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Picking up from the final pages of thePentultimate Peril, this farewell installment to the ridiculously (and deservedly!) popularA Series of Unfortunate Eventsplaces our protagonists right where we last left them: on a large, wooden boat in the middle of the ocean, trapped with their nemesis Count Olaf, who has armed himself with a helmet-full of deadly Medusoid Mycelium.The situation quickly and--this being the Baudelaires--predictably deteriorates. Violet, Klaus, and Sunny find themselves tossed in a storm so terrible that our beloved narrator spends four pages describing how he cannot describe it. From this point on, fans of the series' smarty-pants wordplay and acrobatic narrative can rest assured that they're in for more of the same (and how) in this 368-page finale, and Daniel Handler's deadpan Snicket continues to tutor a generation in self-referential humor (including one particularly funny bit regarding three very short men carrying a large, flat piece of wood, painted to look like a living room). Snicket notes, of course, that if you read the entire series, "your only reward will be 170 chapters of misery in your library and countless tears in your eyes."There's one big question, though, for anyone who's made it through "the thirteenth chapter of the thirteenth volume in this sad history": is the final book a fitting end? That question is probably best-answered by one ofThe End's most oft-repeated phrases: It depends on how you look at it. Those looking for conclusive resolution to the series' many, many mysteries may be disappointed, although some big questions do get explicit answers. Not surprisingly for a work so deliberately labyrinthine, though, even the absence of an answer can be sort of an answer--and reaction toThe Endcan be something of a Rorschach test for readers. Or, as Lemony Snicket says, "Perhaps you don’t know yet what the end really means."--Paul Hughes

Reviews

A tacky ending to a great series

by A. Barry "THE reviewer"
(3/5)

I've read most of the Series of unfortunate events books twice and after finishing the 12th one, I was very excited for the last to come out. The end of the 12th book sets up a great stage for the series end, were all our burning questions will be answered.So, I get the 13th one the day it comes out. I read the book non-stop, waiting for the grand finale that will reveal everything.So what did the ending reveal? nothing good. It really only reveals one thing, and its not even something I would have thought about if they hadn't brought it up. The only redeeming thing about the ending is that count olaf dies, which I'm sure everybody was eager for.I would rather have Lemony Snicket release a FAQ answering all the mysteries in the series than having read this book


Great series, Terrible ending.

by Amazon Customer
(1/5)

Are you kidding me Mr. Snickett? I've followed these kids through 13 books of misery only to NOT get answers to the majority of the questions? I still don't know why there was a tunnel between the kid's house and Dark St.? I still don't know what was in the sugar bowl? I still don't know what happened to the other triplets? I still don't know (really) what the deal is with you and Beatrice?Dear sir, I have the sneaking suspicion that these books started as a great original idea, but as of about book 8 you realized you had no way to resolve the myriad plot threads that you'd sent spinning off in a million directions. I feel taken advantage of - a phrase which here means "ripped off." I am ashamed of you, and your publisher for purposely stringing the reader along when you must have known you had no true ending to the series. How do you sleep at night?Let's hope Mrs. Rowling does better than this in June. You Mr. Snickett, are a hack.


A Quicker End

by Andree 215
(5/5)

Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Bauldelaire are orphans who are given a huge fortune left behind by their parents who died in a fire that burned down their house. Now stranded on an island with only castaways the Bauldelaires must get use to the islands customs of their new home if they want to stay. And staying won't be easy with the tricky Count Olaf ,whose disguises has gotten the orphans over there heads at every home they've had, on the loose.The leader of the island, Ish , is a respected elder among the castaways. When he recommends something the castaways surely do it. This is because of his recommended cocoanut milk which is the only supply of water accustomed to the castaways. The cocoanut milk makes the people drowsy and lazy and they listen better because of it.I recommend this book to all who have read the other 12 Series of Unfortunate Events books. If you read this book first you won't understand this book at important parts of it. This series has become my favorite series and this book is my favorite book in the series. This book has everything: comedy, action, pregnant guys, large snakes, deadly diseases, sore feet, and what everyone wants in a book books! This book isn't like others because it has things people might find funny but also has some sad moments in it making it a book I and many others can't and won't put down.


In Retrospect, It Really is the Journey, Not the Destination, Or: It Depends on How You Look At It

by Andrew "Radaar"
(3/5)

The previous 12 volumes of Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events have all been delightfully dark, wryly witty, and confoundingly complex. Snicket's writing style, which uses a lot of alliteration, irony, wordplay, and wit have made what should be a children's story of good versus evil and turned it into a semi-serious collection of social commentary. The 13th and final volume, The End, shares these qualities, and yet is unfulfilling. The first few volumes seemed to be teh story of three orphans, Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire, who are bounced from guardian to guardian always trying to escape the demented Count Olaf. Olaf, their original guardian, will stop at nothing to get his hands on the Baudelaire fortune that is stuck in the kids' trust fund until Violet's 18th birthday.In the first few volumes, there doesn't seem to be any underlying tie between the different guardians, but as time went on, secret societies, bizarre connections, and moral ambiguity began to show up in the Baudelaire's lives. An organization known only as V.F.D. seemed to be a part of every aspect of the Baudelaires' lives; their parents and all of their guardians were members, adn everything that has happened to them is somehow tied to V.F.D. With each volume, a few questions were answered, though many were answered only with more questions while many new mysteries began to show up. By the end of the 12th book, the Baudelaires had not yet found teh answers to their most burning questions, and they have found themselves fugitives due to an accidental murder and purposeful (though not malicious) act of arson. They escaped to the sea in a boat, but they weren't completely safe because their travel mate was none other than Count Olaf.A storm blows the Baudelaires and Olaf onto a strange island inhabited by a group of cultish people who are different from everyone else in teh ASOUE universe because they can see throughall of Olaf's lies and disguises. They welcome Violet, Klaus, and Sunny and abandon Olaf on the beach. However, in order for the siblings to join the islanders, they must conform to thier customs and rules, which are strict and, as I said before, cultish.While the main story of The End is on par with the rest of the series, it is the end of the story that we are truly interested in. Why is the sugar bowl so important? Why has Lemony Snicket made it his mission to chronicle the Baudelaires' sad story? How do the children finally get rid of Olaf for good? Who is the Man With A Beard and No Hair and the Woman With Hair But No Beard? Who is Beatrice? Not only do not all of these questions get answered, but the way the story ends is lackluster at best. Its too bad because the buildup was so great. The End does have its merits, and, in its defense, Snicket did kind of hint that the ending wasn't truly the ending throughout the book, but after investing time and money in 13 volumes, I would have preferred something a little more tied up.


Agh!

by Anne-Marie G
(4/5)

What I love best about these books is the writing style. Which is a good thing, because this last book was all about Snicket reveling in his style. Rambling on all sorts of terrible subjects.Answers...we only get a few, mostly those that were hinted at in the Beatrice letters. The rest of them are tied up with the explaination that no one can know everything. Oh, how droll.Grrr.(I am pleased to report that again he pulls through with a mention of my favorite, P.G. Wodehouse)I doubt that Handler is done mucking around in this world though, it is far to open and clearly he loves writing as Lemony Snicket.


I'm speechless...

by Anonymous
(5/5)

That was the saddest but one of the best series I have ever read. There are still so many unanswered questions and mysteries that I think I can solve, but I'm not sure if I am correct. Lemony Snicker is one of the best and most creative authors I have ever read a book by and I praise him on The End.


The Disappointing Denoument

by Blake Petit "Novelist, columnist & reviewer"
(2/5)

I was very much back-and-forth concerning this entire series. I liked the first book, but the next two or three got painfully repetitive. A friend of mine convinced me to keep reading because it got better, and she was right. I got sucked in to the mystery, wanting to know what happened next and, more importantly, what happened in the past. So I've eagerly anticipated this final volume, expecting that at long last, the answers would be revealed.I was painfully disappointed.Almost nothing is resolved in this final book. Many of the characters we've followed over the series are ignored entirely, the great mysteries go unsolved, and the main characters themselves don't even get a satisfactory ending. I'm not saying that I wanted everything tied up in a neat little bow, I'm not even saying that a book can't have an ambiguous ending if the story warrants it. The problem is, the mystery was really the only thing this series had going for it. The characters are wooden, the writing is often patronizing and the plots keep getting recycled. But the mysteries, the questions are what kept the reader going, and when the main thrust of a story is the mystery, you need a resolution. We get none. I wasn't happy with this book at all.


