A Box of Unfortunate Events: The Gloom Looms, Books 10-12

A Box of Unfortunate Events: The Gloom Looms, Books 10-12


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A Warning from the Publisher:

If you have come this far, it is likely too late. Readers who have experienced the first nine volumes in A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket are usually so weakened by their dreadful knowledge of the Baudelaire orphans' story that they spend most of their time moaning and weeping, and have no strength to read The Slippery Slope, The Grim Grotto, or The Penultimate Peril.

If, by chance, your moaning and weeping is more or less under control, there is no need to further risk your physical, emotional, and literary health by reading volumes 10 through 12. It would be better to regain your strength by spending your time indulging in less alarming activities, such as whistling or making cupcakes for the elderly. There is no need to expose yourself to more atrocities, not after all you've been through already.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780060839093
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 10/18/2005
Series: A Series of Unfortunate Events
Edition description: SLIPCASE
Sales rank: 161,728
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.00(h) x (d)
Age Range: 9 - 12 Years

About the Author

Lemony Snicket had an unusual education which may or may not explain his ability to evade capture. He is the author of the 13 volumes in A Series of Unfortunate Events, several picture books including The Dark, and the books collectively titled All The Wrong Questions.

Brett Helquist's celebrated art has graced books from the charming Bedtime for Bear, which he also wrote, to the New York Times–bestselling A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket to the glorious picture book adaptation of Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol. He lives with his family in Brooklyn, New York.


Snicket is something of a nomad. Handler lives in San Francisco, California.

Date of Birth:

February 28, 1970

Place of Birth:

Handler was born in San Francisco in 1970, and says Snicket's family has roots in a land that's now underwater.


Handler is a 1992 graduate of Wesleyan University in Connecticut.

Read an Excerpt

A Series of Unfortunate Events Box: The Gloom Looms (Books 10-12)

By Lemony Snicket

HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.

Copyright © 2005 Lemony Snicket
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0060839090

A Series of Unfortunate Events #10: The Slippery Slope

Chapter One

A man of my acquaintance once wrote a poem called "The Road Less Traveled," describing a journey he took through the woods along a path most travelers never used.The poet found that the road less traveled was peaceful but quite lonely,and he was probably a bit nervous as he went along, because if anything happened on the road less traveled, the other travelers would be on the road more frequently traveled and so couldn't hear him as he cried for help. Sure enough, that poet is now dead.

Like a dead poet, this book can be said to be on the road less traveled, because it begins with the three Baudelaire children on a path leading through the Mortmain Mountains, which is not a popular destination for travelers, and it ends in the churning waters of the Stricken Stream, which few travelers even go near. But this book is also on the road less traveled, because unlike books most people prefer, which provide comforting and entertaining tales about charming people and talking animals, the tale you are reading now is nothing but distressing and unnerving, and the people unfortunate enough to be in the story are far more desperate and frantic than charming, and I would prefer to not speak about the animals at all. For that reason, I can no more suggest the reading of this woeful book than I can recommend wandering around the woods by yourself, because like the road less traveled, this book is likely to make you feel lonely, miserable, and in need of help.

The Baudelaire orphans, however, had no choice but to be on the road less traveled. Violet and Klaus, the two elder Baudelaires, were in a caravan, traveling very quickly along the high mountain path. Neither Violet, who was fourteen, nor Klaus, who had recently turned thirteen, had ever thought they would find themselves on this road, except perhaps with their parents on a family vacation. But the Baudelaire parents were nowhere to be found after a terrible fire destroyed their home -- although the children had reason to believe that one parent may not have died in the blaze after all -- and the caravan was not heading up the Mortmain Mountains, toward a secret headquarters the siblings had heard about and were hoping to find. The caravan was heading down the Mortmain Mountains, very quickly, with no way to control or stop its journey, so Violet and Klaus felt more like fish in a stormy sea than travelers on a vacation....

