If you’ve read any of my reviews of Brandon Sanderson books you would know that I am a huge fan of his, unfortunately I believe he missed his mark in Alcatraz Versus the Evil Librarians. It seemed clear that Sanderson wanted to write a book in the same manner as Terry Pratchett and Douglas Adams. It is particularly worth noting that Sanderson has said several times that he believe Pratchett is currently the best fantasy author.
The problem with the book is that it just wasn’t that funny. Sanderson definitely tried, it just didn’t work out for me. Then again, I also didn’t like Discworld or Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy so it very well could be that I just don’t particularly enjoy this style of books. Maybe I just don’t find things as humorous as others do.
“I could recommend a good psychologist. Of course, he’s Librarian controlled. They all are.
It’s a union thing.”
This is clearly a book written for youths. How many of them are going to understand this reference or joke about unions? Really, the humour just didn’t work for me.
In any event, I will try to give this review full attention because Sanderson is an awesome person. I don’t only mean as a writer, but as a person. He does so much to help others.
Alcatraz is a thirteen year old boy who has a talent for breaking things. On his thirteenth birthday his father who Alcatraz has never met sent him a bag of sand. Alcatraz, living in the Hushlands, has no idea of the importance of sand until it gets stolen by librarians before his grandfather can come and instruct Alcatraz on how to use it. And thus ensues a battle between Free Kingdomers and The Librarians who manipulate Hushlanders for the stolen sand.
So-so book. Definitely not something I would recommend to others and definitely not a good showcase of what Mr. Brandon Sanderson can do. Good thing his adult fantasy books are fabulous.