The unfortunate Events series was great fun for the first few. They are entertaining, fast reads, filled with a dark, sardonic wit and a fairy tale sensibility. I found, though, that after a few they became redundant. It was the same bad guy using disguises and perverting systems designed to protect the children to seek his own ends. It was the same clever children foiling the evil counts sinister designs. Sort of sounds like the Bush administration, except for the foiling part. You can have too much of a good thing. I ultimately passed on the last volume or two.