Alcatraz Versus the Scrivener's Bones
I'm listening to these on Audio, and really enjoying them despite the fact that they're only about 6-7 hours long each. Or it might be more fair to say I'm enjoying them *because* they're short and sweet. Bite sized. It's nice to start and audiobook and know I'm not going to be tied to it for a solid month.
This continues in the good tradition of the first book. Exploring the world. More adventure. Good mystery. Forward motion on the main plot. Playful and l ...more
Last time the main hero Alcatraz had to infiltrate their stronghold: a downtown library. This time stakes are much higher than that. Can you think of a biggest baddest plac ...more
A buddy read with the young at heart at BBB!
...The biggest problem is, the adults have one of the most effective recruitment strategies in the world.
Give them enough time, and they'll turn any kid into one of them....
What can I say? How does one review a book full of hilarity and speaks to the most childlike parts of your heart? I am way too aware of my personal limits to know, that I could do this book no favors with attempts at a review. All i am going to say is, Brandon Sanderso ...more
You could be a young boy, wanting to read an adventure story. You could be a young girl, investigating the truth of the Librarian Conspiracy. You could be a serial killer who specializes in reading books, then seeking out the authors and murdering them in horrible ways....more
(If you happen to fall into that last category, you should know that my name isn't really Alcatraz Smedry, nor is it Brandon Sanderson. My name is really Garth Nix, and you can find me in Australia. Oh, and I insulted your moth
Reading with all my other Sandersontitus friends at Buddies Books & Baubles
Yes this series is Middle Grade and sort of ridiculous but it is awesome. It is like Sanderson’s way to blow off steam, try things that he can’t put into one of his Adult Fantasy’s and stretch that uber creative mind of his.
• All the Smedry’s are named before/after prisons. Hence names like Alcatraz, Lebanon, Attica, Sing and Australia (think about it).
• Every superpower ...more
PS: If you don't believe how awesome this book is, please see the following fact as stated verbatim in this book:
A lot of nature’s laws, however, are hard-set.
There are many more of these than you might expect. In fact, there are even natural laws relating to this book, my favorite of which is ...more
I think I don't have to keep saying how high my regard is for Brandon Sanderson is anymore. These middle grade books are quite game-changing. The fourth-wall breaking alone was not the reason - it was the approach and how Sanderson made tongue-in-cheek jabs at the writing profession in Alcatraz's voice as the narrator of his own book.
--> Adults are not idiots. Often, in books such as this one, the opposite impression is given. Adults i ...more
There really isn't a lot to say about this book. The story is entertaining. The characters are fun but don't really have any depth. Not really sure they are meant to. I think I would have given it four stars if not for how distracting the author's narration became after a while. I know it's meant to be funny but it really distracts from the pacing of the story after a while. I don't know maybe I'm trying to take the book too seriously or something.
I still enjoyed it enough tha
No sooner had I finished Alcatraz vs. The Evil Librarians than I was already picking up the sequel. I might as well admit it: I’m completely addicted.
In book two The Scrivener’s Bones, Alcatraz and the gang are yet again infiltrating a library. But this time, it will be nothing like gaining entry into the downtown local branch. Here, our characters will be heading into arguably the most famous and well-known library in the ...more
This was even better than the first so I'm briskly moving unto Alcatraz versus the Knights of Crystallia
Okay I've started reading it already ( like about an hour ago) but was so caught up in it's awesomeness that I forgot to update my GR page.
Read this series people, it's down right hilarious, wonderful and entertaining. ...more
My rating is a solid 3.5 stars.
After thoroughly enjoying our first adventure with Alcatraz, my youngest son and I quickly began the sequel; both of us having become fans of this quirky, fun series.
In The Scrivener’s Bones, our hero and friends find themselves with a new mission: infiltrating another library. (Well, if one is fighting evil librarians, they are usual found in libraries, right?) But this time they are heading to the most famous one (arguably) in t ...more
First Sentence: So, there I was, slumped in my chair, waiting in a drab airport terminal, munching absently on a bag of stale potato chips.
In all honesty I enjoyed Alcatraz Versus the Evil Librarians more than this one. I'm not saying this one was bad, but it keeps to the trend set in the first book. With the first book it was new and enchanting - with the second book it became a bit expectant, and that takes some of the magic out of it.
The magic system i ...more
The trouble with being different is that people start defining you by what you are instead of by who you are.
Oh, you didn't want to hear that? I'm sorry. You'll just have to forget that I wrote it. There are several convenient ways to do that. I hear hitting yourself on the head with a blunt object can be very effective. You should try using one of Brandon Sanderson's fantasy novels. They're big enough and goodness knows, that's really the only useful thing to do with them.
LOL - DON'T SHOOT ME!! I didn't say that! Brandon did! Or more exactly Alcatraz Smedry
This is nothing ...more
I thoroughly enjoyed the second Alcatraz book! The plot was interesting and fast paced, and the new characters were fun and unique. I even found m ...more
let's see if that's true
childrens books never let me down ;)
"Laugh when good things happen. Laugh when bad things happen. Laugh when life is so plain boring that you can't find anything amusing about it beyond the fact that it's so utterly unamusing.
Laugh when books come to a close, even if the endings aren't happy"
So I know I reviewed the first Alcatraz book a few weeks ago, but what can I say, I enjoyed it. So here’s the second book. This time around, Alcatraz must search for his father and grandfather in the great Library of Alexandria (turns out it wasn’t destroyed, just moved. It’s a conspiracy).
While I will admit to loving this fantasy/science fiction series, I have a very small bone to pick with the ...more
Am also glad to learn that Alcatraz is not as dumb as he seemed at first. He does have his momens were he says stupid things where Bastille ...more
This book we got new characters and go to the Library of Alexandria to try and find Grandpa Smedry and maybe someone else…It wasn’t as…batshit crazy as the first one. Perhaps because I’m used to the weirdness or Sanderson toned to down for…y’know plot. However, I still enjoyed it!
“Dangerous, but unseen. (Kind of like those troublemakers who read fantasy novels.)”—Page 16
Yeah…Hey wait a minute!
“There was a pause. A dreadful, terrible, long annoying, frustrating, de ...more
Honestly, there’s only a few better feelings than when your tears are falling down to the last pages of the book, and you don’t want it to be over but at the same time you just can’t stop reading… It hurts in such a beautiful way.
Was this particular novel the same? Well, I’m not going to spoil anything for you, so you’ll have to find it out for yourself.
I have no idea how I could love Brandon Sanderson’s novels even more at thi ...more
So, like, is no one going to talk about how this is just a higher-stakes version of the first book?
This observation, of course, doesn't reflect on the quality of the book because a second heist to introduce new concepts and characters is still fun to read. I just hope the third book mixes it up a little bit (and from what I hear, it mixes it up a lot). However, this means that the faults and strengths of the first book are still here, even if the execution is a bit ...more
After the first book you figure you have a handle on what could happen. Nooooo, just like the first book surprises are just a page away. Never a dull moment. Alcatraz goes after a second library this time. The most famous library in history. The Great Library of Alexandria!
But there are no Librarians there. What ...more
I enjoyed this one very much, but I think the first book was better. This year I haven't read much middle grade and these read so fast and are so much fun. Exactly what I'm looking for when I read middle grade. Looking forward for the next book. 👍
Archive, among others. This collection features The Emperor’s S ...more
Other books in the series
Sigh. LIfe can be so tough sometimes.”