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!
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.
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!
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.
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