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review 2019-06-17 18:36
Review: The Ersatz Elevator by Lemony Snicket
The Ersatz Elevator - Michael Kupperman,Lemony Snicket,Brett Helquist

Title: The Ersatz Elevator
Author: Lemony Snicket
Series: A Series of Unfortunate Events, 6
Format: ebook
Length: N/A
Rating: 4 stars

 

Synopsis: Dear Reader,

If you have just picked up this book, then it is not too late to put it back down. Like the previous books in A SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS, there is nothing to be found in these pages but misery, despair, and discomfort, and you still have time to choose something else to read.

Within the chapters of this story, Violet, Klaus and Sunny Baudelaire encounter a darkened staircase, a red herring, some friends in a dire situation, three mysterious initials, a liar with an evil scheme, a secret passageway, and parsley soda.

I have sworn to write down these tales of the Baudelaire orphans so the general public will know each terrible thing that has happened to them, but if you decide to read something else instead, you will save yourself from a heapful of horror and woe.

With all due respect,

Lemony Snicket

 

Favourite character: Klaus and the Quagmires
Least favourite character: Olaf, Esmé and Jerome

 

Mini-review: Another great yet depressing in book in the lives of the Baudelaires. This introduces Esmé Squalor who joins Count Olaf’s acting troupe and is another hysterical character, even if she drives me to the brink of madness with all of her what’s in and what’s out. Also loved how Sunny was the one to save them.

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text 2018-02-18 04:02
# 4, 5, 6 in The Series of Unfortunate Events
The Miserable Mill - Lemony Snicket
The Austere Academy - Michael Kupperman,Lemony Snicket,Brett Helquist
The Ersatz Elevator - Michael Kupperman,Lemony Snicket,Brett Helquist

The Miserable Mill and The Austere Academy are books 4 & 5 in the series. Both involve the same plotline as books 2 & 3... No one ever recognizes Count Olaf in his ridiculous costumes except the Baudelaires, and no one ever believes them. And in the end, when Count Olaf is finally discovered, he escapes. In the Miserable Mill, the children are forced to work in a lumber mill, and the Austere Academy takes place in a boarding school. At the school, the Baudelaires finally meet some friends their own age who believe them.

 

In the Ersatz Elevator, the formula finally changes. The Baudelaires are adopted by a wealthy family near where their home burned down. As the back of the book says,

"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."

 

I was thrilled at a change and having someone else to root for and someone else to hate. The characters are quirky and outlandish, but fun to read about.

 

The mystery deepens...

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quote 2018-01-31 01:36
The book you are holding in your two hands right now -- assuming that you are, in fact, holding this book, and that you have only two hands -- is one of two books in the world that will show you the difference between the word "nervous" and the word "anxious." The other book, of course, is the dictionary, and if I were you I would read that book instead.
The Ersatz Elevator - Lemony Snicket

 

Chapter 1

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text 2017-02-19 20:26
Week 7 of 2017
The Ersatz Elevator - Michael Kupperman,Lemony Snicket,Brett Helquist
The Vile Village - Lemony Snicket
The Hostile Hospital - Brett Helquist,Lemony Snicket
Champagne for One - Rex Stout,Lena Horne
Black Orchids - Rex Stout
The Silent Speaker - Rex Stout,Walter Mosley

 Books Read: 6

 

The Ersatz Elevator, The Vile Village, The Hostile Hospital: I'm continuing A Series of Unfortunate Events, hoping to finish by the end of this month. Sunny, Klaus, and Violet begin to investigate the VFD after the loss of the Quagmire triplets. At the end of The Vile Village the series breaks off from it's usual search for a guardian for the siblings and leaves them to fend for themselves completely. 4 1/2 stars.

 

Champagne For One, Black Orchids, The Silent Speaker: I stated last week in my round-up that going back and re-reading the Nero Wolfe books I enjoyed them even more than the first time, this continues to be accurate. Champagne For One is my favorite of the three I've finished this week (5 stars), Black Orchids comes in second (4 1/2 stars), and The Silent Speaker comes last (3 1/2 stars).

 

Ongoing Reads: 1

 

The Invention of Murder: How the Victorians Reveled in Death and Detection and Created Modern Crime: I'm still working my way through this. Reading this, I have to say, not much has changed in regards to how people behave during and after a murder investigation.

 

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review 2017-02-14 22:36
The Ersatz Elevator (ASOUE #6) - Lemony Snicket
The Ersatz Elevator - Lemony Snicket

3.5 stars!! The story is finally picking up the pace! At last we have a glimpse of something other than the now typical cycle:
1.- The Baudelaires have a new home
2.- Count Olaf appear in disguise with an evil plot
3.- Nobody believes the children, even though Olaf's disguise is ridiculous.
4.- Olaf's plan is discovered and he runs away.
5.- The end.

With this book we are finally encountering new elements to what has to be a bigger story behind the Baudelaire fire, their parents, Beatrice, and Lemony Snicket himself :)

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