Lemony Snicket: The Unauthorized Auto-biography


Lemony Snicket: The Unauthorized Autobiography (A Series of Unfortunate Events companion)

Lemony Snicket: The Unauthorized Autobiography

By Lemony Snicket

HarperCollinsPublishers, 2002 paperback edition


My rating right off the bat:

NO paw print!

This book is written in that convoluted-verbose style of Lemony Snicket and my cohorts like his books (we are waiting anxiously for the next book of the series “All the Wrong Questions”) but this one they asked me to review because they couldn’t figure it out. So I tried and failed. I couldn’t even find the wherewithal to finish it. I can usually slog my way through any book, as long as there’s a story or plot line. This has neither. Also, it has been about 5 years since we read “A Series of Unfortunate Events” so that probably plays a big part in how uninteresting this book is for me. The book was only $0.99 at a thrift store and is worth less than that!

It is broken into thirteen chapters (like there are thirteen Baudelaire books) which are changed to other titles that are questions. If the book had remained focused on the original chapter titles and written about those, it would have been an interesting read. But, alas, the author didn’t. The book is filled with vintage photos as well as recent photos of Snicket (?), burnt pieces of paper, snippets of nonsensical information and stuff. It really rambles on and on and on but if read immediately after the Unfortunate Events series, I am sure it would make more sense and in fact provide some insight to those books.

Even though I voted to return the book to the thrift store I was vetoed because we have most of his other books. Maybe I will reread the Unfortunate Events series again sometime in the future and I will give it another whirl.

Until then…

My Rating:

NO paw print!

Reviewer: thursday headshot


Lemony Snicket is the pen name of American novelist Daniel Handler. Snicket is the author of several children’s books, serving as the narrator of A Series of Unfortunate Events (his best-known work) and appearing as a character within the series. Because of this, the name Lemony Snicket may refer to both a fictional character and a real person. … Other works by Snicket include The Baby in the Manger, The Composer Is Dead, Horseradish: Bitter Truths You Can’t Avoid, The Latke Who Couldn’t Stop Screaming, The Lump of Coal, and “13 Words”.

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