Search Results: "Brandon Sanderson"


BOOK REVIEW

CALAMITY by Brandon Sanderson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 17, 2016

"Adeptly done thrills, whether readers take their costumed supers seriously or with a dish (or, in this case, an entire city) of salt. (Fantasy. 11-13)"
Climactic battles with the most powerful of the supervillainous Epics plaguing our planet leads to a win at last for truth, justice, and, well, second chances. Read full book review >

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ALCATRAZ VERSUS THE EVIL LIBRARIANS by Brandon Sanderson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2007

"He may be right. (Fiction. 10-14)"
On his 13th birthday, Alcatraz Smedry receives a bag of sand and burns down his foster mother's kitchen, beginning his involvement in the struggle between the Free Kingdoms and the world we know, controlled by a conspiracy of Evil Librarians. Read full book review >

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FIREFIGHT by Brandon Sanderson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 6, 2015

"Big in size and vision, this is the rare middle volume that keeps the throttle open and actually moves the story along significantly. (Fantasy. 11-14)"
Teen slayer of evil, superpowered Epics David Charleston carries the fight from Newcago to New York in this slash-and-burn sequel. Read full book review >

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THE ALLOY OF LAW by Brandon Sanderson
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 1, 2011

"Butch Cassidy territory—ignore the tumbleweeds and enjoy."
Sanderson returns to planet Scadrial (The Hero of Ages, 2008, etc.) where, 500 years later, the scenario is a fantasy Wild West where the largest city, Elendel, despite its unpredictable mists, boasts railroads, electric street lighting and nascent skyscrapers. Read full book review >

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ELANTRIS by Brandon Sanderson
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 1, 2005

"A cut above the same-old, but hardly a classic."
Debut author Sanderson serves up an epic fantasy novel that is (startlingly) not Volume One of a Neverending Sequence. Read full book review >

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SHADOWS OF SELF by Brandon Sanderson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 6, 2015

"A fast-paced fantasy adventure set in a fascinating world and populated with lovable, memorable characters."
A fantasy thriller about a supernatural assassin and a city on the brink of collapse. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2008

"Trying too hard to be strange, the effect is not fun but forced. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
Searching for his grandfather, Oculator Alcatraz Smedry follows him to Egypt and into the Library of Alexandria. Read full book review >

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ARCANUM UNBOUNDED by Brandon Sanderson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 22, 2016

"There are some standout stories here, but overall, it's more of a treat for superfans than a way for casual readers to dip into Sanderson's work."
A sprawling collection of mini-epic fantasies from genre stalwart Sanderson (The Bands of Mourning, 2016, etc.). Read full book review >

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THE BANDS OF MOURNING by Brandon Sanderson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 26, 2016

"A fast-paced novel that's part Wild West, part Indiana Jones, and wholly entertaining, combining high emotional stakes with a deep, good-natured sense of humor."
A fantasy adventure about a race to discover, and control, magical artifacts of immense power. Read full book review >

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STEELHEART by Brandon Sanderson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 24, 2013

"There's violence and gore in profusion, cool gear, hot wheels, awesome feats, inner conflicts on both sides—all that's missing are the pictures. (Fantasy. 11-14)"
A straight-up Marvel Comics-style action drama featuring a small band of human assassins taking on costumed, superpowered supervillains with melodramatic monikers. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 2004

"Celtic polytheism, Christian monotheism, and scientific rationalism, all tied neatly together into an Irish arabesque."
A natty physical and spiritual geography of Ireland's holy Mount Brandon. Read full book review >

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THE RITHMATIST by Brandon Sanderson
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 14, 2013

"Fantasy readers should devour this well-crafted mix of action and setup, enriched by a thoroughly detailed cultural and historical background and capped by a distinctly unsettling twist. (Fantasy. 10-13)"
The inhumanly prolific author of the Mistborn trilogy conjures similarly baroque magic for a lapidary series opener aimed at a somewhat younger audience. Read full book review >