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A Series Of Unfortunate Events: Lemony Snicket: The Unauthorized Autobiography [Library Binding]

Lemony Snicket
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April 25 2002 A Series of Unfortunate Events

Millions of readers of the New York Times best-selling A Series of Unfortunate Events have been asking the same questions: Who is Lemony Snicket? Why has his face never been captured on film? Why is he so obsessed with three unlucky orphans and a woman named Beatrice? Why is he sought after by authorities, feared by associates, avoided by friends?

Finally, here is the definitive -- and only -- book for anyone interested in learning more about the alarmingly elusive author. All available documentation of Snicket's shocking past has been gathered, sorted, annotated, and is now available to the general public. Here is a collection of what can only be called "evidence" writings, photographs, mysterious diagrams, and even several disorienting maps, accompanied by captions, an introduction, and extensive index. Together, these pieces will shed light on a life that until now has been shrouded in darkness and will finally answer the question on everyone's mind: What do we really know about Lemony Snicket?

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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

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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.
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

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Lemony Snicket, author of A Series of Unfortunate Events, the purportedly true chronicles of the Baudelaire children, was reported dead today by anonymous and possibly unreliable sources. Read the first page
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars At last, an author we can revere! May 14 2002
Format:Library Binding
I am an elementary media specialist, and Loney M. Setnick's ï¿The Pony Partyï¿ is just the kind of childrenï¿s book which makes the soul-bells of this reviewer ring. This is the first in a series destined for glory, a book which should prove soothing to those who fear children's literature is becoming a sinkhole of depravity (a word which here means "a nasty way of doing things.") Instead, Miss Setnick presents a joyous picture of happy children and their lucky lives. Their hard work is appropriately rewarded, and their cheerful demeanor is an inspiration of the first rank. Even with the dark cloud of cranky, savage Old Man Grumpus hanging glumly over them, the children's presiding genius of cheer never deserts them. They always say "Please" and "Thanks" to authority figures, are kind to their ponies, help others be useful members of polite society, refuse to read books subversive to their innocent childhood, and keep their rooms clean, fresh, and lemony! Ring the bells in celebration--Loney M. Setnick is an author we can all adore without fear of contradiction, or even of finding coded messages running throughout her books!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mr. Snicket's Biography July 10 2004
Format:Library Binding
I don't think that there has ever been a book quite as... interactive... as this one. I love it- the pictures, the dustjacket (flippable! flippable!) and even how HEAVY the thing is (very, very SURPRISINGLY heavy).
And this isn't exactly a story... or a biography. And, come to think of it, you would expect the biography of a fictional character to be different, wouldn't you?
The coolest part of the entire book are the totally WEIRD parts- the things that are TOTALLY unexpected. I mean, the quotes taken about the man in the ratty clothes...
And, kiddoes, seriously... if you can, get the hardcover edition. The binding is great, and, like I said, the dustjacket is amazing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Format:Library Binding
Author - Daniel Handler. Lemony Snicket: The Unauthorized Autobiography.

