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The Slippery Slope by Lemony Snicket 
29th-Jun-2006 07:58 pm
Only two more books to go--though, in all honesty, it's been a lot more slowgoing than I would've expected. At least I'll be finished with the series (what's available, anyway), before the month is up.

Snicket, Lemony. The Slippery Slope. New York: HarperCollins, 2003.
Summary: Book the Tenth of A Series of Unfortunate Events. With illustrations by Brett Helquist. While Sunny slaves away for Count Olaf and his goons, Violet and Klaus meet up with the third Quagmire triplet, Quigley and discover the site of the former V.F.D. base. Unfortunately, it has been burned down by two people even more evil than Olaf, and though the Baudelaires are reunited, they are separated from Quigley and being swept to sea.
Comments: Well, now we know--or we THINK we know--that the V.F.D. are volunteer firefighters (HUH!?) who have split into two separate camps, one "good" and one "bad." Though why all the spy techniques and secrecy and whatnot is not explained as of yet. We also know that the final V.F.D. refuge is the Hotel Denouement and that virtually all of the children's allies young and old thus far have been members of the V.F.D. More interesting than plot revelations, however, was the development of Sunny's character. She's becoming a clear-headed, biting commentator on the events swirling around her and a brilliant cook--the best scenes by far involved her wry dealings with the bad guys. It seems most appropriate that the child whose skill is biting would become a master chef.
Notes: hardcover, 1st edition, 11th printing
Rating: 6/10 - One of the best baby characters in literature that I've ever come across. ^_^
1st-Jul-2006 01:41 pm (UTC)
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