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

3.98  ·  Rating Details  ·  74,718 Ratings  ·  1,263 Reviews
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 September 23rd 2003)
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Richard Denney
May 06, 2016 Richard Denney rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This one was funny and thrilling in parts though it did lag a bit for me and I don't know why. It took me a few days to get through this one. I'm glad we know who that scout really was and we've run into more mysteries. I'm interested to see how the last three books wrap all of this up.

Now starting The Grim Grotto! :)

- Richard
Mark Lawrence
I'm getting boring with 3* for the last 8 volumes in the series ... this one drifts close to 2*.

The book opens with a double whammy of the oft-mentioned bad science combined with the not infrequent impossible-to-visualise scene.

The Mortmain Mountains are bizarrely cube-shaped and have the expected vast vertical cliffs... one of which our heroes are hurtling toward in a loose caravan. This then begs the question ... how is there a slope for them to hurtle down? And the broader question about how
The Slippery Slope is the tenth book in A Series of Unfortunate Events by American author, Lemony Snicket (aka Daniel Handler). As we once again join the unlucky Baudelaire orphans, they find themselves separated: Sunny held captive in Count Olaf’s car while Violet and Klaus seem destined to perish in a runaway caravan down a steep hill.

Having narrowly escaped a burning hospital and already suffered the loss of their parents, the threat of marriage, slave labour, hypnosis, a terrible boarding s
Deborah Markus
Dec 30, 2013 Deborah Markus rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Marnie  Krüger
Feb 09, 2016 Marnie Krüger rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
I don't know why, but this one has always been my favorite.
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
Aug 14, 2008 Swankivy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favoritebooks
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Apr 11, 2016 Nadine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Fate is like a strange, unpopular restaurant, filled with odd waiters who bring you things you never asked for and don't always like."

The Slippery Slope finally brings us to the mysterious V.F.D. headquarters, but only leave us with more questions than answers. I'm starting to get the feeling that by the end of the series all my questions won't be answered. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that I'll get the answers soon!

Full series review:
Finished this 11 minutes after cramathon ended... what's the point.
I liked this one. I love that the pieces are falling together. I am so excited to finally see how this story ends. I hate that I have read 12/13 of these books.. I'm almost there..
Jun 29, 2015 Katie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So many mysteries. I can't wait until I finally get to the end and know all the answers.
Feb 08, 2015 Alayne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, reviews
Creo que ningún libro de los anteriores tuvo tanto misterio ni me resultó tan adictivo como este.
Dio tantas respuestas a preguntas que nos veníamos haciendo desde los anteriores, pero abrió muchas otras.
La cantidad de información nueva que surge de todo esto, los secretos que son develados y los que quedan por descubrir... todo fue demasiado genial.
Las nuevas conexiones entre tantos hechos sospechosos, el nuevo personaje al que creían m
Darren Hagan aka snazzlebooks
Is it getting boring me saying that I liked this installment :') This may be a bit spoiler-ish. Proceed with caution ;)

So the things I liked about this one are:

- Sunny's time to shine. She spends basically the entire book split up from her siblings after being kidnapped by Olaf. This really gives us a chance to see what she can do on her own, and how much she has grown up throughout the books

- The return of a character "from the dead", won't say who though. Also the return of a couple of other c
Jul 06, 2016 Tilly rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this installment in the series definitely more than "The Carnivorous Carnival", so I am glad that I picked up this series again. The plot itself I found not as interesting as in some of the previous novels but I liked that this one was dealing a bit more with the explaining of the unclear questions within the story (even though there are still a lot of unclear questions). (view spoiler) ...more
Oct 15, 2014 Julie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens-lit
What do five stars mean anymore, I don't even know. But this one was so, so much better than the previous book -- now we're finally getting into lots more worldbuilding and exposition about what's going on, shit is even getting real with Lemony Snicket's side-narrative (!!!), Sunny is showing character development(!), the white-faced women defected (!!), and (view spoiler). So many amazing things are happening now!!

Hotel Denouement,
Apr 18, 2016 Abby rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Best book in the series yet! Here's the climax of the Baudelaires' story. Took long enough, to be honest. But we finally find out what VFD stands for and who survived the fire so that's a bonus. And I love that we get to see Sunny growing up before our eyes. She said it best. "I'm not a baby!"
Anabel W.
Nov 01, 2015 Anabel W. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After the Baudelaire's dreadful encounter at the carnivorous carnival sunny was captured by the evil Count Olaf. Clause and Violet try desperately to save there little sister from count Olaf's clutches and try to figure out the secrets of V.F.D and try to stay hidden from the out side world. How will they do it all?

