Title: A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Grim Grotto.
Author: Lemony Snicket.
Genre: Fiction, steam-punk, children's lit, YA, teen, adventure.
Publication Date: September 21, 2004.
Summary: In this volume, the Baudelaire siblings encounter an unpleasant amount of dampness as they descend into the depths of despair, underwater, in the submarine "Queequeg", in which they are welcomed by an energetic Captain Widdershins, whose motto is to never hesitate on anything, and his daughter Fiona, an aspiring mycologist. The siblings also have to deal with mushrooms, a desperate search for something lost, a mechanical monster, a distressing message from a lost friend, and tap dancing.
My rating: 9.5/10.
♥ Having a personal philosophy is like having a pet marmoset, because it may be very attractive when you acquire it, but there may be situations when it will not come in handy at all.
♥ Saying that something is half the battle is like saying something is half a sandwich, because it is dangerous to announce that something is half the battle when the much more difficult part might still be waiting in the wings, a phrase which here means "coming up more quickly than you'd like." You might think learning how to boil water is half the battle, only to learn that making a poached egg is much trickier than you thought. You might think that climbing a mountain is half the battle, onto to find out that the mountain goats who live at the top are vicious, and heavily armed. And you might think that rescuing a kidnapped ichnologist is half the battle, only to discover that making a poached egg is much trickier than you thought and that the entire battle would be much more difficult and dangerous than you ever would have imagined.
♥ The way sadness works is one of the strange riddles of the world. If you are stricken with a great sadness, you may feel as if you have been set aflame, not only because of the enormous pain, but also because your sadness may spread over your life, like smoke from an enormous fire. You might find it difficult to see anything but your own sadness, the way smoke can cover a landscape so that all anyone can see is black. You may find that happy things are tainted with sadness, the way smoke leaves its ashen colors and scents on everything it touches. And you may find that if someone pours water all over you, you are damp and distracted, but not cured of your sadness, the way a fire department can douse a fire but never recover what has been burnt down.
♥ "The difference between the two sides of the schism," Klaus said, "is that one side puts out fires, and the other starts them."