A Series of Unfortunate Events #11: The Grim Grotto

Chapter One

After a great deal of time examining oceans, investigating rainstorms, and staring very hard at several drinking fountains, the scientists of the world developed a theory regarding how water is distributed around our planet, which they have named "the water cycle." The water cycle consists of three key phenomena -- evaporation, precipitation, and collection -- and all of them are equally boring.

Of course, it is boring to read about boring things, but it is better to read something that makes you yawn with boredom than something that will make you weep uncontrollably, pound your fists against the floor, and leave tearstains all over your pillowcase, sheets, and boomerang collection. Like the water cycle, the tale of the Baudelaire children consists of three key phenomena, but rather than read their sorry tale it would be best if you read something about the water cycle instead.

Violet, the eldest phenomenon, was nearly fifteen years old and very nearly the best inventor the world had ever seen. As far as I can tell she was certainly the best inventor who had ever found herself trapped in the gray waters of the Stricken Stream, clinging desperately to a toboggan as she was carried away from the Valley of Four Drafts, and if I were you I would prefer to focus on the boring phenomenon of evaporation, which refers to the process of water turning into vapor and eventually forming clouds, rather than think about the turmoil that awaited her at the bottom of the Mortmain Mountains.

Klaus was the second eldest of the Baudelaire siblings, but it would be better for your health if you concentrated on the boring phenomenon of precipitation, which refers to vapor turning back into water and falling as rain, rather than spending even one moment thinking about the phenomenon of Klaus's excellent skills as a researcher, and the amount of trouble and woe these skills would bring him once he and his siblings met up with Count Olaf, the notorious villain who had been after the children ever since their parents had perished in a terrible fire.

And even Sunny Baudelaire, who had recently passed out of babyhood, is a phenomenon all to herself, not only for her very sharp teeth, which had helped the Baudelaires in a number of unpleasant circumstances, but also for her newfound skills as a cook, which had fed the Baudelaires in a number of unpleasant circumstances. Although the phenomenon of collection, which describes the gathering of fallen rain into one place so it can evaporate once more and begin the entire tedious process all over again, is probably the most boring phenomenon in the water cycle, it would be far better for you to get up and go right to your nearest library and spend several boring days reading every single boring fact you can find about collection, because the phenomenon of what happens to Sunny Baudelaire over the course of these pages is the most dreadful phenomenon I can think of, and I can think of a great many....

A Series of Unfortunate Events #12: The Penultimate Peril

Chapter One

Certain people have said that the world is like a calm pond, and that anytime a person does even the smallest thing, it is as if a stone has dropped into the pond, spreading circles of ripples further and further out, until the entire world has been changed by one tiny action. If this is true, then the book you are reading now is the perfect thing to drop into a pond. The ripples will spread across the surface of the pond and the world will change for the better, with one less dreadful story for people to read and one more secret hidden at the bottom of a pond, where most people never think of looking. The miserable tale of the Baudelaire orphans will be safe in the pond's murky depths, and you will be happier not to read the grim story I have written, but instead to gaze at the rippling scum that rises to the top of the world.

