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Readers incapable of running fast enough to escape Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events can breathe a sigh of relief now that the first six books of the series have been securely contained in a shrink-wrapped box disguised with exquisite Brett Helquist art that will prevent this collection of woe from falling into the wrong hands.

The set includes: The Grim Grotto, The Slippery Slope and The Penultimate Peril.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060839093
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/18/2005
  • Series: A Series of Unfortunate Events
  • Edition description: SLIPCASE
  • Sales rank: 90,801
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.16 (w) x 7.40 (h) x 3.93 (d)

Meet the Author

Lemony Snicket

Lemony Snicket is often despondent, mostly about his published research, which includes A Series of Unfortunate Events and The Composer Is Dead.

Brett Helquist's celebrated art has graced books from the charming Roger, The Jolly Pirate, to the alarming New York Times bestselling A Series of Unfortunate Events, to the cozy E. B. White Read-Aloud Award finalist bedtime for bear. He lives with his family in Brooklyn, New York.


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 & Noble.com. "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:

Read an Excerpt

A Series of Unfortunate Events Box: The Gloom Looms (Books 10-12)

By Lemony Snicket

HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.

Copyright © 2005 Lemony Snicket
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0060839090

A Series of Unfortunate Events #10: The Slippery Slope

Chapter One

A man of my acquaintance once wrote a poem called "The Road Less Traveled," describing a journey he took through the woods along a path most travelers never used.The poet found that the road less traveled was peaceful but quite lonely,and he was probably a bit nervous as he went along, because if anything happened on the road less traveled, the other travelers would be on the road more frequently traveled and so couldn't hear him as he cried for help. Sure enough, that poet is now dead.

Like a dead poet, this book can be said to be on the road less traveled, because it begins with the three Baudelaire children on a path leading through the Mortmain Mountains, which is not a popular destination for travelers, and it ends in the churning waters of the Stricken Stream, which few travelers even go near. But this book is also on the road less traveled, because unlike books most people prefer, which provide comforting and entertaining tales about charming people and talking animals, the tale you are reading now is nothing but distressing and unnerving, and the people unfortunate enough to be in the story are far more desperate and frantic than charming, and I would prefer to not speak about the animals at all. For that reason, I can no more suggest the reading of this woeful book than I can recommend wandering around the woods by yourself, because like the road less traveled, this book is likely to make you feel lonely, miserable, and in need of help.

The Baudelaire orphans, however, had no choice but to be on the road less traveled. Violet and Klaus, the two elder Baudelaires, were in a caravan, traveling very quickly along the high mountain path. Neither Violet, who was fourteen, nor Klaus, who had recently turned thirteen, had ever thought they would find themselves on this road, except perhaps with their parents on a family vacation. But the Baudelaire parents were nowhere to be found after a terrible fire destroyed their home -- although the children had reason to believe that one parent may not have died in the blaze after all -- and the caravan was not heading up the Mortmain Mountains, toward a secret headquarters the siblings had heard about and were hoping to find. The caravan was heading down the Mortmain Mountains, very quickly, with no way to control or stop its journey, so Violet and Klaus felt more like fish in a stormy sea than travelers on a vacation....

A Series of Unfortunate Events #11: The Grim Grotto

Chapter One

After a great deal of time examining oceans, investigating rainstorms, and staring very hard at several drinking fountains, the scientists of the world developed a theory regarding how water is distributed around our planet, which they have named "the water cycle." The water cycle consists of three key phenomena -- evaporation, precipitation, and collection -- and all of them are equally boring.

Of course, it is boring to read about boring things, but it is better to read something that makes you yawn with boredom than something that will make you weep uncontrollably, pound your fists against the floor, and leave tearstains all over your pillowcase, sheets, and boomerang collection. Like the water cycle, the tale of the Baudelaire children consists of three key phenomena, but rather than read their sorry tale it would be best if you read something about the water cycle instead.

Violet, the eldest phenomenon, was nearly fifteen years old and very nearly the best inventor the world had ever seen. As far as I can tell she was certainly the best inventor who had ever found herself trapped in the gray waters of the Stricken Stream, clinging desperately to a toboggan as she was carried away from the Valley of Four Drafts, and if I were you I would prefer to focus on the boring phenomenon of evaporation, which refers to the process of water turning into vapor and eventually forming clouds, rather than think about the turmoil that awaited her at the bottom of the Mortmain Mountains.

