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Lemony Snicket: The Unauthorized Autobiography (A Series of Unfortunate Events)

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A Warning from the Publisher:

Many readers have questions about Lemony Snicket, author of the distressing serial concerning the trials of the charming but unlucky Baudelaire orphans, published under the collective title A Series of Unfortunate Events. Before purchasing, borrowing, or stealing this book, you should be aware that it contains the answers to some of those quest
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Paperback, 218 pages
Published May 6th 2003 by HarperCollins (first published January 1st 2002)
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Alena
Jan 31, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anyone who has read any part of A Series of Unfortunate Events
Shelves: young-adult
This book is the zenith of the entire Lemony Snicket collection. It is the piece of the puzzle that makes you sit up and say, "Good heavens, there IS a plot!"

When I read the first few Series of Unfortunate Events books, it was only to familiarize myself with what I was told from all sides was sure to be the next Harry Potter phenomenon. I wasn't terribly impressed with the first two or three volumes -- cute idea, I thought, but nothing that really grabbed me. A couple of years later, I needed so
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Guy Terry
Mar 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I'll use this one for a brief summary of my relationship with ASOUE. I fell in love with these books when I was 11 and kept reading them devotedly as they came out. When I was 13, this book was released, along side Book the 10th. The two of them together jumpstarted my love of the series to a new level. For the first time I joined an online forum and introduced myself to the world of the internet. I started a commonplace notebook, created theories, looked for clues, talked with other rabid fans, ...more
Ashley Daviau
Mar 04, 2017 rated it it was ok
I'm quite unsure of my feelings for this book. I did find some parts highly entertaining but I found other parts incredibly far fetched and had to force myself not to skim through them. I love this series to pieces, it was a huge part of my childhood and will always hold a special place in my heart. That being said, I honestly could have done without reading this one. I don't find it added anything particularly special to an otherwise spectacular series.
Swankivy
Aug 14, 2008 rated it liked it
"This book does not appear to be a forgery, which is not to say that the story is true - only that it is accurate. That this book comes from Mr. Snicket is unquestionable, which is not to say that some do not question it."

A hilarious, confusing, deliberately misleading "autobiography" of author/character Lemony Snicket. Very silly, and has a reversible cover so you can hide what you're reading and disguise it as The Pony Party, a story about the luckiest kids in the world.

This is not a volume of
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Alex
Jan 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
I first read this when it came out, in the midst of ASOUE - a series which is very, very dear to my heart. But at the time, I didn't really get this book. I thought it was a combination of:
a) Tips of the hat to characters and plotpoints, aka fun easter eggs for fans
b) Hints at answers, that in reality did not provide any answers at all, merely highlighted the mysteries
c) Random unrelated nonsense

I put it aside and was glad to own it in my collection, but never really thought much more of it.

How
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Annamaria
Dec 04, 2016 rated it liked it
"The world is quiet here."
*shivers*

Lemony Snicket, you strange and peculiar man, have you no consideration for my nerves? When I opened the book and read it was going to deal with the most juicy topics from the Series of Unfortunate events I was so thrilled but also... I didn't quite believe it: were we actually going to find out who Beatrice is and what VFD actually stands for? And the sugar bowl... Gaahh that thing has been haunting my dreams ever since I read about it!! But no, "these are sim
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Lucia
Jan 11, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Lemony Snicket fans
The only reason I didn't like this book was simply because I didn't understand it. However someone bought it for me- along with Unfortunate Events books 1,2,6 & 7 (in that order!) so I decided to give it a go. I have to confess that I have never gotten into the Unfortunate Events series probably because even though I think he is a very unique writer & can be very funny, he can also be very fustrating. Now & then he wanders off on tangents, for example explaining why he had written a ...more
Nic
Jul 19, 2008 rated it it was ok
Okay, this book acknowledged most (but not all) of my questions, then systematically didn't answer them. Seriously. It was a bit interesting - a collection of fake articles, journal entries, letters, etc. - but had little relevance to the issues about which I was hoping to learn more. Also, at times, the writing crossed the line from "humorously silly" to "annoying and somewhat difficult to read." The entire book seemed to really lack a point, and certainly didn't even pretend to have a plot. Bu ...more
Steve
Jun 08, 2010 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: post-modern lit readers
This is one of the most oddball books ever written. It is primarily designed to confuse and confound...it's like House of Leaves crossed with Pale Fire and Monty Python. I found this book before I had even heard of the 'Unfortunate Events' series, so you can imagine how confused *I* was. It's not much in the way of literature, but it is fascinating as our long-suffering "author" gives scant details about his journeys, some enigmatic information--AND PHOTOS!-- of his history.Along with a fake cov ...more
emma
i just love this world. i wish there were (even) more than 13 a series of unfortunate events books. they made me feel so smart and involved (and entertained!) in my childhood. ugh i love everything about them.
Rissa Flores
Aug 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned, with-review
Just a side note, I'm a big obsessed fan of the series. I've read each of the 13 books at least thrice over the past 6 years. I absolutely freaked out yesterday when I saw this book at Fullybooked Katipunan and I immediately bought it. Right now I'm halfway through reading Stardust but I absolutely could not help but pause with Stardust and just start reading this book this already. And since it's quite a light book to read, I finished it in roughly 2 hours or so.

