History Literature / AlcatrazSeries

4th Nov '15 12:47:54 PM FF32
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* DiscussedTrope: Sometimes the characters will discuss a trope, but more often Alcatraz explicitly describes what tropes or {{Narrative Device}}s he's using in his capacity as narrator.
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* DiscussedTrope: Sometimes the characters will discuss a trope, but more often Alcatraz explicitly describes what tropes or {{Narrative Device}}s NarrativeDevices he's using in his capacity as narrator.
21st Aug '15 10:04:48 AM DarkStarling
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* VillainHasAPoint: The librarians are ''usually'' wrong about the dangers of letting silimatic technology be commonly used. However, they are unfortunately right about how [[spoiler: giving everyone in the world Smedry talents, like Alcatraz's dad wants to do,]] would be the worst idea ever.
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* VillainHasAPoint: The librarians are ''usually'' wrong about the dangers of letting silimatic technology be commonly used. However, they are unfortunately right about how [[spoiler: giving everyone in the world Smedry talents, like Alcatraz's dad wants to do,]] would be the worst idea ever. Also, despite what the Free Kingdomers would tell you, there are advantages to organizing information.
31st May '15 5:11:59 PM ReaderAt2046
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* SetSwordsToStun: Actually, swords are some of the few weapons that don't have a stun setting.
31st May '15 2:54:08 PM Discar
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* AmbiguousSituation: In the fourth book, Alcatraz wonders if Aydee is really that bad at math, or has just learned to blurt out the first number that pops into her head in order to activate her Talent. He spends a few paragraphs musing that he might be reading too much into a clever look in her eyes... [[SubvertedTrope before realizing, as he's writing, that he can just go and ask her]]. He does, and she confirms she's doing it on purpose.
27th May '15 5:44:49 PM Discar
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The Alcatraz series is a stand-alone series written by Creator/BrandonSanderson, unconnected to his [[Literature/TheCosmere Cosmere]]. The series at present consists of four books:]]
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The Alcatraz series is a stand-alone series written by Creator/BrandonSanderson, unconnected to his [[Literature/TheCosmere Cosmere]]. The series at present consists of four books:]]books:
27th May '15 5:40:02 PM Discar
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Moved the other version to SelfDemonstrating.Alcatraz Series.
27th May '15 5:39:44 PM Discar
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Don't use first person.
->''So there I was...'' This series is not written by Creator/BrandonSanderson. I know, that's what it says on the cover, but CoversAlwaysLie. I'm Alcatraz Smedry, and I'm the real author of this series. I always tell the truth. Except when I lie. The reason it says "Brandon Sanderson" on the cover is because otherwise the Librarians would never allow it to be published. Brandon Sanderson has agreed to use his name as a cover for these series. He also writes a lot of his own books, but they are mostly a bunch of made-up fantasy stories about [[Franchise/{{Mistborn}} mist]], [[Literature/TheStormlightArchive storms]], [[Literature/TheWheelOfTime wheels]] and other such [[Literature/{{Elantris}} silly]] [[Literature/{{Warbreaker}} stuff]]. I've taken a look at some of his books, and most of them are really long, really big, and would make for a good {{Doorstopper}}, or maybe a blunt weapon. The books I write are not overly long, and they are not fantasy, though we have to hide them in the fantasy section of bookstores and libraries. Neither are they, despite what others may have told you, light-hearted comedic fantasy books for children and young adults that can also be enjoyed by adults with a good sense of humor. Instead, they are serious, completely true books about politics, economics, history and my adventures fighting the Evil Librarian Cult that rules most of the world (The Hushlands) and is trying to take over the rest of the world (The Free Kingdoms). What, you mean you don't believe that the Hushlands are controlled by an Evil Librarian Cult that uses its monopoly on information to manipulate the world into believing a bunch of lies? Well, just look at what they call themselves. ''Lie''-brarians. Kind of obvious, isn't it? Anyway, about me: I look like a normal, ordinary American kid, but I'm not normal. I'm a Smedry. (I know, the last name kind of gives it away.) The Smedries are a highly respected family in The Free Kingdoms; so respected that knights and such tend to call us lords and do what we say, even if we tell them to hop on one foot. One of the reasons we are respected is that we all have special Talents. For example, my grandfather is always late, one of my relatives is good at talking nonsense, I have an uncle that is really good at getting lost, and a cousin of mine is really ugly when she gets up in the morning. My Talent is breaking things. Doorknobs are my specialty, but I can break everything from a chicken to an airplane. I'll probably break this Web site a few times, so if you see something broken, there isn't much point in trying to fix it because I'll probably break it again. I know that doesn't sound like much of a talent, but consider what would happen if someone tries to shoot a gun at me. The gun would break before it could even shoot. Anyway, I'd tell you more, but if I tell you too much, you won't need to buy my books. Make sure you buy my books. For every one you buy, we donate money to the Alcatraz Smedry Wildlife Fund For Buying Alcatraz Smedry Cool Stuff. You can even use it as a coaster. [[AC:The series at present consists of four books:]]
