The very worst thing about this book is that he answers very few questions. I’m not a reader that needs to have every single loose end tied up, but some of the supposedly big questions are never answered. Why is this? Wait, who cares?! The books are only passably decent at their very best anyway!
The very best thing about this book is that it’s the last one! Oh sweet heavens, thank you! That’s it! There aren’t any more of these mind-numbingly awful books to read! *happy dance*(less)
The very worst thing about this book is being unable to choose which aspect is the most awful. Esme being Olaf’s girlfriend while being married to Jerome? Carmelita being their “daughter” in a loose sense of the word? The oddity of the Denouement triplets? Well, that last might be a best thing, not a worst… They intrigued me just a touch.
The very best thing about this book is the duplicate hotel in the pond. In all honesty, it wasn’t because it was all that interesting in the book, but because the idea of an underwater building amuses me.(less)
The very worst thing about this book is the “unpredictable” predictability. Once you get used to how Handler handles his unpredictable plot-twists, you start to predict them with ease. I suppose for children it would be a little more difficult, but that fact certainly didn’t help while I was reading these books.
The very best thing about this book is… Ummm… Have I mentioned that I love the alliteration in the titles? That’s one of the things that drew me to the books, originally.(less)
The very worst thing about this book is the continued exaggerated stupidity of adults. We get it! They’re idiots in your world! There’s no reason to continue bashing us over the head with it!
The very best thing about this book is the break in the formula. The Baudelaires have run away and attempt to fend for themselves instead of being placed with yet another ineffectual guardian. That, however, is the only change. Everything else is the same.(less)
The very worst thing about this book is the formulaic approach to this book. Change a place, change an adult character, change a disguise and voila! Instant new story. Wait, that’s not how it works, Handler.
The very best thing about this book is the consistency of the series. There are so many series where the quality decreases from one book to the next; this series stays at about the same level for readability.(less)