Emotional Ending

by B. Le "Avid Reader"
(5/5)

This is the only book in the series that actually has thought and emotion in the story. It made me cry to see that count olaf actually did a decent deed before he died. All in all, a great read.If you were expecting answers and didn't get it, you would have to look really carefully. Either that or you didn't read the whole series. And the sugar bowl thing was quite obvious anyways and didn't need to be added to the story.Count Olaf actually has feelings. I love the way he kissed Kit in the end. It showed that he actually feels sympathy over the children and other members of VFD.Not to ruin you with the plot, I will give you three hints only. Beatrice Bauldelaire, "Lemony Baudelaire", and Beatrice Snicket.The end of the End is the beginning of the beginning of the middle to the end of all schism, but it is certainly not the end in the end of the Baudelaire's life because the beginning of the beginning of the beginning of the mysteries of their lives are at the beginning of the beginning of all schism, and will end in the end of the end of all their next generations. So nothing can have a beginning or an end, but it can have a start and a denouement. LOL.Oh, and denouement is pronounce de-no-ma!


Thoroughly Disappointing

by Book Fan "Reads a lot"
(1/5)

My daughter started reading this series when it first came out. She liked it so much, she asked me to read the books too. To my surprise, I enjoyed them and looked forward to each installment. When this book was announced as The End, I couldn't wait to read it.I didn't expect everything to be tied up in a neat bow with a big happy ending, but I did expect to have some answers. There are a lot of unanswered questions and I didn't think it would be unreasonable to have some of them answered.I found this book boring. It only took me 2 days to read it, more to just be done with it than because I couldn't put it down. Nothing exciting happens, the Baudelaire's didn't have to get themselves out of trouble, it was just endless narrative, which in my opinion, could have been done in half the amount, but that would have made it a smaller book. Way too much time spent on the arguing between the people living on the island.It would have been great to at least know if the Baudelaire's returned home and if they saw the Quagmire triplets again. It makes me think that there's going to be another book and that's a shame. If this was supposed to be "The End" then make it that. I don't want to see another book coming out that's going to end up being just as disappointing as this one.


Don't Expect Alot of Answers

by Brett Benner
(3/5)

WHat started as a delightful young adult series has become a near philosophical meditation on the nature of good and evil, which is all well and fine, except what happened to the fun? I almost thought I had missed something at the start, when the orphans find themselves washed up on a beach somewhere with the evil Count Olaf. An island with it's own inhabitants that are leading a life free from the dangers of the outside world. One wonders if the author has been watching 'Lost' because this island holds as many mysteries as the one on the ABC show, and gives you about the same amount of answers. I can appreciate that the ending is mostly ambiguous, however for the kid (or adult)who's reading this hoping for a payoff, they're going to be quite disappointed.


The End

by Charles Seipel
(5/5)

I have finally finished reading all the unfortunate events in the Baudelaire' s story. Lemony Snicket is such an amazing writer. I never wanted it to reach The End. I will admit it was sadder than I thought. There were deaths and the beginning of more unfortunate events but there were happy futures that began. I will, of course, move on to other books and series' but I will never forget Lemony Snicket, the Baudelaire orphans and a Series Of Unfortunate Events that made up some very memorable stories that will stay with me forever.


The Misfortune

by C. Tyndall "solitary pagan"
(3/5)

i really felt robbed after reading what i thought would be the conclusion of the series.Instead, i am left with so many unanswered questions.It was a good story- don't get me wrong, but definately not one to be considered "The End".A previous reviewer likened this book to the series "Lost". i wholly agree!But i am glad that the ending of "The End" was only a beginning. And wasn't as bleak as the others.....


A BIG let down!

by Cumulonimbus Harpe "samsmylife"
(2/5)

THE END starts out really good with typical Lemony Snicket humor and a strong plot. As I read through the first twelve chapters, I kept on anticipating what was gonna happen in the final chapter and how Snicket was gonna end the series. When at last I finally came to the end of THE END, I felt really let down. First of all, none of the questions that arose from the previous book were answered. And I mean NONE at ALL! All the questions I so desperately wanted to know the answer to were not answered and I guess I'll never find out. Snicket also tries to justify by saying that "sometimes, the whole story isn't meant to be told". Well the whole story is meant to be told! Especially when you anticipated this book so much. This is also the only book of the series to feature fourteen chapters (the rest only have thirteen) but the fourteenth chapter just makes matters worse. While I read it, I got the feeling that Mr. Snicket was rubbing it in my face that nothing was answered.All in all, this was not a good way to end the series. It stills felt like the second-to-the-last to me, and that one more was yet to come.


Don't Look for Closure

by David Cady
(3/5)

That's not a warning, as in "Don't touch that hot stove!" It's more a philosophy, along the lines of "Don't expect to find the Meaning of Life in a can of tomato soup." On the other hand, you may find more answers to the mysteries of this beloved series in a can of tomato soup than you will in "The End." As imaginative as its title (read "un-"), this thirteenth adventure of the Baudelaire orphans was a terrible frustration for me. Daniel Handler has said in interviews that not answering all the questions posed by the series is more in keeping with the realities of Life, than if he had wrapped things up in a nice little pink bow. Perhaps. But I would have settled for a green one. To me, Handler's justification is a cop out. As a reader, I've invested a lot of time and faith in this saga. For Handler to draw his tale out for thirteen books without knowing how to draw it to a close shows a bit of healthy contempt for his audience, in my opinion. Around Book 9 or so, Handler should have started to get his ducks in a row. Let's just hope J.K. Rowling has planned ahead. I felt sorry when Brad Silberling screwed up the Lemony Snicket movie; now that Handler's done it to himself, I don't feel so bad anymore.


Do not read this review

by D. Bass
(2/5)

If you are interested in book reviews that have happy endings, you would be better off reading some other review. Because this review, like so many others, is more likely to make you hide in your cellar than prompt you to give your credit card number to complete strangers to order a copy of "The End."Unfortunately, like other series of books that start out splendidly, a word which here means "with interesting characters and fascinating plots," the last book in the chronicle of the Baudelaire's lives ends not with a bang but a whimper. The phrase "not with a bang but a whimper" was penned by a man named Thomas, who was a close associate of mine until he left one day for New Guinea in a generically-fueled speed boat, all because of a note left in a cookie jar by a hotel concierge. The exact meaning of the phrase is ambiguous to some and downright confusing to others, but to my way of thinking, the best manner in which to use "not with a bang but a whimper" is in reference to an entertaining series of books that end not with plot resolution but with more unanswered questions. Unfortunately, that is how "The End" ends - with more unfortunate happenings that leave the unfortunate reader with the unfortunate sensation of having unfortunately wasted his or her time reading an unfortunate ending, unfortunately.That brings me to a problem that plagues the whole series of unfortunate events, and that is the repetitive nature of the books, a word which here means "Lemony Snicket deems it necessary to repeat the same sentence structure and subtle jokes ad infinitum throughout the series." This literary technique, a word which here means "way of writing a book," is novel the first few times it is tried, but after reading through 170 chapters filled with repetitive phrases, a word which here means "the same phrases over and over again," one tends to become disinterested, a word which here means "bored," or downright angry, a word which here means "why am I reading this book?" Mr. Snicket's stories also tend to fall into abject pessimism, a which here means "a depressing view of the world," which might make good reading for hermits and old maids but not high-spirited little children.If you have read this much of my review - which I certainly hope you have not - then you must be wondering what redeeming qualities Lemony Snicket's unfortunate series of unfortunate books may have. While it is true that "The End" leaves one whimpering, it is equally untrue that the series should not be read. Books one through 11 are quite entertaining, a word which here means "worthy of being read." Unfortunately, Mr. Snicket begins to wax philosophical in the two closing books of the series. By "wax philosophical" I do not mean that Mr. Snicket uses a putrid smelling and oily substance to buff and shine his automobile, which he has nicknamed "philosophical." Rather, "wax philosophical" means that Mr. Snicket attempts to examine the nature of good and evil, often with rather embarrassing results. Mr. Snicket's liberal views on politics, morality, religion, and "pelosi" (a word which, when translated, means "his choice to live in San Francisco rather than Vermillion, South Dakota") may be interesting in a debate, but they serve as a mere annoyance in a children's yarn. That being said, the first eleven books are entertaining and enjoyable, words which here mean "worthy of being read, even if the last two books are horrid."There are some books, of course, that are better left unread, and I am sorry to say that "The End" is one of those. While it is wise to avoid "The End," it is definitely unwise to avoid many of the other books in the series. So, if you can look past the repetitive prose and odd humor, pick up the first few books in the series, but expecting a decent resolution to the storyline would be an unfortunate event indeed.


