Il y a de (rares) moments où l'on regrette que la classification d'Amazon s'arrête à 5 étoiles : j'en aurais bien rajouté une sixième...
Brandon Sanderson (qui, décidément, semble tout savoir écrire en littérature !) a spectaculairement réussi à nous offrir une rareté : un livre à la fois destiné aux enfants et aux adultes, monstrueusement drôle qui plus est. (Ceux qui connaissent ses fantastiques livres de fantasy ne le connaissent pas -encore- sous cet angle là !). Cette capacité à séduire un large public est une des qualité mondialement reconnue en ce qui concerne les "Harry Potter" et d'ailleurs...
Alcatraz est un orphelin, trimbalé de famille d'accueil en famille d'accueil ; soudain, un vieil homme loufdingue apparaît à sa porte et lui apprend que ce qu'il avait jusqu'alors considéré comme une tare (son invraisemblable aptitude à casser tout ce qu'il touche - en particulier les poignées de porte -) est en fait un talent magique ! Bien sûr, ça vous rappelle quelque chose, et ce n'est pas pour rien. Ce livre abonde en clin d'oeil divers (de tous horizons, certains ont dû m'échapper) et c'est volontaire. Volontaire et désopilant.
L'histoire, courte et trépidante (une journée) est pourtant très bien construite et, malgré la brièveté du texte, réussit à nous offrir un monde magique parallèle (oui, il y en a un !) original et crédible. Brandon Sanderson possède une imagination qui semble infinie, ainsi que la rigueur adéquate pour nous la faire apprécier.Lire la suite ›
Lady LamaTOP 500 COMMENTATEURSVOIX VINE le 4 octobre 2011
Brandon Sanderson est connu pour ses livres de fantasy pour adultes (si vous ne connaissez pas ses livres, précipitez-vous dessus, sauf les porteurs de chromosomes Y, qui semblent développer une allergie mystérieuse et incompréhensible pour ses univers et qui en sont donc dispensés).
Brandon Sanderson a aussi écrit des livres de fantasy pour la jeunesse, via sa série Alcatraz. Quatre tomes sont déjà parus: - « Alcatraz Versus the Evil Librarians » - « Alcatraz Versus the Scrivener's Bones » - « Alcatraz Versus the Knights of Crystallia » - « Alcatraz Versus the Shattered Lens » Je ne commente ici que les deux premiers, les seuls que j'ai lu.
Dans le premier tome, Alcatraz, 13 ans, découvre ce que ses parents lui ont laissé en héritage: un petit tas de sable. Youpi. Dans ce tome il va apprendre à découvrir qui est vraiment sa famille et quelles sont ses origines. Dans le deuxième tome Alcatraz va essayer de retrouver son père, errant potentiellement dans la bibliothèque d'Alexandrie (pas la nouvelle, fort belle, mais la vieille, perdue).
C'est donc de la fantasy jeunesse. Mais avec de l'humour très second degré et de nombreuses références permettant au lecteur adulte de savourer à son niveau chaque récit (à tel point que je me demande même si un jeune ne s'y sentirait pas lui mal à l'aise). Cela lorgne un peu vers les Terry Pratchett, mais malheureusement sans les jeux de mots et la profondeur des propos.Lire la suite ›
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A book for all ages7 septembre 2007
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First off, I should say that in my mid twenties I am a little older than the target "reading level" of this book. However, that didn't stop me from thoroughly enjoying every word of it. I am a big fan of Brandon Sanderson, and am glad to see that his writing skill can equally please readers of all ages.
Alcatraz Versus The Evil Librarians is the most cleverly written book I have ever had the pleasure of reading. The precisely written narration is what I enjoyed the most. Each chapter, Alcatraz (the narrator) breaks away from the story, to talk to the reader from the voice of the author. These little sections are filled with really clever tidbits that on many occasions had me laughing out loud.
The story itself is entertaining as well. True to Sanderson's form, some of the characters have a special magical "talent" that they use in very creative ways. These talents are attributes that we might not normally see as an advantage, such as always arriving late, and tripping and falling in very dramatic ways. Sanderson also does a great job sheding new light on the world we live in by comparing it to a more advanced society where light bulbs are inferior to open flames (since lights can't set things on fire) and stairs are more advanced than elevators (because you get a work out climbing them).
This is a book that I think any kid will love, with the parents enjoying it equally as much.
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Funny book for kids and grown-ups10 octobre 2007
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Alcatraz at first glance appears to be your typical teen-age boy, even if he's named after a world-famous prison. Being passed around the foster-care system hasn't helped his attitude much, though, and it seems that he brings it on himself with his terrible clutziness.
On his thirteenth birthday he gets a strange--and very old--package in the mail from his father (where is he? is he dead? is he alive? we don't know?) claiming that it contains Alcatraz's inheritance: a bag of sand. Mystified and sad, he decides to make himself some comfort food but accidentally catches the kitchen drapes on fire.
Then everything hits the fan: the sand is stolen, a man claiming to be his grandfather shows up, his foster mother wants to kick him out of the house, and a man with a gun threatens his life. Not a great way to spend a birthday, if you ask me.
But, oh, what hilarity ensues. What's great about Sanderson's stuff is that it's beyond the typical fantasy-epic-journey type story like you'd find in Paolini or MacHale. Almost the entire story takes place at the downtown library, where things aren't always what they seem. And nothing is off-limits: Sanderson makes fun of everything and it's just plain funny. Exceedingly silly, but funny for kids and grown-ups.
