Alcatraz Versus the Evil Librarians

Alcatraz Versus The Evil Librarians is the first book in a kid’s series written by Brandon Sanderson.  I wish audible.com had more of this series available, but it doesn’t.  Basically, this is Brandon Sanderson’s attempt to spoof Harry Potter.

He does a good job.  It’s light fun, but without much of the rigid structural world building Brandon Sanderson is well known for.  Personally, I think there’s a rigid structure to the magic system written down somewhere in Sanderson’s notes, but it’s not described at all in the actual book, leaving the reader with the same sort of vague understanding of magic that you often got from Harry Potter and lesser works.  The same is true for the Evil Librarians.  We’re basically told that all our understanding of technology is backward, and this is a plot by the librarians to keep us under their control…  Any attempt to actually make sense of that notion is skipped over.

Mind you, the book is very self-aware of its ridiculousness.  One of the great magic powers in the book is “being late for things”.  That’s intentionally ludicrous, but Sanderson makes it work.

If there was more of this series in audiobook form I’d eat it up.  Unfortunately, I think Brandon Sanderson’s desire to move the publishing rights of this series have stalled the creation of more audiobooks.  I could be wrong on that, but I can’t think of any other reason, given how good the first book was.

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