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->''So ->''"So there I was...'' This series is not written by Creator/BrandonSanderson. I know, that's what it says on the cover, but CoversAlwaysLie. I'm "'' Alcatraz Smedry, and I'm Smedry is an orphan who has been passed around the real author foster care system for his thirteen years of this series. I always tell the truth. Except when I lie. The reason it says "Brandon Sanderson" on the cover is because otherwise the Librarians would never allow life due to his habit of breaking anything he touches. It's nothing intentional, it's just like things he touches fall apart. Door handles, pots, ovens... one time he picked up a chicken, only for it to be published. Brandon Sanderson has agreed to use lose all its feathers and only eat cat food from then on. On his name as thirteenth birthday, he receives a cover for these series. He also writes a lot of letter from his own books, but they are mostly a bunch of made-up fantasy stories about [[Franchise/{{Mistborn}} mist]], [[Literature/TheStormlightArchive storms]], [[Literature/TheWheelOfTime wheels]] and other such [[Literature/{{Elantris}} silly]] [[Literature/{{Warbreaker}} stuff]]. I've taken a look at some of father, bequeathing him his books, and most inheritance: A bag of them are really long, really big, and would make for a good {{Doorstopper}}, or maybe a blunt weapon. sand. The books I write are not overly long, and they are not fantasy, though we have next day, Alcatraz's grandfather arrives (late, as usual) to hide them in take him on an adventure to recover the fantasy section of bookstores and libraries. Neither are they, despite what others may have told you, light-hearted comedic fantasy books for children and young adults that can also be enjoyed by adults with a good sense of humor. Instead, they are serious, completely true books about politics, economics, history and my adventures fighting the Evil sands from his evil Librarian Cult that rules caseworker Ms. Fletcher. You see, the world is much larger and stranger than we've been led to believe. One-quarter of the world is actually controlled by a cult of evil Librarians, who rewrite history in their conquered lands to remove things like strange powers, magical glass, and talking dinosaurs. Despite what they teach, most of the world (The Hushlands) and is trying to take over ''not'' ocean—those "empty spaces" on the rest of map are actually the world (The Free Kingdoms). What, you mean you don't believe that Kingdoms, which the Hushlands are controlled by an Evil Librarians keep hidden from the Hushlands. Australia is a recent Librarian Cult that uses its monopoly on information to manipulate the world into believing a bunch of lies? Well, just look at what they call themselves. ''Lie''-brarians. Kind of obvious, isn't it? Anyway, about me: I look like a normal, ordinary American kid, but I'm not normal. I'm a Smedry. (I know, the last name kind of gives it away.) The Smedries are a highly respected family in The Free Kingdoms; so respected that knights acquisition, and such tend to call us lords and do what we say, even if we tell them to hop on one foot. One Hawaii is an outlying island of the reasons we are respected is that we all have special Talents. For example, my continent of Mokia, also recently conquered. Alcatraz as a Smedry has a Talent—in his case, the Talent to break things. His grandfather is always late, one of my relatives is good at talking nonsense, I have an his father could lose things, his uncle that is can lose ''himself'', his cousins can trip, or wake up really good at getting lost, ugly, or speak nonsense. All these are important and a cousin of mine is really ugly when she gets up in the morning. My Talent is breaking things. Doorknobs are my specialty, but I can break everything from a chicken to an airplane. I'll probably break this Web site a few times, so if you see something broken, there isn't much point in trying to fix it because I'll probably break it again. I know powerful Talents that doesn't sound like much they use to fight the Librarians and preserve the freedom of a talent, but consider what would happen if someone tries to shoot a gun at me. the world. The gun would break before it could even shoot. Anyway, I'd tell you more, but if I tell you too much, you won't need to buy my books. Make sure you buy my books. For every one you buy, we donate money to the Alcatraz Smedry Wildlife Fund For Buying Alcatraz Smedry Cool Stuff. You can even use it as series is a coaster. [[AC:The stand-alone series written by Creator/BrandonSanderson, unconnected to his [[Literature/TheCosmere Cosmere]]. The series at present consists of four books:]]