I won't force you to read this...

by Debra Hamel
(4/5)

Lemony Snicket is back with the 13th and final installment (released, naturally, on Friday the 13th) of his Series of Unfortunate Events, simply entitled The End. When the book begins the orphans who are Snicket's unfortunate protagonists--Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire--are adrift in a small boat with their nemesis, the unibrowed Count Olaf, who's been trying to get his hands on the Baudelaire fortune since the series began. Since he and the orphans are in the same boat, Olaf is certain the money is as good as his, and he imagines what he will do with it in a passage that demonstrates his wickedness and egocentrism as well as his creator's authorial playfulness:"'I think the first thing I'll buy for myself is a shiny new car!' Count Olaf said. 'Something with a powerful engine, so I can drive faster than the legal limit, and an extra-thick bumper, so I can ram into people without getting all scratched up! I'll name the car Count Olaf, after myself, and whenever people hear the squeal of breaks, they'll say, "Here comes Count Olaf!" Orphans, head for the nearest luxury car dealership!'"Olaf and the orphans finally come to land on a coastal shelf and soon meet the nearby islanders, castaways themselves, mostly, who have come to embrace the simple lifestyle urged upon them by the island's enigmatic facilitator, a certain Ishmael ("Call me Ish"). Everything washes up on the shores of this island eventually--documents and kitchen whisks and batteries, people and serpents who've been lost at sea--so it is not surprising that the Baudelaires are reunited there with a couple of old friends. They are also able to find amidst the island's collected detritus some information pertinent to their own history.Considering the book apart from its role as the final installment in the series, The End is as good as many and better than some of Snicket's earlier books--better, certainly, than the tiresome, repetitious Penultimate Peril (read my review). Snicket continues to amuse with his verbal play:"As I'm sure you know, there are many words in our mysterious and confusing language that can mean two completely different things. The word 'bear,' for instance, can refer to a rather husky mammal found in the woods, as in the sentence, 'The bear moved quietly toward the camp counselor, who was too busy putting on lipstick to notice,' but it can also refer to how much someone can handle, as in the sentence 'The loss of my camp counselor is more than I can bear.'"And, delightfully, Snicket allows Olaf to become a more nuanced character. It is interesting, too, to see the pattern of the Baudelaires' lives altered: for once they encounter adults who are not taken in by one of Olaf's disguises. Intriguing questions are raised in the book--about Olaf's role in their lives, about Lemony Snicket's relationship with Beatrice, about Mr. Poe. One reads on, eager for answers.The End being the end, however, one must consider how well the book functions as a conclusion. And here, alas, readers are apt to be very disappointed indeed. Granted, Snicket repeatedly makes the point in the book that all stories are interconnected and that no story ever really begins or ends: its threads reach infinitely into the past as well as the future. That is true in life, but we do expect authors to impose a neater structure on their stories. Fiction isn't real life, after all; it's life polished into something finite and graspable, with, usually, the boring parts removed. Snicket has, unfortunately, failed to answer a great many questions in his final book, and has at the same time raised several more. What, for example, became of the elusive sugar bowl that motivated so much action earlier in the series, and why was it important? What was the giant question mark that appeared so menacingly on the radar screen of the Queequeg back in book eleven? What familial relationship is implied by the fact that, as we are told, Violet was going to be called Lemony if she were a boy? It may be that some of the answers to these and other questions can be found in The Beatrice Letters, which was released a month before The End and which I have not read. But even if so, readers shouldn't have to look outside of the series itself to find simple resolution.Mr. Snicket, I fear, has failed us. The End is another clever book from his drawing board, to be sure, but it is not enough for us to be told twelve books into the series that the author doesn't have all the answers.Debra Hamel -- author of Trying Neaira: The True Story of a Courtesan's Scandalous Life in Ancient Greece (Yale University Press, 2003)


A brilliant conclusion

by doc peterson
(5/5)

The final book of in A Series of Unfortunate Events" provides some closure, but not all questions raised in the series are answered. While this may frustrating to some, I found it brilliant - rarely in life are there tidy results and clear answers to all our questions, just as there are very few happy endings. That Snicket concludes his stories of the Beaudelaire orphans in a similar manner is in keeping with the tone of the previous books. To wrap things up with a "happily ever after" ending would be as much of a let down as it would be an insult. No apologies need be made; its a great story (the strongest in a while), and a wonderful conlusion. Recommended.


I loved this book

by Dottie Randazzo "Reader of Everything"
(5/5)

I think that this is the best of the 13 books written in the series. A real page turner and highly recommended. It doesn't answer all the questions, but who knows, maybe a future book will.


Fitting End to Series

by drebbles
(5/5)

The last book in Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events books finds the Baudelaire orphans washed up on a continental shelf with Count Olaf. For once they seem to have good luck - there is an island nearby and the people living there say the Baudelaire's can live with them, but quickly see what Count Olaf is really like and banish him from the island. But things never run smoothly for the Baudelaires and they soon discover it's difficult to live under the rule of Ishmael who is in charge of the island. Ishmael has some secrets that threaten the welfare of everyone on the island and the Baudelaires find themselves in more danger than they ever have before.I thought "The End" was one of the best books in this thirteen book series. As always, Snicket has a lot of fun with words and names and I laughed at some of the names of the people on the island: Ishmael (call me "Ish"), Friday, Ariel, Robinson, and Bligh are just a few of the people living there. Sunny no longer uses much baby talk, but Snicket still has fun with her words, sometimes using them backward. As in all the books, the children are, for the most part, smarter and more responsible than the adults around them are.Readers may be disappointed to find out that while Snicket ties up several loose ends from the previous books, he leaves some major plot lines dangling. Some of it may be sloppy writing, but I suspect much of it was deliberate and I would not be surprised if in the future there was a series of Lemony Snicket books focussing on the Quagmires. While "The End" was not as dark as "The Penultimate Peril" parents should be aware that there are two deaths in the book."The End" is a fitting ending to a fun, quirky series.


the evil end

by E. M. Bristol "bibliophile"
(4/5)

In this book, the last of the series, the Baudalaire orphans are marooned on an island full of kindly inhabitants, or so they say, headed by a man named Ishmael with feet of clay. Meanwhile, Olaf is relegated to a coastal shelf, although he doesn't remain there. Also on the island is Kit Snicket who is pregnant. Danger comes from a schism among the islanders and the deadly fungus that almost killed Sunny in a previous book. To reveal more would require spoilers.I agree with reviewers who said this book was anticlimatical and did not satisfactorily tie up all the loose ends. Although I did not expect a happy end, I was dissatisfied with the end. It would have been nice if at least one adult ally had survived (except for Lemony Snicket).


THE FINAL FIRE!

by Eric Arismendi
(5/5)

PLOT: In this book, the Baudelaire orphans are shipwreched with Count Olaf onto an "abandoned" island far away from civilaztion and meet a stranger with a certain book who turns out to be more important that you would think. Without spoiling anything, all that I'll say is that the harpoon gun and the Medusoid Mycelium return, and that there's a Chapter 14 (epilogue). Plus, a friend from one of the earlier books is back - but you'll NEVER guess who!! Lastly, let me tell you that at a certain part of the story, there's a Biblical reference that is very interesting to see how Daniel Handler/Lemony Snicket portrays in literature. I think that's it's safe to say that The End was very expecteded by all Snicket fans, but that there was a bit of disappointment when people actually read the book. Well, as far as I know, it's all based on opinion becasue even though some people hated the book, others (including myself) enjoyed it even more than the other twelve! True, the sugar bowl mystery was not resolved, but clues in other books hint to its contents. The VFD mystery is in fact solved, but the reader must pay close attention to what Lemony Snicket says. When you get to the end of the book, the identity of Beatrice is the best you'll love to read because it was so unpredictable (althoughThe Beatrice Letters (A Series of Unfortunate Events)gives you clues). Overall, if you've read all of the books in the series - do not even think twice about reading this one...just do! The cover says it all: this is a very "unfortunate" book. IT IS ABSOLUTELY GREAT (specially Count Olaf's hilarious and unique disguise)! One more thing: Kit Snicket gives birth (I am not sure whether this is a spoiler or not becasue it was kind of obvious that it would happen in the last book, but it was still worth mentioning). The World Is Quiet Here.


