This week’s Book Beginning and Friday56 choice is…
Continuing with my ‘A Series of Unfortunate Events’ Friday Theme (here’s the last Friday’s post) I am now on to the next book in the series…
Why? I received the lovely book The Incomplete History of Secret Organizations by Joe Tracz (book pictured above) to review and realised I just had to watch the Netflix TV series, which I am now doing, at the same time as reading all the books!
So without further ado… I present…
The Ersatz Elevator
(A Series of Unfortunate Events Book 6)
by Lemony Snicket and Brett Helquist
UK READERS: Check out the series here! (New versions!)
My First Thoughts?
I can’t believe I am STILL excited to read more about the Baudelaire children and their continuing unfortunate events. I thought I might get bored with them, like some readers have warned me. A valid point I thought was possible, I mean I am reading the same ‘miserable’ themed stories of the same style over and over again, and in truth I’m not wholly the right target audience on account of a few extra (haha!) years I have on my side… (That’s positivity for you!)
But I am! This book, The Ersatz Elevator, is a completely new-to-me story as I have purposely not watched anymore of the series in order to continue reading these books without a clue to how they will end – with no telly series giveaways to spoil things!
In their most daring misadventure, the Baudelaire orphans are adopted by very, very rich people, whose penthouse apartment is located mysteriously close to the place where all their misfortune began. Even though their new home in the city is fancy, and the children are clever and charming, I’m sorry to say that still, the unlucky orphans will encounter more disaster and woe.
In fact, in this sixth book in A Series of Unfortunate Events, the children will experience a darkened staircase, a red herring, an auction, parsley soda, some friends in a dire situation, a secret passageway, and pinstripe suits.
Both literary and irreverent, hilarious and deftly crafted, A Series of Unfortunate Events offers an exquisitely dark comedy in the tradition of Edward Gorey and Roald Dahl. Lemon Snicket’s uproariously unhappy books continue to win readers, despite all his warnings.
Are you unlucky enough to own all 13 adventures? Yep, I am going to
bore you share my Lemony Snicket love and devotion — ten more times! You lucky things, you! If you don’t want to read them all by then, well, I give up! lol
The Bad Beginning (The Friday 56 post).
The Reptile Room (last Friday’s Friday56 Post)
The Wide Window (last Friday56 post)
The Miserable Mill (last Friday’s Friday56 post)
The Austere Academy (last Friday’s Friday56 post)
The Ersatz Elevator
The Vile Village
The Hostile Hospital
The Carnivorous Carnival
The Slippery Slope
The Grim Grotto
The Penultimate Peril
And what about All the Wrong Questions? In this four-book series a 13-year-old Lemony chronicles his dangerous and puzzling apprenticeship in a mysterious organisation that nobody knows anything about:
‘Who Could That Be at This Hour?’
‘When Did you Last See Her?’
‘Shouldn’t You Be in School?’
‘Why is This Night Different from All Other Nights?’
Lemony Snicket was born before you were and is likely to die before you as well. He was born in a small town where the inhabitants were suspicious and prone to riot. He grew up near the sea and currently lives beneath it. Until recently, he was living somewhere else.
Brett Helquist was born in Ganado, Arizona, grew up in Orem, Utah, and now lives in New York City. He earned a bachelor’s degree in fine arts from Brigham Young University and has been illustrating ever since. His art has appeared in many publications, including Cricket magazine and The New York Times.
HAVE YOU READ THIS SERIES?
I can’t wait to visit your blogs to find out. Have a great weekend, may your books be with you!
Luv Sassy X
I only really use NetGalley, and that’s a fairly recent thing. I’ve been a member for years, but because I am fortunate enough to receive so many physical books I’m only listed as reviewing 50 eBooks in NetGalley. I am guessing that because of my low NetGalley review count, I’m not auto-approved for many publishing houses. This is bittersweet, as it helps prevent me just taking every eBook I’m offered, which would be very tempting! As lovely as that sounds, I honestly don’t want my TBR pile getting even more out of control!
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