A time line regarding the 13 books in the series along with other information regarding the author. This is ideal for people who want to review events that happen in the series.
Created by chinarious on Jul 20, 2011
Last updated: 08/24/11 at 05:33 PM
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The Baudelaires are stuck on a boat with Count Olaf. They endure a storm together. Next, they wake up on a coastal shelf and they see a girl who introduces herself as Friday.
Count Olaf threatened the girl with a harpoon gun but the she wasn't scared at all. She said he could not go to their island but the Baudlaires can.
Friday tells them the customs of the island and introduces them to Ishmael, the islands facilitator.
After another storm, an injured Kit Snicket is washed in along with the Incredibly Deadly Viper. Count Olaf disguises himself as her but the islanders see through his disguise and place him inside a large cage. The Baudelaires are also expelled from the island for bringging contraband items.
A few of the islanders don't like ishamael and want a mutiny. They're asking the Baudelaires to help them make weapons and in return they will help Kit Snicket.
In the arboretum, where the confiscated things are brought, they discover Ishmaels footprints and a history book called A Series of Unfortunate Events writtenby the Island leaders even before Ishmael's time. They also discover that their parents were once island leaders.
They return to the island to find the mutiny underway and Count Olaf out of his cage. Ishmael shoot him with a harpoon that impaled him through the stomach. He is still in disguise using Sunny's poisonous mushroom infested helmet. This spread the fungus. The islanders have fallen under the influence of Ishmael and took a boat to sea depite the Baudelaire's efforts to give them a cure found in hybrid apples.
They left and the Baudelaires help Kit give labor. She dies due to the Poisonous mushrooms because eating the hybrid apples are bad for unborn babies.
Kit Snicket, the pregnant woman driving the taxi, takes them to the Hotel Denoument where they will go undercover as concierges. They will try to find out if the mysterious J.S. who sent Mr. Poe to Briny Beach is a friend or an enemy.
At the hotel, they meet twins Frank and Ernest who are the hotel managers. The Baudelaires split up and they all encounter either Frank or Ernest at the same time. They all do different yet strange tasks. Klaus later deduces that a crow will bring the sugar bowl and someone will shoot it, thusdropping the container down the laundry room. Then, a man enters the dark hotel lobby and introduces himself as Dewey Denoument, the triplet of Frank and Ernest.
A terrible accident occurred involving a harpoon gun when Count Olaf entered the hotel. It hit Dewey and killed him. The comotion woke up the whole hotel but Justis Strauss, a judge, insists on a proper trial for the accused.
On the day of the trial, everyone took the phrase "justice is blind" too literally and wore blindfolds. The Baudelaires realize something suspicious is happening and take their blindfolds off in the middle of the trial. They see Justis Strauss gagged and Count Olaf's troupe getting away. They chase him. He forces the children to open the locked door of the laundry room to get the sugar bowl but they find out it's not there. Enraged, Count Olaf tell the children he will kill everyone in the hotel with the Medusoid Mycelium and escape. The children agree to help him only because they need an escape route. Sunny suggests to burn the hotel. Olaf aggrees. She explains that this is to signal Kit and the rest of the noble people.
The Baudelaires along with Count Olaf escape using a boat and drifting off to sea.
The Baudelaire children are washed into the ocean where they get caught by a submarine, the Queequeg. Captain Widdershins is the captain and with him is his stepdaughter and a cook.
It turns out they are also looking for the sugar bowl Count Olaf wants. They think the location is at the Gorgonian Grotto. Accordin to Widdershin's stepdaughter, Fiono, the grotto is a breeding ground of a poisonous mushroom, Medusoid Mycelium. The grotto is remote, so the mushrooms are quarantined.
When they reach the Grotto, Fiona and the Baudelaires enter. They look around and find knick-knacks mostly related to the V.F.D. They return to the submarine and they find that a mushroom spore infiltrated Sunny's helmet. They leave Sunny in order to find an antidote.
Count Olaf's ship captures them, and they are taken to the brig where the hook-handed man interrogates them. It turns out that he Fernald the brother of Fiona. She asks him to let them go to save Sunny and he agrees on the condition they bring him.
At the Queequeg, they look in Fiona's book about mushrooms to find a cure and discover it's horseradish. When they open Sunny's helmet, she says, "Wasabi" and the siblings fed her a spoonful of it because it contains horseradish. They also ate some themselves.
They recieve a coded message from Quigley in the submarine's Voluntary Factual Dispatch telling them to meet him at Briny Beach. The children, however, are captured by Count Olaf again.
Fiona rescues them and they leave for Briny Beach. There, they see Mr. Poe again but instead of going with him they take a taxi which is also mentioned in the message. The driver of the taxi is a woman named Kit Snicket.
Violet and Klause are in an uncontrolable caravan rolling down a mountainside. Violet is able to stop it by using a a hammock as a drag chute and by spreading sticky foodson the wheels. They stopped the caravan and made it out safely. They later travel up the mountain and are soon chased by Snow Gnats. This leads them to hide in a cave but they realize that it's occupied with Snow Scouts. They were allowed to stay with them for a while. There they meet a boy who seems to know a lot about V.F.D. He leads them to V.F.D. headquarters when everyone is asleep. He later reveals himself as Quigley Quagmire who actually survived the fire. At the top, they see a green smoke signal from the other mountain and Violet invets climbing devices. Klaus stays in order to find clues that aren't burnt while Violet and Quigley go to find Sunny.
