Friday, August 21, 2015

Review:: The Ersatz Elevator, by Lemony Snicket

Title: The Ersatz Elevator
Author: Lemony Snicket
Series: A Series of Unfortunate Events, #6
Format: eBook
Rating: ★★☆☆☆


Gasp! This one very slightly deviates from the formula! An actual plot is starting to coalesce? Does it save the series? ...not really. Spoilers in the review, but if you've been reading these reviews so far, you should realize how little that can possibly matter with books like these.

It's hard to even say these books are "okay" now. The only reason this one is two stars is because the formula deviated. Maybe something brilliant will happen next book and I'll be wowed and brought back up. (Wait, did I just say next book? ...of course I did.)

But, so, at first we seem to have the stereotypical guardian: a woman who's so obsessed with what's "in" that she's not a good parental figure. (Orphans are in now, so she can take care of them.) Her husband is a better person, but he's too passive to stand up to his wife (or anyone, actually) much like in The Miserable Mill, where the guardian's business partner is very nice, but afraid to stand up to their guardian.

Blah, blah, blah, she's doing an auction of things that are in to make her wealthier and... the auctioneer she chooses is Count Olaf! Gasp! Surprise!

However, we find out that Count Olaf was her old acting coach, and so they were in cahoots the whole time. I actually really do like this... rather than having everyone be oblivious, it's actually that their guardian is actively working against them. And not just stupid.

Oh, and then... blah, blah, blah, Quagmire Triplets, very oblique but useless hints towards a larger plot, Mr. Poe is shocked! It's the standard ending.

But for a moment... for a moment.

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