Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Alcatraz Versus the Scrivener's Bones by Brandon Sanderson

"In the first book in the series, I made some sweeping generalizations about librarians, many of which are not completely true. [...]
You may therefore, have assumed that all librarians are evil cultists who want to take over the world, enslave humanity, and sacrifice people on their alters.
This is completely untrue. Not all librarians are evil cultists. Some librarians are instead vengeful undead who want to suck your soul.
I'm glad we cleared that up." (44-45)

Alcatraz Smedry is searching for his grandfather, who has gone in search of Alcatraz's father, who has gone in search of... well, no one is quite sure. In any case, Alcatraz's search leads him and his companions to the famed Library of Alexandria, which has not been destroyed as the librarians would lead the public to believe. Once inside, Alcatraz learns that you can only gain access to the information if you give up your soul, which Alcatraz would really prefer to keep to himself. (He's selfish like that.) In Alcatraz Versus the Scrivener's Bones Brandon Sanderson's exciting sequel, what real chance does Alcatraz have when fighting against an unstopable librarian with only glasses and a cousin who can make themself ugly? More than you might imagine (he is a Smedry after all), but he could really use the bazooka bunny mentioned in Chapter 11. That would really help him out.


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