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  1. Welcome to the "Alcatraz Vs. The Evil Librarians" topic! I love that series, so I even decided to create THIS.
  2. I cant wait for Alcatraz Bastille VS The Evil Librarians: The Worldspire!!! But one question: what were the other Smedrys like Sing, Australia, Aydee, Quentin (especially, seeing how he's never appeared for an entire book since book 1.), etc, doing during book 5? I mean, I don't necessarily think they just sat there, twirling their thumbs. Alcatraz's message appeared on EVERY piece of glass. They probably didn't just do NOTHING.
  3. If any of you haven't read Sanderson's Alcatraz series yet, I have no idea what you're waiting for. ;] Originally in my DeviantArt Gallery.

    © Art © H. Lazo

  4. I would say somebody help him, but then again, 'wasing not what wasing is', ey Bra-I mean, Alcatraz?? Ahah..hah... anYWAY As a person with glasses, I must say Alcatraz is doing pretty good, especially considering he hasn't warped any frames yet - it's lucky nobody's smacked in the face with a ball hAH (it hurts). Love the way it's written, with some interesting character revelations along the way! Looking foreword to owning a set of the (awesome) books myself.
  5. Anyone else catch Sanderson's inner Alcatraz bleeding through in the interactions between Hoid and Design? I thought the references were hilarious and was one of my favorite moments in the book.
  6. I WAS JOKING WITH MY FRIEND ABOUT GIVING ALCATRAZ THE RUIN SHARD AND NOW I NEED TO DRAW A L L OFF THE DESTRUCTIVE CHARACTERS MERGED INTO ONE BEING current idea: alcatraz reading the bible with red hair holding some shiny rocks saying something like "Matthew 2:12: and behold, God said unto to The Devil 'thou hast yee'd thy last haw'"
  7. Re-reading Alcatraz, on book 3, noticed this: "I blushed. It now seemed silly. 'I figured... well I thought if I could break Gravity, then I could fly.' Grandpa Smedry chuckled quietly. 'Break Gravity, eh? Very bold of you... a very Smedry-like attempt, but a bit beyond even the scope of your power, I'd say. Imagine the Chaos if Gravity stopped working all over the world!' I don't have to imagine it. I've lived it. But we'll get to that. Eventually." Welp. Spoilers (Books 5 and 6) And in book 2, we learn that the worldspire reaches all the way down to the center of the earth, which is made of glass. Hypothetically, what would happen if someone or something were to break the core of the Earth? how would that affect gravity? EDIT: Also from book 2: they regard me as their savior, but I only fixed what I broke in the first place. (loosely paraphrased)
  8. Sup! What's your Favorite Smedry Talent? Talk about why and why it's funny. (Some of them are freakishly bizarre.)
  9. I haven't finished all the books yet, so there could be things that make this poll irrelevant. But in your personal opinion, do you think Alcatraz Smedry is a terrible person as he repeatedly argues, or do you think he is a hero in spite of his flaws? Also, why's it so storming quiet in this thread?
  10. I noticed a couple of things while reading Alcatraz vs. the Scriveners Bones that I don't understand. Tell me what you think. The first one is when Alcatraz is on top of Dragonaught and he says, "I twisted, looking to the cockpit, and saw Kaz concentrating, hand on the panel. Sweat beaded on his brow" (80) I don't think Alcatraz would be able to see Kaz's face unless he was directly on top of the cockpit, but the entire thing was transparent so maybe he could from another position. The second one is after Alcatraz reads the inscription on the tomb of Alcatraz the first he thinks, "I wished that I had something I could write with, but then decided that it was better that I didn’t copy the text. The Curators would take what I wrote, and if they didn’t already know of the inscription, I didn’t want them to." (223) If he didn't care for the Curators of Alexandria to have that knowledge, then why did he put it in his book? I hope we can sort this out together if there is a reasonable answer, but I wonder if Alcatraz is still just trying to annoy us.
  11. I was rereading Alcatraz 1, and I noticed one of Quentin's gibberish lines sounded familiar. Do you think this is a reference to eastern street slang (AKA high imperial)?
  12. After completing the series for a second time, I realized that even though Alcatraz ends his account after they leave the Highbrary, he dropped some hints that the story goes on. These include the fact that he wrote his autobiography, the fact that we know the world wasn't destroyed like Biblioden wanted because he wrote his autobiography, and a few other things he mentions about his life afterwards that I can't remember off the top of my head. Also, I know that Alcatraz suggests that one of the following happened (but most likely the first one): he and Bastille got married, Bastille married a Smedry, or Alcatraz married a Dartmoor (which is unlikely, since we only know of Bastille and her sister). I can't remember exactly what the wording is or where it was, but I am fairly sure it was in the third or fourth book if someone wants to check. Any guesses as to how Biblioden was stopped or about what life was like after the official story ends?
