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Lemony Snicket: The Unauthorized Autobiography is bizarre, abstruse ("a word which here means 'cryptic'"), and truly entertaining. Would you expect anything less from the mystery man behind A Series of Unfortunate Events (The Bad Beginning, The Ersatz Elevator, etc.)? Virtually every detail of the volume has Snicket's indelible mark, from the book jacket (reversible to help readers disguise this "extremely dangerous" and "objectionable" autobiography) to the copyright page text to the intentionally blurry and bewildering black-and-white photographs appearing throughout. An apparently false obituary for Lemony Snicket sets the stage for what turns into a series of mind-boggling bundles of coded information passed from hand to hand, gleaned from newspapers blowing through streets, pages from a journal addressed to "Dear Dairy," blueprints of ships, minutes from secret meetings, and a lot of edited and disputed commentary. The question is, do we finally discover the meaning of VFD? You know you're not going to get a straight answer. But any fan of Snicket will have a lot of fun trying. (Ages 9 and older) --Emilie Coulter
A certain maniacal glee went into the creation of this archly humorous volume. Beginning with the suggestion on the front flap of the dust jacket to disguise its dangerous contents (Make use of this book's reversible jacket immediately), readers will know they're in possession of something deliciously left of normal. The jacket reverses to display a hilarious parody of Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events covers, entitled The Pony Party! and featuring The Luckiest Kids in the World! by Loney M. Setnick. Meanwhile, the contents lead readers on a merry goose chase. The 13 (naturally) chapters burst with red herrings, non sequiturs, mysterious letters, diary entries and so on not to mention fading black-and-white photographs with captions such as Total strangers and W?H?O? The narrative makes for a most satisfying tease, larded with such Snicketisms as For various reasons, portions of this chapter have been changed or made up entirely, including this sentence. It would seem that Snicket's obituary from the highly unreliable Daily Punctilio (which is reproduced in the book) is premature, and that there will indeed be more installments about the Baudelaires, though nothing is certain in the end and readers are left nearly as in the dark about Snicket as they were at the start. Of course, this is all part of the fun, guaranteed to make the author's fans itch to get their hands on a copy of this devious romp masquerading as an autobiography. Ages 10-up.
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I am a huge fan of Series of Unfortunate Events and this book would make me to fell more in love into Lemony Snicket's Mystery!Published 23 months ago by Suzie
I really liked the Unauthorized Autobiography because
the Unauthorized Autobiography makes the average person bored but the kind of person who looks over something will... Read more
It's not haha funny, and it's not sarcastically funny...You have to read it to understand. The whole book is a big puzzle that doesn't really tell you anything but demands that you... Read morePublished on June 30 2004 by Erica
For reasons I cannot explain, even to myself, I actually finished this book. Oh, I had to scan over some of it, but I read it only because I so admire the Baudelaire orphans saga. Read morePublished on June 24 2004 by Roger Long
I should warn you before you read: this isn't meant to be read as a story. It is purely a puzzle, to give us things to speculate on when we read the Series of Unfortunate Events. Read morePublished on June 14 2004 by Newbia
This is a somewhat amusing if not at often time confusing side note to the series of unfortunate events. Read morePublished on April 6 2004 by Mark McLaughlin
This, is truely a Unfortunte Events book, not only because of the author is the same but the style it is writen in. The notes to the editor, the funnness of it all... Read morePublished on March 31 2004
If readers want to find out who Lemony Snicket is and what is his connection with Baudelaire orphans, this is not the book for you! Read morePublished on March 9 2004 by Rochelle Leonor
This was an exellent book! I have read thouroghly all of the Series of Unfortunate Events. Just do not read this until you have read at least 8 or 9 of the other books. Read morePublished on Feb. 10 2004