Sunny is on top of Mount Fraught, where she is forced to cook and sleep inside a casserole. A henchman returns and says that he finished burning the V.F.D. headquarters and gave Esme a green cigarette. It produces green smoke and Sunny uses it to signal for her siblings.
Violet and Quigly reach the top of the mountain and spot Olaf. Later, Violet agrees to let her sister stay and spy for them.
Klaus, Violet and Quigley go up the mountain to try to convince Count Olaf to get them back Sunny. They disguise themselves as masked volunteers. The Snow Scouts later appear on that mountain and Carmelita Splats, a Snow Scout and a former classmate of the children at bording school, along with Count Olaf and Esme are the only ones not tangled in a net meant to capture the Snow Scouts and the Baudelaires.
The Baudelaires escape by riding a toboggan down the slope. The ice underneathe them breaks and leads to a flood that seperates them from Quigly. The Baudelaires are carried away by the water.
The Baudelaires are hiding inside Count Olaf's car trunk. While Count Olaf and his troupe visit Madame Lulu to tell him where the Baudelaires are, they sneak out of the car.
Using the costumes inside Count Olaf's trunk, they disguise themselves as freaks for the carnival's House of Freaks which consists of a hunchback named Hugo, a contortionist named Charlotte and an ambidextrous named Kevin. The children are hired by Madame Lulu after doing one act for her.
The children participate in the carnival and Count Olaf later returns with a bunch on lions. He anounces that one of the freaks will be thrown in a lion pit and be eaten in order to attract a large crowd.
The children disguised as a two headed freak, Beverly and Elliot and as a wolf baby named Chabo enter Madame Lulu's tent and discover underneath her table is an archival library.Madame Lulu later enters that tent and tells the children she just wants to make people happy. Her real name is Olivia and she is a member of the V.F.D.
The following day instead of one of the freaks being thrown into the pit, Madame Lulu and one of Count Olaf's henchmen fall in.
All the freaks, including the disguised Baudelaires, are recruited in Count Olaf's troupe. They go up to the Mortmain Mountains. Chabo rides in the car with Olaf and Beverly and Elliot ride in the caravan tied to it. However, Olaf tell them that he knows that they are really the Baudelaires and cuts the rope. This sends the children in a tumultuous ride down the mountain.
The Baudelaire children are trying to get away as much as possible from the Village of Fowl Devotees. Then, they encounter the Last Chance General Store. The man who owns the store let them in and even allows them to use the telegram. But, he realizes that these children are murderers.
They escape by getting on a van headed for Heimlich Hospital. This van is filled with members of the Volunteers Fighting Disease. They sing to people to make them better.
The hospital they're currently working in require three volunteers to help in the Library of Records. There they help Hal, the person who has been working there for a while, to file papers. They also try to find more answers about the mysteries around them. However, Esme Squalor disrupts them and capture Violet. Klaus and Sunny recognize the new voice on the intercom is Count Olaf as Mattathias.
Klaus and Sunny discover that they are goin to perform a crainioectomy on her. They pose as the Doctor and Nurse in the operating theater to stall the operation. But, they are exposed and accussed of setting the Library of Records on fire. They escape using Violet's gurney as a kind of really fast transportation around the hospital.
The fire from the library spreads and consumes the whole hospital. Violet finally wears off from the anesthetic. They discover it's hard to escape because the evacuating crowd will see them. But, the children manage to divert the crowd to the unfinished wing of the hopsital by pretending to be a voice on the intercom. They then escape by hiding insid the trunk of Count Olaf's car.
The children are introduced to a program that believes in the saying "It takes a village to raise a child." The entire village will raise the children.
They choose the village called V.F.D. They found out that it stands for Village of Fowl Devotees. They meet Hector, who will house them. He also shows them a couplet, a poem with two lines, that he saw at the Nevermore tree.
The following day, the village reports to the children that Count Olaf has been captured. The children realize that it is not Count Olaf but a man named Jacques. When they tell this to the village, they dismiss it and will burn him. Klaus tries to find a way to help him while Violet helps Hector repair a hot air balloon and Sunny finds another couplet.
Klaus found a rule in V.F. D. that would help Jacques but when they got there, a Detective Dupin was waiting for them. He explained that "Count Olaf" was murdered that night by the Baudelaires. The children realize that Detective Dupin is really Count Olaf but they were already framed with murder.
They are then locked up in jail. They are alble to break out and Hector tells them he will help them escape using the hot air balloon and give them another couplet. They realize that the couplets are actually secret messages sent by the Quagmires to help the Baudelaires find them.
They find the Quagmires hidden inside the town's fountain. They then run to Hector's house. The Quagmires board the hot air balloon but the rope ladder but it broke when Officer Luciana, the town sheriff and is really Esme Squalor in disguise, shot it with a harpoon. The children flee because they are still framed for murder. Count Olaf rides off in a motorcycle with his evil girlfriend, Esme.
