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It's tough when the things that stand between you and your desired sugar bowl are a host of deadly mushrooms and an uncomfortable diving suit. The unlucky Baudelaire orphans find themselves in deep (once again) in this eleventh book in Lemony Snicket's odd-and-full-of-woe-but-quite-funny Series of Unfortunate Events. In The Grim Grotto, the siblings find themselves headedIt's tough when the things that stand between you and your desired sugar bowl are a host of deadly mushrooms and an uncomfortable diving suit. The unlucky Baudelaire orphans find themselves in deep (once again) in this eleventh book in Lemony Snicket's odd-and-full-of-woe-but-quite-funny Series of Unfortunate Events. In The Grim Grotto, the siblings find themselves headed down Stricken Stream on a broken toboggan when they are spotted by the submarine Queequeg, carrying Captain Widdershins, his somewhat volatile stepdaughter Fiona, and optimistic Phil from Lucky Smells Lumbermill. The adventures that follow as the crew tries to get to the aforementioned sugar bowl before Count Olaf are so horrible that the narrator inserts factual information about the water cycle so that readers will get bored and stop reading the book. It doesn't work. As per usual, readers will want to soak up every awful detail and follow the Baudelaires all the way back to the place we first met them--Briny Beach....

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The Grim Grotto Reviews

  • Deborah Markus
    2019-02-01 14:57

    I’m listening to this as read by Tim Curry, which is all things awesome. However: if you’re doing the same, you might want to grab a physical copy long enough to look at the last several pages. Snicket includes six “To My Kind Editor” letters, and Curry doesn’t read them. Which is not his fault, because nothing is his fault, because Tim Curry is a rock god and if you don’t understand that you need to leave my house right now.The reason Curry doesn’t read these letters is because he can’t. No, he didn’t contract illiteracy after finishing the main text. He can’t read these letters aloud because he can’t do them justice in an audible-book format. The letters aren’t complete. They’re typed on “Hotel Denouement” letterhead, and they’re torn from top to bottom, with only the left halves surviving. And “half” is too generous a term for the last one. But they’re fun to puzzle over. So be sure to check these fragments out.Let me again express my surprise at how the “Unfortunate Events” books not only defy the general fate of sequels (hint: suckage), but actually improve as the series goes on. The characters deepen. The children grapple with moral as well as physical perils. And the literary references become more subtle and complex.I won’t say much about the plot because first, it’s been expertly summarized in other reviews; second, if you’re familiar with the series you don’t need me to, and if you’re not, you should start with the first book, not the 11th; and third, I still have a bad headache from this lousy month-long cold, and summarizing sounds suspiciously like work. Work that involves my brain, which is in my head, which hurts. Instead, I’d like to mention something I was grateful to find in this book.My niece died when I was a teenager. She was only a few months old. I haven't come to terms with that. I’ve gotten on with my life, of course, but it’s always a shock that someone so small could cast so big a shadow.One thing I’ve often thought about is that a too-early death robs its victim of two lives. The first is the nebulous, hypothetical, artificially bright life they would have had: the future they’ve been deprived of, the work and love they might have engaged in. The second, though, is the life they already had. A chunk of their identity drops away. That piece of their self is every bit as true and important as every other aspect of their personality, but it’s buried first and deepest. I’m talking about their flaws. We are so reluctant to allow our dead to be their own imperfect selves. It’s too painful – and to be fair, it feels too cruel – to acknowledge that the lost loved one was, say, sometimes irritable and occasionally unkind, or had a habit of grabbing the first and the best for themselves.My niece didn’t have time to be anything but an infant, of course. But I’ve found myself trying to acknowledge her humanity by wondering if she would have been a bratty, fashion-conscious teenager who rolled her eyes at my lame apparel. Or maybe she would have been polite enough not to say that the things I enjoy – writing, reading, baking all day – might have been boring to her. We might have gone through some thorny patches, as her mother and I certainly have. She should have had the chance to be an ordinary human being, is what I’m saying. She should have had a life. And in the course of that life, it’s pretty much guaranteed that she would have been bitchy sometimes. Or rude. Mean to people now and then. Maybe stupid enough to text and drive. Also beautiful (her parents are gorgeous) and intelligent (her mother’s brilliant) and probably artistic (I’m the only one she’s related to who fails in that department). She doesn’t get to be a whole person any more. She lost out on the years she should have had; and because she died far too young, she’s been elected to sainthood. Many people have. And that isn’t fair to anyone.This kind of thought is why this passage from The Grim Grotto means a lot to me:Everyone yells, of course, from time to time, but the Baudelaire children did not like to think about their parents yelling, particularly now that they were no longer around to apologize or explain themselves. It is often difficult to admit that someone you love is not perfect, or to consider aspects of a person that are less than admirable. To the Baudelaires it felt almost as if they had drawn a line after their parents died – a secret line in their memories, separating all the wonderful things about the Baudelaire parents from the things that perhaps were not quite so wonderful. Since the fire, whenever they thought of their parents, the Baudelaires never stepped over this secret line, preferring to ponder the best moments the family had together rather than any of the times when they had fought, or been unfair or selfish. But now, suddenly, in the gloom of the Gorgonian Grotto, the siblings had stumbled across that line and found themselves thinking of that angry afternoon in the library, and in moments other angry afternoons and evenings had occurred to them until their brains were lousy with memories of all stripes, a phrase which here means "both good and bad." It gave the siblings a queasy feeling to cross this line in their memories, and admit that their parents were sometimes difficult, and it made them feel all the queasier to realize they could not step back, and pretend they had never remembered these less-than-perfect moments, any more than they could step back in time, and once again find themselves safe in the Baudelaire home, before fire and count Olaf had appeared in their lives.The Grim Grotto, quite aside from being an action-packed story, also gives a lot of troubling thought to the idea that those we love are not always perfect, anymore than we ourselves are. And it ends on a cliffhanger, so have the next book at hand before you finish this one. You’ll want to jump right to it.

