I might be as wicked as Count Olaf or the other two mysterious new villains for wishing that the children would just be as...moreSunny 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 their lingering questions. After answering three questions, however, they ask themselves the same question. When will these mysteries stop piling up?
Now I wonder, with only three books left, how can the children solve these mysteries?
The Slippery Slope is an interesting part of the whole. I think this is the first book to show more than the others. And for that, this is the best book yet. The Baudelaires learn more about their parents' involvement. They also find an interesting person who they journey with until the end of the book. Apart from their past guardians, we also find out about other people who are believed to be members of the organization. We learn about volunteers who were authors and inventors. We also learn about the lives of the two white-faced women who lost a sibling and their home because of a fire. Yes, the two white-faced women who worked as servants of Count Olaf. And who walked away as they were ordered to throw the youngest Baudelaire off the cliff.
As the Baudelaires and the Quagmire triplet go forward, they realize that even though they're not part of the organization, they were already trained to be volunteers since The Bad Beginning.(less)
For the first time ever, they are on their own. The Baudelaires are convinced that no one can help them any longer. There's Mr. Poe who does nothing m...moreFor the first time ever, they are on their own. The Baudelaires are convinced that no one can help them any longer. There's Mr. Poe who does nothing more than send them to people who are supposed to be taking care of them but end up.. let's just say they either try to kill the Baudelaire orphans(?), end up getting killed themselves, accuse the orphans of something utterly terrible, or are not brave enough to help the Baudelaires and be their guardian.
Things are not looking up for the children. And as they get further away, they realize that there's no use in going back to Mr. Poe just so he can send the orphans to another guardian who might be as terrible or more terrible than the one before. They take part in the activities of the Volunteers Fighting Disease during the day and live in the unfinished wing of the hospital at night.
For the first time ever, they are on their own. And for the first time since the gloomy and very unfortunate day at the beach, they are separated. And someone gets left behind. More mysteries begin to unfold while others remain untouched. Ultimately, the orphans escape once more and find solace in the most unexpected place. At least "until something better came along." I sat pondering, is something better ever going to come?(less)
Rick Riordan has just written a sublime book to end the series. The Last Olympian will assure the author that Percy Jackson and the Olympians will be...moreRick Riordan has just written a sublime book to end the series. The Last Olympian will assure the author that Percy Jackson and the Olympians will be passed on to the next generations and still inspire great admiration and awe.(less)
Barnes wrote, "I was looking for traps, ambiguities, implied insults. There were none - unless straightforwardness itself can be a trap. It was an ord...moreBarnes wrote, "I was looking for traps, ambiguities, implied insults. There were none - unless straightforwardness itself can be a trap. It was an ordinary, sad story - all too familiar - and simply told."
The Austere Academy is the 5th book in the series, and the second I was not at all familiar with. It tells of the lives of the Baudelaire...moreMemento Mori.
The Austere Academy is the 5th book in the series, and the second I was not at all familiar with. It tells of the lives of the Baudelaires in a different sort of gloomy (although still unfortunate) setting. Reading the series became almost like tedious reading until this book of the series.
Two significant characters, whom I hope will be mentioned again, have been introduced. The triplets who are now just twins, and whose lives are just as unfortunate - the Quagmires.
They also have unlocked a mystery related to Count Olaf which, due to the hasty and ill-fated circumstance nearing the ending, was left heard (and hence made known and/or recalled, replayed or remembered) only by Count Olaf, his two assistants, and the car's rear window.(less)
It's probably pretty biased but I really think this would make a great movie. Labyrinths make or break good books and Rick Riordan did a terrific job....moreIt's probably pretty biased but I really think this would make a great movie. Labyrinths make or break good books and Rick Riordan did a terrific job. I pulled an all-nighter. Good books can do that to you.(less)
I'm going to assume that Pseudonymous Bosch is a huge Lemony Snicket fan and that he wrote this in his honor. (Haha)
It was difficult for me to put thi...moreI'm going to assume that Pseudonymous Bosch is a huge Lemony Snicket fan and that he wrote this in his honor. (Haha)
It was difficult for me to put this down. However, it pissed me off every time a clear correlation to Daniel Handler's style is made clearly visible. I simply despise rip-offs. Plot-wise, the series has a lot to offer. It has serious potential. Hence, it can go anywhere. And that is basically why I couldn't stop reading.
Alchemy has not been the focus of a single reading I've had, except that of the Harry Potter series. And even though it is not clear to me what this entire series is about and most especially, what the big Secret is, with the capital S, I really like this book. So despite the inconsistencies when it comes illustrations, I'm giving it a 4.
