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A wonderfully woeful set of Series of Unfortunate Events books! Including the first 12 installments of Lemony Snicket's bestselling series, The Complete Incomplete Collection follows the adventures of the Baudelaire orphans up to their most recent, shocking episode. It's sure to make a marvelous gift, which any recipient will love to tears.


  • Book the First: The Bad Beginning
  • Book the Second: The Reptile Room
  • Book the Third: The Wide Window
  • Book the Fourth: The Miserable Mill
  • Book the Fifth: The Austere Academy
  • Book the Sixth: The Ersatz Elevator
  • Book the Seventh: The Vile Village
  • Book the Eighth: The Hostile Hospital
  • Book the Ninth: The Carniverous Carnival
  • Book the Tenth: The Slippery Slope
  • Book the Eleventh: The Grim Grotto
  • Book the Twelfth: The Penultimate Peril
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060899523
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books
  • Publication date: 10/18/2005
  • Series: A Series of Unfortunate Events
  • Edition description: 12 Book Set
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 11.80 (h) x 5.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Lemony Snicket
Lemony Snicket
To the uninitiated, his name may sound more like dessert than good reading; but Lemony Snicket (known to communicate through emissary Daniel Handler, shown here) is a star author to readers who are hooked on his gloomy A Series of Unfortunate Events books. You never know what will happen to those poor Baudelaire orphans next -- only that whatever it is, it's going to be a head-shaking shame.


As the saying goes, all good things must come to an end -- and, in the case of Lemony Snicket, all unfortunate things must come to an end, too. After seven years and thirteen episodes, the much beloved A Series of Unfortunate Events books are drawing to a close. At least, that's what Snicket's "handler" Daniel Handler says.

But before getting to what promises to be "the most unfortunate event of all," it is first necessary to familiarize oneself with the mysterious man who created a mega-selling series of children's novels pivoting on the premise of placing young people in peril. According to his autobiography Lemony Snicket: the Unauthorized Autobiography, Snicket "grew up near the sea and currently lives beneath it. To his horror and dismay, he has no wife or children, only enemies, associates, and the occasional loyal manservant. His trial has been delayed, so he is free to continue researching and recording the tragic tales of the Baudelaire orphans." Hmmm. Perhaps an autobiography purporting that it may or may not be true isn't the best place to begin.

Instead, let us focus on Daniel Handler, the man who might actually be responsible for composing the Series of Unfortunate Events books according to certain skeptics (which include Handler, himself). Daniel Handler has been asked many times why anyone would want to make a career of chronicling the ghastly trials of a trio of ill-fated orphans. "When I was young, my favorite stories were not the sort of children's books that are constantly being thrust at you when you're little," he explained in an audio essay on Barnes & "I didn't like books where people played on a sports team and won a bunch of games, or went to summer camp and had a wonderful time. I really liked a book where a witch might cut a child's head off or a pack of angry dogs might burst through a door and terrorize a family. So, I guess it should not be surprising that when I turned to children's literature I tried to think of all sorts of interesting things to happen to small children, and all of these things were pretty dreadful."

Handler has long made it clear that his wildly popular series would be limited to thirteen installments. The Penultimate Peril: Book the Twelfth finds the much-beleaguered Baudelaire orphans "enjoying" a family vacation at a menacing hotel, and Handler is wrapping up his saga with The End: Book the Thirteenth, which promises to tie up all remaining threads in the story in an undoubtedly exciting manner.

However, the conclusion of his series is no indication that Handler plans on bringing his writing career to an end. He has also written adult-targeted titles under his own name, including his latest, Adverbs: A Novel. This exploration of love, which Publishers Weekly deemed "lovely" and "lilting," may forgo the trademark Lemony Snicket wry morbidity, but Handler ensures readers that the book isn't without its own unfortunate events. "It's a fairly miserable story, as any story about love will be," he says. "People try to find love -- some of them find it, some of them don't, some of them have an unhappy time even if they do find it -- but it is considerably more cheerful than any of my so-called children's books."

Good To Know

Daniel Handler has a potentially embarrassing confession to make: he is an avowed accordion player. Handler says that when he told his parents about his decidedly uncool musical pursuits, they reacted "as if I had taken up heroin."

His interest in music does not end with the accordion. Close friend and leader of indie-rock band The Magnetic Fields Steven Merritt has written an original song for each audio book version of the Series of Unfortunate Events books. Merritt and Handler will be releasing a CD of all 13 "dreadful" songs when the final installment of the series is published in late 2006. Handler also lent his accordion-laying talents to The Magnetic Fields' critically acclaimed album 69 Love Songs.

