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
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
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
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
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!
"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
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
I know that there is just ONE more book to go after this one, but I think this might be the #1 favorite for me. It begins with the Baudelaire three- Violet, Klaus, and Sunny getting into a vehicle with Kit Snicket and heading to the Hotel Denouement. It's really important to have read all the other books in this series because as the Baudelaire orphans soon realize they're about to s ...more
There, treachery is a foot. No one is who they seem to be and lies are a plenty. Kit informs the Orphans that they must rescue the sugar ...more
I DON'T KNOW HOW TO FEEL ABOUT THIS
On one hand, I feel happy the story is evolving and abou to reach a climax, but, on the other hand, it seems as if more and more mysteries keep dragging along and we NEVER get any answers at all. I am excited enough to read the ~last volume~.
I don’t know... this took me a while to finish. I listened to this on audiobook and I just wasn’t paying much attention I guess, so I missed the small details and only got the general gist of the story. But I think this would’ve been really enjoyable if I’d just paid more attention!
This book is probably the most daring in the series, literarily speaking. GR's spell check is telling me "literarily" isn't an actual word, but it's wrong. "Literarily" can be derived logically, so deal with it, spell check.
Snicket *crafts* this book. There are whole passages in mirror-writing. There's a "Not A Cha ...more
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