Brandon Sanderson

Premiere date: October 3, 2009

This October, our guest is Brandon Sanderson, author of the Alcatraz versus the Evil Librarians series. The premise of the series is simple: everything you know is a lie. Evil librarians control the world, feeding us false information (like physics) to keep us complacent and blissfully ignorant.

The veil is lifted forever the day our hero, orphan Alcatraz Smedry, turns 13. Alcatraz (a self-proclaimed liar, coward, and deviant with a talent for breaking things) receives a bag of sand from his long-lost parents. The sands lead him to a new world – a world where Occulators and members of the royal Smedry family do battle with evil, sword-wielding, librarians with taped glasses.

Narrated by the unreliable Alcatraz, the books are hilarious, innovative, and infinitely clever, taking all the familiar concepts you know, twisting them, and then presenting them in a completely new light...with plenty of swords, explosions, battles, traps, and dinosaurs with English accents thrown in.

The third book in the series, Alcatraz Versus the Knights of Crystallia, is due out this month.

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