Book Review: The Penultimate Peril

The Penultimate Peril (Book 12 in A Series of Unfortunate Events) by Lemony Snicket

SUMMARY: After any harrowing struggle, it is nice to consider checking into a hotel for a rest. In fact, this might be just the break Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire could use after their wearying deep-sea adventure. A hotel can be a good choice for any family vacation. With so many floors, such a variety of rooms, and a curious array of guests, spending time in the safety of the right hotel can be the perfect learning environment for children of any age. A keen researcher like Klaus, an adept inventor like Violet, and a sharp-toothed culinary master like Sunny are all sure to find engaging diversions during their stay. Even as the series draws to a close, new questions arise--the most important one being, are the kids valorous volunteers or villains after all? (adapted from the book description and the Booklist review)

OPINION: This book came out in October, and I just got around to reading it because my pile of reading is so big! (There are usually 50 or more books stacked beside my bed...seriously!) This book is slightly darker than the others (is this possible?) because it raises questions about the true motivations of the Baudelaire children. Are they as noble as we have been led to believe in the other books?? Wait and see! As a librarian, I loved the hotel's bizarre organization according to the Dewey Decimal System. And as a fan of Indian food, the paragraph were the metric system-obsessed Mrs. Bass orders things like "one tenth of a hectogram of shrimp vindaloo" cracked me up! Anyway, I did enjoy it, but now I am totally impatient for the last book. In an interview on Amazon.com, Daniel Handler (a.k.a. Lemony Snicket) says, "I believe the thirteenth volume will be released in the fall of 2006, although something terrible could happen to the author at any moment and then the books would not be released at all."

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