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The Grim Grotto by Lemony Snicket 
30th-Jun-2006 05:38 pm
Belated remarks on the third-to-last book...

Snicket, Lemony. The Grim Grotto. New York: HarperCollins, 2004.
Summary: Book the Eleventh of A Series of Unfortunate Events. With illustrations by Brett Helquist. The Baudelaire children are saved by Captain Widdershins and his stepdaughter Fiona of the Queequeg and help the crew search for the sugar bowl in the Gorgonian Grotto--unsuccessfully, of course--where Sunny contracts and almost perishes of fungal infection. Count Olaf once again captures the children, but Fiona's brother, the hook-handed man, agrees to let them escape. Back on the Queequeg, they receive a message to show up at Briny Beach, which is where the story first began.
Comments: This installment to the series was, to be perfectly honest, a touch irritating. Widdershins punctuates every phrase with "Aye!" and Count Olaf and Esmé Squalor have developed the most annoying villainous laugh. Also, the underlying moral of the story, that people will, and perhaps SHOULD, compromise their morality for the sake of family, seemed to me to be halfheartedly written at best. Even so, it IS quite interesting to see how the relationships between all of the old and recurring characters are starting to come together. I was also unimpressed by the antidote to Sunny's fungal infection. I knew the moment that it was mentioned that it was going to be the cure, but... Ummm...hello, people? Wasabi DOES NOT EQUAL horseradish, except maybe in that both are spicy condiments. *rolls eyes* I just couldn't suspend my disbelief here. At least we once again have the author reminding us that girls are just as important in the world as boys.
Notes: hardcover, 1st edition, 13th printing
Rating: 5/10 - Disappointingly weak in comparison to what has come before (and, indeed, what comes after as well).
1st-Jul-2006 01:41 pm (UTC)
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