an excellent illustration is given of the difference between a villain and a hero. Too often modern media glorifies "bad boy" heroes fighting the villain by any means possible, but the heroes in The Slippery Slope find out that...more
I have a love-hate relationship with this book. Love because as splendid as the previous books (I've only started from The Ersatz Elevator so I can't really say about the earlier ones), I loved each moment of the adventures by the three unfortunate yet totally awesome Baudelaire orphans. I've come to appreciate more and more the unique and quirky ways of Snicket in telling the story of the orphans and at the same time mirroring his own views and possibly feelings, which by the way I find myself...more
Ruby Ng
In this book the children go on an amazing journey to the coldness.On the carvan Sunny was sitting on Esme lap next to Count Olaf.Esme and Count Olaf were dating.They took Sunny so that they can take the Bauldilares fortune.Violet and Klaus were after them but their carvan were moving too fast and it couldn't stop.So Violet looked in the carvan to see if there were and sticky mixtures they can use to mix the tire up.In the mini refridgerator there were honey sticky glue gum pomegrante jam blueb...more
Are characters are once again put into unfortunate circumstances, but this time it's a doozy. Violet and Klaus are sent rolling down a mountain in a vehicle with no brakes while Sunny is held in the clutches of Count Olaf and his posse.
Violet and Klaus end up finding the VFD headquarters, but it has burned down.
Meanwhile, Sunny discovers her talent for cooking when Count Olaf makes her do all the chores for his troupe, including making meals.
Violet and Klaus discover someone they thought was de...more
Edith Sánchez
Muchos libros tratan de la transición de una persona buena a convertirse en un monstruo. Todo comienza con una acción mala disfrazada de buena y sigue y sigue hasta que te conviertes en villano. Estos niños han pasado por momentos demasiado obscuros. Por diez libros no han hecho más que destrozar sus almas. Como dice el autor yo también habría perdido la esperanza hace mucho tiempo, me hubiera acurrucado en la esquina de algún callejón no demasiado sucio y no hubiera vuelto a salir de ahí. Los B...more
Another great installment in the Series of Unfortunate Events...erm, series. In this one the kids are starting to grow up and really deal with the dilemma of how to deal with the baddies- fight fire with fire and sink to their level or take the high road? Of course we still have Snicket's playfully voice and yet another tale loaded with puns and inside jokes.
Young love should never be so tragic. This book will rip out your heart and slam it to the floor, and then stomp on it until it is so flat you can roll it into a tube and use it to shoot spit-wads at other young people falling in love. Aside from that, this is my favorite book of the series. Not that I suggest anyone else should read it.
This is probably the most mysterious book in the series yet! Although you learn more about the VFD, more mysteries take shape that just make you that much more addicted to the series. This one was the most fun by far, as the series is about to hit the climax as the Baudelaires get closer to the, ironically named, Hotel Denouement.
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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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