  • Mark Lawrence
    2019-01-30 18:54

    I continue my relentless 3*ing of the series, though this volume was significantly better than the previous one (The Slippery Slope).Much of the action takes place on submarines. These submarines appear to contain cavernous, often rectangular rooms, although the first of them is encountered in a mountain stream... Later a submarine's window (yup, window) is repaired with chewing gum.My science is further hurt by the claim that sonar of the type that puts a tracking dot on the screen works by listening for noise made on the remote vessels being tracked.Let us put this aside and strive for the perspective of the child who is being read to (my daughter Celyn) ... although I do feel a book should offer some consistent vision that can actually be processed in the readers' heads.Anyhoo - the primary characters offered this time (Captain Widdershins and his daughter Fiona, plus Olaaf, Esme and Carmalita Spats) are enjoyable / funny.We see the good vs evil blurring continue, with good people turning bad, or at least less good and bad people turning good or at least less bad. We see new peril in the form of a weapon of mass destruction - a fungus that kills people, and the children's respective special skills of invention, research, and cookery are employed to good effect.Inevitably Olaaf captures the children on / in his even huger submarine, and inevitably they escape. The pursuit of the mysterious sugar-bowl drives much of the action. We learn incrementally more about VFD and end up pointed fair and square at the Hotel Denouement where all will at last be revealed in book 12 ... or will it? You should join my 3-emails-a-year mailing list for updates about my books. #prizes

  • Saleh MoonWalker
    2019-02-09 18:58

    Onvan : The Grim Grotto (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #11) - Nevisande : Lemony Snicket - ISBN : 64410145 - ISBN13 : 9780064410144 - Dar 323 Safhe - Saal e Chap : 2004

