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The Scrivener's Bones

by Brandon Sanderson

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Series: Alcatraz vs. the Evil Librarians (2)

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Thirteen-year-old Alcatraz Smedry and his companions seek Al's father and grandfather in the Great Library of Alexandria, where they face undead, soul-stealing wraiths called the Curators of Alexandria, and one of the Scrivener's Bones, a part-human, part-machine mercenary.

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2.5 stars

Listened to the audio of this one and really couldn’t tell you the plot of the story. All I know is that Alcatraz (and a cousin(?), Bastille) ended up at the Library of Alexandria, where the curators (skeleton(?) librarians) require the signing over of a soul in order to check out a book. I think they were looking for Alcatraz’s mother (or father or maybe Bastille’s mother?). Not too sure.

Ok, so it’s been a long time since I read the first in the series, but I gave it 4.5 stars! This one is only rated as high as it is for the humourous bits when Alcatraz was talking directly to the reader (not usually to do with the story, itself), and the stuff about the “evil” librarians (I am a librarian, so I did find that very entertaining!). Listening to the audio, though, those were the only parts where I was interested enough to pay attention. I have found that many (most?) adventure does not translate well for me on audio. No idea what the story actually was about. Not sure if I want to continue. I probably should give the next one a chance, but not on audio (let’s hope I remember that!). ( )
  LibraryCin | Feb 6, 2023 |
Winter 2021 (December);

Another cute, fast read as this series slips so quickly through my fingers. The story isn't as deeply engrossing as Sanderson's Epics, but it's cute for what it is (and upper-middle grade-ish audience), and I never get tired of the interesting meta he uses the first-person narrator outside the frame to talk about writing/the process of writing/reading.

Even though I started [b:Alcatraz Versus the Evil Librarians|623976|Alcatraz Versus the Evil Librarians (Alcatraz, #1)|Brandon Sanderson|https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1332516621l/623976._SX50_.jpg|2591148] before State of the Sanderson 2021 dropped, I'm amused that I was just going to give a quick dash through these books at the end of the year, but it's even more fortuitous given the next book in this series is being released next year. I will totally be on board that train when it leaves the station. ( )
  wanderlustlover | Dec 27, 2022 |
More audacious humor - I especially loved the ending! Alcatraz discovers both his parents are still living - but just what does that mean for him and where does he fit into this new world he has entered. Alcatraz continues to think on his feet and do heroic things (despite his assertion that he is no hero). ( )
  tjsjohanna | Jul 20, 2021 |
Just as fun as the first one. Great next step to the story -- continuing on the overall narrative while having fun. Completely a kids book, but still solid. ( )
  adamfortuna | May 28, 2021 |

Brandon Sanderson - Alcatraz vs. the Scrivener’s Bones: This is the second book, right? I think I liked it a little better than the first? More stuff actually happened. #cursorybookreviews #cursoryreviews ( )
  khage | Dec 3, 2020 |
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Though some readers may find the author's non sequiturs and frequent interruptions in the narrative off-putting, those who enjoy their fantasy with a healthy dose of slapstick humor will be delighted.
added by Katya0133 | editSchool Library Journal, Jane Henriksen Baird (Dec 1, 2008)
Sanderson gives due weight to his characters’ dangerous situation and its emotional implications, balancing absurdity, action, and character growth for a thoroughly thrilling read.
added by Katya0133 | editHorn Book Magazine, Claire E. Gross (Nov 1, 2008)
Trying too hard to be strange, the effect is not fun but forced.
added by Katya0133 | editKirkus (Oct 1, 2008)

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Brandon Sandersonprimary authorall editionscalculated
Brundage, ScottCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
de Ocampo, RamonNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lazo, HayleyIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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So, there I was, slumped in my chair, waiting in a drab airport terminal, munching absently on a bag of stale potato chips.
I shivered, realizing it probably wasn't a good idea to sass the soul-sucking monster with a burning skull for a head.
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Thirteen-year-old Alcatraz Smedry and his companions seek Al's father and grandfather in the Great Library of Alexandria, where they face undead, soul-stealing wraiths called the Curators of Alexandria, and one of the Scrivener's Bones, a part-human, part-machine mercenary.

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