L'ascensore ansiogeno (A Series of Unfortunate Events #6)
Seriously now. Halfway through I know what is going to happen: the Baulderies will find out a way to stop Count Olaf who will be revealed in the end (with Mr. Poe assisting, appearing from nowhere at all, coming from the mountains in a random place) and manag ...more
The story formula is eroding by book 6 and some welcome variety / twists are introduced.
More surreal adventure, more amusement for the adults in the translation of Sunny's bon mots. More skulduggery from Count Olaf and friends. Very few questions answered and lots more posed.
Whilst the absurdity doesn't scale the heights of Sunny's teeth vs sword duel in book 4 we do get to see Sunny scale the heights ...more
Also, I don't know how much longer I can handle their misfortune and the stupid adults who always have issues in trusting the children. It's really getting on my nerves!
"Don't be absurd!" Jerome said. "Ruthless kidnapping villains aren't in!"
Oh, and PS. Still can't totally visualize how Sunny scaled th ...more
But that doesn't mean Lemony Snicket is going to stop telling us all the terrible things that happened to the Baudelaire orphans. At the end of the last book, their newfound friends, the Quagmire triplets (2 out of 3 of them, anyway), were kidnapped by evil Count Olaf. Back in their unnamed home city, the Baudelaires have been ...more
I have become a great fan of Daniel Handler (aka Lemony Snicket's) 'Unfortunate Events' series and I love the ingenious ways the Baudelaire orphans overcome various obstacles at every turn. Despite the fact that adults fail them at every opportunity, the Baudelaires know that they can atleast rely on eachother and their various skills.
As a series, The Ersatz Elevator marks the point when a larger mystery gradually starts to unfold - namely the mystery of VFD and the reaso ...more
Vocabulary children will learn in this book: ersatz, interval, squalor, superb, dogged, compatriots, mulctuary, halogen, grueling, aqueous, fraught, despicable, luxurious, penthouse, salmonella, indicate, mortified, almanac, resolutely, titanium alloy, legacy, oxygen, aluminum, nefarious, monocle, scraggly, bickering, banister, xenophobe, somniferous, emerging, fruitless, caffeine, stimulant, idiosyncrasies, me ...more
Sunny is really growing in this book! I can really feel that she has been really helpful in this book. Her ideas during part of the siblings brainstorming is utterly shocked worthy with great attempt to help Violet and Klaus.
And still, wh ...more
Esme is concerned with keeping up with the Joneses. What is "in" is ...more
Here the Baudelaires have two guardians: one kind but eager to avoid arguments, and the other who even before revealing her true colors-- a phrase which here means "showing she's a bad guy" and having nothin ...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
Written in the same loveable way as the past books the children continue along the series of unfortunate events which directs their lives. Filled with new and old characters the children continue to work towards finding happiness and uncovering the larger mystery that surrounds the mysterious events of recent times. As with every book so far we’re left with unanswered questions which we can only understand by continuing through the series.
By Lemony Snicket
This book is the sixth book in the series. It is about three sibling orphans who are, for lack of a better term, attempting to escape the misery that constantly lurks at their heels. This particular book involves their most feared person, Count Olaf, an attempt to rescue their friends, and a deep elevator shaft that may lead to their doom.
Personally, I like this book because of the suspense, mystery and epic moments it holds. ...more
Jerome Squalor is yet another in a line of well-intentioned, kind adults who nonetheless fail to do anything for the children. It cheesily reminds me of that quote, ...more
The plot starts out with the orphans moving into their new home, with their new guardians, Jerome and Esme. They live in a huge apartment complex in the same town the orphan's house burned down. Sunny, Klaus, and Violet are on a search for their friends that Count Olaf captured, the Quagm ...more
Yesssssssssss. Okay, I think there's a lot this book gets right, notably the Squalors. Esme Gigi Genevieve Squalor is a fantastic creation and I love her. (I don't actually love her, but, like... she's great.) Jerome is a sad excuse of a guardian, mostly because he could have showed promise but was too spineless to actually do anything. Snicket's comment about Jerome being an ersatz guardian is right on the money, as his conflict-avoidance tendencies will ...more
I despise this book. I despise them all. Reading them made me so mad and depressed, and reading reviews of them just amplifies those feelings. People adore these books. They list them among their favorite books of all time. Kids and adults alike love them and say they're great. So I don't quite know what they're missing. I feel it's my duty and responsibility to reveal these books for what they are. But I'll probably undergo a serious case of angst and start questioning myself and my motives nea...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
Accordingly, let me say that I enjoyed the plot twists of this book. Even though I saw the ending coming, I still think it played out well. It was relieving to see the Quagmire kids again, and refreshing to see very little of Olaf, and I actually admired the not-so-subtle jab at fickle people who live thei ...more
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