Monday, May 12, 2008

Review: Brandon Sanderson Books

Book: Alcatraz versus The Evil Librarians by Brandon Sanderson
Genre: YA Fantasy
Rating: A-

My main reaction to this book is... WOW... how does he come up with this stuff? What a crazy imagination! It's a great story about a kid who learns that his talent for breaking stuff might be handy after all... and that the world he has lived in all his life is controlled by the evil librarians... and that if he doesn't go and find a certain bag of sand... then lots of bad stuff will happen. It's full of tons of quirky characters and bizarre happenings that kids will love.

Book: Mistborn: The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson

Genre: Fantasy
Rating: A

I LOVED this one! I was in desparate need for a nice "big kid" fantasy with all the good stuff that implies. Again, a very imaginative tale about a not-so-nice world controlled by a very bad man. Our heroes, and one very spunky and powerful heroine, have come up with a plan to overthrow this ruler and try to change the world back to how it used to be. I loved the premise of getting power, or magic, from all the different kinds of metal. Very cool. And the bad guys in this book... whoa.... they are some pretty creepy dudes. I look forward to the sequel whenever I can get my hands on it. This was on of those books that when I wasn't reading it, I was thinking about and anxious to get back to it. Love those kind!


  1. I'm really glad you liked it! I was also really impressed with the magic from ingesting metals -- how cool, and different. I've read a lot of fantasy and never encountered something like that. And it was very concrete. (hehehe) I also could not put it down and so I haven't started the next one yet. I'm also waiting for the paperback. I really wasn't expecting that certain main character to die at the end. And was totally enthralled by the idea of a foretold hero not saving the world...and what happens next. And he kept me guessing as to the identity of the bad guy and the fate of the brother until the end. So way cool!!!

  2. Have you read Elantris yet? Just wondering how it compares. I'm sure I'll be picking that one up soon too.

  3. I have read Elantris - a Christmas present. It was very good, and very different. It too had a totally original magic scheme. I could not put it down. A writing concept I got at BYU - a good ending is both unexpected, and inevitable. If I think about the most satisfying endings, rather happy or sad, they fit that bill. Elantris did an especially good job of that. And the situation the main character was freakin' weird and fascinating! Let me know what you think of it. Oh, and if you want, you could borrow it.



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