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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Loved it! Brandon is like no one else and he continues to deliver in this 5th book. It has everything you would want out of an Alcatraz book and more. I was a little disappointed with the 4th book, but this book felt like new life was breathed into the series! If you read the first 4 books then the 5th book is a must read!
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.
As usual, fantastic writing, great narration from a guy who actually seems to understand the characters, and oh yeah completely infuriating. sometimes I think that being a Sanderson reader is an act of masochism and his books have made me rage quit twice. And I hope he never stops writing.
I think you will enjoy the ending ending, which is further along than you think, and of course, Ramon de Ocampos, my favorite narrator.
I love and own pretty much all his books, but I think, after this book, extreme measures are required to stop him from turning my feelings into puree!
He is, however, already expecting a lynch mob (he basically said so in About the Author), so he might have extra defenses up.
By the way, the narration was second to none, and every book in this series makes me laugh more than any other book. Brandon Sanderson is still my favorite fantasy author despite the fact that we need to string him up for what he did.
I have loved everything Sanderson has written up to this point. But this book dragged and then ended badly when it almost started getting good. Al's digressions weren't funny and just padded out an already thin plot. He was rather unlikable and really didn't do anything interesting. I spent the entire book wondering when it would get better, only to be surprised at it ending so abruptly. Even the "read this last" after the credits didn't help things.
I think, ultimately, the lack of talents broke the setting. I thought the story would involve Al working through regaining his talent, and it even steered that direction, then abruptly dropped it because the book ended before that story ended.
Give this to a ten year old? Nope. I just can't see it.
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!
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