Handler's persistence may rival that of the never-say-die Baudelaire orphans. His first novel, The Basic Eight, was rejected 37 times before it was finally published.

He enjoys the work of novelist Haruki Murakami so much that Handler devoted an entire essay to the subject in the plainly and guilelessly entitled Village Voice review, "I Love Murakami."

According to a former high school classmate writing in the local paper, Handler was "voted not only Class Clown, but also Best Actor, Chatterbox, and Teacher's Pet."

A few fun facts from our interview with Handler:

"I can cook anything."

"I know one very good card trick."

"I auditioned for an enormous role in the film Gigli."

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    1. Also Known As:
      In some parts, people get to know him through his handler, Daniel Handler.
    2. Hometown:
      Snicket is something of a nomad. Handler lives in San Francisco, California.
    1. Date of Birth:
      February 28, 1970
    2. Place of Birth:
      Handler was born in San Francisco in 1970, and says Snicket's family has roots in a land that's now underwater.
    1. Education:
      Handler is a 1992 graduate of Wesleyan University in Connecticut.
    2. Website:

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 3, 2008

    the miserable mill

    the miserable mill is about violet,klaus and sunny baulderaie and they get passed about their family as their mum and dad died so they go to lucky smells lumbermill and they have to mend things and do lots of d.i.y work.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 1, 2006

    WHAT I HAVE TO SAY ABOUT A Series of Unfortunate Events

    A Series of Unfortunate Events was the first series that I have completed reading. You get hooked, wanting to know whats going to happen next. The series is awesome. I have read all of them, and am pleased with how it ended. Lemony Snicket, aka Daniel Handler, great job!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2006

    Absolutely Captivating

    Daniel Handler has do ne an amazing job with these novels. Not only is it an easy read for younger kids, it is also a very deep emotional book. The age limit is seven to nine, but don't let that fool you, these books are a great read for everyone. I am 16 and I still love the the books, characters, and the author!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2006

    Entertained By Dread

    I own each and every one of the Series, and they sit on my bookself without collecting dust! Suspense builds, and I anxiously await the last installment of the unfortunate lives of the Baudelaire children(or orphans, whichever you wish to name them). The incredible writings of Lemony Snicket literally put me in a trance of reading, and I could barely put them down. If you have only seen the movie, then you have seen nothing compared to the books themselves... they don't need visual aids to get you hooked(even though that is how I personally was introduced to L.S.). Trust me, this series will be one of your favorites if you read past page one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2006

    love the series

    I have read the series four times and I love it. Mr. Snicket is hilarious and he is not only intelligent but he is also very smert I can't wait till the next book comes out

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2006

    A Wonderful Story!

    All I want to say is Thank You Lemony Snicket for writing such wonderful storys! I have only read the first 2 books but planning to read all of them! Oh and I have to say that I use to HATE reading but now LOVE to, these books are so great and if you havn't read them please do! Thank You!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2005

    a very brilliant book

    You don't see books like this everyday! It sucks you in. It makes you feel like you are apart of it (if you want to be on the good side or vicious).

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 19, 2005


    I have read all the books in the series so far, and I can't wait for the next, but sadly, last book to come out! These books are very suspensful! But be warned, these books are almost impossible to put down! Make sure you have enough time to read it! Too suspensful to wait overnight!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 2005

    Fanatically Brilliant!

    All of the books are great and will appeal to children of all ages. Filled with suspense and laughter led by unique characters unlike any other seen before.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2005

    Best books ever!

    I have read all of the books myself. I enjoyed all of them because they are extremely suspenseful. I love the reaccurence of Count Olaf because I have become very fond of him now. yeh, but i would very strongly recommend these books for younger people who are looking to increase their vocabulary. In Lemony Snicket's books when he puts a word in that he doesnt think they will know he gives a definition with a twist. He relates the definition to the book and the events that are occuring in the book. I am only 13 but these books are by far my favorite.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 25, 2005

    Classic adventure fun for children! A MUST HAVE!

    Lemony Snicket's Complete Incomplete Collection is a must have for any child. The 'awful' adventures of Baudelaire orphans teach children courage, responsibility and some grammar too, depending on the story. Each piece is written in a very easy language and every book basically follows the same plot line, - the Baudelaire orphans come to some new place and are happy for while, but then 'evil' uncle Olaf shows up and haunts them again. Children never tire of this plot predictability, in fact, they relish it knowing that the danger still awaits. These are simple classics, to be enjoyed for generations to come.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2005


    these are the best books since hp!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 13, 2005


    I love these books so much. LEMONY SNICKET ROCKS

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