Anywho.

Oh, how I've missed eve
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S.t.raslawski
Mar 10, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Summary:

This book is about the unknown life of a very mysterious and well kept man who need to keep secrets.

Passage: P.15 and 16

My aunt, who is either a woman named Julie Blattberg or a woman whose name I am pretending is Julie Blattberg, gave me a small key that unlocked a box that contained a key which in turn unlocked a box that contained a key which in turn unlocked another box that contained the information that makes up this book, and made me swear never to let it reach the public, even
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Daphne
Update:
I re-read this book after having re-read all 13 ASOUE books, and it makes so much more sense! I understand way more of the references in this book, and it's a heck of a lot less confusing! Even though this book was published before the end of the series, I'd recommend reading this book after you've finished the 13th book, while the series is fresh in your mind. You get a surprising amount of answers in this book, you just have to look very, very carefully.

Original Review:
I think I left th
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Jillian
Jan 12, 2011 rated it it was ok
I suppose I can't blame him.

Throughout his books, Lemony Snicket tries to persuade his readers to give up on The Series of Unfortunate Events, but I just didn't listen. They were too witty and amusing, so I read through the entire series only to find that when Snicket warned that there would not be a happy ending, what he really meant was that there wouldn't be a satisfying ending that answered the mysteries from the rest of the series.

So. Frustrating.

And then I discovered this book, whose tit
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Drew Graham
Sep 12, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: me
This is a very interesting book. I'm a little amazed that the author (one Daniel Handler) is so able to construct a really odd and mysterious and bizarre world that still somehow works. He'll mention something on one page that seems completely random, and then two chapters later is able to tie it all in somehow! This book has a lot of nicely delivered tidbits regarding the Snickets, and, as far as is relevant, the Baudelaires and V.F.D., as well as many of the other characters that appear in A S ...more
Melissa
I love this book. As a fan of ASOUE for over ten years now, it was a pleasure to revisit The Unauthorised Autobiography and find it just as maddeningly coded, light on real information and full of inanities as I remembered. I can appreciate why it wouldn't suit readers in search of actual answers, but given the lack-thereof in the series as a whole, TUA is a perfect accompaniment. It delves just far enough into the shrouded world of VFD to tantalise, without destroying the mysterious premise of ...more
Aseel
Jan 20, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017-reads
I JUST NEED ANSWERS THAT ARE CLEAR AS DAY WHY IS IT SO HARD 😭😭😭 this series has literally ruined my life since I was 6 (I am almost 20)
One good thing is that this is a series that I have enjoyed no matter my age which shows great writing ability by lemony
Lorelupin Acevedo
May 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Dreamers, les diré que este libro no es nada de lo que me esperaba, ya que obviamente por el titulo quería leerlo y ser un poco chismosa y conocer la vida del "autor" de "Una Serie de Catastróficas Desdichas" lo vi por primera vez en una InstaStories de "FiebreLectora" y me entro la curiosidad, pero les diré que si lo que esperan es ver una biografía, temo decirles que no es lo que esperan.
Este libro no es la típica biografía de una persona famosa, este es un libro que les va a hacer creer que e
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mekkaouii_
May 19, 2017 rated it liked it
need to reread this some other time to fully explore and enjoy it :3
Libby Klein
Mar 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is my favorite of all the lemony snicket pieces. I didn't know this was a sad occasion.
Ben Fleck
Mar 13, 2017 rated it it was ok
Lemony Snicket: The Unauthorized Autobiography: Or, No Answers Here