  • Ahmad Sharabiani
    2019-01-26 15:55

    The Grim Grotto (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #11), Lemony SnicketThe Grim Grotto is the eleventh novel in the children's novel series A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket.The Baudelaires manage to drift along the river after being separated from Quigley Quagmire. They stumble along the submarine "Queequeg" in which they are welcomed by an energetic Captain Widdershins, whose motto is to never hesitate on anything, and his stepdaughter Fiona, an aspiring mycologist. They are also welcomed by the ship's cook, Phil, the Baudelaire's optimistic past fellow worker at the Lucky Smells Lumbermill. The Baudelaires discover that the crew of the Queequeg are searching for the mysterious sugar bowl. Klaus examined the tidal charts to estimate the location of the sugar bowl relative to the water cycle. He suspects it to be in the Gorgonian Grotto. An octopus-shaped submarine, captained by Count Olaf, appears on the Queequeg's sonar, but it is driven off by a mysterious ship which appears only as a question mark on the radar screen. ...عنوانها: غار غم انگیز: مجموعه ماجراهای بچه‌‌ های بدشانس #11؛ غار غریب: مجموعه ماجراهای ناگوار #11؛ نویسنده: لیمونی (لمونی) استیکت؛ تاریخ نخستین خوانش: بیست و ششم ماه آوریل سال 2011 میلادیعنوان: غار غم انگیز: مجموعه ماجراهای بچه‌‌ های بدشانس #11؛ نویسنده: لیمونی (لمونی) استیکت؛ مترجم: رضا دهقان؛ تهران، ماهی، 1385؛ در 240 ص، مصور؛ مجموعه بچه های بدشانس کتاب یازدهم؛ شابک: 9789647948999؛ چاپ سوم 1386؛ چاپ چهارم 1387؛ چاپ پنجم 1389؛ موضوع: داستانهای خیال انگیز از نویسندگان امریکایی - قرن 21 معنوان: غار غریب: مجموعه ماجراهای ناگوار #11؛ نویسنده: لیمونی (لمونی) استیکت؛ مترجم: فرزانه کریمی؛ تهران، قدیانی، بنفشه، 1393؛ در 272 ص؛ شابک: 9789645364005؛غار غم‌انگیز عنوان یازدهمین کتاب‌ از مجموعه ی ماجراهای بچه‌ های بدشانس است. این کتاب توسط دنیل هندلر با نام مستعار لمونی اسنیکت نوشته شده و برت هلکوئیست آن را تصویرگری کرده‌ است. ویولت و کلاوس و سانی در آب‌های رود استریکن سوار یک زیر دریایی به نام کوییکگ می‌شوند که در آنجا با فردی به نام کاپیتان ویدرشینز و دختر خوانده اش فیونا ملاقات می‌کنند. در آنجا فیلیپ را هم میبینند که مثل همیشه خوشبین است. کاپیتان به آنها می‌گوید که به دنبال شکردان می‌گردند و کلاوس و فیونا با کمک هم میفهمند که شکردان در غار گورگونی است که قارچ سمی خطرناکی به نام مدوسویید میسلیوم در آن زندگی می‌کند. آنها وقتی به غار می‌روند شکردان را نمی‌یابند، اما ویولت تکه روزنامه‌ ای پیدا می‌کند، که محتویاتش را فاش نمی‌کند. وقتی به زیر دریایی باز می‌گردند اثری از کاپیتان و فیلیپ پیدا نمی‌کنند. ناگهان درمی‌یابند که یکی از هاگ‌های مدوسویید داخل کلاه غواصی سانی رفته، و او مریض شده است. همان موقع کنت الاف سر می‌رسد و آنها را زندانی می‌کند، و در همانجا فیونا برادرش را میبیند که همان مرد دست قلابی است. فرنالد (مرد دست قلابی) سعی می‌کند همه را نجات دهد، ولی فقط بودلرها موفق به فرار می‌شوند، آنها موفق به نجات سانی می‌شوند و یک پیغام هم دریافت می‌کنند، که می‌گوید آنها باید به برینی بیچ بروند. همن موقع کنت الاف آنها را پیدا می‌کند و آنها میبینند که فیونا همدست الاف شده؛ ولی به آنها اجازه فرار می‌دهد و آنها به طرف برینی بیچ حرکت می‌کنند. ... ا. شربیانی

