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Alcatraz [Paperback]

Brandon Sanderson
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Book Description

20 Sep 2012 Alcatraz

On his thirteenth birthday, Alcatraz - a foster child - gets a bag of sand in the mail which purports to be his 'inheritance' sent from his father and mother. The Librarians, of course, immediately steal the bag of sand from him.

This sparks a chain of events which leads Alcatraz to realize that his family is part of a group of freedom fighters who resist the Evil Librarians - the secret cult who actually rule the world. Alcatraz's grandfather shows up and tows him off to infiltrate the downtown library to steal back the mystical bag of sand. The ensuing story involves talking dinosaurs, sentient romance novels, and a dungeon-like labyrinth hiding beneath the innocent-looking downtown library.

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  • Paperback: 759 pages
  • Publisher: Gollancz (20 Sep 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0575131349
  • ISBN-13: 978-0575131347
  • Product Dimensions: 23.5 x 15.6 x 4.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 399,298 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I'm Brandon Sanderson, and I write stories of the fantastic: fantasy, science fiction, and thrillers.

My newest book is Words of Radiance, written as a love letter of sorts to the epic fantasy genre. It continues the story of the Stormlight Archive that began in The Way of Kings, and it's the type of book I always dreamed epic fantasy could be.

In September 2013 I also released Steelheart, set in a near-future Chicago ruled by a ruthless villain with no heroes to oppose him.

Mistborn and The Way of Kings are among my most popular works, as are my concluding volumes to Robert Jordan's epic series The Wheel of Time. My novella The Emperor's Soul won a Hugo Award in 2013. That year also marked the release of my first young adult fantasy, The Rithmatist.

Sample chapters from all of my books are available at -- and check out the rest of my site for chapter-by-chapter annotations, deleted scenes, and more.

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...this is a totally bonkers, riotous quartet of books. The moment one bizarre climax is over, the next occurs leaving the reader breathless and forever turning the page. (JETOWEY.COM)

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An omnibus of four books by the bestselling author of the MISTBORN and WHEEL OF TIME series.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Silly, funny, entertaining 7 Oct 2012
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Very different from his other books. Borders on being a harry potter spoof. However very funny and incredibly unique. Would recommend for all ages.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Definitely a YA for adults to enjoy as well 24 Sep 2012
By Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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I've been a fan of Sanderon for quite some time so to find an Urban Fantasy novel that's aimed at young readers was something of a revelation for me as a reader. The tale is cleverly crafted, as if written from the protagonists point of view and whilst you'd think that there were numerous writing errors within, for me it added to the stories charm as our "hero" seeks to put the world to rights whilst seeking to achieve his goal.

Add to this some cracking twists, the usual Sanderson magic which when backed with top notch prose and a few cliffhangers, the reader really is in for something completely different to what's gone before. Great stuff.
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3.0 out of 5 stars it's ok 27 Sep 2013
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i'd have to go along with other readers and say i was a bit disappointed. the cynic in me wonders if it was put out in Brandon Sandersons name deliberately to pick up the aduly readers who think his other works are fantastic (just look at a couple of his short stories and you'll be hooked). this is definitely a 10-13 years olds book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great story for kids 18 May 2014
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I am currently reading this story to my nine year old. He is thoroughly wrapped up in the concept and loves explaining it to people. It is a story with great mini twists. Interesting characters with unusual talents and it has a fantastic way of explaining difficult concepts (like irony and humility) to young people. You may think its a fantasy book but its not, its a biography that teaches about the basic constructs of humour and the English language and gives you the truth about l...rarians.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Written for kids 3 Jan 2014
By shauna
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Good plot but really annoyingly written in a juvenile style - from my adult point of view. I really like Brandon Sanderson's other works which is why I bought this. I was disappointed. I'm not sure my kids would have liked it that silly style when they were that young either.
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