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John E. Borst II
5.0 out of 5 starsDon't expect to sleep comfortably tonight...however
Reviewed in the United States on September 29, 2015
This is, in my opinion, the most gripping book of the series. It's an intriguing finale that offers many, many answers. Don't expect to sleep comfortably tonight, however, because it also raises many, many questions. Knowing Mr. Snicket, these are likely to be the wrong questions. I'll definitely be doing a reread of the series. Some of the answers, I'm sure, are in there somewhere. For now, we can only hope that Mr. Snicket continues to take us on the journey of his life. Without giving anything away, the ending of this book heavily implies that we can expect to see more. I sure hope that's true. I can't help but think that this can't be the end. However, I'm sure that's what everyone tends to think in the end. Thanks for the fantastic read Mr. Snicket, I hope we get to hear more from you again soon.
5.0 out of 5 starsWonderful turns of phrase, engaging characters and plot
Reviewed in the United States on October 20, 2016
I love "Lemony Snicket's" writing. Mr. Snicket has a marvelous turn of phrase, which I very much enjoy. His sense of humor is evident on every page. The characters he presents are interesting and memorable. There is good character development for the lead characters, as well as many of the secondary characters. I also find his plots engaging, and the story arc of these 4 books is no exception. I am an adult, and I very much enjoyed this series.
4.0 out of 5 starsLot of action in a train that hardly moves.
Reviewed in the United States on October 7, 2015
The train travels too slowly: after hours of meetings, conversations, brainstorming, real and fake murders and their investigations, it is still withing hearing distance from the town and the Wade Academy. No wonder that nobody is hurt after it finally is derailed. The book is well written but doesn't bring new motives and doesn't add much to the previous books, except that the evil has been defeated. Overall, I liked book 1 at most, due to its original atmosphere and the parallel story with Kit.