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Sharon L

"My imagination has always topped anything a movie could come up with" 

 

-Darkfever by Karen Marie Moning

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Alcatraz Versus the Evil Librarians (Alcatraz Series #1)

Alcatraz Versus the Evil Librarians - Brandon Sanderson the whole idea is great. many times we are being told of all kinds of things, and we take them for granted. we never dare question all those 'facts' and 'belifes'. this book, this particular book, made me question and wonder. in the past months since i read it i found myself over and over in a situation of the sort:radio: there have been found a new skeleton of dinosaur. the skeleton seems to be from XXX and it is something that we hadn't known existed beforeme: mmm...the reminds me of Alcatraz. wait, don't tell me some dinosaur was hunted again! damn, this book is F with my headwell, yes, and it happened all over again, in all kind of situation. why? because Alcatraz force you to think. because reading it is like sparing with the narrator. like playin ping-pong with it. each and everytime he sets you a trap, and the question is wether or not you'll fall for it.the wonderful thing about this book is how it shows you that, well, somethings can be really, but really, useful even when you don't think it's even possible- like being late, what if you could be late to the pain ypu feel when you are badly injured? and your blood would be late so you won't bleed to death? what if you could be late to your own death? or break something just the right way so your enemy couldn't use it against you?sounds tempting, right?add to that a few conspiracies- like evil libarians who want to control the world, and actually control the knowledge you consume. say that stairs and swords are more high-tech then elvators and guns, mix with a bit of a cynical, liar, super smart-ass narrator surrounded by a group of colorfull and interesting characters and you got Alcatraz. a throughlly enjoyable book that would most likely make you laugh while saying some harsh truths like: “Authors also create lovable, friendly characters, then proceed to do terrible things to them, like throw them in unsightly librarian-controlled dungeons. This makes readers feel hurt and worried for the characters. The simple truth is that authors like making people squirm. If this weren't the case, all novels would be filled completely with cute bunnies having birthday parties.”and a few favourite qoutes: “I froze, shocked. (And don't try to clam that you did anything different the first time a government bureaucrat pulled a gun on you.)” “People can do great things. However, there are somethings they just can't do. I, for instance, have not been able to transform myself into a Popsicle, despite years of effort. I could, however, make myself insane, if I wished. (Though if I achieved the second, I might be able to make myself think I'd achieved the first....)Anyway, if there's a lesson to be learned, it's this: great success often depends on being able to distinguish between the impossible and the improbable. Or, in easier terms, distinguishing between Popsicles and insanity.Any questions? also, that's how the book starts“So, there I was, tied to an altar made from outdated encyclopedias, about to get sacrificed to the dark powers by a cult of evil Librarians.”interesting, right? what are you waiting for? go read it! so you'll find out what happens nextthen you can come and tell me