Also, I would really like it if you don't confuse this with TheAlcatraz. Or ''Series/{{Alcatraz}}'', for that matter
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Also, I would really like it if you don't confuse this Not to be confused with TheAlcatraz. TheAlcatraz ([[NamedAfterSomebodyFamous mostly]]). Or ''Series/{{Alcatraz}}'', for that matterthe television series ''Series/{{Alcatraz}}''.

Also, I would really like it if you don't confuse this with TheAlcatraz. Or ''Series/{{Alcatraz}}'', for that matter

* ActionGirl: Bastille is a perfect example of this, though I'm not sure I would use this term to her face. She is a 13-year-old knight and an expert fighter. ** Specifically, she's of the LittleMissBadass variety, though I doubt she'd like that much more.
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* ActionGirl: Bastille is a perfect example of this, though I'm not sure I would use this term to her face. this. She is a 13-year-old knight and an expert fighter. ** fighter. Specifically, she's of the LittleMissBadass variety, though I doubt she'd like that much more.variety.

* AuthorFilibuster: More like narrator filibuster. I frequently break the action to say various random things that may or may not relate to the story. For example: "Blah, blah, sacrifice, altars, daggers, sharks. Blah, blah, something pretentious. Blah, blah, rutabaga. Blah, blah, something that makes no sense whatsoever. Now, back to the story."
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-->'''Grandpa Smedry:''' We shouldn't eat these.\\ '''Alcatraz:''' Are they poisoned?\\ '''Grandpa Smedry:''' No, they'll spoil our dinner. * AuthorFilibuster: More like narrator filibuster. I Alcatraz frequently break breaks the action to say various random things that may or may not relate to the story. For example: "Blah, blah, sacrifice, altars, daggers, sharks. Blah, blah, something pretentious. Blah, blah, rutabaga. Blah, blah, something that makes no sense whatsoever. Now, back to the story."

* BetterThanABareBulb: I frequently play with tropes and [[LampshadeHanging lampshade them left and right.]] * BlatantLies: Just about everything Librarians tell you. Physics, for example. And Napoleon. And, well... okay. Some of my narration isn't entirely accurate. Admit it, though. You totally thought I was a fish. * BlackMagic: Dark Oculary is an evil form of Ocularlry comprable to
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* BetterThanABareBulb: I Alcatraz frequently play plays with tropes and [[LampshadeHanging lampshade lampshades them left and right.]] * BlatantLies: Just about everything Librarians tell you. Physics, for example. And Napoleon. And, well... okay. Some BlatantLies: Much of my narration isn't entirely accurate. Admit it, though. You totally thought I was what Alcatraz says at the beginning of the chapters, such as when he claimed to be a fish. * BlackMagic: Dark Oculary is an evil form of Ocularlry comprable to necromancy.

* BrickJoke * CatsAreMean: [[CuteKitten Kittens are cute]] so that they can draw you in, then pounce on you for the kill. Seriously. Stay away from kittens. * ChangelingFantasy: I start out seeming like an ordinary boy, but it turns out that I'm from a family of practicaly artistocratic magic wielders. * ChekhovsGun: Not only is the trope played straight a number of times, I explicitly mention the trope by name, it in the second book, and reference it again in the fourth (although that time I was talking about Chekhov's Blue Teddy Bear).
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* %%* BrickJoke * CatsAreMean: Alcatraz insists that [[CuteKitten Kittens kittens are cute]] so that they can draw you in, then pounce on you for the kill. Seriously. kill. -->'''Alcatraz:''' Seriously. Stay away from kittens. * ChangelingFantasy: I start out seeming like an ordinary boy, but ChangelingFantasy: Pretty standard (though repeatedly lampshaded). Alcatraz is a poor orphan who is constantly thought to be worthless, only for it turns to turn out that I'm he's from a family of practicaly artistocratic magic wielders. wielders. * ChekhovsGun: Not only is the trope played straight a number of times, I Alcatraz explicitly mention mentions the trope by name, it name in the second book, and reference references it again in the fourth (although that time I he was talking about Chekhov's Blue Teddy Bear).

