I read The End in record time! I finished it at midnight and nearly cried through the last chapter!
It is SO GOOD! I absolutely love it. Although the story and some of the loose strings are tied up, there are still more pieces to the puzzle. Don't forget to read Lemony Snickets Autobiography... it has more clues to solving the riddle that is weaved throughout the series.
This is the only one of the Lemony Snicket books I am currently able to write a review of, as it's the only one that stuck with me. Perhaps that's because I am of two minds about it.
In part, I was disappointed in The End as it doesn't resolve many of the outstanding issues left open from elsewhere in the series. I wanted to know a lot of things, and that simply didn't happen.
On the other hand, for the very same reason, The End, is a lot like life. We never know everything, and there aren't always complete resolutions to our problems. As a message, that's a good thing to teach youngsters, as they have to learn to keep on trying regardless.
I guess everyone will have to make up their own minds about this one. For me, I need to re-read the entire series again and see what it feels like as a whole, but in general I think this was a pretty good book.
After investing the time and money into the previous 12 books (and other supplemental books) Lemony Snicket's conclusion was a little more than disappointing. Rather than addressing the important mysteries in the orphans lives that he'd spent so much time building up, he sort of tossed them aside. It almost seemed like he didn't know the answers to the questions he posed and was just trying to write his way out of a corner with this book saying some mysteries will never be solved. He does wrap up a few things, but not enough to really feel satisfied about the series.
After reading the first twelve, I was looking forward to some closure but this book was not to provide that. It is a cute little story, but if you are looking for the answer to your questions throughout the series, you will be disappointed. It is however, very much in line with what we have come to expect from Lemony Snicket - always avoiding specifics. Don't let this deter you from reading this book.
I picked this up to be entertained by Tim Curry reading the lovely phrasings that Mr. Snicket put together (in the dark in the dark) rather than to be entertained by the story. Tim Curry has wonderful wicked laughs and wheezing coughs. The audio is enhanced by an interesting song by The Gothic Archies, played in its entirety at the end. Fun and light and well performed.
I thought I had read the complete A Series of Unfortunate Events series but, little did I know a thirteenth book existed. What? How did I miss this? I really have no idea. Upon my discovery of a thirteenth (and final) book I had to get my hands on a copy. While reading The End I was bit frustrated and confused. Maybe confused is not the right word here but, I had a little trouble remembering what happened in prior books since it has been a while that I read them. I was optimistically looking forward to a happy ending for the Baudelaire orphans after all the unfortunate events they've encountered since their parents perished. The end of The End felt, to me, a bit unresolved. I still have lots of questions that went unanswered and I'm not sure I'll ever get answers. But at the end of the day, I do love this series. I feel like I understand the core meaning of the books. And although the Baudelaire orphans don't particularly get a happy ending, we're left with a sense that this is definitely not an unhappy ending for them. We're left with a great sense of hope, which is a lot better than nothing. Definitely better.