Another road trip, another journey along the sad, sad path of the Baudelaire orphans! I’m not sure why that gets an exclamation mark, but it does.
Unfortunately (HA), I had forgotten how frightfully boring this installment is. After the violence and sloppy eating of The Carnivorous Carnival, this trip up a snow-covered mountain is just… meh.
What happens is this: Violet and Klaus have been separated from Sunny and are trying to find and rescue her, but they get sidetracked when they meet a wayward triplet and end up going to find the VFD headquarters, which has been set on fire. Meanwhile, Count Olaf is pretending it’s The Bad Beginning all over again and making Sunny do chores. Yawn. Various secrets about the VFD are revealed, but of course they lead only to more secrets and more questions, and then in the end there is a very strange showdown that lets the orphans go on their not-so-merry way one more time.
I enjoyed it, certainly, because as always — TIM frickin’ CURRY. But there is simply not enough exciting and treacherous in this story.
Recommendation: I mean, if you’ve read the other nine books already… 🙂