Archive for Alcatraz Versus the Shattered Lens

Glass-Shattering Revelation

Posted in Children's, New release with tags , , , on January 26, 2011 by jaclemens

Book One of the Stormlight Archive has the Shattered Plains, while Book Four of the Alcatraz series has the Shattered Lens. Were the Towers of Midnight shattered in Wheel of Time #13/A Memory of Light #2? Brandon Sanderson had all three books released in 2010, with Alcatraz Versus the Shattered Lens being the last (and least talked about) of the three. It’s also the last book of the series to be published by Scholastic, although it is not the final Alcatraz book (how could it be after the glass-shattering revelation it contains?).

Shattered jests aside, this book actually has more in common with the Writing Excuses podcast Sanderson co-hosts with Dan Wells and Howard Tayler. The “teddy bear on the mantle”, dialog without tags (but with pirates), and dialog cribbed from Hamlet all point to Brandon’s brand of helpful and humorous advice for new writers. I wonder if he could get Alcatraz Smedry as a guest on the podcast?


May-December Romance

Posted in Events, New release with tags , , , on December 20, 2010 by jaclemens

In May I attended an event where Brandon Sanderson read from Alcatraz Versus the Shattered Lens and The Way of Kings. Following the reading I went to see Iron Man 2 with my brother Chris.

In December I attended an event where Brandon Sanderson signed the aforementioned books. After the signing I rented – what else? – Iron Man 2 and watched it with my kids!

(No, that isn’t War Machine on the cover!)

Sanderson Only

Posted in Events with tags , , , , on June 3, 2010 by jaclemens

Only a reading and signing by Brandon Sanderson could get me to attend CONduit, Salt Lake City’s annual sci fi and fantasy convention! I’m a fan, but conventions aren’t really my scene. I bought this deluxe single event pass and got my money’s worth! Sanderson read from two of his upcoming books: Alcatraz Versus the Shattered Lens, the fourth book in his Alcatraz series for middle readers, and The Way of Kings, the first book in his new Stormlight Archives series. In addition to a magnificent cover by Michael Whalen The Way of Kings will have about 25 interior illustrations, all of which were on display. They exhibit an Oriental influence and heightened my anticipation for its’ release on August 31st!