August 17th, 2010


Books 31-40

31. The Miserable Mill by Lemony Snicket (young adult) - 8 Jul 2010
32. The Austere Academy by Lemony Snicket (young adult) - 9 Jul 2010
33. The Ersatz Elevator by Lemony Snicket (young adult) - 10 Jul 2010
I found what I believe to be a relatively minor but annoying plot hole between The Austere Academy and The Ersatz Elevator, but maybe I just misparsed the former book. After this point that detail seems to be consistent with how it's presented in The Ersatz Elevator, at least.
34. The Vile Village by Lemony Snicket (young adult) - week 28
35. The Hostile Hospital by Lemony Snicket (young adult) - week 28
36. The Carnivorous Caravan by Lemony Snicket (young adult) - week 28
37. The Slippery Slope by Lemony Snicket (young adult) - 26 Jul 2010
38. The Grim Grotto by Lemony Snicket (young adult) - 29 Jul 2010
39. The Penultimate Peril by Lemony Snicket (young adult) - week 31
40. The End by Lemony Snicket (young adult) - week 31
Having followed the Baudelaire children through their entire misery trip, I do have to say it would be doing the books a disservice to treat them as anything but chapters in a greater story; the ending of The End wraps the story up in a way that none of the concluding chapters of the previous installments did, even as it largely continues the established routine of answering very few questions. Even so, there is a sense of finality, and conclusion, in those final pages, which few authors can achieve even wrapping up most of their loose ends — I have nothing but the utmost respect for the author of this series.
One thing I did somewhat miss as the series went towards its conclusion, was that the outrageous tangents about the fictional author's own life mostly tapered off. While they added little to the story of the Baudelaire orphans in themselves, they did add much to the overall richness of the setting. Overall, I have to strongly recommend this series, and that if you try it out, you read at least, say, the first three or four installments before deciding with any finality whether you want to proceed with the Series of Unfortunate Events; it is in my opinion not until the third book that Snicket seems to definitely find his voice. I did find the books up through The Vile Village the most entertaining, but the others were not in any way bad, and they were very much necessary in order to bring the story to its conclusion in The End.