Travis_J_Smith’s #CBR5 Review #121: Alcatraz Versus the Scrivener’s Bones by Brandon Sanderson


Sanderson, you and I are done. At least as far as this series is concerned.Alcatraz Versus the Evil Librarians was too clever for its own good, but that cleverness worked enough in your favor that I was able to get past it. Alcatraz Versus the Scrivener’s Bones, however, is a couple steps too far. The asides became more a part of the story than the story itself, the humor doesn’t work at all as well as in the first book, and I can sense you trying to see how far you can push things before they break.

A girl whose power is waking up ugly? However could that come in handy? I know, she’ll be able to wake up looking like someone else if she just puts her mind to it! No, Sanderson, now you’re stretching, and I’m not going to be doing that stretching with you any longer. It’s not clever anymore. You want to seem like the smartest guy in the room? Go right ahead. I’ll be in another room.


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