Alcatraz Versus the Knights of Crystallia
A buddy read with the addicted to Brandon Sanderson's genius and humor!!! We are all 13 year old when we read this series:):):)
".....Unfortunately, I know that some of you Hushlanders have trouble counting to three. (The Librarian-controlled schools don't want you to be able to manage complex mathematics.)
This obvious explanation of our terrible mathematical abilities is the reason I had to re-check several times to make sure I was reading the right book in order... I had already go ...more
Alcatraz is still breaking things!
Alcatraz, Bastille and his grandfather travel to the Free Kingdoms and the city of Nalhalla, the Smedry homeland only to find the counsel of kings is about to sign a treaty with the Evil Librarians. Bad idea!
As with the other books in the series, there is narration by the author throughout. Most of it funny. The book is a quick read and intended for younger readers. It is entertaining and fun to read. If you are a parent and read books with your kids, this is a
One of the elements I enjoy about these books is the active-narrator-telling-you-a-story thing. There's a lot of discussion about what makes a story, and what the author is doing in order to manipulate the reader. Obviously that's close to my heart, as I do the same thing in my boo ...more
I kept track of Grandpa Smedry's author-related exclamations in the Knights of Crystallia. Here they are for your entertainment. (I'm sure my buddies at BB&B will fill in the blanks if I missed any).
"Rotating Rothfusses! You surprised me, lad!"...more
"Amazing Abrahams, lad!"
"Wasted Westerfields! That was exciting, eh, lad?"
"Debating Dashners! We're late!"
"Jabbering Joneses, peopl
Buddy Read with the ever amazing group of Sanderson fans at Buddies Books and Baubles starting 8/21/16
I girl with a crystal sword....what could go wrong??? Well a lot but I think that was the point.
I flew through this series and so no time for reviews but....If you have kids 7-12 then this would be a fun family read. ...more
You know, the creator of the Cosmere. What? You haven’t heard of him? I don’t care who you are or what you’ve read. If you have not yet read Brandon Sanderson’s books, then you have not yet discovered what fantasy can be. But fear not! I say it again, fear not! For your ignorance can be amended. Whether you are a fantasy veteran or a fantasy noob, today... today, you find yourselves equals.
For you are all equally blessed. For ...more
I absolutely love Alcatraz Smedry and the other characters. Rushing off to read Alcatraz versus the Shattered Lens ...more
The Knights of Crystallia is the third installment of the Alcatraz series by Brandon Sanderson. For those who don’t understand what a series actually means and where you should start reading it, Alcatraz Smedry is nice enough to help explain all this as the book begins.
I know that some of you Hushlanders have trouble counting to three. (The Librarian-controlled schools don’t want you to be able to manage complex mathematics.) So I’ve prepared this helpful guide ...more
This book means whatever you make of it. For some it will be about the dangers of fame. For others it will be about turning your flaws into talents. For many it will simply be entertainment, which is quite all right. Yet for others it will be about learning to question everything, even that which you believe. For, you see, the most important truths can always withstand a little examination.
This book even wrote its own ...more
First Sentence: So there I was, hanging upside down underneath a gigantic glass bird, speeding along at a hundred miles an hour above the ocean, in no danger whatsoever.
I was a bit disappointed in this one. The pace was a lot slower and the action almost none existing.
The interruptions in the beginning of each chapter was just plain annoying, and it didn't help the pace of the book.
I think I'm taking a break form this series for now - will get back to it later in the year....more
You want to be a better person? Go listen to someone you disagree with. Don't argue with them, just listen. It's remarkable what interesting things people will say if you take the time to not be a jerk.¡Qué final!
When Alcatraz and Grandpa Smedry make a pilgrimage to the Free Kingdom city of Crystallia, the Smedry home base, Alcatraz is shocked to see that he is, in fact, a legend. When he was a baby he was stolen by the Evil Librarians, and his mother, a Librarian herself, was behind the whole scheme. Now, with his estranged father, who is acting indeed strange, Bastille, who has been stripped of her armor, and Grandpa Smedry, who is, as always, late to everyth ...more
The text is easy enough for young readers, while presenting a few challenges along the way to grow the reader's skills. The chapters are short and action packed, but lacking in pictures making this a solid 300 page book.
A perfect read for tweens with no foul language or adult content. Even the bathroom humor is limited to a single reference. ...more
- realistically flawed characters. Alcatraz is hugely likeable, at turns both heroic and unsavory, but always in ways that are incredibly human.
- the writing style! It reads like a Tumblr post! It uses the tropes and themes of traditional prose and storytelling like a jungle gym! I love it!
-worldbuilding, obviously. It's so much fun.
Anyway this is a great series if you want to laugh uproariously, but also experience the full spectrum of human emotion. I'm excit ...more
How do I know when I have series addiction? Clearing my reading schedule and dropping everything the moment I get my twitchy fingers on the sequel is a pretty good indication. I simply adore these Alcatraz books! The first four installments are being re-issued this year, with The Knights of Crystallia being the third book to get the fully illustrated hardcover treatment, and my latest fix.
After their narrow escape from t ...more
7/17/16 - finished!
This series just keeps getting better! This third installment still has the biting self-deprecating humor of the first two, but it also has a more serious undercurrent. There's more depth to the interactions we see between Alcatraz and his parents and Alcatraz and Bastille. We start to see some of the behind-the-scenes details on how the Smedry Talents and Lenses work and to understand the political structure of Nalhalla and the Li ...more
"I'd like to promise you that everything will turn out all right, but I think there's something you should understand. This is the middle book of a series. And as everyone knows, the heroes always lose in the middle book. It makes the series more tense."
This was way more fun than I expected.
Alcatraz's journey is halfway over and I can't wait for the big secrets to be revealed at the end. I need answers!
Since this is the middle book I would leave only a short review here, so that I could get ...more
An amazing read.. there is huge development in magic system and world building. We finally get to see the free kingdoms and i was not disappointed. Stakes rise in this book, but that did not necessarily force the main character to be stacked with more wisdom than his age by the Author. He remains in roots, a teenager, prone to making teenager-like mistakes throughout the book.
And i can't help but feel that it should have been titled ' Bastille Versus the Knights of Crystalli ...more
Last year I didn't read much middle grade fantasy, but then I started this series without expecting much and I just fell back in love and remember why I enjoyed middle grade novels so much. It's a quick read but it packs so much; it's fun, entertaining and clever. I love Sanderson's writing in this and his humor resonates with me.
I'm excited to read the next book.
In this, the middle book of the Alcatraz series, we finally get to see what the Free Kingdoms are like. Because the book isn’t almost entirely confined to one building, as in the first two, that helped this book feel a little bit bigger.
This book is just as good as the first two. The voice/narration continues to be funny, there are some interesting revelations, and once again we meet some new and fun characters. Sing comes back, and Australia is mentio ...more
I don’t enjoy this level of children’s literature, and I find Brandon Sanderson’s humour very hit or miss, so it was unlikely I was ever going to love the Alcatraz series, but I love his other works enough that I felt compelled to read everything he’s published. So on I ...more
“You want to be a better person? Go listen to someone you disagree with. Don’t argue with them, just listen. It’s remarkable what interesting things people will say if you take the time to not be a jerk.”
A quote that needs to flash before anyone uses the internet. This was another great installment. There were so many great new characters in this book and we get some more world building. I can’t wait to con ...more
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