So, here are some of the interesting things I did:
- On Saturday, I was supposed to meet Nick for Indian food (since Megan moved, I lost my Indian food buddy and have been going through withdrawal which is barely satiated by the packaged Indian food I have, which is good but not the same as going out for Indian food with someone), but being Nick, he called at the last minute saying he was too tired. *shrugs* So I went to PARSEC without him (my second meeting, the first was years ago, when I met Gen and Alex-with-the-awesome-hat and probably other people). I saw and talked to fun people despite being rather quiet most of the time (mostly because I tend to get really quiet in larger groups). Afterwards, we went to eat and then hung out at Gen's and Julian's apartment before going to the observatory. Their apartment made me grin, due to all the yarn and partially-knit things floating around. Ahahahahahahaaaa, I'm not the only one. And readings of crappy erotica are always amusing. Then it was off to the observatory for some exploring, film-watching, statue-dressing, and fun. Standing on the roof was amazing, even if it was cold.
- On Sunday, I went up to Meadville, and it was off to Compadres with Rose, Jess, Thom, and Sam. It was like a writers' house semi-reunion, with half the old housemates/people-who-spent-enough-time-t
I spent a good part of today reading The End. I must say, I was somewhat disappointed. I mean, I generally enjoyed it, especially all the random references (I often wonder how many of the young readers actually understand a good portion of them), and the strong ties to The Tempest (ha, "Miranda Caliban" - now there's an unlikely name!). But it seemed like all the excitement of the past few books sort of fizzled out. Count Olaf was more pathetic than threatening, and he basically acted really childish instead of scheming and evil. There was just a real lack of danger or suspense on the island, except for when the mushrooms were unleashed. And the new characters just seemed lackluster and not as interesting as the past characters, most of which were barely even mentioned in this book. There was just a lack of closure regarding many things (but it seemed to me that this book wasn't quite the end, and perhaps there's more in store).
And Count Olaf's death wasn't even dramatic, satisfying, or interesting. I mean, when the harpoon shattered the helmet, unleashing the spores, he just sort of lay there, clutching his stomach. Did the harpoon also impale him, or did he just get badly cut by the glass? His death scene was just too weird. He crawls out of the tent, eats an apple to cure the mushrooms, manages to bring Kit off the raft, kisses her (random unexplained plot twist!), then lays down and dies. And the kids don't even seem to care (of course, they were busy helping Kit give birth, but still).
I wonder if there's another book in store. What's with that illustration at the end of chapter 13? Is that Mr. Poe rowing out toward the island? And what the heck was that question mark thingy that supposedly took most of the previous books' characters? What do the Baudelaires do after they leave the island with young Beatrice? Hmmm.
I generally liked the book, but it just didn't compare to the others.