Almost there. . . . Book 11 of 13 finds the Baudelaires in peril once again. Of course. They literally bump into a home-made submarine, driven by Captain Widdershins. I had to look that one up, because the term sounded familiar. I was right – it means to go counterclockwise, or against the sun. In olden times it was a bad thing to walk widdershins around a church or in other places. To do so could land one in faerie, or even worse. Foreshadowing, or just goofing around? Good question. The Captain is kind of a jerk, who says “aye” all too often and whose motto is “he (or she) who hesitates is lost.”
Also aboard is a guy the kids knew at the lumbermill they worked at in one of the earlier books. He’s the ship’s cook. The Captain’s stepdaughter Fiona is there too, and she and Klaus take a shine to one another. The sub (the Queequeg – named after the Moby Dick harpoon guy) is looking for a sugar bowl that is an object of much desire and pursuit, by the good and the bad guys. They end up following the currents to an underground cave, to Gorgonion Grotto – named after the Gorgons of Greek mythology. Why? Well, there are some mushrooms growing there that are very Medusa-like in appearance and deadliness.
The kids hit the grotto to try to find the sugar bowl, encounter the ‘shrooms, and bad things happen. As ever. This isn’t the series of fortunate events. Anyway, the usual baddies make their appearance, and some unknown family ties are revealed. The book is exactly the same as all the others, with slight variations on the peril. It’s still an entertaining read, but I need to take a break before I tackle the last two.