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Les désastreuses Aventures des Orphelins Baudelaire, Tome 10: La Pente… (original 2003; edition 2005)

by Lemony Snicket

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Title:Les désastreuses Aventures des Orphelins Baudelaire, Tome 10: La Pente glissante
Authors:Lemony Snicket
Info:Nathan Jeunesse (2005), Paperback
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The Slippery Slope by Lemony Snicket (2003)

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it as awful ( )
  ap.09.foxton | Apr 20, 2016 |
The Baudelaires struggle to defeat Count Olaf without becoming villains themselves. Meanwhile, the mystery of VFD thickens. ( )
  wealhtheowwylfing | Feb 29, 2016 |
"Fate is like a strange, unpopular restaurant filled with odd waiters who bring you things you never asked for and don't always like." ( )
  Glaucialm | Feb 18, 2016 |
The children, are, quite literally, sliding down the slippery slope as the book opens. Actually more like plummeting. But - a typically-ridiculous scheme saves them, they meet a group of Scouts in the mountains who sing an annoying and repetitive song (if you thought that it couldn't get worse than 'have a heart-shaped balloon; you were wrong.)
Plus, the terrible Carmelita Spats is back!
On the more positive side; they meet the presumed-dead Quigley Quagmire - who might actually know something concrete about the mysterious V.F.D.
Will the children be able to rescue Sunny from the nefarious clutches of Count Olaf, and unravel the mystery behind what happened to their parents in that terrible tragedy that left them orphans? ( )
  AltheaAnn | Feb 9, 2016 |
Think how hard it is to write one really good book for *any* age group. Lemony Snicket wrote 13 terrific books in a row, and it's accurate to say they're splendid for all ages. (I know I'm getting ahead of myself, since this is only book 10. I've actually read them all already at least once before; but now I have all the recorded versions, so I'm treating myself to a mostly-Tim-Curry-narrated run-through.)

"The Slippery Slope" continues Snicket's ongoing philosophical exploration of, well, slippery slopes. As if they weren't busy enough just managing to survive, the Baudelaires are now troubled by a recurring, critical question: How do you tell the difference between a good guy and a bad guy?

The two older Baudelaire siblings have to rescue their younger sister Sunny from the clutches of Count Olaf and his cohorts. Violet and Klaus eventually find, to their horror, that they've talked themselves into trapping and kidnapping one of those cohorts in order to arrange a hostage exchange. Easy enough to rationalize that they are, after all, trying to rescue a baby, and that the potential hostage in question is thoroughly evil and tried to kill *them* earlier in their adventures. The question won't go away: How can you call yourself a good person when your actions mirror those of your enemy?

Snicket manages to engage readers on this issue without being the least bit ham-handed. He also touches gently and beautifully on the first awakenings of romantic attraction Violet feels -- toward a character whose existence is a delightful surprise to Baudelaires and readers alike. ( )
  Deborah_Markus | Aug 8, 2015 |
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For Beatrice -- When we met, you were pretty, and I was lonely. Now, I am pretty lonely.
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A man of my acquaintance once wrote a poem called "The Road Less Traveled," describing a journey he took through the woods along a path most travelers never used.
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But I will take a page from the book of the Snow Scout leader, and skip ahead to the next interesting thing that happened, which was very, very late at night, when so many interesting parts of stories happen and so many people miss them because they are asleep in their beds, or hiding in the broom closet of a mustard factory, disguised as a dustpan to fool the night watchwoman.
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0064410137, Hardcover)

What would you do if you found yourself trapped in a runaway caravan hurtling down a precipitous mountain slope? Fourteen-year-old Violet, the oldest orphan of the three Baudelaires, decides to try to slow the velocity of the caravan with a drag-chute invention involving a viscous combination of blackstrap molasses, maple syrup, maraschino liqueur, peanut butter, etc. If plummeting to their death weren't scary enough, Violet and her brother Klaus have been separated from Sunny, their baby sister who is in a car headed in the opposite direction up the mountain with the "facinorous" Count Olaf, his "villainous and stylish" girlfriend Esmé Squalor, and their creepy sidekicks. Do Violet and Klaus find Sunny on the mountain? How will they survive the treacherous, snow-covered peaks with not much more than a ukulele and a bread knife, especially in the face of the "organized, ill-tempered" snow gnats? Will they finally unearth the mystery of the V.F.D.? Will they find out if one of their parents is alive after all? The suspense! As ever, the Baudelaires' unfolding tale of woe is sprinkled with Lemony Snicket's ridiculous, hilarious observations such as "Fate is like a strange, unpopular restaurant with odd waiters who bring you things you never asked for and don't always like." The tenth book in The Series of Unfortunate Events takes readers through the Mortmain Mountains to the churning waters of the Stricken Stream with all the coexistent horror and silliness a Snicket fan could hope for along the way. (Ages 9 and older) --Karin Snelson

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In the perilous Mortmain Mountains, Klaus and Violet Baudelaire meet another well-read person, who helps them try to rescue Sunny from the villainous Count Olaf and his henchmen as they all near "the last safe place."

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