* CoolAirship, or maybe CoolPlane: The Dragonaut isn't technically an airplane that uses jet engines or an airship that uses oversize balloons to fly, but it is cool and it flies, and there isn't a trope for "Cool Silimatic Flying Glass Dragon" so I had to put this somewhere. * DeathByNewberyMedal: This trope isn't used, so much as it's repeatedly mocked. I always go on about how authors must hate mothers and dogs because they are always trying to write meaningful books that kill off one or the other, or sometimes even both. * DepartmentOfChildDisservices: My child services worker was always telling me how useless I was. [[spoiler: Turns out she was my mother. I know, great parents I have, right.]] * DestructiveSaviour plus NiceJobBreakingItHero plus PersonOfMassDestruction: Hey, I did say I was good at breaking things. [[spoiler: This comes into sharp focus at the end of the fourth book, when my defeat of an invading army also manages to do a lot of damage to the city I'm defending, as well as breaking the Smedry Talents.]] * DiscussedTrope: Sometimes the characters will discuss a trope, but more often I explicitly describe what tropes or {{Narrative Device}}s I'm using in my capacity as narrator.
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* CoolAirship, or maybe CoolPlane: The Dragonaut isn't technically an airplane that uses jet engines or an airship that uses oversize balloons to fly, but it is cool and it flies, and there isn't a trope for "Cool Silimatic Flying Glass Dragon" so I had to put this somewhere. flies. * DeathByNewberyMedal: This trope isn't used, so much as it's repeatedly mocked. I always go on about how Alcatraz insists that authors must hate mothers and dogs because they are always trying to write meaningful books that kill off one or the other, or sometimes even both. * DepartmentOfChildDisservices: My Alcatraz's child services worker was always telling me him how useless I he was. [[spoiler: Turns out she was my mother. I know, great parents I have, right.]] his mother. And she's the nicer of his parents]]. * DestructiveSaviour plus NiceJobBreakingItHero plus PersonOfMassDestruction: Hey, I did say I was good at DestructiveSaviour[=/=]NiceJobBreakingItHero[=/=]PersonOfMassDestruction: Alcatraz is constantly breaking things. [[spoiler: things. Usually this works out in his favor, but he still does quite a bit of collateral damage in the process. This comes into sharp focus at to a head [[spoiler:at the end of the fourth book, when my defeat of he defeats an invading army also manages to do a lot of damage to army, but breaks the city I'm defending, he was trying to defend as well as breaking the Smedry Talents.]] Talents in the process]]. * DiscussedTrope: Sometimes the characters will discuss a trope, but more often I Alcatraz explicitly describe describes what tropes or {{Narrative Device}}s I'm he's using in my his capacity as narrator.

* DungeonCrawling: Every time we infiltrate a library, ranging from a typical American local library to the Library of Alexandria. Complete with traps, monsters and villains.
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* DungeonCrawling: Every time we they infiltrate a library, ranging from a typical American local library to the Library of Alexandria. Complete with traps, monsters and villains.

* EverythingsBetterWithDinosaurs: Er, actually, dinosaurs are a bit annoying. They ''can'' be useful if you want to cause a distraction in a library, though.
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* EverythingsBetterWithDinosaurs: Er, actually, dinosaurs Subverted. Dinosaurs are a bit annoying. They ''can'' be useful if you want to cause a distraction in a library, though.real, intelligent, talkative, and ''annoying''. No one likes them. Alcatraz even muses that the reason the Librarian "dinosaurs are extinct" myth caught on was because everyone wished it were true.

* KidHero: Alcatraz Smedry, though I'm not nearly as heroic as people think I am. * FirstPersonSmartass: You see, that is the sad, sorry, terrible thing about sarcasm. It's really funny. * {{Foreshadowing}}: You'll notice that I often mention ideas I'm going to explain later in the book. Sometimes I do this because it makes nice foreshadowing. Other times, I'm just trying to annoy you. I'll let you decide which is which. * ForegoneConclusion: Will Alcatraz Smedry be sacrificed by Evil Librarians? Will he be killed by a Dark Oculator? Will he die when he breaks his own flying dragon ship? Will he be killed in the deadly pit filled with sharks who are wielding chainsaws with killer kittens stapled to them? Of course not, because I'm still alive to tell the story. The suspense comes from finding out out I overcome obstacles and whether or not anyone else dies. [[spoiler: [[BlatantLies Of course, Bastille totally dies at the end of book 2.]]]] * FunctionalMagic: Even when the Free Kingdomers call it Silimatic Technology. * GettingCrapPastTheRadar: I quote Kaz using "Rocky Mountain oysters" as an expletive. While this doesn't seem to go with his use of nuts as curses throughout the rest of the book, some people may know that Rocky Mountain oysters refer to an [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rocky_Mountain_oysters entirely different type of nut]].
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* KidHero: Alcatraz Smedry, though I'm he constantly insists that he's not nearly as heroic as people think I am. think. * FirstPersonSmartass: You see, that is the sad, sorry, terrible thing about sarcasm. It's really funny. * {{Foreshadowing}}: You'll notice that I FirstPersonSmartass: Alcatraz again. He'll often mention ideas I'm going to explain later in go off onto smartass tangents with no bearing on the book. Sometimes I do plot. * {{Foreshadowing}}: Some of it is subtle. Most of it is not. -->'''Alcatraz:''' By the way, this because it makes nice foreshadowing. Other times, I'm just trying to annoy you. I'll let you decide which is which. important. * ForegoneConclusion: Will Alcatraz Smedry be sacrificed by Evil Librarians? Will he be killed by a Dark Oculator? Will he die when he breaks his own flying dragon ship? Will he be killed in the deadly pit filled with sharks who are wielding chainsaws with killer kittens stapled to them? Of course not, because I'm he's still alive to tell the story. The suspense comes from finding out out I overcome how he overcomes obstacles and whether or not anyone else dies. [[spoiler: [[BlatantLies Of course, Bastille totally dies at the end of book 2.]]]] * FunctionalMagic: Even when the Free Kingdomers call it Silimatic Technology. Technology, the glass is still magic glass. * GettingCrapPastTheRadar: I quote Kaz using uses "Rocky Mountain oysters" as an expletive. While this doesn't seem to go with his use of nuts as curses throughout the rest of the book, some people may know that Rocky Mountain oysters refer to an [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rocky_Mountain_oysters entirely different type of nut]].

