This is a lighthearted romp through a hilariously wrought dip fantasy world. The thing I dreaded after awhile was the narrative device wherein the main character interrupts the story. It's similar to the grandfather reading the Princess Bride to his grandson..... Well, the movie version anyway. I haven't read the book. The difference here though is that it's not used with precision when appropriate, but it's slammed into every chapter with all the finesse of sledgehammer blows. If not for that I would have read more in the series.
My goal in life is to be as good a person as my dog already thinks I am!
It brought to light the truth about "LI"brarians :)
Alcatraz, of course. Loved his discovery that his ability to break things was not a curse, but in fact a "talent".
Ramon De Ocampo brings the book to life.
Can't wait to get started on book 2 in the series!
I like traveling, but I'm too poor, so I read instead.
I love Brandon Sanderson.
I love Mistborn, The Way of Kings, Steelheart, Warbreaker, Elantris, pretty much everything of his that I could get my grubby little fingers on, BUT, I put these books off. Alcatraz just seemed childish to me, I was afraid of disappointment.
I should have known better.
The Alcatraz series is definitely childish, fantastical, and ridiculous, but it's also extreeemely entertaining. It has complex characters, mysterious magics, and the same vast sense of adventure that Sanderson novels always seem to have.
So do it, read it. Jump into this insane world with its insane rules and crazy evil librarians. You'll probably survive the experience and you might even enjoy yourself.
Only if they like this author enough to hope the next one is better. Which is what I'm doing. I am hoping he dials the incessant self commentary way back in the sequel.
I've read several of his books and this is the first one I almost didn't finish.
On the positive side, it was certainly original. On the negative side, I didn't feel that I could identify with any of the characters, therefore, I did not get "into" the story
I suppose that the most disappointing part was that the story was not like the outstanding other fantasy books that I have read by Brandon Sanderson. Rather than the self consistent and emotionally appealing fantasy worlds that Sanderson has created, this book was more "comic fantasy". This is fine if that is what one wants to read.
None of the characters was "real" enough for me to have a favorite.
Brandon Sanderson is truly a gifted author of some really fine fantasy. I am probably not the best person to evaluate a book of his that is not of the type that I prefer.
Love this reader he reads books just like I do
the best part of this book is that none of it makes sense even after it does.
This is kind of Harry Potter as interpreted by Brandon Sanderson.
Not quite but it definitely holds your attention.
Overall I think this is a great book for adults and kids alike.
not one of his best book
sure just not so sure about this series
he freaking takes away the cool insight you would normally get form his other book like combo's chain of events.
At least it is not boarding but a huge annoyance factor.
This had a whiney juvenile tone that none of his other books do.
I'll listen to more BSanderson, but not the Alcatraz series.
Toward the end there was some subtlety - comparative subtlety.