Publisher - HarperCollins, 2002
Short Summary - A page-turner of a detective story, the book attempts to solve multiple mysteries, not the least of which could be, "Who is the author of this book, and can the author be trusted?" The reader becomes the spy, who follows clues found in various narrative threads. The result is a scrapbook-like top-secret file of artifacts for examination. As a fusion of genre, perplexing evidence crouches in familiar formats recognizable as pieces of letters, sheet music, theatrical scripts, photo-journalism, newspapers, secret codes, treasure maps, booklists, obituaries and revised diary manuscripts. In the end, the reader is left with unanswered questions, such as: "Is there anything a concerned citizen can do if he or she wants to help the Beaudelaires?" Both the hope of resolution and the burden of proof pass to the reader, upon joining this peculiar spy ring brotherhood. Initiates inherit a set of crucial tools of discovery and the passwords, "The world is quiet here." Join at your own risk. 212 pages
Brief Evaluation - "What can be hidden in a book?" Here's a book intended to stretch every reader's ability to find out. Junior High School-aged readers will be challenged, as a willingness to venture beyond oneself produces a much deeper sense of satisfaction in this reading experience. The results of any call for "thumbs-up" or "thumbs-down" on this book remains thoroughly dependent on the reader's level of literature appreciation. Recommendations using VOYA evaluation codes: 5 for Quality/ 2 for popularity. A superior book for younger readers with an interest in knowing more about literature and literary pursuits.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lemony Snicket: A Man of Mystery Aug. 9 2003
Format:Library Binding
I would first like to start my review by telling you that the review you are about to read on your computer, no doubt, is about an author whose books are about three orphans, who encounter a diastrous fire, S.O.R.E., a tattoo of a haunting eye, parsley soda, the secret of V.F.D, and many other depressing events that a nice person like you wouldn't enjoy reading about. So if you don't enjoy authors who write about this, then you might enjoy an Autobiography about the author that writes about three happy children who ride ponies and eat cupcakes. Plus, if you haven't read the books 1-9 in the series, then you should stop reading this right now and read the review about The Bad Beginning, or The Happy Children Who Ride Ponies and Eat Cupcakes.
This book is more or less about Lemony Snicket, who undoubtedly exposes the tale of the Baudelaires to the public. If you take a look inside the book, you will not find all the answers you may need to your questions; such as: who are the Quaqamire triplets? or who is Beatrice? They do have full pictures of Lemony Snicket included in the book. Although the majority doesn't show his face. Snicket fans sould be thankful that he has so graciously exposed what he calls his life to the public. It is his job to expose the events of the Baudelaires' lives to the public, not his.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book May 28 2003
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Format:Library Binding
Lemony Snicket
This book is one of the best mystery books I have ever read. The Genre is surprisingly mystery instead of an autobiography even though the author calls it an autobiography. Lemony Snicket by Lemony Snicket, shows that you sometimes have to look out of the box to find answers. Lemony Snicket, the main character, is part of the V.F.D., a secret organization that solves mysteries. He does ridiculous things like pretend to be a mad cow or interrogate ignorant animals. He is also a writer and a person whom everyone thinks is a fugitive. It takes place in a town called Paltryville and it does not state the time, but I assume it was about 10 years ago. Everyone in the town is weird. The animals are weird, which makes a perfect, thrilling mystery setting. There are several peculiar mysteries that all link together. First, Lemony is accused of homicide. Secondly, some weird abnormal reptiles escape. Everyone is conspiring and talking in secret code. You will never know anything more about the plot because you have to figure it out yourself from hidden clues! I would rate this book a 9 because you must look out of the box to find answers. I really like books where you interact and only you can help yourself solve the mystery. I would recommend this book to everyone because it is so good. I can't just keep it to myself.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Book That I Always Wanted
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 12 months ago by Suzie
5.0 out of 5 stars The secrets to all the other books
I really liked the Unauthorized Autobiography because
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Published on July 18 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Extremely Clever!
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 more
Published on June 30 2004 by Erica
1.0 out of 5 stars Insufferable
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 more
Published on June 24 2004 by Roger Long
4.0 out of 5 stars A Puzzle, Not A Novel
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 more
Published on June 14 2004 by Newbia
3.0 out of 5 stars something else to spend money on
This is a somewhat amusing if not at often time confusing side note to the series of unfortunate events. Read more
Published on April 6 2004 by Mark McLaughlin
5.0 out of 5 stars Funniest Book-And Most Confusing-EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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 more
Published on March 31 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly Lemony Snicket
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 more
Published on March 9 2004 by Rochelle Leonor
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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 more
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4.0 out of 5 stars Law & Order meets Monty Python
I had lots of fun and lots of laughs reading this book (and was drawn into the mystery of it)....and I am WAY over the "recommended reading age. Read more
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