  • Lauren
    2019-01-23 12:55

    UPDATE: 19/Jan/2017I am getting sick of updating my reviews for all these books but for the last time I liked this book more that I did when I first read it. 1/Jan/2017As my first book of 2017, I can't say I'm disappointed as I wasn't expecting much. I am so ready for this series to end because it has been going on for too long. I wasn't that interested in this book because I've lost a lot of my interest in this series. Also last year I only read these books to catch up on my reading challenge. Although I am still SO excited for the tv show!!

  • Katie
    2019-01-26 15:42

    I gasped so loud on the last page that I woke up the hubby! Oh man, what a turn of events. I'm so proud of the Baudelaire orphans! Standing up to Mr. Poe like that, figuring out all the complicated riddles... so proud!! :)

  • Elaina
    2019-02-07 12:07

    These books are definitely starting to get more and more interesting :) I loved that we got some new characters in this one! Some of them got on my nerves a little bit--like Captain Widdershins--the way he talked just aggravated me after a little while :/ (Others who have read this probably know what I'm talking about XD lol) But other than that, I liked this one a lot! :) The way this book ended made me really want to pick up book #12 soon! Hoping my library will have it in stock :D Kind of sad I only have two books left in the series :P

  • Carlos.
    2019-02-17 15:53

    Uno de los mejores de la saga, o al menos uno de los que más me ha enganchado. Es increíble como después de once libros este señor sigue sorprendiéndome y dejándome con ganas de más. (y ya solo faltan dos libros para terminar)

  • Richard Denney
    2019-02-20 15:41

    Listened to this one on audio read by the amazing Tim Curry in a few hours and it made it a whole lot better. I feel like this was a bit of a filler book but I still enjoyed it. I don’t like Fiona (the tiny bit of romance in here was completely unnecessary and icky to me lol I'm not one for romance in MG.). That twist with the hook-handed man was pretty cool and Count Olaf was just as fucked up as he always is. I think I might check out more audio books in the future. I thought they weren’t for me because I’ve tried so many and my attention span is shit but this one worked pretty damn well. Tomorrow I plan on listening to book 12!- Richard :)

  • Kate (GirlReading)
    2019-02-02 14:09

    3.75* ooh, that ending! I feel as though (or am at least hoping) we're going to be getting some answers soon...

  • Ashley Daviau
    2019-02-13 16:00

    This is definitely where the story starts to get really interesting. We're introduced to so many new characters and so many new mysteries and secrets are revealed! I think it's one of my favourite settings in the series as well, something about the submarines just really tickled my fancy! This is also one of the books in the series that I've read the fewest times so the details were extremely fuzzy and it was almost like reading it for the first time again. I really love this series to pieces and I'm quite sad that I'm coming to the end of my reread of them!

  • Leah Craig
    2019-02-17 18:01

    "People aren't either wicked or noble," the hook-handed man said. "They're like chef's salads, with good things and bad things chopped and mixed together in a vinaigrette of confusion and conflict."

  • BAM The Bibliomaniac
    2019-02-02 16:51

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

  • Asha
    2019-02-20 18:52

    Two more!

  • Bruna Miranda
    2019-02-04 14:45

    Com certeza a série melhorou muuuuito nos último livros. Esse foi com bastante ação e informações importantes e NÃO ACREDITO QUE AQUELE PERSONAGEM APARECEU <3 <3 <3Ansiosa para terminar logo :D

  • Guille
    2019-01-31 18:54

    Me pone contenta que me sigan sorprendiendo.Este libro siento que es la clave de la saga, recién acá empieza todo lo que queríamos saber desde el libro 1. Me gustaron muuuchas cosas, Lemony Snicket es brillante pero en este se pasó, sobretodo con el tema del ciclo.Pasaron muchas muchas cosas que me dejaron como Queeeeeee.Y el final estuvo increíble 👏🏻 4.5

  • Swaye
    2019-01-31 11:05

    I feel like this book was mostly filler. Far too many "Aye!"s and way too much annoying villainous laughter. Great ending though.Only two books to go. Don't you hurt my Baudelaires, Mr Snicket!