Klaus was the second eldest of the Baudelaire siblings, but it would be better for your health if you concentrated on the boring phenomenon of precipitation, which refers to vapor turning back into water and falling as rain, rather than spending even one moment thinking about the phenomenon of Klaus's excellent skills as a researcher, and the amount of trouble and woe these skills would bring him once he and his siblings met up with Count Olaf, the notorious villain who had been after the children ever since their parents had perished in a terrible fire.

And even Sunny Baudelaire, who had recently passed out of babyhood, is a phenomenon all to herself, not only for her very sharp teeth, which had helped the Baudelaires in a number of unpleasant circumstances, but also for her newfound skills as a cook, which had fed the Baudelaires in a number of unpleasant circumstances. Although the phenomenon of collection, which describes the gathering of fallen rain into one place so it can evaporate once more and begin the entire tedious process all over again, is probably the most boring phenomenon in the water cycle, it would be far better for you to get up and go right to your nearest library and spend several boring days reading every single boring fact you can find about collection, because the phenomenon of what happens to Sunny Baudelaire over the course of these pages is the most dreadful phenomenon I can think of, and I can think of a great many....

A Series of Unfortunate Events #12: The Penultimate Peril

Chapter One

Certain people have said that the world is like a calm pond, and that anytime a person does even the smallest thing, it is as if a stone has dropped into the pond, spreading circles of ripples further and further out, until the entire world has been changed by one tiny action. If this is true, then the book you are reading now is the perfect thing to drop into a pond. The ripples will spread across the surface of the pond and the world will change for the better, with one less dreadful story for people to read and one more secret hidden at the bottom of a pond, where most people never think of looking. The miserable tale of the Baudelaire orphans will be safe in the pond's murky depths, and you will be happier not to read the grim story I have written, but instead to gaze at the rippling scum that rises to the top of the world.

The Baudelaires themselves, as they rode in the back of a taxi driven by a woman they scarcely knew, might have been happy to jump into a pond themselves, had they known what sort of story lay ahead of them as the automobile made its way among the twisting streets of the city where the orphans had once lived. Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire gazed out of the windows of the car, marveling at how little the city had changed since a fire destroyed their home, took the lives of their parents, and created ripples in the Baudelaires' lives that would probably never become calm. As the taxi turned a corner, Violet saw the market where she and her siblings had shopped for ingredients to make dinner for Count Olaf, the notorious villain who had become their guardian after the fire. Even after all this time, with Olaf trying scheme after scheme to get his hands on the enormous fortune the Baudelaire parents had left behind, the market looked the same as the day Justice Strauss, a kindly neighbor and a judge in the High Court, had first taken them there. Towering over the market was an enormous, shiny building that Klaus recognized as 667 Dark Avenue, where the Baudelaires had spent some time under the care of Jerome and Esme Squalor in an enormous penthouse apartment. It seemed to the middle Baudelaire that the building had not changed one bit since the siblings had first discovered Esme's treacherous and romantic attachment to Count Olaf. And Sunny Baudelaire, who was still small enough that her view out the window was somewhat restricted, heard the rattle of a manhole cover as the taxi drove over it, and remembered the underground passageway she and her siblings had discovered, which led from the basement of 667 Dark Avenue to the ashen remains of their own home. Like the market and the penthouse, the mystery of this passageway had not changed, even though the Baudelaires had discovered a secret organization known as V.F.D. that the children believed had constructed many such passageways. Each mystery the Baudelaires discovered only revealed another mystery, and another, and another, and several more, and another, as if the three siblings were diving deeper and deeper into a pond, and all the while the city lay calm on the surface, unaware of all the unfortunate events in the orphans' lives. Even now, returning to the city that was once their home, the Baudelaire orphans had solved few of the mysteries overshadowing them. They didn't know where they were headed, for instance, and they scarcely knew anything about the woman driving the automobile except her name.

