I was expecting to like the underwater book a little more, but felt that the setting was lacking a little. I really did enjoy the new character of Klaus' girlfriend who ended up joining the bad guys.
This was always my least favourite of the books, and I don't think that opinion has changed with a second reading. It's not that it's a bad book or that the story isn't interesting; it's that the repetition issue is utterly overwhelming in this book. I want to slap Captain Widdershins everytime he opens his mouth. I want to punch Lemony Snicket/Daniel Handler every time he mentions the water cycle. If the repetitious bits were removed, I'm quite sure the book would be 20 pages shorter, and a much better book for it.
Still, I think this book does a lot to remind the reader just how much you don't know about what is going on, and just how much you want to know. There are no answers here, but it makes you want to push onward to find the answers....Continua