* GunsAreWorthless: Seriously, you've got better luck with a knife if you're going up against the Smedry Talents. * HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler: Bastille dies at the end of book two, which you probably didn't want to know, so that's why I'm putting it behind a spoiler tag.[[note]]Fooled you, haha! Of course she doesn't die, she's standing right over my shoulder as I type this. But that's what you get for reading spoilers!]][[/note]] * HiddenAgendaVillain: Not even the other Librarians seem sure what Ms. Fletcher is up to. But I usually assume it's nothing good. [[spoiler: Finding out she's my mother, Shasta Smedry just makes her mysterious motives ''harder'' to deal with.]] * HumongousMecha: The Evil Librarians have giant robots (and ro''bats''. Yes. Really.) as part of their arsenal. Bastille claims they are AwesomeButImpractical, but they still pose a real threat in ''Alcatraz Versus the Shattered Lens'' * HumanSacrifice: 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... * ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy: Inverted. The Librarian minions can generally shoot just fine. It's just that Smedry Talents can make them almost [[ImmuneToBullets impossible to hit.]] For example, Grandpa Smedry is always late to where the bullets are going to be, and guns tend to break when fired at me. * InMediasRes, or maybe an ActionPrologue: The opening of the first book start with me about to get sacrificed on an alter of outdated encyclopedias, but then I skip to a story of my childhood growing up, and leave the reader hanging. * InsistentTerminology: there are most definitely no libraries in the Free Kingdoms. Those big buildings full of books are ''archives'', all right? The Royal Archive in my home city even has a sign over the door saying "The Royal Archives (not a library!)".
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* GunsAreWorthless: Seriously, you've got better luck with a knife if you're going up against the Smedry Talents. * HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler: Bastille dies at Talents, as they work best defensively. In the end fourth book, an entire firing line shoots at Aydee, Kaz, and Alcatraz. Some of the guns don't fire because the soldiers miscounted the bullets and didn't load any, some of the soldiers get lost ''on the way to raising their guns to fire'', and the rest of the guns just break. * HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler:Parodied. The last page of book two, which two involves a tearful death scene for Bastille, put there just in case you probably didn't want skipped to know, so that's why I'm putting it behind a spoiler tag.[[note]]Fooled you, haha! Of course she doesn't die, she's standing right over my shoulder as I type this. But that's what you get for reading spoilers!]][[/note]] the end]]. * HiddenAgendaVillain: Not even the other Librarians seem sure what Ms. Fletcher is up to. But I usually assume to, but Alcatraz assumes it's nothing good. [[spoiler: Finding out she's my his mother, Shasta Smedry Smedry, just makes her mysterious motives ''harder'' to deal with.]] * HumongousMecha: The Evil Librarians have giant robots (and ro''bats''. Yes. Really.) as part of their arsenal. Bastille claims they are AwesomeButImpractical, but they still pose a real threat in ''Alcatraz Versus the Shattered Lens'' Lens''. * HumanSacrifice: HumanSacrifice: The very beginning of the first book, which [[AnachronicOrder doesn't happen until sometime in the fifth]]. -->'''Alcatraz:''' 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... * ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy: Inverted. The Librarian minions can generally shoot just fine. It's just that Smedry Talents can make them almost [[ImmuneToBullets impossible to hit.]] For example, Grandpa Smedry is always late to where the bullets are going to be, and guns tend to break spontaneously fall apart when fired at me. Alcatraz. * InMediasRes, or maybe an ActionPrologue: InMediasRes[=/=]ActionPrologue: The opening of the first book start starts with me Alcatraz about to get sacrificed on an alter of outdated encyclopedias, but then I skip he skips to a story of my his childhood growing up, and leave leaves the reader hanging. * InsistentTerminology: there There are most definitely no libraries in the Free Kingdoms. Those big buildings full of books are ''archives'', all right? The Royal Archive in my home city Nalhalla even has a sign over the door saying "The Royal Archives (not a library!)".

