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I have been reading the plight of the Baudalaire Orphans for a while now, and I have loved the series, not only because of the humor, but because of the fact that the author tries to teach his readers by saying things over and over again. However, while this was very entertaining, it is what ultimately led to the downfall of this book.
As Danial Handler (Lemony Snicket's legal assistant) said about the book JOHNNY TREMAIN, "If there is a more tedious novel, I am not aware of it". Don't get me wrong. I agree 100% (I was forced to read it in 8th grade). But the character of Captain Widdershins certainly gives this awful book a run for its money. His constant usage of the word "Aye!" is amusing at first, but it quickly gets old, and by the time he disappears, you won't feel any sympathy for him.
The only thing that held the Submarine Q together, in my opinion, was Widdershin's stepdaughter, Fiona. She was sweet, sensible, and introduced a little romance to the story. Unfortunately, when Widdershins disappers, she immediately takes on his personality, as if she is channeling his spirit. Bad juu-juu that is.
The fact is, the only time the book picked up was when Sunny met with a particularly nasty unfortunate event in a cave, and the very end of the book. Everything else was extremely tedious. And not in the good way (like in all the other books).
Who should read this? Anyone who is a fan of the series should give it a try. If you like it, kudos to you, because you are a very intelligant person who can get past all of the confusing vocabulary, and the name "Medusoid Mycelium". And if you don't, that's okay. Hopefully, the final two books will bring us back to what hooked us to the series in the first place.