  • Tilly
    2019-01-29 11:42

    This book had everything I missed in a few of the previous books and reminded to the fact how awesome this series can be. The plot was exciting, it has interesting new characters and I really loved this whole underwater scenario. The backstory of Fiona and her stepfather was very well fitting to the rest of unfortunate events through the whole series and I really enjoyed their description of their life in a submarine. I was also happy to meet Phil again, the optimist from "The Miserable Mill", (view spoiler)[ even though his presence was very short in this book.(hide spoiler)] The climax in this book was also very exciting and reminded me how much I care about the three orphans, (view spoiler)[ especially the scene were Sunny was nearly muffled was absolutely nerve-racking.(hide spoiler)] Another great aspect of "The Grim Grotto" was that even Count Olaf´s minions who always used to be side-character´s are getting their own backstories with the time. Overall, as I said, this was a very successful installment in the series and I am very excited for the next one. (view spoiler)[ And I want to know more about Kit Snicket.(hide spoiler)] Full 5 Stars!

  • Nadine
    2019-02-11 17:48

    "How can someone so wonderful do something so terrible?" That ending!!!! What?! I cannot wait to get my hands on the next book. Only two left and I think we're finally going to get some answers. The Grim Grotto is action packed. The Baudelaire's find themselves on a submarine then in a grotto with poisonous mushrooms only to be left wondering what to do next and who to trust. Full series review:

  • Constadina
    2019-01-28 18:49

    What can I say about these books?? For me they're so much more than children's books. Sure a child will probably enjoy them but I think you have to be older to fully appreciate the cleverness of these books and the genius that Lemony Snicket is. I think he's one of my favorite authors because he's clever, he's intriguing and mainly because he's sarcastic. One of my favorite parts of his books are the little poems he writes for Beatrice and of course his failed attempt to make us not read his books. Amazing series for both young and older readers.

  • Kayla
    2019-02-14 15:02

    Such a good addition to the series! This cover is my favrouite

  • Ryan
    2019-02-05 13:05

    I am loving this series. I really want to find out more about Beatrice and the backstory of everything.

  • Beth Hudspeth
    2019-02-14 10:53

    The Grotto was mostly Grim.

  • Jamieson
    2019-01-26 19:06

    In the eleventh book in “A Series of Unfortunate Events”, we find the three young Baudelaire siblings in a grim bit of trouble, escaping from the nefarious Count Olaf by riding a toboggan down the Stricken Stream, hoping to find a sugar bowl before he does.The Baudelaire siblings don’t know what is so important about the sugar bowl, only that it may mean the end of their troubles.Unsure how to get out of the Stricken Stream without drowning, the three siblings contemplate their fate. Violet, the oldest of the Baudelaires, is the best inventor the world has ever seen; even she can’t figure a way out of the mess they are in. Klaus, the second oldest, is as befuddled as his sister.He hasn’t read anything in any book that would help them escape a river. Sunny, the youngest Baudelaire, can just barely hang on for dear life.Their luck looks like it may be turning, however, when a submarine floats up from underneath them. Climbing aboard the sea vessel, they are introduced to Captain Widdershins and his stepdaughter Fiona.They are part of the mysterious organization of V. F. D., and have been on the look out for the trio of Baudelaires. The papers have been blaming the trio for all of Count Olaf’s devious deeds and Widdershins and Fiona were able to guess the Baudelaires’ location.They are heading towards the last safe place, which they must reach before the V. F. D. meeting commences on Thursday. Count Olaf plans to commit another act of arson. They must also find the sugar bowl before Count Olaf, otherwise, the trouble has only begun….From start to finish, I loved this book. I have been a huge fan of “A Series of Unfortunate Events” from its beginning and this is the best book yet. I’m not just saying that either. This book has everything: a little romance, a lot of adventure, evil villains who have perfected their evil laugh (Tee hee torture!), Tap Dancing Fairy Princess Ballerina Veterinarians, mechanical octopus and enough Ayes to shake a stick at.I couldn’t read this book fast enough. I sucked it back in just about a day and I’m going to read it again; it’s that good. There are so many surprises in this book; there are moments where you will laugh out loud, feel sorry for the Baudelaires as we learn more about their past and learn a fair bit about the three stages of the water cycle. This book has something for everyone.I can’t stress how much I loved this book. Part Harry Potter, part Charles Dickens, these books rock!

