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The Slippery Slope #10 (Series of Unfortunate Events) Hardcover – 6 May 2004

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  • Hardcover: 337 pages
  • Publisher: Egmont Books Ltd; First UK Edition First Impression edition (6 May 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405210869
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405210867
  • Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 18.7 x 2.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 126,849 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lemony Snicket was born before you were and is likely to die before you as well. He was born in a small town where the inhabitants were suspicious and prone to riot. He grew up near the sea and currently lives beneath it. Until recently, he was living somewhere else.

Mr Snicket first received his education from public schools and private tutors, and then vice versa. Early in life, he learned to reupholster furniture, a skill that turned out to be far more important than anyone imagined. He has been hailed as a brilliant scholar, discredited as a brilliant fraud and mistaken for a much taller man on several occasions.
A studied expert in rhetorical analysis, Mr Snicket has spent the last several eras researching the travails of the Baudelaire orphans. During his spare time, he gathers evidence and is considered something of an expert by leading authorities. Recently, he had to give up his hobbies due to laws regarding musical performances in mountainous terrain.

Lemony Snicket published his first book in 1999 and has not had a good night's sleep since. Mr Snicket is the author of quite a few books, all dreadful, and has been falsely accused of many crimes, all falsely. Once the recipient of several distinguished rewards, he is now an escapee of several indistinguishable prisons. He is widely regarded as one of the most difficult children's authors to capture and imprison. There are thirteen books in the A Series of Unfortunate Events, which should be avoided at all costs.

To his horror and dismay, he has no wife or children, only enemies, associates, and the occasional loyal manservant. Lemony Snicket's extended family, if they were alive, would describe him as a distinguished scholar, an amateur connoisseur, and an outright gentleman. Unfortunately this description has been challenged of late, but Egmont Press continues to support his research and writing on the lives of the Baudelaire orphans. As he continues with his investigation, interest in the Baudelaire case has increased. So has his horror.

Until recently, he was presumed to be 'presumed dead'. Instead, this 'presumed' presumption wasn't disproved not to be incorrect. Most things written about him are not true, but this is. More miserable news about Mr Snicket and his dreadful books can be found at www.unfortunateevents.com.

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Clocking up a whopping 337 pages, The Slippery Slope is the longest volume in Lemony Snicket's Series of Unfortunate Events so far, but Book the Tenth reads so easily and is so entertaining that it actually feels half that length. With only three more books to go now before this popular saga ends, probably miserably, there is now much more of a sense of a single over-arching storyline that is heading towards big revelations and cataclysmic conclusions.

All the familiar, well-loved elements of a Lemony Snicket adventure are here again, and the action picks up where it left off at the end of Book the Ninth, The Carniverous Carnival. Violet and Klaus, the oldest of the three Baudelaire orphans, are plummeting down a mountainside in an out-of-control caravan, certain to be smashed to smithereens at any second. Travelling up the mountain in a car is their youngest sibling, Sunny, who has been kidnapped by Count Olaf, his girlfriend Esme Squalor, and their scurrilous sidekicks. Olaf, as ever, is evil and mean and never lets up in his desire to snatch the children's inherited fortune. He really is a villain with a one-track mind.

Violet and Sunny set about saving themselves, then their sister, and then navigating through the Mortmain Mountains to stop their nemesis from committing more really bad deeds. The plotline is as tortured, hilarious and annoying as ever--with tangents explored at every turn--but it's so good nobody will really mind. There are tantalising clues that hint at a Baudelaire parent being alive after all, more possibilities about the secret organisation VFD and help from an unexpected ally.

The author is more careful than ever, now that he is down to writing only one bumper book a year, to give fantastic value for money. The gag quotient per page is stunningly high, and consistently good. The Grim Grotto cannot arrive a moment too soon. (Age 9 and over) --John McLay

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Praise for A Series of Unfortunate Events:

“Wicked Good Fun.” – Kirkus Reviews

“Vivid. Designed to alight on the best-seller lists.” – The New York Times Book Review

“Hilarious. Luckily for fans, the woes of the Baudelaires are far from over.” – Publishers Weekly