As an ASOUE avid reader, if you were expecting answers to some VERY FREQUENTLY DEMANDED questions, you've come to the wrong place. This "unauthorized autobiography" literally teases the tortured reader with 13 chapters, each titled with an important question to the mystery revolving around the Baudelaires and Lemony Snicket. However, each titled question is crossed-out and a new, less important (sometimes useless) question is i
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Charlotte
Dec 11, 2014 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: people who like confusing books
If I could give this book zero out of five, I would.
I thought that all my questions would be answered when I read this book. There was lots of mystery surrounding practically everything - from V.F.D. to the author himself. But when I read the book, instead of getting answers, I left with even more questions.
To me, the book was just a bunch of random papers stuffed together and bonded. For example, pages 140 and 141 had telegrams. When you flipped the page, a photograph appeared, captioned "Will
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Paige
Sep 12, 2010 rated it really liked it
GUYS LEMONY SNICKET IS NOT REAL!
Okay:) I did an autobiography project in 3rd garde and picked Lemmony Snicket cause I was reading the series at the time. So...I don't really remember this book...shh! Don't tell!
So, funny story, right? Everyone was checking out these autobiographies and I grabbed this one and the mean librarian stopped me (school library) and was like, "He's not real! You have to pick a real person! But it back! Blah blah snarky blah!" So I was angry and picked a stupid ice-skate
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Ginger
Jan 02, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2009
As a break between the 11th and 12th books in The Series of Unfortunate Events series, here's a mostly incoherent and nonsequitor fake autobiography of the fake author of these books. It's full of clues for some of the big reveals later in the series, but mostly is an opportunity for the author to indulge his stylistic whims. It's full of people in period costumes, crossed out passages, codes, and quotes from J.D. Salinger and Roald Dahl. I do love that as the books go on, the life and identity ...more
Clara
This was a fun and interesting book, but it also didn't make a whole lot of sense and it raised more questions than it answered.
Marina
Oct 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
¡Qué libro más confuso! ¡Por supuesto que no develó ningún misterio (o yo aún no fui lo suficientemente astuta para descifrar las frases en código)! ¡Y por supuesto que igual es delicioso leerlo! Porque es como caer en mitad de una fiesta en la que hay mucha gente y se están contando historias interesantes, pero uno sólo puede captar frases al vuelo.
Se entiende la grandeza de lo narrado pero no las particularidades.
Snicket, te sigo amando.
Colton
Aug 03, 2014 rated it did not like it
Simply, ridiculous nonsense. This writing style is not for me and this was a waste of my time.
Carol
Oct 17, 2017 rated it liked it
This was an interesting book. There's quite a few answers concerning the V.F.D. organisation and how they recruit volunteers. There's a lot of mystery on Snicket still, and a few answers on why Tue Daily Pumctilio seems so completely crazy all the time. There's hints here and there on other members and on Olaf and his associates, so all in all quite interesting, but not fulfilling to all the question one ends up with after the books. What was the most fun, I think, was figuring out Snicket's han ...more
Y
Jul 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
I will admit freely that I don't think I understand anything about the universe of ASOE, and therefore everything I think can be taken with a grain of salt. That said, I enjoyed reading this and I think it works as a great companion based mostly on the fact that it reveals a lot more about VFD than we knew from the original series... inspired me to get at least a little involved in the series again! Bit of a tough read at times for me (though, of course, I've forgotten some details over the year ...more
Bristol Langley
Mar 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book gets a 9/10.The reason being is because it was kinda confusing. It was a good book and told a few interesting stories, but I kinda got lost. One of my favorite parts was when it was talking about Lemony's marriage with Beatrice. In the part there was a hidden massage. Over all the book was good and confusing. But after reading some of the parts agien it became clearer. This is why it deserves the 9/10 rating.
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Lemony Snicket had an unusual education and a perplexing youth and now endures a despondent adulthood. His previous published works include the thirteen volumes in A Series of Unfortunate Events, The Composer is Dead, and 13 Words. His new series is All The Wrong Questions.

For A Series of Unfortunate Events:
www.lemonysnicket.com

For All The Wrong Questions:
www.lemonysnicketlibrary.com

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A Series of Unfortunate Events (1 - 10 of 13 books)
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“You may want to keep a commonplace book which is a notebook where you can copy parts of books you think are in code, or take notes on a series of events you may have observed that are suspicious, unfortunate, or very dull. Keep your commonplace book in a safe place, such as underneath your bed, or at a nearby dairy.” 120 likes
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