"You must have thousands of questions, Baudelaires," said Kit Snicket, spinning the steering wheel with her white-gloved hands. Violet, who had adroit technical faculties -- a phrase which here means "a knack for inventing mechanical devices" -- admired the automobile's purring machinery as the taxi made a sharp turn through a large metal gate and proceeded down a curvy, narrow street lined with shrubbery. "I wish we had more time to talk, but it's already Tuesday. As it is you scarcely have time to eat your important brunch before getting into your concierge disguises and beginning your observations as flaneurs...


Excerpted from A Series of Unfortunate Events Box: The Gloom Looms (Books 10-12) by Lemony Snicket Copyright © 2005 by Lemony Snicket. Excerpted by permission.
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  • Posted December 17, 2008

    A series of unfortunate editing.

    The author consistently shows short flashes of brilliant writing, consistently followed by long passages of rambling redundant filler and self-indulgant asides that are no where near as witty as the author might have imagined. These all mostly fall flat under the weight of a dated sense of humor that might have registered seemingly a few centuries ago. I commend him for introducing a feast of vocabulary builders in an enduring anti-intellectual video era in which we find ourselves, but am turned off by how he offends the reader's intellect by cursorily and inaccurately explaining these words in ways that concede to a presumed impatience with an accurate meaning and for that reason are condescending at best and dangerously intellectually irresponsible at worst. For each and all of these flaws, I fault his editors. Authors have a natural tendency to ramble and use more overeffluent verbiage and parenthetic stunts than serves their own best clear concept conveyance and when unchecked will nearly always do so. I think his editors gave him far too much room for straying pointlessly. The result is what comes across as pages and pages of redundant filler at times, even when this is a device ironically enough, used in the book as an intentional distracting refuge from things claimed in the context of the strangled disbelief to be "things too awful to recount". Perhaps this was a simple consequence of a prority to get the books to market as quickly as possible. For the preponderance of all of these faults, the series might not see a staying power that it might otherwise have enjoyed over generations to come. And unless they are re-edited, that would be a fortunate event. Save your money, the books are overhyped as dark and having compelling intrigue, but really use a lot of overly incredibly unsophisticated situations and motives, and ridiculously implausible circumstances and resolutions that fail to reward the intellectually sophisticated child reader for their faithful slogging through this morasses of filler and mind numbing fluff that has a great framework as a concept, but nothing to allow it to grow and take off. Its redundancy and dumbed down "definitions" make it just as bad at times as an extended loop of television sit-coms and commercials. I am up to reading book 12 to my daughter and though I have done my best to make the most of it by embellishing it quite a bit with character voices, we both pretty much groaned and grimaced and rolled our eyes through almost all of the series beginning after book 3. As the character Lemony Snickett himself would advise -- Don't say I didn't warn you. Don't read this series -- really.

    4 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 29, 2008

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    A Amazing Series!

    This is one of my all time favorite series of books! I have been a fan from book one. These are great books overall. They are a must read to anyone who thinks about reading them. I have to say the farther you get into the series the better the books become. The series is about three kids (Violet, Klaus, and Sunny) who's parents perish in a fire. They become orphans and have to live with Count Olaf. Throughout the series Count Olaf tries to steal their fortune and the three kids go and live with different relatives. This is a great series!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 11, 2009

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    this series
    its alot of fun to read! i read the whole series through and it was great!
    and i definitely recommend it!!
    definitely put this on your wish list...

    i have tons more i recommend to!
    just check out my profile!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2011

    Wonderful Books everyone should read at least once!

    From the moment they are approached by Mr. Poe about their parents dying in a mysterious fire on Briny Beach, to Count Olaf's house, to Uncle Monty's house, to Aunt Josephine, to the mill, school, 667 dark street, and other amazing adventures, these books will make your heart race, the suspense, the Baudelaire orphans will make you excited to read book after book all the way to THE END.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 24, 2009

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    I loved this series it is one of my all time favorites I started reading it in Second grade and finished in the fourth. It took so long because everyone in the higher grades was reading it too so it took a while for them to get to me. Once they did it was like I was the fire and it was gasoline fueling my urge to read like no other. Now in the eighth grade I can still remember this book clearly and thats how you know it was good. If you can still remember somethinng so well after so many years. Snicket is an artist of words! Sicerely,Your average14year old

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    A Series of Unfortunate Events.