* ItRunsInTheFamily: "A family full of eccentric, weird and sometimes insane relatives..." Yeah, that sounds like mine. We're especially noted for our recklessness, which annoys Bastille no end. * LeaningOnTheFourthWall: Because I do all my narration in first person, and I'm the main character in the book, there's no fourth wall for me. Sometimes, even within the dialogue, I'll makes a reference to how the events of the story would appear if I wrote them as my memoirs. * LemonyNarrator: though I really prefer macaroni and cheese. * LethalJokeCharacter: Literally ''everyone'' with a Smedry Talent. For instance, Grandpa Leavenworth has a Talent for being late, and makes himself virtually invincible by doing things like arriving late to a spot where bullets are going to be, and my cousin Australia can be a MasterOfDisguise using her Talent for waking up ugly. * [[LukeIAmYourFather Alcatraz, she is your mother.]]: [[spoiler: My emotionally abusive case-worker turns out to be an Evil Librarian cultist. Then it turns out that she's my mother.]] * MagicalLibrary
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* ItRunsInTheFamily: "A family full of eccentric, weird and sometimes insane relatives..." Yeah, that sounds like mine. We're " The Smedrys are especially noted known for our recklessness, being reckless, which annoys Bastille their bodyguards to no end. -->'''Bastille:''' Sometimes I think you Smedrys try to get yourselves killed just to get me into trouble. * LeaningOnTheFourthWall: Because I do Alcatraz does all my his narration in first person, and I'm the main character in the book, there's no fourth wall for me. him. Sometimes, even within the dialogue, I'll makes he'll make a reference to how the events of the story would appear if I he wrote them as my his memoirs. * LemonyNarrator: though I really prefer macaroni and cheese. %%* LemonyNarrator * LethalJokeCharacter: Literally ''everyone'' with a Smedry Talent. For instance, Grandpa Leavenworth has a Talent for being late, and makes himself virtually invincible by doing things like arriving late to a spot where bullets are going to be, and my cousin Australia can be a MasterOfDisguise using her Talent for waking up ugly. * [[LukeIAmYourFather Alcatraz, she is your mother.]]: LukeIAmYourFather: [[spoiler: My Alcatraz's emotionally abusive case-worker turns out to be an Evil Librarian cultist. Then it turns out that she's my his mother.]] * %%* MagicalLibrary

* MediumAwareness: Not so much in the first few books, but MediumAwareness starts showing up a lot in the ''Alcatraz Versus the Shattered Lens''. For example, characters would refer to the "last chapter" or say that a trip took several chapters to complete. Of course, the fourth book is bizarre even by the standards of this series and this could be in large part because of [[UnreliableNarrator my sterling narration]]. * MetaFiction: By the bucketful. For example, I constantly comment on my own NarrativeDevices, usually as a way to convince you all how ''un''heroic I am.
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* MediumAwareness: Not so much in the first few books, but MediumAwareness starts showing up a lot in the ''Alcatraz Versus the Shattered Lens''. For example, characters would refer to the "last chapter" or say that a trip took several chapters to complete. Of course, the fourth book is bizarre even by the standards of this series and this could be in large part because of [[UnreliableNarrator my Alcatraz's sterling narration]]. * MetaFiction: By the bucketful. For example, I Alcatraz constantly comment comments on my his own NarrativeDevices, usually as a way to convince you all the reader how ''un''heroic I am.he is.

* MuggleFosterParents: I went through dozens of sets of MuggleFosterParents. None of them would keep me for long because of my unfortunate tendency to break their most valued possessions.
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* MuggleFosterParents: I Alcatraz went through dozens of sets of MuggleFosterParents. None of them would keep me him for long because of my his unfortunate tendency to break their most valued possessions.

* NoodleIncident: There is a story I could tell you about that, but as it involves [[NoodleImplements egg beaters]], it is not appropriate for young people. * TheNounWhoVerbed: Alcatraz shrewdly guesses that "She Who Cannot Be Named" must be so fearsome her name is taboo. Turns out people just can't pronounce it.
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* NoodleIncident: There is a story I could tell you about that, but as it involves [[NoodleImplements egg beaters]], it is not appropriate for young people. %%* NoodleIncident * TheNounWhoVerbed: Alcatraz shrewdly guesses that "She Who Cannot Be Named" must be so fearsome her name is taboo. Turns out people just can't pronounce it.