The Baudelaires themselves, as they rode in the back of a taxi driven by a woman they scarcely knew, might have been happy to jump into a pond themselves, had they known what sort of story lay ahead of them as the automobile made its way among the twisting streets of the city where the orphans had once lived. Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire gazed out of the windows of the car, marveling at how little the city had changed since a fire destroyed their home, took the lives of their parents, and created ripples in the Baudelaires' lives that would probably never become calm. As the taxi turned a corner, Violet saw the market where she and her siblings had shopped for ingredients to make dinner for Count Olaf, the notorious villain who had become their guardian after the fire. Even after all this time, with Olaf trying scheme after scheme to get his hands on the enormous fortune the Baudelaire parents had left behind, the market looked the same as the day Justice Strauss, a kindly neighbor and a judge in the High Court, had first taken them there. Towering over the market was an enormous, shiny building that Klaus recognized as 667 Dark Avenue, where the Baudelaires had spent some time under the care of Jerome and Esme Squalor in an enormous penthouse apartment. It seemed to the middle Baudelaire that the building had not changed one bit since the siblings had first discovered Esme's treacherous and romantic attachment to Count Olaf. And Sunny Baudelaire, who was still small enough that her view out the window was somewhat restricted, heard the rattle of a manhole cover as the taxi drove over it, and remembered the underground passageway she and her siblings had discovered, which led from the basement of 667 Dark Avenue to the ashen remains of their own home. Like the market and the penthouse, the mystery of this passageway had not changed, even though the Baudelaires had discovered a secret organization known as V.F.D. that the children believed had constructed many such passageways. Each mystery the Baudelaires discovered only revealed another mystery, and another, and another, and several more, and another, as if the three siblings were diving deeper and deeper into a pond, and all the while the city lay calm on the surface, unaware of all the unfortunate events in the orphans' lives. Even now, returning to the city that was once their home, the Baudelaire orphans had solved few of the mysteries overshadowing them. They didn't know where they were headed, for instance, and they scarcely knew anything about the woman driving the automobile except her name.

"You must have thousands of questions, Baudelaires," said Kit Snicket, spinning the steering wheel with her white-gloved hands. Violet, who had adroit technical faculties -- a phrase which here means "a knack for inventing mechanical devices" -- admired the automobile's purring machinery as the taxi made a sharp turn through a large metal gate and proceeded down a curvy, narrow street lined with shrubbery. "I wish we had more time to talk, but it's already Tuesday. As it is you scarcely have time to eat your important brunch before getting into your concierge disguises and beginning your observations as flaneurs...