  13. So this is completely a joke, but we know that Alcatraz Smedry has the power to break things. He breaks a lot of everything. We also know that Adonalsium was broken into sixteen pieces. Also, in the Reckonners, we see technology that can recreate people's powers. So, by the laws of absurd logic, I believe that someone stole Alcatraz's power and made it into a weapon, gave the weapon to someone else, who then used it to shatter Adonalsium. Alcatraz then figured out what happened, and he went on a quest to fix it. He is who we know as Hoid.
  14. On Thursday for TorCon, Christopher Paolini had a lovely chat with Brandon Sanderson about writing and their new books. If you're interested in watching it, do so soon as it will just be available this weekend. They had such nice synergy, so I'd recommend it! But, we wanted to give you a quick recap of some news from the event. First up, news on Alcatraz 6: the writing on it is all finished! Now it's just being illustrated, which is what they are waiting on right now. No release date currently, but since Brandon was having issues getting Bastille's voice right and his friend and colleague Janci Patterson took a pass on it, Brandon was happy with the result. So maybe we'll get this soon! There wasn't much else on Brandon news. He said Rhythm of War's fourth draft was finished, and the final draft needs to be done July 1st, and he's quite sick of the book. He said the book was currently 474,000 words long, but remember, he always goes through and tightens the prose and reduces the word count by 10%. That's what he does on the fifth and final draft. Brandon said he might some day have a story where Hoid tells about his past, kind of in a reminscing storyteller sort of way, like the Hobbit. That story might not happen, though. It didn't seem to me that he was thinking this was how he'd write Dragonsteel (which, remember, will be written after Stormlight is completed), but rather a separate thing. Lastly, he did reiterate that Stormlight is really two five book arcs, and that there is a time jump between books five and six with some character continuity. Brandon's discussed this before but I thought it'd be valuable to reiterate! As for Paolini's stuff, Brandon seemed to like his new book, To Sleep In a Sea of Stars, which is coming out this year. That might be cool. Paolini announced that the audiobook narrator will be Jennifer Hale, who you may know as the voice of the female Commander Shepard from Mass Effect. Cool!
  15. I was watching the show Milo Murphy's Law, and I had a thought. The whole premise of the show is that, around Milo, everything that can go wrong will go wrong. While everything is affected in some way, I've noticed that the more high-tech something is, the more likely it is that it goes horribly wrong. Additionally, the point is made that the ability is hereditary. If these don't all indicate a Smedry Talent, I don't know what does. Thoughts? Additionally, can anyone think of other individuals in TV shows and movies that could count as Smedrys?
  16. One of the first books by Brandon Sanderson that I read years ago was Alcatraz vs the Evil Librarians. While rereading it recently, I found a number of references to other Sanderson books. 1. The Sentinel's Glass of Ryshadium, chapter 16. Keep in mind that Brandon Sanderson published this book in 2007, while The Way of Kings was published in 2010, so he probably thought, "Hey, that sounds like a cool name for cool horses". 2. Wasing not of wasing is, also chapter 16. Reference to Spook's dialect in Mistborn: The Final Empire, published 2006 3. The steel skull of your archnemesis. chapter 18. Reference to Steelheart, published 2013. Even though the Alcatraz series is written for younger readers, I still enjoy the style of writing. Finding those references unexpectedly was fun as well. Did you find any other references? Do you think that these are valid, or am I just making connections that aren't there?
  17. What power would you most like to see as a new lense/talent/glass?
  18. Hey, guys! More for kicks than anything else, I have a "theory" for you. The different parts of it have been disproved half a million times, but I'm putting it out here anyway since it is kind of fun. Hoid is Alcatraz. Brandon Sanderson is Adonalsium. Brandon Sanderson was "shattered", or maybe " murdered", by his sixteen most prominent fans, and now one of his creations is trying to put him back together again so that more stories will be written. Disproven by countless WoBs and common sense, Alcatraz's world isn't cosmere, by imma ignore that. Alcatraz isn't a nice person, but neither is Hoid. They've got a similar sense of humor and snazzy/sassy style. We know almost nothing about Hoid, so who knows what we could make his back story. And Brandon Sanderson being Adonalsium? Both created the cosmere. Duh. Here it goes. Brandon Sanderson created his stories, like he usually does, some connecting, some not. Alcatraz versus the Evil Librarians is Hoid's TRUE back story, though only Brandon knows. Funny, poignant, and sad, sassy Alcatraz quickly grows into the Hoid we know, with his character arc stretching past the known books. And then, right after Sanderson finishes writing his last cosmere book, he is killed by sixteen angry fans because it IS the last book. After they steal the amazing creativity power that is held by Brandon, Shard stuff happens, cosmere, blah blah blah. Knowing that the murder of Adonalsium is unfair, Hoid/Alcatraz sets out to put him back together for one last story. The cosmere then becomes a cyclic storyline, restarting every time it ends, with the endpoint being Hoid/Alcatraz putting Adonalsium/Brandon back together. The book Brandon writes after being put back together is the story of Hoid putting everything back together. This silly theory ignores some very obvious facts, like that Alcatraz isn't cosmere, that Yolen would have to be Earth, and that someone would actually want to kill Brandon. What do you all think? Bring up some info that disproves - or better yet, DOES prove - that this is the true cosmere plotline. Have a nice day!