A confusing conclusion, to say the least

by Erika Sorocco
(4/5)

Violet, Klaus, and Sunny have, once again, landed themselves in an unsavory predicament, and can't seem to think of a way out. Trapped in the clutches of Count Olaf, aboard a ship that is bound for who knows where, the orphans have begun to think that this is the end. Olaf is up to his usual tricks, informing the orphans that he will soon have control of their fortune, and threatening to shoot them with a harpoon gun if they refuse to obey his orders. He has also taken to calling the three children his henchmen. The orphans are unsure of what to do. They want nothing more than to keep their lives, but paddling around in confusion, in the vast, open sea, seems like a useless thing to waste their talents on. Yet, even they know that they must find an island to land upon. When a storm leaves them shipwrecked, the orphans, along with Olaf, find themselves slightly relieved. After all, now that they have found land, perhaps they will stumble upon a kind group of islanders who will take them in, and give them food to eat. They're only half right in their thoughts, however. Once upon the island, the Baudelaires are lucky enough to meet a young girl named Friday who is interested in nothing more than helping them survive. Her plans don't involve Count Olaf, however, and she resolves to leave him behind to fend for himself. Friday gives the orphans a grand tour of the island, ending with a meeting with the islanders leader, Ishmael. Ishmael seems quite nice, but Violet, Klaus, and Sunny can't help but feel that something fishy is taking place. Ishmael kindly forces all of the island occupants to drink coconut cordial that seems to leave their minds muddled, he doesn't allow them to keep any of their belongings, or the treasures they find, he spends his days with his feet in a pile of clay, and he doesn't allow anyone to use spices or herbs on their food. According to Ishmael, he likes the simple life. A bland existence that is free of the troubles that can be found in the real world. A safe-haven devoid of miscreants and dangers that are so prevalent in everyday society. The orphans aren't so sure that this is the truth. They believe that Ishmael is hiding something important from his followers, and resolve to learn exactly what that is. As they begin digging through Ishmael's past, however, they find that he has a connection to their parents. The parents who were killed in a fire so long ago. A fire that left them orphans, and the victim of all types of inhumane treatment. But, as they begin to discover secrets about their past, as well as Ishmael's future, they realize that some things are better left unknown. It also occurs to them that getting off this island is a priority, especially now that some of the islanders have begun to show very unkind demeanors that may just place the Baudelaires in danger once more.Over the years, we have accompanied the Baudelaire orphans on a slew of wacky and wild - and, oft-times, quite dangerous - adventures. From navigating through the perils of Prufrock Preparatory School to residing within the confines of an extremely vile village, and everywhere in-between. We've seen the orphans change guardians as often as someone changes underwear, and have been forced to endure the trials and tribulations that each unsuspecting caretaker has succumbed to. And now, we are finally at the end. An era has concluded. Unfortunately, it's conclusion is not what one would have hoped. As always, Violet, Klaus, and Sunny are their usual charming, kind, brainy, well-mannered selves. However, that can only get a novel so far, and, over time, even these lovable characters story has managed to fall flat. It doesn't help that the plot itself seems to go nowhere, and can often be viewed as nothing more than a blank installment. Die-hard readers will be shocked, annoyed, aggravated, perturbed...to find that THE END is nothing close to what its title suggests. THE END is more of a beginning, as it leaves the reader muddling through more questions, and manages to avoid tying up any knots that have progressed over the past twelve books. It doesn't help, of course, that the entire final installment takes place on an island, with a handful of useless characters who lend nothing to the tale, and, overall, had no place for this series whatsoever. We haven't seen them before, and we won't see them again, so their presence was uncalled for. While I have devoured each and every one of Lemony Snicket's A SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS books, I can't help but feel that THE END was a true let-down, and honestly makes the reader feel as if all of the years delving into the lives of Violet, Klaus, and Sunny were wasted, considering their story does not truly come to an end. The appearance of THE END only makes me feel as if Snicket, a talented writer - don't get me wrong - truly had no idea where to lead his characters, therefore he penned THE END, which, in my opinion, is nothing more than a cop-out that left me hanging. It is quite obvious that I will experience more sleepless nights over the lives of the Baudelaires, as many questions now loom in my mind, and there is no hope for them to be answered, as this is THE END. A confusing conclusion, to say the least.Erika SoroccoFreelance Reviewer


Awesome

by Fabrizio
(5/5)

Wow! I was said that the story ended, but amazed at how it ended. I thought the story was going to be worse, but it wasn't that bad.


Feh.

by H. Coffill "reckless-abandon"
(3/5)

I loved the first few books of this series, then my interest petered out.A solid, if uninspiring, conclusion. (A phrase here which means "didn't shake me up much.")


Rubbish, explanation, maybe spoiler

by Hermione Danger "the Law of Impermanence"
(3/5)

The only thing that maybe redeems this book (or responds to Handler's cryptic note that maybe you did not get the ending yet if you were hoping it would tie up loose ends) is the idea that from the start, readers were warned that this book would not have a happy ending.The End is a meta-commentary on the murkiness of "good and evil" and as usual, Snicket borrows (or steals? depends on how you look at it, ha) from the literary greats in his library, most notably The Tempest by Shakespeare and The Odyssey by Homer.Two amazing works that, if you are familiar with them, demonstrate Snicket is working with themes of great depth and significance and ALSO that when held up to other writers who have tackled it before, Snicket fails to deliver.He's toiled away at creating a world where nothing is significant, red herrings abound, and there's no satisfaction at the end of the journey. Such is life.However, this doesn't excuse the extreme melodrama that is so tired by now, the one-sided characters, the endless string of deus ex machinas or the massive amounts of suspension of disbelief required to get through this book.The characters in the book are inflated caricatures of adult fears, arrogance, worries, cynicism, and intellectual atrophy. At the same time the kids are sniveling wimps ever moving towards adulthood. What do they have to look forward to? Life as caricatures!It makes no sense, unless we are meant to mourn the passing of the Beaudelaire's "innocence".Snicket stresses that fluffy books with lessons and morals are ridiculous but even Shakespeare wrapped his stories in life-lessons gleaned from life experiences. So what did the Beaudelaires and the readers learn by the end? That you can't trust everyone (or anyone almost), that adults are bad, that animals are good, that life is unfair.Oh well, it's emo for embryos. You can't trust a writer to write a good book even if it's a bestseller smash hit, adults sometimes make bad writers, animals (humans aside) don't read so good for them escaping this drivel and life is proved unfair when you've invested a good amount of time and hope into a writer who fails to deliver at the end of the day.Ah, maybe that's Snicket's answer to his critics:"Life ain't fair, I'm rich, deal with it."


Uhm..Seriously?

by Jacque Cartwright "butterfly"
(3/5)

I have really enjoyed reading the series..up until now but I thought this would wrap up the whole series and give me some answers...but I am afraid I am still "on the coastal shelf" It was a repeat of all of the previous books mostly..I would've prefered more answers. I guess Lemony was right, I should've put the book down and read something else 13 books ago.


anti-climax

by J. Ang
(3/5)

I was loathe to see the Baudelaires go, so I tried to savour this last one for as long as I could. Alas, I found it unsatisfying as a conclusion. Nothing really wrong with the book, but perhaps I was expecting a more dramatic end for Count Olaf.


Appropriate but unsatisfying ending

by Jennifer Lichtenfeld
(3/5)

The beginning of The End, Book 13 in A Series of Unfortunate Events, finds the Baudelaire orphans adrift with Count Olaf in an effort to escape the fire they started at the Hotel Denouement at the end of Book 12. They only started the fire because they needed to send a signal to the other members of VFD that the hotel was not safe, but nonetheless they feel bad for doing such a thing. They wash up on a coastal shelf and are approached by local islanders who live there. The siblings quickly find out that the islanders are, in fact, all the victims of former shipwrecks who have discovered that everything, eventually, washes up on the shore of that island. The Baudelairs must decide if the island is a safe place for them to be, if they can trust their new neighbors, and how to deal with the fact that Count Olaf, finally, is being considered the villain he truly is.The children quickly learn that the leader of the island, Ishmael, is hiding things from the other residents. He has a food supply and cooking implements that he keeps secret, there are books on the island despite the fact that he says there are not, and he hides many items with which Violet could make interesting inventions that would lead to a more comfortable island life. The children also discover a book in which their parents previously kept a journal of their time on the island. The Baudelairs become more confused than ever and ultimately are faced with life or death decisions for which they must once again use their quick wits.All along the author warns us that we should not continue to read the series because it will not end happily. I am sorry to say that he was right. In this respect the conclusion to the series is appropriate, but disappointingly so. It just kind of ends. We are left with more questions than ever before and *SPOILERS* the book ends with the children set adrift to maybe or maybe not rejoin society off the island. We don't find out if they ever see the Quagmire triplets again, we don't find out if they are able to access their fortune so they can sustain themselves, and they are impossibly left to raise a newborn by themselves. *END SPOILERS* The ending feels as though the author did not know how to end it and so he simply did. At the same time, it is vague and random as is most of the series, so the ending does not entirely stand out as out of place.Overall, I think the series ended on a much lower note than it started out. The writing and vocabulary continued to be extremely creative, but the plot ceased being entertaining. It was a long way to go for not much of a reward.


