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The Ersatz Elevator - Lemony Snicket

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Author: Lemony Snicket / Format: Paperback / Date of publication: 03 September 2012 / Genre: Children's Fiction Various / Publisher: Egmont UK Ltd / Title: The Ersatz Elevator / ISBN 13: 9781405266123 / ISBN 10: 1405266123 / Alternative title: A Series of Unfortunate Events No. 6: The Ersatz Elevator - Lemony Snicket / Alternative ISBN 10: 1405208724

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      12.02.2012 12:33
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      Unusual children`s story

      The Ersatz Elevator is the sixth book in the series of Lemony Snicket`s `A Series of unfortunate events`. This is my first Lemony Snicket book and it seems a bit strange to start on the sixth book, but as I found it in my local library I decided to give Lemony Snicket a go. I enjoy reading all sorts of story books including children`s books and I must say that this one is different from the usual children`s books that I normally read.
      I did enjoy reading it because it is quite an unusual story and while I read it I felt like I was being lured into a weird world of make believe. The story is about three orphans who are being chased by a wicked man who is after their fortune.Throughout their adventure we come across lots of unfortunate events such as the orphans being landed on new parents who adopt them because orphan are `in` ( meaning fashionable ) at the moment.Throughout the story lots of things are `in` and soon go out of fashion and the orphans don`t like to think what will happen when orphans are no longer in.However they do not have to worry about this as their new adopted mother is not what a mother should be and they soon find out that their old enemy is not far away.
      The orphans have to use all their own personal skills to survive and they all stay together and help each other to get out of dangerous situations.This is obviously not the last book in the series and although they manage to outwit their enemies in this book I am sure that the orphans wiil b coming across more difficulties in the next book of the series. I will certainly be looking out for it next time I visit the library


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        20.11.2008 19:25
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        A enthralling read and the best in the series yet

        The Ersatz Elevator is the Sixth book in A Series of Unfortunate events. After the first five books you would become accustomed to Lemony Snickets' style of heaping misery on the lives of the Baudelaires. The Baudelaires move to their next home in the Dark Avenue. The Baudelaire's along with Mr Poe go to meet their new guardians in the city where they were born. As their new guardians live extremely high up in the block of flats, they try to use the elevator but find that it is out of use and therefore are forced to walk up the stairs. They finally reach the top after 66 floors (what a trek!) to meet the Squalors their new guardians.

        Jerome Squalor is a kind and a good natured guardian, Esme Squalor on the other hand is too narrow minded with what is "in" and "out" (The elevator was not "in" when the Baudelaire's arrived which is why it was closed down). Basically, it is her way of saying what is fashionable and what isn't. It is quite hilarious at numerous points as at the time, turning the light on was seen as being unfashionable or "out" so the Baudelaires had to move around in the dark.

        As usual Count Olaf turns up but I shall not disclose how or when he makes an appearance in the book but he turns up in the most unexpected of circumstances (tip: look for the eye tattoo on his ankle). The Baudelaire's are forced to use their individual abilities to once again get themselves out of a precarious predicament which is to do with an Ersatz Elevator as evident in the title. An Ersatz Elevator is a fake elevator which in this book turns out to be an entrance to an underground passage (no prizes for guessing who resides there). In an extraordinary turn of events, the Baudelaires are betrayed by an important member of this book just after the Baudelaires' realise Count Olafs' dastardly plan. The finale of the book is enthralling, full of twists and turns as the Baudelaries' attempt to prevent Olaf from initiating his plan, amassing to a thrilling ending.

        This book is in my opinion the best in the series yet, as there is far more suspense and mystery in this book in comparison to the others. Although the basic plot is the same in each book, the Ersatz Elevator is the most pleasant one yet as it has patches of humour mixed with the conventional misery evident in any book in this series. Overall this book is an excellent read and the best in the series yet.

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