The characters are fun, and even the antagonists turn out to be complex people. Alcatraz in particular is an interesting character who struggles with his accident-prone nature, until he learns it's a 'Talent' (his grandfather's Talent is arriving late to things...it's so funny, but it works!). He's convinced he's a bad kid, but it gets harder for us to believe it as the story progresses, and even he seems to change his mind a little near the end.
Sanderson's strength, as in his other novels, is his plotting. He knows how to tell a story at a great pace, that moves forward and never lags. The author is also great with magic. He finds new ways to make magic just plain cool, like the Allomancers in The Final Empire (Mistborn, Book 1). In Alcatraz the protagonists have their Talents (his cousin's Talent is tripping), but they are also Occulators--that is, many of their powers come from the eye-glasses they wear! How cool is that?! Having worn glasses all throughout my childhood, the idea of them giving superpowers is cooler than cool.
Alcatraz would be great to read out loud to your kids (I'd say ages 9-12), and you won't be bored in the process!
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WHAT ARE YOU THINKING 1 STAR PEOPLE!?15 janvier 2012
Heather H. Stephenson
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Whoever rated this book 1 star is lying to you. Alcatraz vs. the Evil Librarians is an amazing book, and whoever tells you otherwise is a librarian or an idiot. This book has all of the components of a good plot, and is funny and engaging. Keep reading the other books too, it gets even better! Overall, the characters have depth, the story is engaging, and Alcatraz should be given all the book awards in the world. Rutabaga. oh, by the way, this is heathers son.
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Alcatraz Series Review10 avril 2011
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Below is an excerpt of my full review of the first four books in the Alcatraz series:
This review goes in line with that of the Alcatraz series, more specifically the attitude of a Smedry. You see, they are trouble makers, and are prone to getting themselves into life threatening situations. They have an uncharacteristic attitude when dealing with any situation. The more danger, the more excited they are. Through thick and thin, Smedry's are rarely to be found with a sour mood. They are bubbly, charismatic, bold, audacious, and have a knack for getting themselves into trouble. Wait, I said that did I not? Gack! You see, I imitating a number of characters found in this book. Granpa Smedry, Alcatraz, talking dinosaurs. Yes, you read correctly, talking dinosaurs with a British accent, and as we know, those Brits are refined, calm, and well-mannered; dinosaurs are no exception! They really know how to cause trouble for Librarians, like eating the entire C section of the Science Fiction shelf and moving six books out of their proper places. Okay, so maybe they are useless as Bastille said... The only thing worse than talking dinosaurs are talking rocks, but I tell you, the dinosaurs are a treat! To round off this paragraph, I leave you this quote from Grandpa Smedry if you think I am making any of this up:
I am a Smedry, and we do ridiculous, unexpected, eccentric things like this all the time.
The Alcatraz series is a tremendously fun read. My friend that recommended Mistorn and Elantris did not bother giving these books a shot because of their young adult emphasis, despite being a lover of Sanderson's work. Aspiring Asimovs, what a horrible reason! Lots of fun, many laugh out loud moments, tons of humor and wit, with a great story to boot! The books are written from the first person perspective of Alcatraz Smedry, written as a biography of how he became the hero of the Free Kingdom and to dispel the many myths about how it happened. The books are much shorter than all of Sanderson's other works, easily read in two or three days, and are extremely enjoyable. I cannot recommend these books enough!
Unfortunately Scholastic decided to not sign Sanderson for the fifth and final book. According to his assistant via Twitter, Sanderson will finish the series, but it's still a few years out, which is a shame. When I found out about this, I shook my fist at Scholastic and demanded they be burned alive with the Firebringer's Lens. You'll have to read the books to know what that's about ;)
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ALCATRAZ VERSUS THE EVIL LIBRARIANS BY BRANDON SANDERSON18 novembre 2009
Alex C. Telander
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I write this under the pen name of book reviewer Alex C. Telander, so I can keep the librarians happy and unsuspecting. If you're reading this, then you must've heard about the supposed "fictional" book, Alcatraz Versus the Evil Librarians. Good for you! You have taken the first step to learning the truth.
This book isn't really by Brandon Sanderson, it's a cover for the true story and biography of Alcatraz Smedry. In this first book in the series you'll learn about Alcatraz and why he's always breaking everything he touches. It's because that's his special power. In fact he thought he was an orphan - yeah, like Harry Potter - only turns out he was just being protected. On his thirteenth birthday - after burning the kitchen down because he broke the stove - he gets a bag of sand as a gift from the parents he never knew he had, an inheritance, and it get stolen. His grandfather appears from nowhere and just rescues him in time - his special ability is that he arrives late for everything, really handy when you're being shot at.
Alcatraz soon finds out that the world isn't what he thinks it is, that there's other places he never knew existed, but it's all because of those evil librarians; they're behind everything. They've pulled the wool over our eyes for a long time, but if you're reading this, then maybe you'll read Alcatraz's story and find out what the truth is. The evil librarians control everything, but it's up to Alcatraz along with help from his family and an appointed bodyguard, a girl who's a knight of the Crystallia, to try and stop these librarians and get that important bag of sand back. Because the sand can be used to make lenses which have special powers, and this sand will make a lens that can read any language, even the ancient language which nobody knows how to read.
So now you've read this fake book review about a fictional book called Alcatraz Versus the Evil Librarians by Brandon Sanderson, go out and get the book at any bookstore - avoid the library, `cos that's where the evil librarians are - and find out what the real world is like. Think The Matrix, only better!
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