    This book is thrilling, and adventerous all the way from The Bad Beggening...to THE END!!!Honestly my most recomended is #5, or #6.But all of them are really good!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2009

    Boring, and yet he still makes money off of them.

    Although reading only nine of the thirteen books, I for one say that there is no need in reading the others. The books basically have the same plot except that Count Olaf dresses as a new person to get the same fortunate. He tries this for twelve times, but on the thirteenth try he dies. If I were Lemony Snicket, I would only do at least four books. I do not see how people can be so amazed by these books and do not realize that it's the same plot over and over again. I know, the plots may change, but it is the same idea for Count Olaf, the same idea that the Baudelaires get to foil him, and the same way Mr. Poe doesn't see right through Count Olaf. Either Mr. Poe needs new glasses or they need a new Mr. Poe. He doesn't care enough about the orphans to actually see what is going on. And I wouldn't write a book with the starting sentences about misery, saying that you should read another book. It's the same thing. And the way he can go off subject to a whole new thing. No need in writing a book when it's the same thing over and over again. No wonder he can finish his books real quick; he uses the same thing. I would not reccomend this book to many people because I know that they are smart enough to figure out that this man is using the same plot. It makes no sense.

    1 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 1, 2008

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    Great summer reading

    Actually, my daughter and I have only been able to buy the first 6 paperback, and hope to buy the rest one day. When she was 7, I read these to her one summer before bedtime. She cheered me on to read the whole thing before the summer was out.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 5, 2008

    Great books!

    These books are really great. I started reading them in 2006 and I only tought there were 3 books because of the movie. But then I went to my library and saw all 13 of them. My favorite would have to be the slippery slope. It is very mystery like because you don't know what is going to happen next. I think kids7-13 should read these books because, at the end of each chapter something BIG happens and you just want to read more. Then, if you read more, you learn more. These books teach you many things. The author put meanings of words in very funny so that you learn while having fun. It took me a year to read all 13 books and that was the best year ever! I would do it again if I wanted to. These are great books.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2008

    My Critical Analysis Review

    Although the reader already knows that the book is a sad and confusing. The author still tells the reader, in every one of his books, that the book which they are reading is sad and confusing and that they should read another book which has a happier ending. This gets to be VERY annoying after reading it more then eight times in more then eight books! The books always end with the villain, ¿Uncle¿ Count Olaf, getting away and the orphan¿s other uncle, Mr. Poe, never seems to recognize the villain¿s face after he has it so many times . In spite of all this the book is very enjoyable. The reason is that the author describes the setting very well. He goes into very small details that the person who is reading can actually imagine the setting and actually see what¿s going on because it is being explained so well. The author is so creative when it comes to ideas that may seem out of the ordinary in real life but then it just seems normal in the story. Maybe the reason why many readers are so attached to the series is not because of the same cliff hanger at the end of the story but the event itself. When a reader reads this book it seems like the reader is actually a character in the story and they actually have the same emotion that the characters in the book have. This is because of the well explained details that draws the reader¿s attention. The author doesn¿t draw the reader¿s attention in the beginning of his books, but his attention grabber is towards the middle of the book where most of the action is and that is what makes his writing so interesting. Phenomenal!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 16, 2007

    A great book for all ages!

    Have you ever had one of those days where it seems like nothing is going as planned? Well, for the Baudellaire orphans, everyday is a day that doesn¿t go as planned. The book A Series of Unfortunate Events, by none other than Lemony Snicket, tells the story of the three orphans whose parents perished in a fire that destroyed their entire home. Though the story may sound gloomy and depressing, it is intended for young children, but reaches out to people of all ages because of its heart-warming tale of courage, triumph, and happiness. It may sound a bit contradicting that these children¿s parents die in a house fire and here I am saying that it¿s a heart-warming tale. Don¿t get me wrong, the book does have its high¿s and its low¿s. For example, one day the children are living the high life and are at the top of their game, and the next, they are contemplating whether or not they should even be around or what their purpose in life is. The author does a good job of supporting his feelings towards what is actually happening in the story by taking an almost personal approach to the way he tells it. He makes the reader feel like he is speaking privately with him/her and by doing so he better catches your sympathy, joy, and sadness. For example, at one point in the story, his comedic side shows itself when he repeats a sentence as joke, poking fun at the times us readers have accidentally read the same sentence twice. It really does throw the reader for a loop. Now since this story is supposed to be a dreary and depressing one, the author wants you feel sympathetic for the orphans. Now in my opinion, the author did a 50/50 job on capturing my sympathy because I was to busy always wondering where the stories villain ¿Count Olaf¿ would pop up next. The book does a really good job of keeping you guessing, page by page. My final thought on this book is this: I feel this book is a fun, entertaining, and hair-raising adventure, as you follow along side the Baudellaire orphans as they try to find their place in life. The book might confuse and baffle you, but in the end, everything comes together like a good puzzle. I highly recommend it for anyone of any age.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 23, 2006

