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Alcatraz Versus the Scrivener's Bones by Brandon Sanderson
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Feb 17, 2009

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I enjoyed this, although not as much as the first book in the series. Sanderson remains one of my favorite fantasy writes, but at times this book felt like he was trying too hard to be Terry Pratchett, with overly forced asides, comments to the reader about the world and in-jokes about the author. For example, at one point the narrator says he likes swords so much he'd use one to cut his wedding cake, a comment that is only mildly funny if you know that Brandon Sanderson and his wife cut their wedding cake with a sword. Still, the hero, Alcatraz is likable, as much as he tries to convince you otherwise, and the world laid out in the series is fascinating. I'm looking forward to the next in the series.

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