Just finished.

by Jerry Hart
(3/5)

I can't say I'm disappointed with the conclusion of this extremely long but enjoyable journey, but I can't help but wish it ended differently. I mean, what was in the sugar bowl? Did I miss something? What was the question mark? How did the author convince his publisher to go along with such incredibly short books and expect people to pay top dollar for them (I bought all of mine used)?I will confess that I almost cried at the end; the Baudelaires have had it so rough only to end up like this. It's sad, but in a poignant way. I wasn't satisfied with Count Olaf's fate, however, and think the author could've done better.


Ah - The End. Should have come LONG AGO...

by Jill-Elizabeth (Jill Franclemont) "All Things...
(2/5)

The End, to me, is why series should not be allowed to contain double-digit numbers of books. The first handful of Series of Unfortunate Events books were phenomenal. They were clever, witty, well-written, and played with language in a way very few children's books had previously. The Baudelaire orphans were sympathetic without being pathetic; their troubles were serious while remaining entertaining; their villain encounters were scary without being overwhelming (and they remained oddly light-hearted for death-threats - no small feat, that!). And then, somewhere in the middle, the series started feeling forced. And it kept doing so, book after book, because the author (publisher?) had promised unlucky thirteen books. And unlucky book thirteen proved to be. It did not answer all of the outstanding questions (or even most of them), did not close loopholes or tie up loose ends, did not entertain to a fraction of the early books in the series. This was one end that did NOT come soon enough.


A Good Book but raises more questions than it answers

by Jim "Pimmy"
(4/5)

After reading all 13 books, I can't help but feel a little disapointed with how it ended or even depressed. The orphans get ship-wrecked on an island with Count Olaf. There they meet other ship-wrecked people who now live on the island. They created a colony with many different rules by their leader Ishmael "who prefers to be called Ish". Whenever something useful washes up on shore he suggests they get rid of it and they all listen. He trys hard to make sure peace remains on the island.I found it disapointing that they remain on the island through-out the book and that not enough answers get answered. Plus did I miss something or was the whole idea that one parent might be alive totally scrapped ? They don't even go there in this book or even still mention the possibility. The End is mostly just about what their parents would've wanted for them. We don't even learn who survived the motel fire at the end of book 12 or get to see if the orphans ever clear their names. So there's simply just not enough answers. The book thinks it answers a lot of questions but it mostly just creates more.


This is the End

by JMack
(4/5)

I was a little surprised by the number of less than positive reviews for this book. On some levels, I can understand the venom. A number of questions were left unanswered. Yet not explicitly telling the answers allows readers to draw certain conclusions. I did like the manner in which the author did allow certain elements of the story to come full circle. I suspect some of As a whole, the book may leave some readers disappointed, but the book is not a total abomination.The Baudelaires seemingly meet a cult leader in this final book of the series. Arriving on a mysterious island where everything seems to eventually wash up on the shores at some point, the leader "Ish" or Ishmael controls the lives of the islands. While there is a certain safety in allowing your life to be controlled by a leader, it eventually becomes tiresome. The island's leader stimulates the ultimate conflict between the Baudelaires and Count Olaf. While Count Olaf's fate may be expected, the family member that dies may not be expected.Chapter 14 is the place where many of the loose ends are tied. All of the characters' fates are not revealed in one sing-songy ending. So those hoping for a clear ending will be disappointed. In a fantastic series, the author could bring all of the characters at the end, but would that not be unrealistic? I have a degree of disappointment with many of the unfinished ends, but I am pleased overall with the series.


Masterfully done...Handler is perhaps too clever for his own good

by Jonathan Appleseed
(5/5)

While reading The End, I initially had similar frustrations that other readers had. My biggest frustration was the Baudelaires, and Count Olaf himself, seemed to be background players for the majority of the book, and that instead of the heart-pounding action that occurred during the previous twelve books (with a few minor exceptions), this was becoming a very literate caution tale, filled with far too much of Handler's typical run-on sentences that can sometimes last for two pages. Some of them, toward the end of The End, nearly made me throw the book down in frustration.I appreciated the literary references to The Tempest, Moby Dick, Animal Farm, and other works of fiction written by the so-called "dead white males" (appropriate for this story, by the way), but thought that Handler had written himself into such a convoluted corner with so many strings dangling from the ceiling that it was impossible for him to tie them all up in a satisfactory fashion. As the end to The End approached, and as the remaining number of pages dwindled and dwindled, my exasperation with Handler's in-your-face narration magnified - because nothing was really happening.Then I realized I had made a very, very, very big mistake.The previous book was titled The Penultimate Peril, and some rather sensational events occurred in The Hotel Dénouement. One definition of dénouement is "the final part of a play, film, or narrative in which the strands of the plot are drawn together and matters are explained or resolved; the climax of a chain of events, usually when something is decided or made clear: i.e., I waited by the eighteenth green to see the denouement." A climax, remember, is never the end of the story. There always follows resolution.(There could be some rather spirited debate on the fact that The Hotel Denouement was burned to the ground, with specific regard to its meaning...)That I knew what the word meant while reading the book, and still expected The End to provide me with answers all neatly tied up and presented in a package made me feel a bit silly. First, Handler *never* does that sort of thing. He always packages his story in clues boxed in clues boxed in clues. Second, the climax/denouement already occurred, so all that was left was the resolution. There would be no breakneck action as there had been in previous books. There would be a resolution. In all of literature that I'm familiar with, the resolution is always written at approximately the pace that The End was written at (minus all of Handler's witticisms).The End provided us with resolution. And it did so brilliantly. There were dangling issues - such as the fate of the Quagmires and others that I won't mention here - but the central mysteries were resolved in typical Daniel Handler fashion.Were we really expecting Count Olaf to, as in so many unsatisfactory villains do, explain to the Baudelaire's every single mystery that had come to that point? That would have been incredibly *un*satisfactory.It appeared that Handler was creating new mysteries. That's arguable, because as he "appeared" to be creating new mysteries, he was, in case we hadn't figured them out before, resolving (resolution...) others. And if anyone had yet to figure it out, at the very end he answered the most essential mystery: who/what or is/are Beatrice?My only beef with the book, which quickly died away, was that I felt if you didn't read The Beatrice Letters, the *full* brilliance of what Handler was doing with the identity of Beatrice (whoever or whatever that is or was) was impossible to grab (I did say *full* brilliance). I felt that readers shouldn't have to read a book that's technically outside of the series to get a broader, more complete understanding of what's happening.Then my appreciation for Handler grew. I realized that he didn't simply write a thirteen book series, he created a complete and fully believable universe. There aren't many writers who have done so, and done so with such remarkable success. He wasn't milking us by writing an unauthorized biography, or The Beatrice Letters, he was expanding the believability and reality of his creation. He was also giving us more clues to the essential mysteries, perhaps in case we missed the dozens of clues he cleverly planted right underneath our noses that often went unnoticed.That said, reading The Beatrice Letters or the biography isn't necessary, and it's quite possible that many people who have rated this book highly haven't read either. You can still appreciate Handler's genius within the confines of the thirteen books, and you can still solve all of the essential mysteries. I solved one that I didn't think was a mystery after I turned the last page. At least, I'm pretty sure I did. With Handler, it's difficult to know sometimes.I believe if you read all of the dedications to Beatrice, and review what you remember from the books themselves, you'll see that - as remarkable as it seems - The End ended exactly as it should have, and exactly as it was intended.


It's done:(

by Jonathan Haugen
(5/5)

This book was my favorite. I just wish that it would have said what happened to the children afterward when they got to land.


A biting baby, a bookworm boy, an inventing girl, guarded guardians, an evil villain: unfortunately, the end

by Julee Rudolf "book snob"
(3/5)

If your interests include: the written word, adventure, bravery and misfortune, you'll love the series and (at least) like this last (sniff) book. All are enormously entertaining, a word which here means so good that you've obviously chosen to continue reading book after misfortunate book. The thirteenth does not disappoint, except in ending it all and in Sunny's annoying gibberish and beyond-her-years abilities - ongoing annoyances. On the other hand, the typical inability of various guardians to see through the disguises of nefarious Olaf and his troupe only serve to increase the appeal of Violet and Klaus and a plethora of accessory characters who facilitate the Baudelaire orphans' falls into and escapes from the clutches of the villains. Farfetched happenings, at the hands of skilled Snicket, are easily swallowed. The enlightening vocabulary, wittily introduced, is almost as good as the variety of settings used. Intermittent references to the demise of the author's love, Beatrice, add to the intrigue. The siblings work together in The End, as usual, for a common goal as if their lives depend on it. Although this last book is not as good as some of the previous, it ties up some loose ends while leaving a few things open for speculation. Highly recommended for kids age seven to seventy.