    A reviewer

    Great Books i read every one of them and i plan on buying the box set, great storys many unsolved answers, but in the end they pull them all together, ps the longest it every took me to read one of these books is 2 days!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 6, 2014

    Although i'm A little too old  to be reading these (I'm 19 BTW L

    Although i'm A little too old  to be reading these (I'm 19 BTW LOL), you can NEVER be too old to enjoy a good story. And this story is AMAZING!
    From the first book to the last, you'll be hooked on this series till the end. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2014

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    This series is amazing!! It's so clever and masterfully created.

    This series is amazing!! It's so clever and masterfully created. Definitely give it a read

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2014

    Read when i was in Kindergarden (yes, I'm a bookworm) Luved this

    Read when i was in Kindergarden (yes, I'm a bookworm) Luved this series and this truly is an amazing deal. My
    Mom paid at least 200$ for them!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 16, 2013

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    I don't know how the series got to 13 books. I couldn't get past

    I don't know how the series got to 13 books. I couldn't get past the 5th book when I was nine. It is the same plot over and over again. *Spoiler*... kids are sent to some random relative, Olaf shows up, tries to kill/kidnap them, plot gets foiled by orphans, expose Olaf to their case worker, Olaf runs away to try again...rinse and repeat. Look the first two were okay, they were still new but by the 5th, I could tell that they were the same recycled garbage and I was nine! If you want children's books, I would recommend you pass these by and go to the Percy Jackson books or the Heroes of Olympus books or the Narnia books. Those books have more thought, time, and a better plot put into them. I would not recommend this series. IT IS A WASTE OF TIME!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 2, 2012

    Excellent books for first time young adult readers. The story li

    Excellent books for first time young adult readers. The story line to each book is creative and never repeats it self. It usually breaks down the definitions to big words that may be difficult for the younger readers. Every page keeps you gessing about the next move Count Olaf is going to make. Highly reccomend for all ages.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 9, 2012

    You REALLY should read the book series!!!! It is AWESOME!!!

    The Books are great and I got the box in a good state.. They were just a little bit damaged.. But not hat much....

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  • Posted April 27, 2012

    I remember when these books originally came out and I didn&rsquo

    I remember when these books originally came out and I didn’t understand the fascinations with such a dismal sounding title. When my older daughter brought one home and didn’t want to stop reading, I knew it was time to check the book out. I borrowed the book after she went to bed and … couldn’t put it down! Lemony Snicket is a brilliant writer! His comedic triplets are hilarious. The doom and gloom are so over the top that I had to laugh. The ramblings would seem to break writing rules, yet deliver comic relief and do not detract from the story. Dare I say, these books are just as good as Harry Potter—and I thoroughly enjoyed the Harry Potter series.

    There were a few volumes that I thought were darker than the others (thus the 4 star rating) such as cook 3, 4, 8, and 9. Without spoiling the end of The End, I felt it all ended a little sadder than I had hoped; but I guess with the title of A Series of Unfortunate Events, one can’t expect a happily ever after.

    I would definitely recommend this series to the 8-12 year old crowd!

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  • Posted May 26, 2011


    This series of books is on of the greatest stories i have ever read, there were very few problems; one being it gets a little boring around The Carnivorous Carnival. other than that it is very good, it can be a lot of things at once happy, funny & sad (mostly sad). A very good read if you ask me! and from the look of the ratings other people think so too!! it is worth the money and will keep you reading and wanting more.

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