The children are sent to live in a penthouse with Jerome and Esme Squalor. However, the elevators are out and they have to climb several flights of stairs to get there.
Esme Squalor is a very important financial advisor for the city. She meets with Gunther, an auctioneer, to discuss the auction. The Baudelaire children realize that this is Count Olaf in disguise. They share this to Jerome but he dismisses it by saying the children are xenophobic.
The children also realize that the second elevator of the top floor is a fake and when they climb down to the shaft, they find two of the Quagmire triplets at the bottom. The Quagmires tell the Baudelaires that Gunther plans to smuggle them out of the city in the auction.
In the auction, the Baudelaires bid on Lot# V.F.D. They win but when they open it, they find doilies. Gunther slips on one of these and blows his cover as Count Olaf. He escapes again with the Quagmires and Esme joining him.
Violet, Klause and Sunny attend Prufrock Preparatory School. Here, they meet the Quagmires, Isadora and Duncan. They share a familiar fate since their brother and parents also died in a fire.
The orphan's lives are miserable at the academy. They are placed to live in a decrepid and crab - infested "Orphan Shack" becuase their parents are not alive to sign a permission slip to allow them to stay at the dormitories. They also have to attend terrible violin recitals, pointless classes and Sunny has to work as a secretary for the principal since there are no classes for infants.
Eventually, they meet Count Olaf disguised as a gym coach. They are able to foil his plot again but this time, he took Duncan and Isadora as hostages and escapes.
The Baudelaire orphans are on their way to Lucky Smells Lumber Mill where they are expected to work, in exchange the owner promises to keep them safe from Count Olaf.
Not everything is as it seems in this Mill. The terrible foremen Flacutono trips Klaus and causes him to break his glasses. Klaus then visits Dr. Orwell the optometrist. He returns later but is hypnotised. He eventually breaks out of the trance but the foreman trips him again. This time when he goes to the optometrist, his siblings make sure to accompany him. There they meet Shirley, the receptionist, who is really Count Olaf.
They drag a hypnotised Klaus back to the mill and try to undo the effect of the hypnotism. Later, they hear sounds coming from the lumber mill.
Then, a huge fight and terrible accidents occured. Mr. Poe and Sir (who is the owner of the mill) come to stop the uproar.
The children explain what has happened and they lock Count Olaf in the library of the mill where he escapes. Sir, then, renounces the Baudelaires.
The Baudelaire children are sent to live with their Aunt Josephine Anwhistle at Lake Lachrymose. She's a kind old woman who loves grammar (she even has a library filled with books about it) but she is extremely frightened of everything since her husband died.
Due to the looming Hurricane Herman, the children and Aunt Josephine go to town to stock up on supplies. There they meet Captain Sham who is really Count Olaf. Again the children try to warn their guardian, but this time she doesn't believe them. Aunt Josephine even finds him attractive.
Later that night, the children hear a terrible noise and wake up to find the gigantic window of the library cracked open and their Aunt's suicide note. The note specifies Captain Sham to become the Childrens new guardian.
The Children later figures out that the suicide note is a code that tells them of their Aunt's whereabouts. They sail to Curdle Cave and rescue her, however their boat is attacked by the Lachrymose leeches. They see a boat and cry for help. As it approaches, the children realize it's Count Olaf or "Captain Sham." Reluctantly, they board the boat, but Aunt Josephine is not rescued.
When they reach the dock, Mr. Poe is waiting for them. He is about to give the children over to Captain Sham but Sunny, the youngest Baudelaire and with the insanely sharp teeth, bites Captain Shams leg and exposes him as Count Olaf. But, he escapes again.
The Baudelaire children are going to live with their Uncle Monty, who is their late father's cousin's wife's brother. Uncle Monty or Dr. Montgomery Montgomery is fascinated with reptiles and has a room for them in his house. He would later go on an expedition to Peru once his new assistant, Stephano, arrives.
The children realize that Stephano is really Count Olaf in disguise. They share this information with Uncle Monty. But, he believes that Stephano is a spy who intends to steal the Incredibly Deadly Viper.
Count Olaf or "Stephano" later kills Uncle Monty but made it look like a snake bite. The children once again foils his plans and exposes him. Despite their efforts, he escapes again.
The first of the thirteen books that tell the tale of the Baudelaire children.
The book starts out with the Baudelaire children, Violet, Klaus, and Sunny, being informed of a terrible fire that consumed their home and killed both their parents. They then live with their banker, also a family friend, named Mr. Poe and his family. Later, they are sent to live with a distant cousin who lives in the city, Count Olaf.
Aperently, Count Olaf is a mean theater actor who forces the children to do impossibly difficult chores. His motives soon becomes clear. He wants the Baudelaire fortune and intends to marry fourteen-year old Violet for it.
However, his plans are foiled and would face capture, if he hasn't escaped.
Daniel Handler began writing A Series of Unfortunate Events under the pseudonym Lemony Snicket who is also the narrator of the book, a biographer of the children, a felon, and who is supposedly dead.