‘A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Grim Grotto’ by Lemony Snicket

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“Dear Reader,
Unless you are a slug, a sea anemone, or mildew, you probably prefer not to be damp. You might also prefer not to read this book, in which the Baudelaire siblings encounter an unpleasant amount of dampness as they descend into the depths of despair, underwater.
In fact, the horrors they encounter are too numerous to list, and you wouldn’t want me even to mention the worst of it, which includes mushrooms, a desperate search for something lost, a mechanical monster, a distressing message from a lost friend, and tap dancing.
As a dedicated author who has pledged to keep recording the depressing story of the Baudelaires, I must continue to delve deep into the cavernous depths of the orphans’ lives. You, on the other hand, may delve into some happier book in order to keep your eyes and your spirits from being dampened.
With all due respect,
Lemony Snicket.
 

 If, before I’d started re-reading this series, you’d asked me to put together a list of which books I’d enjoyed reading the most, ‘The Grim Grotto’ would undoubtedly have been in my top three. In the eleventh installment of the awful lives of the Baudelaire orphans, the children are once again without any form of guardian- searching to find the answers to the mysterious V.F.D. and their parents involvement in the strange organisation.

What I really love about this book is the introduction of the back story of Fernald, the hook handed henchman of Count Olaf. Finding out more about the minor character in the books is always one of my favourite parts of the story and I especially love how he grows beyond just an evil lackey, as the two powdered faced women did in the last book, and becomes a person with a history and complex feelings that make him so much more than just a sinister extension of Olaf’s villainy. In fact, his relationship with his stepfather and younger sister, Fiona, make him a far more interesting character when combined with the history of his involvement in the schism of the V.F.D.. Perhaps it is just because since watching the Netflix show ‘A Series of Unfortunate Events’ I have begun to like the character of the hook handed man far more that I find the refresher into his past far more exciting and interesting.

Another thing I really liked about this book was the introduction to Kit Snicket, who I remember being one of my favourite characters in the next book, ‘The Penultimate Peril’. Her introduction right at the end of the book in the taxi was always one of my favourite introductions of any character in the series, especially with all the references to her in the books preceding, including Lemony’s letter to her, hidden within ‘The Slippery Slope’.

All in all I really loved reading this book, especially the introduction of Captain Widdershins and his step daughter Fiona along with the further details given about the V.F.D. and its members. Sorry this is such a small review but I’m finding it more and more difficult to force myself to pause between books in order to write when all I want to do is open the next book.

5-stars

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