The evil Librarians are coming! A hero with an incredible talent...for breaking things. A life-or-death mission...to rescue a bag of sand. A fearsome threat from a powerful secret network...the evil Librarians.
Alcatraz Smedry doesn't seem destined for anything but disaster. On his 13th birthday, he receives a bag of sand, which is quickly stolen by the cult of evil Librarians plotting to take over the world. The sand will give the Librarians the edge they need to achieve world domination. Alcatraz must stop them...by infiltrating the local library, armed with nothing but eyeglasses and a talent for klutziness.
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I was excited to hear that Sanderson has reacquired the rights to this series. I remember when I finished the fourth book being very confused, because the story didn't seem over but the audiobook proudly declared it the "final book." I'm glad Alcatraz was finally willing to write his final book (even I felt a similar confusion listening to this book...)
Warning: Alcatraz wasn't lying when he said this wasn't a light or pretty ending. However, when I had heard the final words and had a bit of time to let them sink in, I was glad to have reached this point, despite the darkness.
de Campo sounds older (obviously he is), but still does a great job of bringing Alcatraz's humor alive. Sure, the footnotes were a bit annoying, but that was the point after all, and they were also funny.
In the end, I think if you make all the way to the end of Alcatraz's story, you'll be satisfied with where Brandon Sanderson took this series. At least, I am.
Brandon Sanderson known how to surprise and this books is so funny and at the same time dark and so so sad, the end, oh my god, is was extremely delightful, I enjoyed a lot.
Please tell Ramon de Ocampo that I lo e him very much, his voice is great, I hope he does the next book, he does a great Bastille.
The Smedry Way!
When Bastille woke. I felt like a kid again as I laughed. It was probably good that I was in the confines of my own bedroom at that moment, because I was laughing like a maniacal fool.
He brings a great assortment of voices, along with life to the characters.
The final ultimatum.
Please do listen beyond the credits, if not, you will miss something VERY important.
First, let me be clear.
This series is a better education in how to write than any 100 actual textbooks on the subject. In a highly entertaining, lighthearted and humorous way you have walked the reader (or listener) through the hows and whys of writing.
Once I realized that was what you were doing (sometime in book two) I had one fear. I feared that Brandon would SHOW why you don't lie to your reader. That he would make us experience that pain.
Well, this is that book.
I doubt any nascent authors who read this series will EVER lie to their readers. In that way, I am certain our sacrifice will prevent a great deal of suffering in the future.
Nevertheless, DARN YOU BRANDON!
It's ability to confuse people into thinking it's the final book in the series.
The last scene
People seriously need to read the entire book before posting. The first poster made me go into the book thinking this was the last book in the series with a horrific ending. It wasn't a terrible book but quite the opposite. I enjoyed this book as much as I did the four that came before it. It is not the last book in the series, but it will probably be the last book entitled Alcatraz, but it did clearly hint that the book series was not complete.
I really enjoyed the first 4 Alcatraz books. This one I enjoyed up until the last few chapters. It seemed more like Brandon Sanderson was trying to too hard to tell a joke only writers could relate to instead of finishing the "last" book of the series in a satisfying way. I was disappointed. It is really an unfinished book, about half-way completed. I don't recommend reading this one until after the next "final" book in the series is released. Ramon de Ocampo was amazing in his narration.
I would and would NOT recommend this book to fellow Alcatraz fans. It's definitely a good continuation of the story, but there are SO many things left unfinished that it will eat at you. It's been reported (and I assume Brandon was serious) that this is definitely the FINAL Alcatraz book. So if you want to live the rest of your life not knowing WTF happened with some pretty important plot lines, then by all means, purchase and enjoy. If you can't handle such anti-resolution, then I recommend stopping at Book 4.
I guess it compares closest to the previous books in this series, especially 'vs. the Shattered Lens', because what other book would have Chapter numbers like "Bob"? The only other thing I think it best compares to is a movie (which I will not name because I think it would give away to much of the story).
Ramon is, again, an excellent narrator. I love his voices and his commitment to the insanity in the Alcatraz series. I'd compare him with Luke Daniels's narration of the Magic 2.0 series, which I also love.
"F%#$ happy endings"
All I can say is, We were warned.
In the very first book, Alcatraz explains how authors are a despicable people who enjoy torturing their readers (or listeners) and toying with their emotions. If the first 4 books didn't convince you, this one will. Mostly, that's because it ends with a big middle finger to anyone who wants to see some facsimile of 'happily ever after'. It actually reminded me of A Most Wanted Man, because there, too, the ending was like a solid punch to the gut, after which the aggressor walks away, and you just have to live with it.
Other than the ending, the story was well told and entertaining, as with the previous books. But damn, I cannot get past that ending...
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