Review: Series of Unfortunate Events Book 13 by Lemony Snicket

the endThe End
Author: Lemony Snicket
Publisher: Harper Collins Publishers
Age Group: Children’s
Source: Library
Amazon     Barnes and Noble     IndieBound
Rating: 3.25 out of 5 stars
Challenge: Series: Catch Up 2012

Summary from GoodReads:

Dear Reader,

You are presumably looking at the back of this book, or the end of The End. The end of The End is the best place to begin The End, because if you read The End from the beginning of the beginning of The End to the end of the end of The End, you will arrive at the end of the end of your rope.

This book is the last in A Series of Unfortunate Events, and even if you braved the previous twelve volumes, you probably can’t stand such unpleasantries as a fearsome storm, a suspicious beverage, a herd of wild sheep, an enormous bird cage, and a truly haunting secret about the Baudelaire parents.

It has been my solemn occupation to complete the history of the Baudelaire orphans, and at last I am finished. You likely have some other occupation, so if I were you I would drop this book at once, so The End does not finish you.

With all due respect,

Lemony Snicket

My Thoughts

Woohoo!  You guys, I finished this series just in time to meet my goal for Brittany’s (The Book Addict’s Guide) Series: Catch Up.  I wasn’t sure if I was going to be able to do it, and I did have to read this one, as opposed to listening to it via audiobook, but I succeed – and just in the knick of time.  Okay, enough of that, and onto the review, albeit a short one.

I enjoyed read A Series of Unfortunate Events, but as I’ve mentioned before, the books can be a bit repetitive.  There are thirteen books, after all.  Snicket does a wonderful job giving unique personalities to all the characters.  Although, I must say, that almost every character, with a few exceptions (including the Baudelaire orphans) are refuse to see the obvious.

Sometimes I do think Lemony Snicket can be a bit longwinded.  I mean, he goes on and on about what each person said at certain times in the series.  It might have frustrated me a bit more than normal because I was under a time crunch, but sometimes I just wanted to ask Snicket to get the the point.  That said, I do think these books are wonderful for children, and that they would have a fun time with all that.

Another thing I like about the whole series is that Snicket does not talk down to children.  I hate that kind of thing, and let me tell you, so do children.  The books show that many bad things happen in the world, and Snicket does not hide that from children.

I was a little surprised by the ending, although I am not sure if I was completely satisfied.  But maybe that was Lemony Snicket’s point.  Many questions are left unanswered, and Snicket does talk about how answers to some questions just raise more questions.

Anyway, I am so glad that I finished this series.  I would have regretted never finishing the books, especially since I had read seven of the books a few years ago.  Have you read this series?  What did you think of it?  And if you are wanting to read it, I recommend listening to the audiobooks.  Did I mention that Tim Curry narrates  most of them?  Squee.

Happy Last Day of 2012!

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About Quinn

I'm a twenty-something children's librarian at a public library in Central New York. I've long left my teen years behind me, but I love to read YA and children's books. I have two adorable dogs. Ginger is a mix between a poodle and havanese, and Daphne is Bichon Frise. Other things I love: Favorite Movie: Singing in the Rain Favorite Book: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen Favorite TV Show: Monk
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5 Responses to Review: Series of Unfortunate Events Book 13 by Lemony Snicket

  1. Susan says:

    OMG wasn’t the ending weird? I remember reading it and being just completely ??!!?. I LOVED the series up until the ridiculous ending…but maybe you’re right…maybe that was the point! 🙂 Thanks for the review!

  2. I started this series a few years ago but I could never really get into it. However, if Tim Curry were reading it to me, I think that would make it so enjoyable!! Congrats on completing the series!!!

    • Quinn says:

      Yeah, it definitely got repetitive, but with Tim Curry narrating, it did make it more enjoyable. He was amazing! He should narrate more audiobooks.

  3. melissaseclecticbookshelf says:

    I really need to check out this series!!

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