What a waste of time.

by kaduzy
(1/5)

Here's a nickel's worth of free advice -- if you haven't already started reading the Baudelaire books, don't bother to start now. It will only end in soul-crushing, anger-inducing disappointment. As I predicted after I read Book the Twelfth, there are no answers to the myriad (a word which here means never-ending) mysteries and storylines introduced by the author in this series. There are so many dangling threads, that in order to address them all, Handler would have needed both the 2nd-to-last AND the last books. And of course, he addresses pretty much none of them. Instead he writes himself an escape hatch from the wrath of his readers by including in his narration the fact that every answer only leads to more questions. And so, his characters and everpresent narrator/unexplained and never-seen character Lemony Snicket conclude -- why bother getting any answers at all?I'll tell you why bother: to finish what you bloody started. To satiate the millions of people who've spent hundreds of dollars and MANY hundreds of hours following this series from Bad Beginning to HORRIBLE End, to fulfill the rules of literature set down by all the writers you abstractly and/or directly reference so often."The End" is nothing of the kind. It's just another stepping stone, another doorway Handler hopes you'll be fool enough to trek through, so that when the inevitable follow-up materials and sequels or prequels are released you'll be a good little lapdog and go buy them, letting the promise of questions answered and mysteries solved lure you like a fish to a money-grubbing hook. I was a fish and a lapdog myself, I'm sorry to say. I rushed right out on Friday to grab this book, even though I knew it would disappoint me. I guess I still harbored a *shred* of hope that Handler would surprise me, and actually explain some of the mysteries. Actually provide a satisfying conclusion to the stories of all the characters he's come to make me care about. Actually write some kind of RESOLUTION.No such luck. Instead, everything he worked for falls away, and I am left not particularly caring about anyone in these wretched books. But it's my own fault, really. After all, he's been warning us from the Bad Beginning not to keep reading any more of these stories, hasn't he? He must have known all along how it would all End.Pity I didn't listen. I could have saved myself a lot of time and money. I write this review hoping I can help you avoid a similar fate.


THE END (A SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS) BOOK 13

by Kaitlan Crockett "Pam"
(5/5)

I purchased these books for my nine-year-old granddaughter for Christmas. Her teacher introduced her to Lemony Snicket's books and she loves them. This is the last book in the series of 13 books and she hasn't read it yet. She has read several books in the series and absolutely loves them. I am sure she will love this one also.The book was in good condition and arrived in time for Christmas even though it was ordered only two weeks prior to Christmas. I would recommend any of the books in this series for adolescents.


Beginning fine then it goes down hill Fast!

by Kathy Dawson
(3/5)

In case you not familiar with Daniel Handler (pen name Lemony Snicket) this is his 13th book in A Series of Unfortunate Events, and this book "The End" follows "The Penultimate Peril."The story opens with the main characters Baudelaires: Klaus, Violet, Sunny, and Count Olaf stuck on a boat in the middle of the ocean and eventually end up on an island. Up to these pages in the book I thought I was going to have a super read, but alas I was disappointed and the writing went downhill from here until the ending. Well the ending was a terrible disappointment. There were so many loose ends that needed answers that I have to wonder why this book was entitled "The End."Young adults may find this book a great read, but I wonder if that is true. I believe the author gave this group of readers a big let-down in this series, and that's a shame because there are so few great young adult novels out there being published today. In summary, I wouldn't recommend this book to my friends.


The End is as Bad as its Beginning, but with lots more questions unanswered.

by Kevin J. Loria
(4/5)

Warning: The end of "The End" isn't really THE ENDWell what did you expect from Mr. Handler's author /narrator Lemony Snicket...answers and definitive end...please. Good luck in July with J.K.'s final Potter book.With all of the manipulation throughout "the Series" series, the end would Inevitably be moderately miserable and mostly an unsolved mystery with the potential to put you at the END of your proverbial rope.Overall this isn't the best Baudelaire story, since The Carnivorous Carnival, the running gag of Count Olaf appearing in disguise was broken and the format of the stories have become stranger, as the end grew near.But The End, which opens with the orphans still in Olaf company, eventually gets to a point where Olaf appears in a ludicrously obvious disquise in an attempt to win over the locals again, but through a remarkable Juxtaposition of events ends up caged like Sunny in book 1. The Incredibly Deadly Viper also makes a return appearance along with one of the Snickets and a "final" message from the Baudelaires parents.If you read the series and get to this point and still are not satisfied, remember, you were warned time and time again by Lemony,this time comparing it to peeling an onion, " if you insist on reading each and every thin, papery layer in A Series of Unfortunate Events, your only reward will be 170 chapters of misery in your library and countless tears in your eyes,...it is not too late to stop peeling away the layers and to put this book back on the shelf to wither away while you read something less complicated and overwhelming."The End is as Bad as its Beginning, but with lots more questions unanswered.


Ruined the Series for Daughter and Myself

by Khyraen "Superintendent, Barlow Christian Aca...
(3/5)

The Series of Unfortunate Events books started off quite unique and fascinating. However, as the series went on, I noticed at least a couple of repetitive elements that became cause for frustration. This book was not without its share of those frustrating elements.The first of these was the constant warnings to "put this horrible book down". To be honest, after twelve other books--and was it just me, or did the frequency of the warnings increase--I had no desire to hear this warning rephrased. Whereas, it was humorous the first five or ten times, by book "The End", it was simply something that caused frustration.Also, I found the lists of examples the author gave to illustrate his point got longer and longer, and also more numerous, as the series neared completion. It was almost as if the author had to include a certain number of words, due to contractual obligation. In "The End", there is more than one list covering an item for each letter of the alphabet, if I recall correctly. I began to skim through certain sections of these books. (And, lo and behold, in one section of "The End", the author attempts to catch readers who are doing just that.)Also, whereas other books in the series, when they did portray events that might be disturbing to younger readers, portrayed them in such a ridiculous way as to be obviously comical to any child who was of an age to read them himself, this last book contains a death that occurs as a result of an all too real possibility--childbirth.There is also the ending of the book itself, which, to its credit, is much unexpected, but may leave the younger readers quite disturbed. (As it was, my fifteen year old daughter couldn't stop talking about how upset she was with the ending.)This series is excellent for teaching vocabulary, and this book was no exception, but the other lessons this book tries to teach may not be what children are looking for when they reach for the escape usually found in a good book."The End", and the entire series, after reading the last page, leaves you feeling unsatisfied--incomplete! "That's it?!" is what I kept thinking to myself. The lessons, the author's points, are accurate and well made, but I really, really, really, really (a little Snicket there) don't read fantasy to have such "truths" imparted to me--and I don't think my children do either.Both I and my fifteen year old daughter wish we could have the hours we spent reading this series back, due to the way it all wrapped up in this book, "The End".


Janiceps (I have two minds about this.)

by Kingham's Kids "Ms, Kingham's 7th Grade"
(3/5)

The End, by Lemony Snicket is an interesting book, I'll give it that. This is the final story in A Series Of Unfortunate Events. The book follows the story of three orphan, Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire. They lost their parents in a fire that destroyed their home in The Bad Beginning, the first book. An evil man named Count Olaf follows them mercilessly, always hatching a plot to steal the fortune that the orphans' parents left behind. The Baudelaires don't get the fortune until the eldest, Violet, becomes an adult. He always gets into the Baudelaires' lives via a terrible disguise that only fools the adults, most of which are not very intelligent. Their current guardian is usually murdered by him in the course of his plan. The books follow this boring pattern until the middle of the series. Then it gets exciting.The End is the climax of the series, the twelfth book, The Penultimate Peril, is also part of the very long climax. Contrary to expectations, The End is quite a boring book, devoid of one exciting part and a lot of cool twists. It still does feel like it belongs in the series, just maybe not the ending of it. Or maybe it should be. In The End, the Baudelaires go to an island full of people cut off from the horrors of the world. The story consists of Olaf up to his old and highly repetitive shenanigans and the Baudelaires relaxing on the island. But the island is full of secrets. Most of which you don't find out until the last few chapters. The book left me wondering how the longest book in the series could be filled with such little importance. The End takes the word cliffhanger to the extreme. The things you want to find out most are not straight out told to you, so there is no definitive answer to most of your questions. So you might not find out most of the secrets you want answered. It left me with the hunger to find out the secrets that drove me to read the series. The End is a big disappointment. It was entertaining, but not the exciting finish I hoped it to be. Although part of me does feel that it wouldn't be good if everything was spelled out for us.J.M


Cute Series

by L. Burroughs
(5/5)

This is a cute book series for my teen daughter. She's really enjoyed reading all of them. We're ordering them all.


