“The Penultimate Peril” by Lemony Snicket

Saturday, November 05, 2011 - Book Reading
“The Penultimate Peril” by Lemony Snicket

Back of the Book:

Lemony Snicket returns with the last book before the last book of his bestselling Series of Unfortunate Events. Scream and run away before the secrets of the series are revealed!

Very little is known about Lemony Snicket and A Series of Unfortunate Events. What we do know is contained in the following brief list:

-The books have inexplicably sold millions and millions of copies worldwide.
-People in more than 40 countries are consumed by consuming Snicket.
-The movie was as sad as the books, if not more so.
-Like unrefrigerated butter and fungus, the popularity of these books keeps spreading.

Even less is known about book the twelfth in this alarming phenomenon. What we do know is contained in the following brief list:

In this book, things only get worse:

-Count Olaf is still evil
-The Baudelaire orphans do not win a contest.
-The title begins with the word, ‘The’
-Sometimes, ignorance is bliss.

Jamieson’s Review on

As with any book in the Series of Unfortunate Events, “The Penultimate Peril” is rollicking great fun. I’ve loved the series since the first book, “The Bad Beginning”, and it’s just gotten better with each installment. New questions are raised at every turn, in every book, and one wonders if the Baudelaire’s will ever find an answer to the questions that plague them. (read the entire review here)

Pages: 353

Published: 2005-10-18

Format Read: ebook

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The very worst thing about this book is being unable to choose which aspect is the most awful. Esme being Olaf’s girlfriend while being married to Jerome? Carmelita being their “daughter” in a loose sense of the word? The oddity of the Denouement triplets? Well, that last might be a best thing, not a worst… They intrigued me just a touch.

The very best thing about this book is the duplicate hotel in the pond. In all honesty, it wasn’t because it was all that interesting in the book, but because the idea of an underwater building amuses me.


This book will be placed under the 2011 E-Book Reading Challenge, the 2011 Fantasy Reading Challenge, and the Full Steampunk Ahead.

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