  19. So really, has anyone noticed the different references are made in Alcatraz. I just finished listening to the first one, and noticed a few different comments that Sanderson made that had to be references to other literary works, and not just his own works, but I am sure there is a reference to the Count of Monte Cristo when they are thrown in jail. Anyone else notice these? I'm pretty sure he is referencing partially to either Harry Potter or books like that at the end where the kids always go back to where it would be easy to find them.
  20. So I just finished reading it and I have a couple of questions. If the answers are in the next books, please say so and don't give the answer itself. Why Bastille and Draulin don't wear Warrior's Lenses? IIRC they were used only once when Kaz needed to run faster. But Bastille has used them in the first book just fine, why isn't she doing it now? Why isn't Kaz an oculator? I got the impression that while every Smedry has a Talent, only those of the main bloodline can be oculators. But if Alcatraz is from the main bloodline, so should Kaz, right? Also, if you can get Smedry Talent by marriage, why aren't Smedrys polygamous? I'd expect them to enter into purely formal marriages with the Crystin that are assigned to protect them, especially those with useful Talents (totally not thinking of it because of the Ship Tease indicated when Alcatraz got distracted by Bastille while trying to fly out of the pit trap. Totally >.>).
  21. Now, Sanderson said it wasn't in the Cosmere, but I found something interesting. In the story The Emperor's Soul, objects specifically have a cognitive identity. In Alcatraz vs The Dark Talent, the Shamer's lens make objects explode from embarrassment. right? When using the lens, Alcatraz heard the thoughts of the objects until they blew up. They described how they felt about how they appear to others. Sound familiar? The Cognitive Realm. Using Soul Stamps, you can change how an object views itself, along with others, to the extent of changing history. Am I just grasping at straws, or could I be seeing an actual connection?
  22. When I was reading the books again, I read the description for Attica Smedry. An image immediately popped into my head, and I just had to draw it. So, here this is.
  23. I met Brandon as a BYU student in the early 2000s, just before he signed the deal on Elantris, and it's been great to watch his success blossom over the years. My own daughter is almost 11 now. She has a complicated disability (DiGeorge syndrome) and getting her to try anything new or do anything on request is almost always an exhausting endeavor. She cries, she whines, she throws tantrums, she refuses. She also has pretty severe ADHD and it's hard to get her to pay attention to anything. Earlier this year, I told her we were going to begin reading Alcatraz versus the Evil Librarians. She threw her usual fit, but I insisted. She whined throughout the first half of the book whenever it was time to read, and I just kept telling her that if she wasn't sold by the end of the book, we wouldn't read the others. But towards the last 1/2 to 1/3 of the book, a change came over her. She was clearly interested. When Alcatraz unleashed the dinosaurs onto the library to help him make his final escape, she quipped, "They're not 'useless' now!" I was surprised she had been paying attention and could remember that detail. Last week, she asked to bring the book to school so she could share it for show-and-tell. We finished the book this morning, and I gave her a choice for our next book: Book 2 of Alcatraz, Little Shop of Hamsters by R. L. Stine, or Holes by Louis Sachar. She picked Book 2 of Alcatraz, no hesitation about it, and urged me to order ALL of the books in the series ASAP. I then let her know that her mother knew the author before she was born, and she began begging to meet him. "Well, he technically has met you a few times, but you were a baby." "He needs to see how much I've grown!" she said. Anyhow, looks like I need to pay attention to Brandon's event schedule so that I can take his newest young fan to meet him next time he's in Chicago. It's really wonderful to see my daughter getting enthusiastic about a book series; there have been so few. The pictures in the reprinted series are also really wonderful and help her pay attention, so I'm grateful that detail was added. I'm glad Brandon's magic won her over.
  24. Love reading these sassy books, and I'm only up to the third one but so excited to find out how the characters continue!! Such a cool writing style - especially for an autobiography hahah, anyway would definately recommend. Bastille, so cool!! She's epic, looks, attitude, and all!
  25. I just recently read the new editions of Alcatraz on my Kindle, and I SWEAR Brandon's changed stuff between the versions (though I don't have my old copy with me). I saw in another thread about the line "The steel skull of your archnemesis" being added, but I'm wondering, are there any other differences?