Sunday, December 22, 2013

Lemony Snicket: The Unauthorized Autobiography

2002, undated later edition, from HarperCollins
Lemony Snicket
Lemony Snicket: The Unauthorized Autobiography
Original price unknown, purchase price $4.00
Paperback in good condition

Although Snicket does a better job with tweaking biographical conventions than Eggers did in A Heartbreaking Work, I found this much less focused than the books in the Series of Unfortunate Events.  There are of course clues to that series here, as well as affectionate jokes about such other juvenile fiction authors as Wilder and Cleary, but I didn't feel like Snicket brought it all together.  Oh, and continuing the sneaky sex humor of his earlier books, there's here a repeat of the joke from I think #6 or #7 about the Church of the Alleged Virgin.  No Helquist illustrations this time, but there are an assortment of odd photos, seemingly from the late 1800s to the mid 1900s.  Since this is the paperback edition, it doesn't have the reversible cover that the hardback apparently came with. 

In the past three months, my reading stats have continued to climb, so thanks, Everybody!  One hundred books ago, I had

1 F
4 F+s
2 D-s
5 D's
13 D+s
23 C-s
47 C's
170 C+s
294 B-s
183 B's
50 B+s
8 A-s

Since then I've had to add a D- and two D+s, although no D's.  There are three new C-s, one new C, and nineteen new C+s.  As usual, close to half the new books were B-s, this time 44.  There are 24 more B's, five more B+s, and even another A-.

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