The Penultimate Peril
If this is the first book you found while searching for a book to read next, then the first thing you should know is that this next-to-last book is what you should put down first. Sadly, this book presents the next-to-last chronicle of the lives of the Baudelaire orphans, and it is next-to-first in its supply of misery, despair, and unpleasantness.
I promise I won’t tell anyone, I just have one favor to ask.
Please go back in time and tell ten-year-old me reading this series for the first time that she is peaking.
I will never find a book like this one. Ever. It’s time to give up. I’m going to force myself to forget how to read in order to avoid the disappointment. Time to start my new ...more
To be honest, I don't think that even as a child I would have reached #12 in the Series of Unfortunate Events - which is not to say that they are bad books, more testimony to my need for change.
Anyway, I'm reading these to my daughter and we're in til the bitter end (Book 13).
This volume takes place alm ...more
This turned out to be one of our favorite installments.
In the beginning of the story, the Baudelaires are traveling with Kit Snicket to the Hotel Denouement. Here they'll take up positions as concierges to spy on some of the guests staying there. Their mission is to discern who's working for and against V.F.D. and to investigate who this mysterious J.S. person is in the hotel.
"You're no ...more
The Penultimate Peril is the twelfth novel in the children's novel series A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket. The Baudelaire orphans, Violet, Klaus and Sunny are travelling with pregnant V.F.D. member Kit Snicket to Hotel Denouement, the last safe place for volunteers to gather. She tells them that, prior to V.F.D.’s gathering in two days, they will be disguised as concierges to observe the mysterious 'J.S.,’ ...more
I can tell by how much of the story I actually remember (I have a really bad memory).
I think my opinion of this book is raised by the episodes of the show.
I love how they used the twist in this book and kinda played with the viewers a little bit at the beginning.
Anyway, this isn’t a show review…
Tim Curry is great as usual.
Again my audio book had a full song play at the end which again, was a little weird.
My least fav ...more
I am always perplexed on how smart and unique Lemony Snicket writes his stories. This book is such a great children's book, that even non-children can read (including me lol). Not only does it teach you important lessons, but also terms, phrases, and defenitions, and intertwines them into the story making it fun to learn, that is why I wish I would have read this when I was younger. Not only are you being educated but also following a story of these 3 intellectual and bonded sibling o ...more
"I'm not sure we ARE noble," Klaus said quietly, flipping the pages of his commonplace book. "We caused those accidents at the lumbermill. We're responsible for the destruction of the hospital. We helped start the fire that destroyed Madame Lulu's archival library. We-"
"Enough," Dewey interrupted gen ...more
This may be my favorite book, if only for the Scalia burn which served to further cement Sunny as my favorite Baudelaire. Snicket is really very clever and it's easy to forget that these are "children's books."
I'm excited for the next book because a) I need some answers to these mysteries and secrets and b) reading a series back to back like this is starting to take its toll and I'm ready to be done so I can meet some new characters and plotlines.
Off to The End!...more
One can remain alive long past the usual date of disintegration if one is unafraid of change, insatiable in intellectual curiosity, interested in big things, and happy in small ways
Finally finished and reached book 12 in the series and i can possibly say this one is my favorite of the series because its so much darker and funnier than i would say most of the other series and i love that.
One thing that I really ...more
near the end, everything seems so cumbersome, complicated & tangled! so mysterious! so dangerous!
I especially loved that parallel chapters happening at the same time.
World building: ★★★★★/5
Writing Style: ★★★★★/5
General idea: ★★★★★/5
Here just a few examples:
(view spoiler)[1.When the Baudelaire orphans inadvertently kill her new friend and companion Dewey with the harpoon. It is so frustrating when you think about how things could have changed for good if Dewey survived.
2.When it is implied ...more
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