The Shattered Lens
Alcatraz Smedry is up against a whole army of Evil Librarians with only hi ...more
With that said, Bastille is a strong supporting female character, who gets a lot of page time, and is featured in every book in the series. Probably more so than the other supporting characters combined, except for possibly Alcatraz's grandfather.
There are other active supporting female characters that do get good page time, and critical to the plot, and have shown up in various parts of the series, but far less consistently: Shasta, Australia, Aydee, Himalaya, & Draulin.(less)
To put things into perspective, the people who are supposed to care about the guy thought it would be a good idea to send a 13-year-old boy into a city surrounded by an army of evil librarians in hopes he somehow would be able to save the day. Off he went only to discover that the situation is much worse than what everybody thought previously ...more
Is there anything Alcatraz can't break?
Tuki Tuki, the capital of the kingdom of Mokia, is under attack by an army of evil Librarians and Alcatraz decides he's going to do something about it.
As with all the books in this series, Alcatraz Versus the Shattered Lens is funny, irreverent, entertaining and teaches you everything you need to know about Librarians!
Definitely targeted to younger readers, 10 to 13 years of age, I'd say. After reading four books in the series, I'm not sure I'l
A buddy read with the young at heart at BB&B!
I loved it!!! It offered everything we have come to expect from Brandon Sanderson. I love the book! I love the series! I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Brandon Sanderson!!!! (not a member of any SANDERSONIAN cult) ...more
So this was my least favorite of the series so far. This went a little into the dark side and except for some of the stuff at the beginning and a spectacular chapter with a bunch of Hamlet Quotes in a chase. It is more serious as discoveries are made as to what Alcatraz's father has planned, what the librarians are doing and that sometimes being the hero doesn't work out quite like you think it will.
But I will say that the chapters headings (which followed ...more
My youngest son and I have been enjoying the Alcatraz series for several months now. Brandon Sanderson’s funny, bizarre, clever, and hilarious writing definitely takes some getting use to (I mean, the Evil Libraries are reading these stories after all, so Alcatraz has to confuse them.), but once you begin to acclimate yourself to the strangeness of the Free Kingdoms and the whackiness of the Smedrys the middle grade fun takes off. The author has even been kind ...more
Great to know I can always count on the Alcatraz series to lift my spirits. The Shattered Lens may be book four of the sequence, but I’m just as hooked on the story as I was when I first picked up Alcatraz vs. the Evil Librarians, the adventure that started it all. Brandon Sanderson continues to deliver plenty of laughs and action as he prepares to ramp things up for The Dark Talent; now that the illustrated hardcover re-i ...more
I can't wait for the final book The Dark Talent to come out on September 6th 2 ...more
I did not enjoy this one quite as much as its predecessors but it was still a very fun read. The story tends to lean towards a slightly more serious tone and in one or two instances the humour felt forced. It still had me smiling most of the way through though and I am interested in knowing what happens next as things looked decidedly morbid for our team going into the last book.
It’s Brandon Sanderson. I’d buy it if it was a menu.
It's easy to accept the normal and avoid thinking about the difficult and strange. Life can be so much simplier if you stop dreaming.Sanderson, te odio.
Solamente voy a decir dos cosas: 1) este es el mejor libro de la serie, hasta ahora, y 2) Sanderson, te odio. He estado contando la cantidad de sagas que he empezado pero que todavía no están terminadas, por lo que tengo que esperar a que se escriban y publiquen los siguientes tomos... En total son 12. Ocho de esas sagas son de Sanderson... ...more
The penultimate book of the Alcatraz series, this one ends on a darker note. In spite of some really hilarious moments, the story loses a bit of fun when our thirteen-year old protagonist was forced to grow up - all too quickly.
This instalment still has all the fun of previous Alcatraz books but with a more serious undertone. It also ended in a quasi-cliffhanger.
And to prove a point about Shakespeare, he had an e ...more
First Sentence: So there I was, holding a pink teddy bear in my hand
This is why I started this series. Although the previous two books kind of disappointed me, this one lived up to expectations! Lost of action, flare and a nail biting page-turner.
I'm kind of glad the next book is out already! Now I don't have to wait "forever" to see how the alter scene plays out. Yes I know it's wishful thinking, but still I'm wishing. ...more
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
This book was not stoopid.
“My name is Alcatraz Smedry, my Talent is breaking things, and I’m stoopid. Really, really, really stoopid. So stoopid, I don’t know to spell the word stupid.”—Page 11
I love Alcatraz.
Apparently, I’ve been counting wrong, according to the chapter numbers in this book it actually goes:
2, 6, pi, 4½, 42, 144, Act V scene iii, A+, No!, 1010, 25601, 070706, 6.022140857 x 10^23, ...more
“This is my story. Or, well, part four of it. Otherwise known as “The part where everything goes wrong, and then Alcatraz has a cheese sandwich.”
That was a perfect summary for this whole book, actually.
Like really, anything that could have gone wrong went wrong. I’m not going to spoil anything here, but if you’re just about to read this part of the story, be prepared.
I’m really curious how this would all end, as there have already been so many huge turning points and twists. I do have ...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
Another great book--and added chapter to Alcatraz's life. Also highly entertaining in audiobook format by Ramón de Ocampo.
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
My full review at Carstairs Considers. ...more
Archive, among others. This collection features The Emperor’s S ...more
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1) Women have feelings.
2) You will spend the next seventy years or so trying to guess what they're feeling and why.
3) You will be wrong most of the time.
4) I like French Fries.”