The Slippery Slope (Book 10) & The Grim Grotto (Book 1)
Author: Lemony Snicket
Publisher: Harper Collins
Age Group: Children’s
Book 10: Amazon Barnes and Noble IndieBound
Book 11: Amazon Barnes and Noble IndieBound
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Challenge: Series: Catch-Up 2012
Summary from GoodReads:
The Slippery Slope:
Like bad smells, uninvited weekend guests or very old eggs, there are some things that ought to be avoided.
Snicket’s saga about the charming, intelligent, and grossly unlucky Baudelaire orphans continues to alarm its distressed and suspicious fans the world over. The 10th book in this outrageous publishing effort features more than the usual dose of distressing details, such as snow gnats, an organised troupe of youngsters, an evil villain with a dastardly plan, a secret headquarters and some dangerous antics you should not try at home. With the weather turning colder, this is one chilling book you would be better off without.
Warning: Your day will become very dark – and possibly damp – if you read this book.
Plan to spend this spring in hiding. Lemony Snicket is back with the eleventh book in his New York Times bestselling A Series of Unfortunate Events.
Lemony Snicket’s saga about the charming, intelligent and grossly unlucky Baudelaire orphans continues to provoke suspicion and despair in readers the world over. In the eleventh and most alarming volume yet in the bestselling phenomenon A Series of Unfortunate Events, the intrepid siblings delve further into the dark mystery surrounding the death of their parents and the baffling VFD organisation.
A number of years ago I started A Series of Unfortunate Events, listening to them via audiobook. The first few were narrated by Tim Curry, then a few were narrated by the author (who was okay, but not Tim Curry), then Tim Curry was back narrating. First, I have to say, holy cow, Tim Curry should narrate more audiobooks. He was absolutely perfect narrator for the Baudelaire’s story.
So, I’m not going to lie, I am getting a little bored with the Baudelaire orphans. I like this series, but there are thirteen books, and they can get a little repetative. Thanks goodness Tim Curry is such a wonferful narrator, or I might have given up once again on this series.
The Baudelaires are still trying to escape Count Olaf, and although the settings are always a bit different, the most basic story lines are similar. That said, I do think Lemony Snicket has created some very well-developed characters. Sunny has really been growing on me, and she might be my favorite Baudelaire. I’ve enjoyed seeing her grow up, and develop interests like her brother and sister. Sunny is loving cooking, and can great some delicious recipes from odd supplies. I like that she isn’t just opening things up with her teeth – although she still can do that.
Violet and Klaus are also great characters, and we are continuing to see them get a bit older throughout the series. Violet is developing romantic feelings for a new friend, and even Klaus is seems to be developing some amorous affections.
I’m glad I’m trying to finish this series, and I am very curious to see how it all ends. At the same time, I am kind of anxious to be done with it. It is just such a long series! I have two more books to go, to complete my goal for Series Catch-Up. I am stalled at the moment, though, because I’m waiting for the twelfth audiobook to come in on hold. I hope it gets here soon, or I am going to have a hard time finishing it by December 31! My plan is to listen to is while I wrap all the Christmas presents.