I liked this book because it's always good to read a sad book once in a while this book also makes you want to throw it across the room because it makes you so mad I like this. book a
Kimberley doruyter
i kinda just want to skip to the last book.
that's not a good sign.
Isabeau (Just Keep Reading)
Ahhh it's so good reading about things you'd totally forgotten had happened!
Definitely up to the same standard as the other books, they're just so clever. Sunny's so grown up now and I don't know whether to feel happy or sad!
This book is the first one in which the mysterious object was mentioned in, and I just feel like it's the beginning to more frustration... Again... Oh well. Better enjoy them while I can!
Mar 15, 2015 Joey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-library
I just wrote a review for The Carnivorous Carnival and you can pretty much use that review for this book. Just replace "eight" with nine and "ninth" with tenth and there you go... The Slippery Slope review completed.
No lo puedo creer, es el libro 10 (DIEZ) y todo sigue siendo fabuloso. Este autor me hace sonreír.
Brooke ♥booklife4life♥
At A Glance

Young Adult; Thriller
Love Triangle/Insta Love/Obsesion?: no
Cliff Hanger: eh
Rating: 3 Stars

Score Sheet
All out of ten

Cover: 7
Plot: 6
Characters: 8
World Building: 7
Flow: 5
Series Congruity: 8
Writing: 7
Ending: 7

Total: 6

In Dept

Best Part:
Kids growth
Worst Part: Dragged like crazy.
Thoughts Had: okkk; bored; still bored.


Continuing the Series:
Recommending: yes

Short Review: I don't really know what happened in this book. I was bored, i zoned out badly. Why?! This series is s
Jbb Lim
Sep 09, 2015 Jbb Lim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Many mysteries were being built up from Book 1 to Book 9, and now 'The Slipper Slope' has unfold many of the mysteries by giving out bits and pieces of evidence and hints of what V.F.D really means to many from the characters in this book.

The mystery of Jacques Snicket is has come to point of weirdness because his name itself does relates to the author Lemony Snicket. I'm wondering whether has the author had anything to do with the whole mystery behind the fire. Does he knows the Baudelaire's p
Chloe Resendez
Mar 13, 2016 Chloe Resendez rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thought this book was very crazy!!!! I mean from the beginning to the end was just a bunch of tragedy. The strongest part of the book was the mystery, and I mean it this time. If you are planning on reading this series, watch out when you get to 10. You will be shocked to find out some of the events that occurred during this book. One thing that I am very fond of is that Lemony Snicket tries to lure you away from reading his books but that just makes me want to read it even more! I would recom ...more
Aug 23, 2015 Epizeuxis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who: read the ninth book.
Book the Tenth
"Extending from the highest peak in the Mortmain Mountains was a glittering white strip, like an enormous piece of shiny paper folded downward, or the wing of some tremendous bird. Sunny watched the very last rays of the sunset reflect off this enormous surface and slowly realized what it was: the source of the Stricken Stream. Like many streams, the Stricken Stream originated within the rocks of the mountains, and in the warmer season, Sunny could see that it cascaded down from
Emma Ruth
Aug 15, 2015 Emma Ruth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“Just because you don't understand something doesn't mean that it's nonsense.”

Snicket's work is full of little messages just like this one. Messages that everyone needs to know, because what is common sense to some may not be common sense to others.

But on with my review. I thoroughly enjoyed The Slippery Slope. We get new characters (view spoiler), and surprising development
Aug 04, 2015 Louisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fate is like a strange, unpopular restaurant, filled with odd waiters who bring you things you never asked for and don't always like.

A Series of Unfortunate Events were by far my favourite books when I was growing up. But as you grow older, your tastes change, so I decided to reread the thirteen books to find out if I still like them or not. As it turns out, I enjoy them just as much now as I did back then.

A lot of people hate Lemony Snicket's writing style, and I feel like they are waaaaayy
Part of the Great ASOUE Re-Read of 2015.

I'm so sorry if this review becomes long-winded. I actually finished this four or so days ago but have been stuck as to how to articulate my thoughts on this book, simply because there's so much I love about it. If anything, this re-reading has cemented both that
a) this is my favourite ASOUE book and
b) I can now finally articulate WHY this is my favourite ASOUE book.

Structurally, this book is really interesting. We get the siblings separated from one anoth
Cate Neuhauser
Aug 10, 2013 Cate Neuhauser rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Apr 30, 2016 Thomas rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There are two main points of interest that emerge in this volume: the mystery of VFD is unveiled, and the baby Sunny Baudelaire suddenly becomes one of the most interesting characters in the series. She moves out of babyhood into (I guess) young childhood, and is quite possibly the sneakiest and snarkiest character in this series, which is saying something! And as other reviewers have noted, the introduction of Quigley Quagmire and his relationship with Violet is wonderfully understated and very ...more
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Other Books in the Series

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