Since I've finished the first two episodes of this TV series, I found that the word "Touch" gives off a rather flashy effect. Right now, I'm looking forward to reading the Touch-related book of the series.(less)
There are books written to impart knowledge. Other books are fruits of people's imagination. In other words, some books help you grow your mind. Some...moreThere are books written to impart knowledge. Other books are fruits of people's imagination. In other words, some books help you grow your mind. Some take you on a journey.
The Obvious and the Paper Girls. John Green paints his characters in a similar way. They all clearly show similarities. Although I've only read Looking for Alaska, I can tell that Miles is like Quentin in a lot of ways. They both fall head over heels in love with this beautiful, "unattainable" girl Margo / Alaska. Radar represents the brain of every group. What are we to do without a Radar? Ben represents a typical teenager whose inner self and/or awesomeness is waiting to be found. That said, having read Looking for Alaska, reading this book clarifies some things partially, if not discreetly, mentioned in Looking for Alaska. Alaska's death was mysterious. And Margo, well, she didn't die. But that isn't what matters here. Although the author dropped false hints about her possibly dying somewhere later in the book, Margo was very much alive.
"But it was the last string. It was a lame string, for sure, but it was the one I had left, and every paper girl needs at least one string, right?"
I feel as though she lived only to tell her tale, as well as Alaska's. To answer those questions which were left to linger since 2005, when Looking for Alaska was first published, until 3 years later.
By the way, did anyone notice how cool parents are in his novels? Alaska's parents let her pick her own name and Quentin's parents..
“They’re kind of assholes,” I said. My parents always liked it when I cursed in front of them. I could see the pleasure of it in their faces. It signified that I trusted them, that I was myself in front of them.
This is me referencing, explaining, etc. I saw myself in Margo. I'm not as bad ass, that's for sure. Not as adventurous. But there were times I might have confused my own thoughts with hers, her opinions about her hometown, her friends and just people in general. Her love for music, her love for books, the comfort in going away to read, listen, plan or think and her need to retreat once in a while, the need to go AWOL. These little things connected me to her, and in turn connected me to the book and the message it was trying to relay.
Paper Towns started with this colossal ball of mystery coming at you. It ended with nothing but a clean plate. If there's one thing I learned about Green with this work of his, it's that he's great at tying loose ends. I wanted answers and it's like he willingly handed them all to me in a single paper bag. (Did you see what I did there? With paperrr :D) I'm glad. I could not have asked for a better ending.
Another thing which strikes me as awesome is Green's brilliance when it comes to disappointing me every time that I end up thinking it's just another love story. Every single time I start to think, "Hey I know what happens next", and I start to form all these overused scenes caused by predictable lines in my head he drops this piece of information, facts or trivia, or this hilarious comment or a witty remark. And I end up dropping my jaw instead because it is not at all what I expect.
Moving on, I am pleased with how much information I got from this book. I had no idea what Paper Towns was about and I didn't have a single clue what it meant. And I've always thought of Psychology as a cool field of study but now I feel the need to actually swim in its oceans. I strongly believe in the power of books to impart knowledge. And even more so with their capability to influence change. Paper Towns made me understand some things about human beings, human perspective and human frailty. What I learned, what it made me understand and all in all, what I picked up from this book I could have never learned from other people. And it is not because they cannot, it is because I do not let them. Let's just say I trust books more than people (yes, including those who wrote them books).
There are books written to impart knowledge. Other books are fruits of people's imagination. In other words, some books help you grow your mind while some take you on a journey.
I've been in bed for two days. During so, I've had two books come and go. "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" and "Will Grayson, Will Grayson".
Stieg Lar...moreI've been in bed for two days. During so, I've had two books come and go. "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" and "Will Grayson, Will Grayson".
Stieg Larsson's first book of the Millennium Series had a particularly alluring effect on me the first time I heard about it. It had that title which was meant to give a hint of something in a huge and a not-so-huge effect altogether. After a few months of knowing about it, hearing about it and being interested in it, seeing it once again on the shelves of the bookstore made me realize that I already was tired of it. A sort of like jaded prospect.
I borrowed it from my cousin anyway and was planning on starting when other things distracted me and I intentionally let them. There are some books you knowingly deny (the existence of) and this book was one of them for me. It's like you've always known they are going to be utterly great but go on without noticing anyway. After finishing this, I knew I would hate myself for a few minutes. And I did. But all is OK now.
Will Grayson, on the other hand, came as a shock. I did not know anything about it other than these two facts: there will be two Will Graysons and they will be great friends (or best friends or something like that) Both of which are wrong by the way.
All I can say is, Will Grayson is so gay. Literally. It's funny and original altogether. And I never thought that a magnificent collaboration could come up with such a story. Which is why I am ending this review with a simple message:
Tiny Cooper, I am no Will Grayson and I know my name is far from it. But you are one meaty-funny/funny-meaty person with tons and tons of respect and appreciation and I fucking appreciate you!(less)