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Customer Reviews

Series of Unfortunate Events Box 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 134 reviews.
quillpen.ink More than 1 year ago
this series its alot of fun to read! i read the whole series through and it was great! and i definitely recommend it!! definitely put this on your wish list... i have tons more i recommend to! just check out my profile!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
From the moment they are approached by Mr. Poe about their parents dying in a mysterious fire on Briny Beach, to Count Olaf's house, to Uncle Monty's house, to Aunt Josephine, to the mill, school, 667 dark street, and other amazing adventures, these books will make your heart race, the suspense, the Baudelaire orphans will make you excited to read book after book all the way to THE END.
DiAna14 More than 1 year ago
I loved this series it is one of my all time favorites I started reading it in Second grade and finished in the fourth. It took so long because everyone in the higher grades was reading it too so it took a while for them to get to me. Once they did it was like I was the fire and it was gasoline fueling my urge to read like no other. Now in the eighth grade I can still remember this book clearly and thats how you know it was good. If you can still remember somethinng so well after so many years. Snicket is an artist of words! Sicerely,Your average14year old
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is thrilling, and adventerous all the way from The Bad Beggening...to THE END!!!Honestly my most recomended is #5, or #6.But all of them are really good!
serviceKP More than 1 year ago
Actually, my daughter and I have only been able to buy the first 6 paperback, and hope to buy the rest one day. When she was 7, I read these to her one summer before bedtime. She cheered me on to read the whole thing before the summer was out.
Guest More than 1 year ago
These books are really great. I started reading them in 2006 and I only tought there were 3 books because of the movie. But then I went to my library and saw all 13 of them. My favorite would have to be the slippery slope. It is very mystery like because you don't know what is going to happen next. I think kids7-13 should read these books because, at the end of each chapter something BIG happens and you just want to read more. Then, if you read more, you learn more. These books teach you many things. The author put meanings of words in very funny so that you learn while having fun. It took me a year to read all 13 books and that was the best year ever! I would do it again if I wanted to. These are great books.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Although the reader already knows that the book is a sad and confusing. The author still tells the reader, in every one of his books, that the book which they are reading is sad and confusing and that they should read another book which has a happier ending. This gets to be VERY annoying after reading it more then eight times in more then eight books! The books always end with the villain, ¿Uncle¿ Count Olaf, getting away and the orphan¿s other uncle, Mr. Poe, never seems to recognize the villain¿s face after he has it so many times . In spite of all this the book is very enjoyable. The reason is that the author describes the setting very well. He goes into very small details that the person who is reading can actually imagine the setting and actually see what¿s going on because it is being explained so well. The author is so creative when it comes to ideas that may seem out of the ordinary in real life but then it just seems normal in the story. Maybe the reason why many readers are so attached to the series is not because of the same cliff hanger at the end of the story but the event itself. When a reader reads this book it seems like the reader is actually a character in the story and they actually have the same emotion that the characters in the book have. This is because of the well explained details that draws the reader¿s attention. The author doesn¿t draw the reader¿s attention in the beginning of his books, but his attention grabber is towards the middle of the book where most of the action is and that is what makes his writing so interesting. Phenomenal!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Have you ever had one of those days where it seems like nothing is going as planned? Well, for the Baudellaire orphans, everyday is a day that doesn¿t go as planned. The book A Series of Unfortunate Events, by none other than Lemony Snicket, tells the story of the three orphans whose parents perished in a fire that destroyed their entire home. Though the story may sound gloomy and depressing, it is intended for young children, but reaches out to people of all ages because of its heart-warming tale of courage, triumph, and happiness. It may sound a bit contradicting that these children¿s parents die in a house fire and here I am saying that it¿s a heart-warming tale. Don¿t get me wrong, the book does have its high¿s and its low¿s. For example, one day the children are living the high life and are at the top of their game, and the next, they are contemplating whether or not they should even be around or what their purpose in life is. The author does a good job of supporting his feelings towards what is actually happening in the story by taking an almost personal approach to the way he tells it. He makes the reader feel like he is speaking privately with him/her and by doing so he better catches your sympathy, joy, and sadness. For example, at one point in the story, his comedic side shows itself when he repeats a sentence as joke, poking fun at the times us readers have accidentally read the same sentence twice. It really does throw the reader for a loop. Now since this story is supposed to be a dreary and depressing one, the author wants you feel sympathetic for the orphans. Now in my opinion, the author did a 50/50 job on capturing my sympathy because I was to busy always wondering where the stories villain ¿Count Olaf¿ would pop up next. The book does a really good job of keeping you guessing, page by page. My final thought on this book is this: I feel this book is a fun, entertaining, and hair-raising adventure, as you follow along side the Baudellaire orphans as they try to find their place in life. The book might confuse and baffle you, but in the end, everything comes together like a good puzzle. I highly recommend it for anyone of any age.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Great Books i read every one of them and i plan on buying the box set, great storys many unsolved answers, but in the end they pull them all together, ps the longest it every took me to read one of these books is 2 days!
