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Chris Blocker

Literary snobbery and other thoughts by Chris Blocker

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Back Talk
Danielle Lazarin
The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration
Isabel Wilkerson
Emma Glass
Leaving Orbit: Notes from the Last Days of American Spaceflight
Margaret Lazarus Dean
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Natalie Savage Carlson

The Grim Grotto

The Grim Grotto (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #11) - Brett Helquist, Lemony Snicket

The Grim Grotto starts off wonderfully. There is a good mix of what makes this series entertaining. We're introduced to two new characters—one as hilarious as Aunt Josephine was, the other as seemingly loyal as the Quagmires (and cute too). The conspiracy continues to unravel, Sunny continues to utter adorableness, and events continue to grow more and more unfortunate.


The second half of the book wasn't nearly as wonderful, primarily because the book loses its humor, becomes trapped by the adventure taking place, and relies a bit too heavily on the established formula, a phrase which here means Count Olaf would've gotten away with his villainous crimes had it not been for those meddling kids. Nevertheless, it sets up a nice introduction to the next book.


Despite my waning attention toward the end, I thought this book was one of the best of the series. Mystery, humor, adventure, heartbreak—it's all here. Only two more to go!


A Series of Unfortunate Events:
The Bad Beginning – 3.1
The Reptile Room – 3.2
The Wide Window – 3.6
The Miserable Mill – 3.3 

The Austere Academy – 3.4

The Ersatz Elevator – 3.3

The Vile Village – 3.1

The Hostile Hospital – 3.4

The Carnivorous Carnival – 3.9

The Slippery Slope – 3.6

The Grim Grotto – 3.9