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Book 43 - 2014

Book 43: A Series of Unfortunate Events: Book the Eleventh: The Grim Grotto by Lemony Snicket – 323 pages

Description from bookdepository.co.uk:
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.

Two books to go on this series and the final book for 2014 (leaving me just over 100 pages short of 15000 pages – sad face!). The poor Baudelaire siblings continue trying to resolve the mystery of VFD in a bid to find out what happened to their parents, and the further they dig the more it becomes apparent that the world is full of people a lot like them – trying very hard to be good, but inevitably making bad decisions to survive. There’s something quite deep about this whole conundrum, and it makes me wonder why it is pushed so repetitively in a children’s series. I’ve quite enjoyed watching the Baudelaire kids grow up, particularly little Sunny, thought it’s been sad to watch them slowly lose more and more faith in the world. It’s an intriguing story that I don’t think I appreciated when I first started reading it many years ago. Probably actually more appropriate for a slightly older audience than I ever thought it was marketed to.

43 / 50 books. 86% done!

14885 / 15000 pages. 99% done!

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Tags: kidlit, lemony snicket

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