-->It seems that no matter what I did, I ended up in even more danger than I was before. One might even say I was "out of the frying pan and into the fire"... Personally I say "Out of the frying pan and into the the [[PitTrap deadly pit]] filled with [[EverythingsEvenWorseWithSharks sharks]] who are wielding [[ChainsawGood chainsaws]] with [[CatsAreMean killer kittens]] stapled to them." However that one's having a rough time catching on. * PaintingTheMedium: I sometimes use some unconventional text formatting to communicate things. * ParentalAbandonment: I grew up thinking I was an orphan, only to eventually find out that [[spoiler: both my parents are WellIntentionedExtremist types: one of them fighting for my enemies, and the other one pursuing a plan that might inadvertently destroy the world. Also, neither have much in the way of parental skills.]] * PinkIsForSissies: While the dragon shaped flying glass ship was awesome, I was not very happy about having to travel in the pink butterfly shaped glass ship. You'd think they could have found something more masculine. * QuintessentialBritishGentleman: As everyone knows, all British are refined, calm, and well mannered, even if they are a bunch of dinosaurs. * RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: The Smedry family, although we're technically not royal, just highly-ranked nobility. * RuleOfFunny: My books aren't written to be funny. The reason they include all sorts of seemingly bizarre things is because that is what the world is really like. It is only because of Librarian Lies that you find dinosaurs with British accents funny instead of normal (if extremely annoying).
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-->It -->'''Alcatraz:''' It seems that no matter what I did, I ended up in even more danger than I was before. One might even say I was "out of the frying pan and into the fire"... Personally I say "Out of the frying pan and into the the [[PitTrap deadly pit]] filled with [[EverythingsEvenWorseWithSharks sharks]] who are wielding [[ChainsawGood chainsaws]] with [[CatsAreMean killer kittens]] stapled to them." However that one's having a rough time catching on. * PaintingTheMedium: I Alcatraz sometimes use uses some unconventional text formatting to communicate things. things. In book three, he starts adding random punctuation to words, then swapping vowels for the letter q, in order to underline his difficulty in the current situation. * ParentalAbandonment: I Alcatraz grew up thinking I he was an orphan, only to eventually find out that [[spoiler: both my his parents are WellIntentionedExtremist types: one of them fighting for my enemies, the Librarians, and the other one pursuing a plan that might inadvertently destroy the world. Also, neither have much in the way of parental skills.]] * PinkIsForSissies: While he agreed that the dragon shaped flying glass ship was awesome, I Alcatraz was not very happy about having to travel in the pink butterfly shaped glass ship. You'd think ship, complaining that they could have found something more masculine. * QuintessentialBritishGentleman: As everyone knows, all British are refined, calm, The dinosaurs. [[StiffUpperLip Even when they're captured by evil Librarians and well mannered, even if they are a bunch of dinosaurs. about to be murdered]]. * RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: The Smedry family, although we're technically not royal, just highly-ranked nobility. * RuleOfFunny: My books aren't written to be funny. The reason they include all sorts of seemingly bizarre things is because that is what the world is really like. It is only because of Librarian Lies that you find dinosaurs with British accents funny instead of normal (if extremely annoying).gave up their actual royalty long ago. %%* RuleOfFunny

** I use Creator/{{Plato}} and the PlatonicCave concept to explain why Hushlanders never realize that they are being kept ignorant. I also use Plato to proof that somewhere, there must be a perfect slice of cheese cake. ** I quote a dinosaur saying "Honestly, claiming that [[Film/JurassicPark velociraptors were the smartest dinosaurs]]. I knew a velociraptor in college, and he failed chemistry!"
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** I use Alcatraz uses Creator/{{Plato}} and the PlatonicCave concept to explain why Hushlanders never realize that they are being kept ignorant. I He also use uses Plato to proof that somewhere, there must be a perfect slice of cheese cake. ** I quote At one point, a dinosaur saying says "Honestly, claiming that [[Film/JurassicPark velociraptors were the smartest dinosaurs]]. I knew a velociraptor in college, and he failed chemistry!"

** I also reference ''Literature/TheCountOfMonteCristo'', ''Theatre/{{Hamlet}}'', and countless others. You could say that this is a ReferenceOverdosed series.
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** I also reference ''Literature/TheCountOfMonteCristo'', ''Theatre/{{Hamlet}}'', and countless others. You could say that this is a ReferenceOverdosed series.In one chapter, everyone speaks entirely in quotes from ''Theatre/{{Hamlet}}''.

