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News Roundup for December 9th, 2021: Spoiler Stream, Alcatraz Cover, and More!


Been a while, but it's finally time for another news roundup! A new cover for the first Alcatraz book has been revealed, the timing for the spoiler stream has been released, and a whole bunch of smaller projects have been announced!

First things first, the obligatory percentage bar update: Defiant is currently about 55% of the way done.

Next things next, Brandon will be doing a full spoilers livestream on December 16th, at 6pm Mountain Time. Generally, Brandon's assistant Adam will make a post on /r/brandonsanderson the day of to gather questions, as well as putting out a tweet and taking questions from chat. (If you're on the 17th Shard Discord server, we've used the fancy new events feature to display it in your local time and send a reminder when it's about to happen.)

Additionally, during the stream he will be announcing the winners for the Twelve Workdays of Christmas giveaways his team is running. Each weekday, a keyword is being posted on his social media pages that you can put in the subject line of an email to [email protected] to enter a giveaway for various prizes, such as signed books and merch.

Next up, the cover for the trade paperback edition of Alcatraz vs. the Evil Librarians has been revealed!

Alcatraz, a boy with short black hair wearing jeans and a black coat, stands in the center of a library, lowering a pair of glasses. Grandpa Smedry, an old balding man in a suit, stands to Al's right holding up a monocle; Bastille, a girl with silver hair wearing black pants and a white button-up, stands to Al's left wielding a sword in a battle stance. Behind and above Al, a stern woman with horn-rimmed glasses and a bun, reaches out a hand to grab him, a man with an eyepatch to her right and another Librarian to her left. Text at the top reads "Alcatraz vs. the Evil Librarians, Book One", and text at the bottom reads "#1 New York Times Bestselling Author Brandon Sanderson, Illustrations by Hayley Lazo".

New Alcatraz vs. the Evil Librarians cover by Justin Gerard.

We don't know when exactly the new edition will come out, but the full series is expected to be released with new covers over the next year or so in the leadup to the final book. (However, that is a very tentative timeline that has changed before, so take it with a grain of salt.)

In other news, there were some exciting announcements at the recent Dragonsteel Mini-Con (thanks @Use the Falchion for their report, as few Shard staff were present):

  • Lux is planned to be a trilogy, but this is not set in stone yet
  • Dan Wells is writing the novelization for Dark One, but it is not following the outline of the graphic novel
  • Janci Patterson, along with her friend Darci Cole, will be writing more Skyward Flight novellas after the success of the first few, with one likely following Kimmalyn
  • The White Sand omnibus is finished and they are working things out with the publisher, hope is to get it out next year
  • Isaac is about halfway through a story following Nikki Savage (an adventurer in the Mistborn Era 2 broadsheets) tentatively called Boatload of Mummies

Brandon also dropped a few interesting things during one of his SandoWriMo posts:

  • A Mistborn film is in development, but this sort of thing has been happening for years so it does not indicate anything solid yet
  • A screenwriter is currently working on another of his properties (he didn't say which), but once more nothing certain
  • He's working with a video game company for something, but it's unknown what they're working on and in what capacity he's involved

Also, for those watching the Wheel of Time show and interested in some of Brandon's behind-the-scenes thoughts, he's put out a few discussion posts on /r/WoT. He and Dan also discussed it on the most recent episode of their podcast Intentionally Blank.

Lastly, going forward the leather in Brandon's leatherbounds will look a bit different, as it turns out the previous line they were using was named Corona, and for some mysterious unguessable reason got discontinued recently. Isaac has tried to find something that looks as close to the same as possible, but they're not quite identical. Comparisons at various angles can be found in the YouTube video where it was announced.

As always, Brandon's own Weekly Update videos can be found on his YouTube channel, with transcripts on his blog.

What do you think of the new cover? Which project are you most excited for? Which book would you most like to see adapted? Let us know in the comments below!


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I like the new cover! Alcatraz doesn't look right to me, but other than that, it looks cool.

Boatload of Mummies is an awesome title.

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ooh I didn't know about the WoT reactions, hooray for transcripts on everything!

Also, I look forward to discussions about how much Boatload of Mummies is canon:P

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Thanks for the shoutout, and great post as always! Of course, the Mistborn movie conversation is exciting, but I'm probably most excited about the other two projects. I imagine the one with the screenwriter attached is Dark One, since we know it was being adapted as a television show at one time. In terms of the game, I still think it may be Soulburner. (See my theories Mini-Con thread.)

Outside of that, I'm torn on the new covers. I like them better than the original covers, but I'm also partial to the 2016 covers better - I feel like they captured the zany nature of the series better. (Has it been five years since the previous book already?) These feel more modern, but that also makes them more generic in a way. Still, if they breathe fresh life into the series and kindle interest, I'm game. 


Some silly math here as well. In his final SandoWriMo update, Brandon mentions writing 32k per month while editing and revision TLM and Defiant throughout the year in order to reach his goals for Stormlight 5 and stay on schedule overall. However, 32k per month would put Brandon at 384k by the end of the year, which is shorter than the 400k I felt he was aiming for before. That might mean that he plans for Stormlight 5 to be TWoK length, or simply that he plans for the extra 16k to be in interludes that he'll write later. Or maybe he's planning on increasing the wordcount in revisions, like with OB and RoW. Or maybe some mix of all three. Either way, this will be interesting to see play out. 

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