The End

by Lemony Snicket
(5/5)

As the final conclusion to the long Series of Unfortunate Events, I would say that the book brings some much needed answers, but ends up leaving the readers dangling slightly at the end. I still very much enjoyed the book, however.


A Disappointing End

by Lonnie E. Holder "The Review's the Thing"
(3/5)

This book is the thirteenth book in A Series of Unfortunate Events. This book follows "The Penultimate Peril."We began the story just after the end of "The Penultimate Peril." The Baudelaires are on the ocean along with Count Olaf and a helmet containing the deadly Medusoid Mycelium. Fear not, the children encounter an island where all things finally wash up, including the children, Count Olaf, and soon Kit Snicket.The children are greatly surprised when Count Olaf's latest disguise fails to fool the people of the island. However, the people of the island have issues because the leader of the island misleads the people of the island regarding many things.The rest of the book contains little hints of secrets that seem about to be revealed; a few secrets are revealed, but many more are left unrevealed. For example, how many different variations of VFD did Lemony Snicket suggest in the previous books? Does VFD really stand for "Volunteer Fire Department" or something else? Further, I got to the point in this book where I failed to care any more. It was obvious to me that Daniel Handler, also known as Lemony Snicket, was going to end the story of the Baudelaires without tidying up all his loose ends.Lemony Snicket compounded my disappointment by seeming to hint that he may cover a different aspect of the Baudelaire's story by writing about other characters in the book. Those hints may have been my imagination, or perhaps Daniel Handler has decided that he can continue to write these stories endlessly. In either case, he can carry them on without me because the disillusionment I began to feel several books ago has increased to the point of being unbearable with this book.Daniel Handler wrote this book well, but the story it contains is probably one of the worst in the series. I thought the previous book was good preparation for the answers that Handler was going to reveal in this book. Some answers were revealed, but just as many were not. If you have yet to read the first book in this series, my recommendation is to read something else, maybe a cook book or a math book; in either case you will find the result more satisfying than the final book in this series.Good Luck!


A good ending to an "unfortunate" series.

by Loran
(5/5)

I loved the last line of this book. It fit perfectly with the whole series and summed up the whole series. I would have liked to have seen more of some characters, but I liked where this last installment of the series took the Baudelaires. I loved how you finally figure out where the name of the series came from and who it involves. I've never seen an author make up a sort of pen name and then integrate that into the books. I think this series was well written even though some of the plots were a little over redundant. All and all I'm glad I stuck with the series till the end of "The End" even when I wanted to put the books down (as Lemony Snicket has said) before the end of "The End."thank you for your time,Loran


and so it ends

by Melanie Edwards "book worm"
(5/5)

after seven years, twelve books, 170 chapters, and a great deal of headache, the final book of A Series Of Unfortunate Events has finally arrived. picking up exactly were the twelth left off, we find the Baudalairs survive a horrific storm and wash ashore on a island full of people who are all lead by a mysterious man who may hold the answer to everything. i cannot reveal anymore for it may ruin the book. if your excpecting a simple answer to everything, then your wrong. Snicket provides us with importent answers to some very unresolved mysteries but he leaves a whole bunch of plot endings fluttering in the wind. it may seem like a dissapoinment to some but to me it makes sense. you see, nothing in this world is ever answered straightly, you have to look hard enough in order to solve it all and in this shady world that Lemony Snicket has created, you definently have to look hard enough. overall, we may never learn of all the questions that this series has left us but i will say this. the series has really gotten to me and will forever be one of the most interseting and absorbent. now, i just have to reread everything, look for the clues, dab into peoples lives and maybe, just maybe, i may find the answers i am looking for and finally i and even you can close the final chapter on this series for good, with the answers in your lap and the shroud of mystery from these unfortunate events finally lifted.


Can't Say You Weren't Warned

by Oddsfish
(5/5)

I started A Series of Unfortunate Events just expecting a cute children's story that would provide nice light reading on occasion. With the final installment of the series, however, I'm astonished, yet again, at just how much has been done with the series. As a whole, A Series of Unfortunate Events is much more than a comedy/thriller/adventure story. It's an outstanding work of art, and The End, to me, is probably the single best volume of the thirteen.I can understand the criticism applied to The End. I think that people might have been fooled (like I was) by the genre. Books marketed for children are supposed to be pretty safe reads. Everything's wrapped up and makes sense in the end. Perhaps the genre made people expect this.But, in way of defense, I do think that sort of safe ending would have tarnished the series. Clearly, part of the message the books send is that the world doesn't always seem to make perfect sense. Life, at times, can be cruel and ugly. Injustice persists. Evil exists, and it's not even always easy to perceive the difference between evil and good. In other words, unfortunate events happen. Things are not all going to be wrapped up at the end. But despite all of this, the books also argue, there is still such thing as beauty and nobility and justice and love. And with the characteristics the Baudelaires display--courage, honesty, creativity, forgiveness, loyalty--the good may be perceived and pursued in the midst of a mercurial world.Had all of the mysteries been answered at the end of the series, the author would have undercut this message. He would have been no better than Ishmael, attempting to give his readers a depiction of a falsely safe world and leaving them less prepared to face the inevitable unfortunate events of life. In the end, the author, thankfully, isn't willing to provide such false shelter, and instead, he offers a challenge for the reader to live as courageously as the Baudelaires.


Parting Is Such Sweet Sorrow

by Pat Shand "Pat Shand"
(4/5)

"A Series of Unfortunate Events", much like a man with one very long and one extremely short leg walking down the block, had its ups and downs.As a rule, Lemony Snicket writes bad beginnings (pun intended). Since book nine, the beginnings of these books were as tedious as "The Little Engine That Could" (referenced as the most tedious bedtime story ever in "The End"). However, this book like the ones that preceded it took flight about half-way through, never to look back. There were metaphors galore, and many beautifully, disturbingly accurate depictions of how life really is, demonstrated by the absurd actions of characters.Count Olaf's character is taken to a place I never suspected, and I thoroughly enjoyed that. I also liked that Snicket left many questions unanswered, because that--in truth--is the way the world works. The way he chose to satisfy his loyal readers was to subtly tie everything together, while leaving a bit to the imagination.I laughed (particularly at the 'roast lamb' bit of CHAPTER FOURTEEN), I cried, and I enjoyed this book. However, I am glad it is over. It was great while it lasted, but one more book would have been one too many."A Series of Unfortunate Events" was a great series, and I will always remember how much I enjoyed it. And, being that this is a review for the last book of the series and not the series of the whole, I have to rate "The End." I say that "The End" is a great end to the series, as is "The End" of "The End" which can be found at "The End" of "The End".8/10


Loved the series

by :P
(5/5)

This was the best series ever!!!!!!!!!!! I loved this book. I wish there was one more book in the series


And they lived...

by RCM "beckahi"
(5/5)

After twelve books, and a year's wait for the final book in the Baudelaire saga, "The End" has arrived; and as is to be expected, Snicket still has a few tricks up his sleeve. The final book in "A Series of Unfortunate Events" contains all the elements, such as humor and wit, that have made the previous twelve books such a success. But if readers are expecting "The End" to bring an end to the misfortune that the Baudelaires face, they should know better than to think it would all be all summed up so tidily.The reader finds Violet, Klaus and Sunny right where they were at the end of "The Penultimate Peril" - adrift at sea with Count Olaf at the helm, still after their fortune and expecting them to be his servants or henchmen. A violent storm finds them washed up on an isolated island commune that seems to be the ideal safe place - the residents can see through Olaf's veneer and he becomes a outcast. The Baudelaires are finally safe, or are they? For things are not all that they appear to be on this island commune, with a leader who is hiding many secrets from his followers that he would rather keep hidden and tries to prevent the orphaned siblings from discovering. Yet curious as ever, Violet, Klaus and Sunny uncover the dark truth behind the island's community, and its own connection with their parents. However, while they do uncover some secrets, many more are left unanswered."The End" may initially seem like a letdown, especially for readers who were hoping for a tidy summation. While a bit overly long, it is nevertheless as entertaining as the previous novels in the series. And while this reader was hoping just a little (like many others) that all the mysteries would be solved, the ambiguous ending leaves room for the story to continue.


