Time spent by the sea can be refreshing and rejuvenating, and may be just the thing the Baudelaire orphans need after their exhausting mountain adventure.
Violet, who likes to invent things, would surely find interesting contraptions to explore in a sea-bound vessel such as a submarine. Klaus, an avid reader, would certainly be interested in doing some research into the peculiar habits of certain mushrooms. And Sunny, who loves to bite things and is learning to cook, may enjoy the surprising food that comes from the sea.
Regardless of all the wonders the world of water has to offer, the Baudelaire siblings should hone their skills while ocean bound, just in case this journey turns out to be the most dreadful yet in a series of unfortunate events....Continua
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