* StockYuck: Fish sticks are the most disgusting thing in the world. I had to [[{{Neologism}} invent a word]] (crapaflapnasti) to describe something that disgusting. This, of course, means that crapaflapnasti can only be used to describe fish sticks. * StunGuns: Both the Librarians and the Free Kingdoms have weapons that can put their targets into a coma for an indefinite amount of time. The cure for each is a secret that is not known to the opposing side, meaning, for example those that are put into a coma by Librarian weapons can only be revived by one of the few Librarians entrusted with the cure. While these weapons do reduce the death rates for warfare between Librarians and the Free Kingdoms, they don't result in complete NonLethalWarfare, as a lot of other weapons, like swords, don't have a non-lethal setting. * SupernaturallyMarkedGrave: Allekatrase the First exists in a state of perfect stasis, owing to Allekatrase using his [[WalkingWasteland Breaking Talent]] on ''time itself'' there. * TakeThat: The first book ends with Grandpa Smedry delivering a bit of a rant about how silly it would be [[Literature/HarryPotter to leave Alcatraz for a whole summer at a boring place he hates to live at, with people who aren't his real family and don't know anything about the magical world he's become a part of.]] * TalkativeLoon: Quentin, one of my cousins, has the power to say utter nonsense. It makes him an excellent spy, since he can arrange to be literally unable to reveal information no matter the torture without actually having to kill himself.
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* StockYuck: Fish Alcatraz insists that fish sticks are the most disgusting thing in the world. I He had to [[{{Neologism}} invent a word]] (crapaflapnasti) to describe something that disgusting. This, of course, means that crapaflapnasti can only be used to describe fish sticks. * StunGuns: Both the Librarians and the Free Kingdoms have weapons that can put their targets into a coma for an indefinite amount of time. The cure for each is a secret that is not known to the opposing side, meaning, for example example, those that are put into a coma by Librarian weapons can only be revived by one of the few Librarians entrusted with the cure. While these weapons do reduce the death rates for warfare between Librarians and the Free Kingdoms, they don't result in complete NonLethalWarfare, as a lot of other weapons, like swords, don't have a non-lethal setting. * SupernaturallyMarkedGrave: Allekatrase the First exists in a state of perfect stasis, owing to Allekatrase using his [[WalkingWasteland Breaking Talent]] on ''time itself'' there. there. * TakeThat: The first book ends with Grandpa Smedry delivering a bit of a rant about how silly it would be [[Literature/HarryPotter to leave Alcatraz for a whole summer at a boring place he hates to live at, with people who aren't his real family and don't know anything about the magical world he's become a part of.of, and where his enemies know where to find him.]] * TalkativeLoon: Quentin, one of my Alcatraz's cousins, has the power to say utter nonsense. It makes him an excellent spy, since he can arrange to be literally unable to reveal information no matter the torture without actually having to kill himself.

* TheNudifier: Stuff-eater teddy bear grenades are weapons being used against the Librarians. Guess, who gets hit out of the main characters? [[spoiler: Alcatraz.]] * ThisIsReality: When people try to give you some book with a shiny round award on the cover, be kind and gracious, but tell them you don't read "fantasy," because you prefer stories that are real. Then come back here and continue your research on the cult of evil Librarians who secretly rule the world.
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* TheNudifier: Stuff-eater teddy bear grenades are weapons being used against the Librarians. Guess, Guess who gets hit out of the main characters? with it? [[spoiler: Alcatraz.]] * ThisIsReality: ThisIsReality: -->'''Alcatraz:''' When people try to give you some book with a shiny round award on the cover, be kind and gracious, but tell them you don't read "fantasy," because you prefer stories that are real. Then come back here and continue your research on the cult of evil Librarians who secretly rule the world.

* UnreliableNarrator: IResembleThatRemark! * UnusualEuphemism: Shattering Glass!
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* %%* UnreliableNarrator: IResembleThatRemark! * UnusualEuphemism: UnusualEuphemism: ** Shattering Glass!

* VillainHasAPoint: The librarians are ''usually'' wrong about the dangers of letting silimatic technology be commonly used. However, they are unfortunately right about how [[spoiler: giving everyone in the world Smedry talents, like my dad wants to do,]] would be the worst idea ever. * WalkingTechBane: Not just technology but pretty much everything. I even broke a chicken once. It's not just me; Smedry Talents in general tend to be particularly effective against Hushlander technology.
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* VillainHasAPoint: The librarians are ''usually'' wrong about the dangers of letting silimatic technology be commonly used. However, they are unfortunately right about how [[spoiler: giving everyone in the world Smedry talents, like my Alcatraz's dad wants to do,]] would be the worst idea ever. * WalkingTechBane: Not just technology but pretty much everything. I Alcatraz even broke a chicken once. It's not just me; him; Smedry Talents in general tend to be particularly effective against Hushlander technology.technology, due to the large number of moving parts.
4th Apr '15 4:42:04 AM Catbert
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* BetterThanABareBulb: Creator/BrandonSanderson is well known for playing with tropes. In this series, he also [[LampshadeHanging lampshades them left and right.]]
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* BetterThanABareBulb: Creator/BrandonSanderson is well known for playing I frequently play with tropes. In this series, he also tropes and [[LampshadeHanging lampshades lampshade them left and right.]]
23rd Feb '15 7:41:15 PM PaulA
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** [[ThePrincessBride "Never get involved in a land war in Asia."]]
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** [[ThePrincessBride [[Film/ThePrincessBride "Never get involved in a land war in Asia."]]
13th Oct '14 3:25:20 AM Sahira
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* TheNounWhoVerbed: Alcatraz shrewdly guesses that "She Who Cannot Be Named" must be so fearsome her name is taboo. Turns out people just can't pronounce it.
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