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The Slippery Slope

(A Series of Unfortunate Events #10)

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  109,675 ratings  ·  2,618 reviews

Dear Reader,

Like handshakes, house pets, or raw carrots, many things are preferable when not slippery. Unfortunately, in this miserable volume, I am afraid that Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire run into more than their fair share of slipperiness during their harrowing journey up--and down--a range of strange and distressing mountains.

In order to spare you any furthe

Hardcover, 337 pages
Published September 23rd 2003 by HarperCollins Publishers
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Mike You can't look too closely at it. Everything going on here is rather fanciful to say the least. It's pretty self-aware as far as that goes and I think…moreYou can't look too closely at it. Everything going on here is rather fanciful to say the least. It's pretty self-aware as far as that goes and I think the audience is meant to smile along with it. (less)
Maryam You could just get this book at your local library or at any bookstore. It should be there Karla.

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I have, in one way or another, been in the midst of rereading this series for several years.

Which is just fine with me. If there’s a way I can somehow read these books forever, hmu.

You may be tempted to say “Well Emma, there is. You could read a page of it every day for the rest of your life, or something like that.”

But I urge you to resist that temptation, because you will sound very very foolish. In fact, I dare you to so much as TRY to read a page of any of these stories and put it down. You
May 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Slippery Slope, book number ten in A Series of Unfortunate Events, begins right where book nine left off. It’s as terrifying as ever with poor little Sunny Baudelaire now separated from her older siblings and in Count Olaf’s clutches. Not only is Sunny in danger, but Violet and Klaus are in their own horrifying predicament: speeding down the Mortmain Mountains in an uncontrolled caravan. As they descend further and further away from Sunny, they scramble to concoct a plan, and contemplate whe ...more
Mark Lawrence
Dec 22, 2014 rated it liked it
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
Ahmad Sharabiani
The Slippery Slope (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #10), Lemony Snicket
The Slippery Slope is the tenth novel in the children's novel series A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket. It was illustrated by Brett Helquist and released on September 23, 2003. In the novel, Violet and Klaus Baudelaire make their way up the Mortmain Mountains to rescue their sister Sunny from Count Olaf and his troupe. They meet Quigley Quagmire, a character who they thought to be dead, and visit the headquart
UPDATE: 19/Jan/2017

Ignore everything I said before, I like this book more now that I've finished the entire series.

This series is REALLY dragging out. I'm so close to finishing it and discovering what everything means! BTW me giving a bunch of these books 3 & 2 stars does not me I don't like them.
Kate (GirlReading)
Feb 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: middle-grade
3.75* these kids really can't catch a break, can they?... ...more
A bit of an uneventful step-down from the Carnivorous Carnival and not an awful lot happened, and 10 books in, the repetitiveness is really grating. I still enjoy my time reading these books because they're short and I am intrigued, but I'm just waiting for this to be over now haha. ...more
Nov 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017, books, favorites
My new favourite in the series. 💙

10 down, only 3 more to go!
Mar 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: middle-grade, mystery
I liked this one more than I thought I would!! Some of these books were starting to be a little redundant and it was getting kind of old :P But I liked this one a lot! We got to meet a certain new character and I was really happy about that person being introduced :D I can't say who because of spoilers lol It's hard to believe though that I only have three more books left in this series and then I am done! ...more
Apr 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
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
Apr 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Audiobook. Narrator Tim Curry.

Yes, Tim Curry gets 100 stars!!! Woo-hoo! Hurray!!!

And....I love his "evil chuckle". Makes my "evil chuckle" come out and play. Lol

Mr. Curry's pronunciation of Count Olaf is a tad bit different than my pronunciation.

His: O'Laugh. Mine: Ol' Off. His seems to be more appropriate.

You can see how the author improved his stories. A Series of Unfortunate Events now seems more like a long continuous adventure. During the first four novels, it felt more like little "Un
Ashley Daviau
Feb 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
While this book did lag for me a bit at the beginning, once it got going it was fantastic! There's a lot of exciting reveals and discoveries that really makes this one of the more interesting books of the lot and starts to set up the end of the series. I think my favourite part though would have to be the immense growth we see in Sunny throughout the book. It's where she starts to really become a child rather than a baby. As per usual with this series, I really loved this book and can't wait to ...more
MissBecka Gee
I like the development in the kids (especially Sunny---love that kid).
I'm curious to see how their story will be tied up in the next couple books.
2.5 stars. More complex writing in this one (for a middle grade book) and the author makes contradicting points like describing the mountains as square but also vertically sloping? However I did still enjoy it overall but it just wasn’t as engaging or interesting as some other books in the series.
May 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
The books in this series are getting even more exciting as I continue my quest to follow the Baudelaire orphans on their unfortunate adventures. In the tenth installment, Klaus and Violet have to do some creative planning in order to reunite with Sunny who has been kidnapped by Count Olaf and his gang of villains. Some old favorites from past books re-appear and there are some delightful twists that deepen the mystery of V.F.D. and the Snicket file. I cannot believe that I stayed away from the s ...more

It's so hard to choose a favourite Quagmire.

...Just kidding, no it's not. Quigley is the best, hands down.

This was also more incredible than I remembered! So much information on VFD. We get to see more of Count Olaf's undisguised (literally) nastiness. There's the unexpected return of Carmelita Spats. We get to see Sunny be a hero in her own right (there's the surprisingly powerful quote "I'm not a baby"). There's the somewhat redemption of the white-faced women. There's the
Dec 29, 2014 rated it liked it
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
Marnie  (Enchanted Bibliophile)
I don't know why, but this one has always been my favorite. ...more
Jul 25, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: 3-star
Mini Review: These last few are just getting better and better! The stories are different, there's more suspense, and I'm just overall more interested. Really excited to be nearing the end! ...more
Deborah Markus
Dec 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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..
Kimberley doruyter
i kinda just want to skip to the last book.
that's not a good sign.
Jul 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
The story becomes better and better! I also love the fact that Sunny grows older book after book.
Jessica Mae
May 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
100% going to put "The World is Quiet Here" on the wall of my future library. 📚💕 ...more
Ryan Buckby
Oct 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Well-read people are less likely to be evil

There was so much plot wise that happened in this book and still things i would like answered but i have a feeling that i will be waiting until book 12 or 13 to get those ones answered.

The two oldest children are separated from Sunny for the entire book as Count Olaf takes her from them after the events of book nine in hopes to get the fortune.

Just because you don't understand something doesn't mean that it's nonsense.

VFD is a massive symbol of thi
Jan 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: i-own
The humour in this book is so dark and twisted and I LOVE it!
Aug 14, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favoritebooks
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Iben Frederiksen
Sep 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: middle-grade, series

Very interesting settings and surprising events in this one. We're finally learning more about the VFD.
I love how the children aren't just victims of Count Olaf anymore, they fight back, they don't just accept the things that happen to them. I especially love Sunny's growth, she's a badass in this one.
Really liked the introduction of Quigley Quagmire. Getting really interested about how everything's going to come together with only three books left.
Apr 19, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This story well and truly throws out the status quo of the previous novels. It’s refreshing and long overdue.

I loved all the information we got about V.F.D. It’s a lot more than I remembered getting.
Of course, there are always more questions that could be answered.

In my audiobook version, there is a (kinda annoying) song that is scattered throughout the chapters but plays in full at the end which was an interesting decision.
Marjorie Campbell
Aug 31, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: youth-children
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
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