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Chrestomanci VINE VOICE on 3 May 2004
Format: Hardcover
If you are addicted to Lemony Snicket's Series of Unfortunate Events, then the tenth addition to this thirteen part series is a must have! If you enjoyed the early books but found the last few somewhat formulaic, then I still recommend Book the Tenth!
After countless tantalizing hints and suggestions, we finally get some real clues. Without giving anything important away, I can reveal that information is uncovered concerning whether or not both Baudelaire Parents really died in book one's fatal fire (hinted at in the last book); we draw much closer to finding out what the initials V.F.D. mean; we are reacquainted with at least two characters from the early books; and a hitherto missing person makes an astonishing appearance subsequently shedding considerable light on the tragic events blighting the Baudelaire sibling's lives. Furthermore, although you won't be able to read about it (for reasons of privacy), Violet has an unexpected romantic entanglement in a very cold place!
The last book left readers with a cliff-hanger: Sunny had been abducted by Count Olaf and his entourage and was being driven uphill, whilst Violet and Klaus were rolling downhill in an out-of-control carnival caravan. If that sounds bad ... then be warned ... things get much worse! If you enjoy cheerful books about mischievous elves, talking mice, magical spells and soft, fluffy teddy bears, then don't order this book - however, if you like alphabetical pledges, snow gnats, trained eagles, mysterious hidden letters, and find vicarious pleasure in the misfortunes of others (an expression which here means you like laughing at luckless orphans), then this is the book for you.
Finally, the obligatory dedication to Beatrice is the funniest yet!
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By "unpettit" on 11 Oct. 2003
Format: Hardcover
well what can i say this book will leave you of the edge of your seat. This book reveals a few things including who survives the terrible fire and what V.F.D stands for and believe me it's quite shocking(well so I think) but terrible Count Oalf is still up to his very nasty tricks and klaus,violet and sunny are in danger . This is a must see book and when it comes out near you READ IT.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By marthiemoo on 3 May 2004
Format: Hardcover
Daniel Handler's done it again - this is the tenth book in the wonderful Lemony Snicket series and they just keep getting better (and bigger). As always, the reader is given just enough clues and pieces of the puzzle to think everything's coming together, and then is left at the end with even more questions than they started off with. This one is my favourite so far, and the plot has really started to thicken. If you have the Lemony Snicket Unauthorized Autobiography now's the time to give it a second read, as many of the threads started there are pulled together in The Slippery Slope. The characters really come into their own here, too - Sunny is growing up and gets whole chapters to herself. Her advances in speech are often hilarious - there's a hidden meaning in everything she says. There's also some romance for Violet with someone presumed dead, and the appearance of two new villains who even Olaf and Esme are afraid of. If you haven't yet delved into the wonders of the Snicket world, now's the time to begin, because this series could possibly be one of the most entertaining ever written.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 28 Jan. 2005
Format: Hardcover
This book is possibly (in my opinion) one of the best Series of Unfortunate Events books I've read. My heart was racing at the start of the book, I didn't think Violet and Klaus would make it out alive. But they proved me wrong and this installment turned out to be a very compelling adventure. I was quite disappointed though that Count Olaf didn't put on a disguise like he normally does. But apart from that eveything else was brilliant. It even gave a few hints as to what book 12 is about. And as always Lemony Snicket gave us a few depressing anecdotes. I also liked the Cliffhanger ending and I can't wait to read the Grim Grotto. All in all, a good read.
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Mr Adrian Warner on 2 Oct. 2003
Format: Hardcover
The tenth book in The Series of Unfortunate Events shows no sign of the titles slowing downor becoming boring. Snicket, as usual, has his audience captured from the first page. As a school librarian, it is heartily encouraging to see so many students of all ages reading these books, reserving them to read in order, and generally promoting reading and childrens' literature. Snicket has done for family, humour and mystery stories what Rowling has done for the fantasy genre. All the usual characters appear here - the three Baudelaire siblings are back along with the two orphaned triplets. Count Olaf is as cruel as always, but don't you just find yourself sympathising with him at times? OK, maybe not. Can I also encourage everyone to read the biography title (which at our school library, I have classed as Number 7A, as it doesn't make sense if you read it before book 7) as there are many clues as to the real identity of Count Olaf, and the somewhat mysterious Lemony Snicket. Why has he and his brother started appearing in the stories? Just read it! Great fun.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 29 Sept. 2003
Format: Hardcover
There is a survivor of a fire! (Amazon this isn't a spoiler as it says this on the back cover of the book)I won't tell you who it is or what fire they survived but let me tell you it gives hope to the three unlucky Baudelaire children.
I am lucky enough to have read the ASOUE books right from the start and I ordered The Slippery Slope from amazon.com, so that is how I am writing this review. I urge all Lemony Snicket readers to not think 'I'll get The Slippery Slope later' because you need to read this now! It also reveals what VFD stands for.
A great book. Once you have read it, try the quiz on lemonysnicket.com (click on books)
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