Alcatraz Versus the Scrivener's BonesTitle: Alcatraz Versus the Scrivener’s Bones
Author: Brandon Sanderson
ISBN: 9780439925532
Pages: 322 pages
Publisher/Date: Scholastic Press, c2008.

“In the first book in the series, I made some sweeping generalizations about librarians, many of which are not completely true. […]
You may therefore, have assumed that all librarians are evil cultists who want to take over the world, enslave humanity, and sacrifice people on their alters.
This is completely untrue. Not all librarians are evil cultists. Some librarians are instead vengeful undead who want to suck your soul.
I’m glad we cleared that up.” (44-45)

Alcatraz Smedry is searching for his grandfather, who has gone in search of Alcatraz’s father, who has gone in search of… well, no one is quite sure. In any case, Alcatraz’s search leads him and his companions to the famed Library of Alexandria, which has not been destroyed as the librarians would lead the public to believe. Once inside, Alcatraz learns that you can only gain access to the information if you give up your soul, which Alcatraz would really prefer to keep to himself. (He’s selfish like that.) In Alcatraz Versus the Scrivener’s Bones Brandon Sanderson’s exciting sequel, what real chance does Alcatraz have when fighting against an unstopable librarian with only glasses and a cousin who can make themself ugly? More than you might imagine (he is a Smedry after all), but he could really use the bazooka bunny mentioned in Chapter 11. That would really help him out.

While not as riotously funny as the first one, this book delivers plenty of fast paced action to fans of Alcatraz’s hillarious hijinks. There’s wit and sarcasm and clever asides to the readers that some will find fraustrating and others will find fantastic. The clever enginuity of the characters, not just Alcatraz, will have readers racing for more. Australia is just one of the new additions to this colorful cast of characters that I want to see more of in the coming books. Sanderson keeps your attention not just with references to the past edition, but to future books as well, which will drive fans (like myself) nuts as we wait for the third book to arrive October 2009.

I’m going to end with another rememberable quote, as only Alcatraz can describe life:

I fumbled for a response, my mind fuzzy. (Girls, you might have noticed, can do things like this to guys. It’s a result of their powerful pheromones. They evolved that way, gaining the ability to make us men fuzzy-headed, so that it would be easier for them to hit us on the heads with hardback fantasy novels and steal our cheese sticks.)