Alcatraz Versus the Shattered Lens (Alcatraz #4)
Alcatraz Smedry is on a mission to save the day! In his final adventure in the series by bestselling adult fantasy writer Brandon Sanderson, Alcatraz has a lot to prove and, as always, little time in which to do it!
I bought the first "Alcatraz" book for my 6th grader. It sounded as though it would be strange. I mean, really, how could a librarian possibly be evil? I have read "Elantris," then the "Mistborn" series, the two "Wheel of Time" books, and lastly, "Warbreaker," and I have become a huge fan of Brandon Sanderson. So, I decided to read the book before I gave it to my son.
While the first chapter or two felt quite a b...more
I really, really liked this installment of the series but I cannot give it 5 stars...more
Internetz, you have not been witness to it. But a great battle of wills was just averted. When my co-assistant and I learned that our boss was receiving an advance copy of the fourth book in the Alcatraz series, we went to war with one another. My boss's office was left in far from perfect condition. Her many books were tossed from their slumping shelves, torn to pieces. Shredded pages rained down like...more
I love this series. There's a reason the first book is the one I immediately recommend to people asking advice on books to read... and sure, they're billed as Young Adult novels, but don't let that fool you into thinking they're only for kids. Also, I don't believe I've run across books more deserving of being read out loud (...more
The cover is still ugly as sin, and I laughed when Sanderson (or Alcatraz?) made fun of the cover of book 2. Kaz says, "I prefer the part where we flew up into space." "We should have done that in book two," Bastille said. "Then...more
this book main problem is these people cold the librarians these people work in libraries. the rule the world by telling us lies. those are the librarians.
This book takes place in the 2000's in africa this story could be done in years earlier then the 2000's.
the main character is the protagonist he is about 13 not that tall and where a green jacket and he can work on his self of steam. the antagonist is his mother she is one of the leaders of the Liberians she wheres pink horn rimed glasses. wh...more
As over the top it is, it also has the unenviable task of being the 4th (and last book) contracted by Scholastic while being part of a 5 book series. This mea...more
The first half of the book is completely brilliant. The wacky humor, the silly talents, and the wordplay are all top-notch. The Shakespeare chapter alone makes it worth reading! GAH! It is ama...more
The Plot: The boy with all the wrong Talents has a lot to prove and, as always, little time in which to do it. In this final adventure, Alcatraz faces an army of librarians--and their giant librarian robots--as they battle to win the kingdom of Mokia.
The Characters: Alcatraz seems to grow up a bit in this book, and as a narrator he is very likable and fun. Throughout the series, though, I've never really been able to connect with any of the characters to the point w...more
The problem is, I feel as though most 8-11 y.o.'s wouldn't really get some of the allusions he made in these books and that adults and teenagers would be the ones wh...more
The main character in this book is Alcatraz, who is a Smedry. His mother is an evil librarian. Bastille is Alcatraz's friend and a knight of Crystallia. Kaz is Alcatraz's Uncle (even though he is only 4 ft. tall!). King Dartmoor is Bastille's Dad and the ruler of Crystallia. Crystallia rules over all the free kingdo...more
This one was no exception. I love the plot twists and the little doses of reality (being a King really can suck, after all). And the "Who Killed Asmodean?" tidbit was just hilarious!
So, make sure...more
My full review at Carstairs Considers.
Don't get me wrong, I still enjoyed the book immensel...more
I borrowed this ARC from the teen librarian where I work as I'm always eager to see what is new with Alcatraz. He's up to the usual tricks of changing chapter heads, talking directly to the reader, and...more
Sanderson married on July 7, 2006 and is a member of the LDS church. Sanderson's writing is noteworthy for its epic fantasy tone, unique settings,...more