The End...?

by Robert Beveridge "xterminal"
(3/5)

Lemony Snicket, The End (Scholastic, 2006)And so, the story comes to a close. It's been quite a few years and even more books, but the long saga of the Baudelaire orphans has reached its close....or has it? That seems to be the question everyone's been asking after reading The End, and it's a valid one. The major criticism of the book is that Daniel Handler (aka Lemony Snicket) left far too many unanswered questions. And it's true, there are a number of them here, though they're not of the "we can build another series out of this" variety. And, well, to some of us that's acceptable. Poppy Z. Brite once said of one of her characters' tattoos, when asked where and what they were, that the character hadn't told her yet. Sometimes your only choice is either to be true to the characters or to make something up that just doesn't feel right. Either way, you're going to make someone mad.As to the plot, well, this is the book where things are wrapped up-- we get (or we're supposed to get) the ultimate fate of the Baudelaire orphans and their various friends and enemies. And, in some cases, we do-- Count Olaf plays a greater role in the proceedings than he has in recent books, and Kit Snicket turns up. But one wonders about some of the other characters (characters Snicket goes out of his way to mention, interestingly) from the series and where they ended up. We may never know.Or may we? Will there be a book the fourteenth? Erm, fifteenth?I have to register some of the same disappointment as other readers, even if I understand, perhaps, why things turned out as they did. But I hold out some optimism for the future. ***


It Is Done.

by Robozippy
(5/5)

After years of being a ASoUE fan, I was kinda sad to see this day come. But I wanted to read it before I happened upon any spoilers. I had spent so much time of my life researching and developing my own ideas--I was pretty excited to see what happened."The End" moves a lot faster than some of the past volumes of ASoUE. There are several gags that little kids are going to pass over, as in most of the other books, but it's still a good read for the [...] year old crowd. It's a bit dark and morbid, but in a honest & true to life manner.The illustrations are also once again very nice & really add to the feel of the book. They add to the humor and make you feel more attached to our favorite orphaned siblings.It's slightly heartbreaking, and somewhat surprising but is a nice end to the series. He's quite the talent and this series deserves a place on your child's bookshelf. There are so many morality and life lessons strewn throughout and presented in a very real manner--even though the plot is a bit far fetched. The books are all priced very well on amazon, so if you're doing some holiday shopping--get these.


Little Disappointing But Still Good

by Samantha L. Sayre
(4/5)

I'm not going to write a plot summary about this book because Amazon and other reviewers have already wrote that. As far as the book, I was looking forward to answers and yes, Lemony Snicket gives you some but he also leaves some things not spelled out. I believe if you go back to the other books that some of the questions are answered in them. I think he has hidden a lot in between the lines. Also he's coming out with another book in the spring about Horseradishes. ;-) I believe this book will answer some things. I haven't read the Beatrice Letters yet so I don't know if that book helps. I enjoyed the book as I have the other books in this series. I felt the book dragged a little in the middle and that Count Olaf wasn't as big as a part as I thought he was going to be. Then again nothing has been what I thought it would be in this series. I hope that Daniel Handler writes another series with his biting humor and alliteration. I would recommend this series to "kids" of all ages because I feel we all have a kid in us that would enjoy his humor.


the quetioning end

by Shawn Cole "destiny jumper"
(4/5)

If you have read all of the books except the end and are reading the reveiws to see whats up on it then good luck it was a good book altough it was answer to none of my questions it was a lovely storie but iwant no scratch want ineed to know what happens! the beatrice letters dont answer anything also. well this book the end contains:Peeling of onions exspreiona large wooden bout with an octipus eating a man as the mastWhite beansa coastal shelflots of useful junkwhite ugly uniformswhite tentssuspisily hurt feet always covered in white "healing" clayan aboretumcoridalislandersKit Snicketa Vaporetto of favorite Detritusa very large snake "ink"apple tree a seris of unfortunate eventsdeath of more than one persona childgoatsa fourtenth chapterand the end


Great

by Sparkie
(5/5)

Love it. this is what she wanted for Xmas so I am looking forward to giving it to her among other things.


The End, NOOOOOOO!!!!

by T214T1987 "Avid- Reader"
(4/5)

My son who is not a big reader, read this book as all of the Snicket books in two days. He loved it, we laughed outloud many times. Gosh we love these books they are so funny, yet you can almost weep at times for the Baudelaires. We were always rooting for them. Great Book


REAL WOW

by Tom L.
(5/5)

Wow, this was one of my favorites and my son and daughter agreed. We enjoyed talking about this one, a blast.


Disappointing!

by Warren Mars
(3/5)

The final book in this wonderful series can be summed up in one word: "disappointing".There is too much filler in the first half and not nearly enough action overall. A bunch of semi-drunk castaways dressed in white strolling around on a beach, where's the fun in that?The witty asides to the reader, especially in the first half, are uninspired and unfunny. I didn't start to laugh until I was half way through the book.Count Olaf has no menace at all in this book, and not much humour either. His end is not the cataclysmic event it should have been.The end of "The End" is amazingly weak, it doesn't tie any loose ends up, it doesn't develop any characters and it doesn't fulfill any goals. In short "The End" is not satisfying, does not climax and is not the way to end 13 books of unique style and subtle entertainment.NOT GOOD ENOUGH DANNY! YOU OUGHT TO BE ASHAMED OF YOURSELF! YOU'LL HAVE TO DO IT AGAIN!Since your mind has quailed at the task of resolving all the loose ends Danny, I'll give you the plot myself, then you'll just have to fill in the gaps.Firstly the title: "The End" is such a limp appellation, and totally out of character after all the alliteration preceding it. You start on the wrong foot and you're lost, the rewrite should be called:"The Compelling Conclusion"---------------------------Count Olaf remains a potent and sinister force. He persuades the castaways to make him their leader, by killing the kindly Ishmael (call me Ishmael), making it look like the Baudelaires did it, and appearing to try to prevent it. The Baudelaires are imprisoned.The Quagmire triplets arrive in their mobile home balloon, where they are welcomed, but Olaf persuades the villagers that they are in league with the Baudelaires and has them imprisoned also.Count Olaf uses one of the islanders posing as a sympathiser to get Violet to sign a request for help, which she will post by carrier seagull to a VFD service on the mainland.In prison the Quagmires tell the Baudelaires all about their fight with the eagles and reveal that they have the sugar bowl secreted in their balloon. Count Olaf hears this and reveals himself with a "Ha Ha!". He also reveals that the request for help was actually a marriage contract with Olaf written in invisible ink and he thus gains the Baudelaire fortune at last.Captain Widdershins and his Sub-Lieutenants arrive in their submarine after Olaf has left in high glee and free the children.Count Olaf steals the Quagmires mobile home balloon and attempts to return to civilisation, dropping the diving mask as he ascends, spreading the Medusoid Mycellium over the island. The villagers realise what an evil creature he is. At the last minute the hook-handed man makes a leap for the balloon from the top of the observatory, puncturing it with his hooks and forcing Olaf back down to the island.Olaf emerges from the wrecked balloon clutching the sugar bowl, wearing a spore mask, and using the harpoon gun to keep the furious islanders at bay while he steals the only sea-worthy boat. As he rows away he stands and taunts the Islanders, the Baudelaires and the Quagmires, gloating at their impending death and his victory, not seeing the fearsome Shai-Hulud of the ocean towering up behind him like a huge question mark. He turns, and screams as the huge jaws come down and chomp on him. A gruesome and satisfying death.The children pool their resources and find the antidote to the mycelium. The islanders are saved.In the morning the Baudelaires parents arrive with Ink in their amphibious all-terrain vehicle. After various reunions and much celebration it is revealed that they had been imprisoned in the under-sea dungeons of the Very Evil Man and had escaped with the aid of Kit Snicket, Ink, a nail file, a tin of strawberries. They arrived at the Hotel Denouement too late. The sugar bowl is actually a mass mind-control device invented by the VFD before the schism to help free the USA from the tyranny of big business, the CIA and the Republican Party. Count Olaf had intended to use it to make himself ruler of the world. The question mark Shai-Hulud is actually the ocean's guardian of power, a creature that even the resources of the VFD cannot explain. It was attracted by the sugar bowl and Count Olaf was unfortunate to be holding it at the time. The sugar bowl is safe within its endless stomach.A shout from one of the islander children draws attention to the shore where a human foot has washed up. Around the ankle is a tattoo of an eye.The End.--------------------So there you go Danny.Now burn your old manuscript and get cracking on the rewrite!


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