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The Shattered Lens: Alcatraz vs. the Evil Librarians (Alcatraz Versus the Evil Librarians) Hardcover – July 19, 2016
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"Sanderson unexpectedly draws everything together in an extravagantly silly climax. Readers whose sense of humor runs toward the subversive will be instantly captivated. Like Lemony Snicket and superhero comics rolled into one (and then revved up on steroids), this nutty novel... [is] also sure to win passionate fans." - Publishers Weekly, starred review
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BRANDON SANDERSON is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Rithmatist and Steelheart, both of which were selected for the American Library Association's Teens' Top Ten list. He's also written many popular and award-winning books for adults. His middle grade series, Alcatraz vs. the Evil Librarians, is now available in deluxe editions.
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I have the expander glass edition. I am on chapter 70706, but it really has been a quick read. The Way of the Kings is only 72 chapters long but have you seen the size of that book and it is in small print now. Thus a great tool of authors that "Brandon Sanderson" has learned is to break the same long story over lots of books. Look at Mistborn. Great story, lots of books and probably longer then both stormlight books. I have, am, reading Mistborn series but Stormlight sits on my shelf mocking me.
I also have learned also to combat evil authors such as "Brandon Sanderson". He tricked me with those other books like Mistborn and Reckoners by having picked those up early and waited patiently for the next book. But not this time you evil author, I learned about Alcatraz in 2016 so I did not have to wait for years for the books only a few more days for that last one. Actually that was just luck, because I'm still waiting for that next Mistborn book.
So why write a review early? Because it is the Smedry way, and I've read the last page so I know how the story ends. Although for some reason my Halo skills have dimished by roughly 45% for some reason. Plus it would be stupid to do it this way.
That right, stupid, and this book is that just so you know. I mean there are mispelling, things that do not make sense, and words between the pictures. And all of it makes this book great, just stupid.
I also have a theory that "Hayley Lazo" is none other then Bastille. Think about it, the pictures mock Alcatraz and paint Bastille in a good light. And most notes on the pictures in all the books are from Bastille and mocking. To make a theory I have to write it before I know if that is true so I clearly cannot finish a book completely just in case the answer is revealled.
As a "P.S.", Mr. "Brandon Sanderson" it is 2016 and so probably been a few years since telling your story, so if you want to continue it I am almost to the end so a book six is due now. Mistborn got it's second series, so I think it is only fair if we learn what has been happening these last few years. Thanks C.J. Bramlett
But I will say that the chapters headings (which followed no traditional naming convention what-so-ever) were either funny or intriguing. Some of them I had to look up to see what they might have went to. Such as a shout out to Avogadro's number, Pi, the call sign for the Star Ship Enterprise and a few other gems.
Still the audio is done very well and before I knew it I was at the end of another fun read with a small cliffhanger.
The cleverness: The good guys are clever (use bad math skills to equip an army), and the bad guys are cleverer (tunnel under indestructible dome), and the dialogue is even cleverer (Shakespeare quotes to confuse everyone and allow MC to slip past).
The humor: I don't mean just the witty comebacks or the way Alcatraz pokes fun at everything in the hushlands. I mean the situations are hilarious. Teddy bears explode. Swallowed by a dragon. A weapon that lets you punch yourself to hurt the enemy. Even besides all that, I still laugh when Alcatraz tells the reader to act out the entire book (except that one scene with the anti-fiber explosion).
The magic: It's not wave-your-wand-and-hope-something-cool-happens kind of magic. It's we-know-exactly-what-each-character-can-do sort of magic. And it's the let's-come-up-with-clever-new-ways-to-use-these-skills magic.
Writer thoughts: Alcatraz breaks the fourth wall as well as Ferris Bueller, but in book form! Most of the time, authors should not do this. Reminding the reader that they are reading a story and not experiencing the story would be a bad idea. Here, however, Sanderson not only gets away with it, he uses the technique to make the series even better. What can we learn?
Don't use it once or twice. It will feel accidental and cheating. The reader will not expect it and will become annoyed.
If you do intend to talk to the reader, it has to fit the story. A journal-like story (see The Diary of a Young Girl), or interactive tales (like Choose Your Own Adventure or Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!), or comedies (like Alcatraz) make this technique fit. If you have an immersive tale meant to transport the reader, you shouldn't remind them that they'll eventually have to return to reality.
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