Anonymous 11 months ago
10/10 would read again!!! This series was both really funny and emotional at times. I really enjoyed it and I would recommend it to anyone who likes engaging book series'
readingrat on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I absolutely love this avant-garde series.
DF5B_RobertS on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Cleverly written, "Lemony Snicket" is brilliantly good, marvelous, and although a shame his admiration shan't be given to his own name, you've got to admit, that's a pretty nice alias. Perhaps the best quality of this series is the seemingly-never-ending cliffhangers Mr. "Snicket" incorporates to encourage further reading and investment in his series. Overall, a really good series, not so much for adults, but pre-teens, teens, perhaps some advanced kids.
ANIRoom042009 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is about three unlucky orphans, Violet, Klaus and the youngest Sunny in which their parents died in a terrible fire caused by a mystery which they have to solve themselves. Their closest relative isn't much help so they encounter the most cold-hearted, greedy villian. Count Olaf disguises himself into all sorts of people so he can get his hands on the Baudelaire fortune, which is the only thing that satisfies him.Violet is the inventor,whenever they get caught in a sticky situation, she is the one who tries and use all the things around her to create something that can help them in some way.Klaus is the bookworm. His interest is to read all different types of books and use all the knowledge he's got to express the ideas he has read.Sunny is the tough bug. She has monster teeth which can bite onto almost anything, her strengh and power can pull through anything.i think people who like reading really depressing and sorrowful books should read the series but if you're the type that likes more cheerful books, then i don't recommend this book.YEEEEEEEEAAAHhhhh!!!!=)
freemana on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This series of books have different genres than any other series. This is because, nothing turns out right. I fully reccomend this book to anyone who likes to read.
lizpatanders on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
On the whole, I really enjoyed this series. It started off just seeming very silly, and by the end I felt that the series as a whole was more complex than I expected it to be. I really enjoyed the author's depictions of the three childreen growing up throughout the books. I also loved how he constnatly had readers guessing throughout the series. Plus, the alliteration in the titles is fun!
joanne747 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Unfortunate Events are like one of my FAVORITE books(series) ever! It automatically grabbed my attention and led me to finish the whole series (which I thought was impossible for me because I hated books)! I give 555555,,,,,5! stars on this!
Ahmed Mohamed More than 1 year ago
A Series of Unfortunate Events are my favorite books and series I have read all of them and I have the complete wreak and all the wrong question series the prequel series with 4 books by Lemony Snicket they are both fun to read and enjoyable.
Mackie More than 1 year ago
Best books ever i love them i have read them all like 10 times and i would suggest other people buy this book because you will love it and not be disappointed
Dalton Tannehill More than 1 year ago
First of all I would like to say that I absolutely LOVE Lemony Snicket, especially "A Series of Unfortunate Events", I mean why else would I buy The Complete Wreck with ALL thirteen books included?! (Just kidding, kind of). The truth is I have loved the Lemony Snicket books since I was a child, and I purchased this box set as surprise gift for my sixteen year old neice, to get her into reading! (she is sixteens years old, but I am such a proud uncle that I'm already anticipating her re-reading the books and understanding even more of the references as she gets older). Well enough fangirling (not sure what the male term for being a "fangirl" is) the reason I only gave 4 stars was because in 2006 when "The End" came out and this box set was released, I was expecting a poster inside of the cast of "The Marvelous Marriage" (from "The Bad Beginning" - book the first) it has been advertised that this poster would be included in the box set, however when the box was opened, no poster was inside :( kind of a let down, as the poster was more for my neice than for me. (Trust me, as a TRUE Snicket fan, I have seen this poster countless times, on many different websites, but including the poster from "The Marvelous Marriage" would have been the icing on the cake for a PERFECT box set) i hope that somehow, someday I can get this poster in my grasps, and laminate it perfectly for my neice, Abrianna. However; since I've read all the books myself (more than once) I can't wait for my niece to dive into these books, maybe ask me questions about the plot?! Or just try to figure it out for herself?! Or MAYBE... (Just maybe?!) She will try to get in contact with Mr. Lemony Snicket?? (Hmmmm... One can dream). ALL THAT MATTERS; is that I can't WAIT to see what she gets out of these books at her age,, and when she finishes reading, it'll be time to introduce her to "All The Wrong Questions" :) :) :) (Maybe when she gets into college? I think that might be pretty helpful
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I wish I still had these books. I loved the series My mom sold then in a yard sale when I was a child. Rebuying ASAP!
Evy221 More than 1 year ago
robertm22 More than 1 year ago
My favorite series Im rebuying this ASAP
brs2794 More than 1 year ago
Although i'm A little too old  to be reading these (I'm 19 BTW LOL), you can NEVER be too old to enjoy a good story. And this story is AMAZING! From the first book to the last, you'll be hooked on this series till the end. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This series is amazing!! It's so clever and masterfully created. Definitely give it a read