Monday, April 26, 2010

Alcatraz Versus the Evil Librarians by Brandon Sanderson

Title: Alcatraz Versus the Evil Librarians
Author: Brandon Sanderson
Reviewer: Karen
Genre: MG Fantasy
Rating: Like (with a possibility of love on the horizon)
Alerts/Warnings: None
Premise: On his thirteenth birthday, foster child Alcatraz Smedry receives a bag of sand which is immediately stolen by the evil Librarians who are trying to take over the world, and Alcatraz is introduced to his grandfather and his own special talent, and told that he must use it to save civilization. (King County Library System)
Opinions: This has to be one of the most unusual books that I have ever read. The "voice" of the story is highly unique as the narrator, who is the main character, is also the author-in-cognito (just read the "About the Author" in the back and that will make some sense) and is written as a sort of memoirs, though it is published as fantasy.

In all honesty when I first began to read the story I was disoriented and confused and wasn't sure that I would end up liking the story. Then I found out that that was done on purpose. By the second third of the book I turned to my husband and said "This book is growing on me." By the end of the book I thought that it had to be the "coolest, strangest ending that I've ever read."

The characters are intriguing, the writing is off the wall, and the plot fascinating. So, as far as a review goes, all I can say is that if you are a teenage boy, a parent of a teenage boy, someone who is quirky, or a writer you will thoroughly enjoy this book and will have several laugh-out-loud moments, but only if you read the entire book. And guess what???? Apparently it is a series with several more interesting, laugh-out-loud moments ahead for me.

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