  • melanie
    2019-01-29 19:00

    4.5/5 “Rest here,” Sunny said, curling up at the foot of the stove.“Will you really be comfortable on the kitchen floor?” Klaus asked.Sunny opened one exhausted eye and smiled at her siblings. “Near you,” she said.

  • Chelsea
    2019-02-08 14:39

    Mini Review: Not my favorite, because I do think this one dragged a bit at times, but I think it was better than a lot of the earlier ones. So close to finishing the series, excited to see how the last two play out!

  • Marianne
    2019-01-30 11:51

    The Grim Grotto is the eleventh book in A Series of Unfortunate Events by American author, Lemony Snicket (aka Daniel Handler). As we once again join the unlucky Baudelaire orphans, they find themselves sailing down the Stricken Stream on a toboggan towards the ocean. Is it coincidence that they are rescued by a submarine whose crew (Captain Widdershins and Fiona) are on a mission to find a certain important sugar bowl, one the Baudelaire orphans also seek?Having narrowly escaped a burning hospital and already suffered the loss of their parents, the threat of marriage, slave labour, hypnosis, a terrible boarding school, being thrown down a lift shaft, being thrown in jail, acting in a freak show, being thrown off a mountain and the murder of their Uncle Monty and Aunt Josephine at the hands of the evil Count Olaf and his nefarious assistants, the siblings are ever-vigilant of his reappearance. Luckily these well-mannered and uncomplaining children are also very resourceful: Violet invents, Klaus researches and Sunny cooks. Snicket’s tone throughout is apologetic, sincere and matter-of-fact as he relates the unfortunate events in the children’s lives; his imaginative and even surreptitiously educational style will hold much appeal for younger readers, as will the persistent silliness of adults. Snicket’s word and phrase definitions are often hilarious. As always, the alliterative titles are delightful and Brett Helquist provides some wonderfully evocative illustrations.This instalment sees the Baudelaires donning undersea suits, doing their best to avoid a deadly fungus, being captured (again!) by Count Olaf, repairing a porthole, and finally washing up on the Briny Beach, the place where the whole unfortunate tale began. Will they be in time to stop Olaf from destroying the Hotel Denouement? Perhaps the Penultimate Peril will have the answer.

  • Camilla
    2019-01-27 17:41

    3.5 stars! // I enjoy this series so much that I wish I'd read it as a child. That would have been so much fun. I still really enjoy them now as an adult - and one of the things I love the most about it is the authors writing and humor. So incredibly good. I am getting really close to the end of the series now, and even though I don't want it to end, I really feel like it's time to get some more answers - and I'm really looking forward to that!

  • Abby
    2019-02-12 10:45

    We're so close to the end of the series, so it makes sense that all the pieces are falling together. The Grim Grotto leaves the reader on the edge of their seats wondering if the Baudelaires will find the sugar bowl or if Sunny will survive being poisoned by a deadly mushroom. Just two more books, which I do not remember, so it'll all be new and exciting to me.

  • Marina
    2019-02-19 13:52

    Puedo afirmar con un 95% de seguridad que voy a llorar cuando me termine esta saga.