Fuse #8

Friday, March 16, 2007

Evil Librarian Alert

Both bookshelves of doom and The Brookeshelf already commented on this yesterday, but I think it deserves a third, "Hunhuna?" It involves a man who is venturing into the world of fantasy kidlit.

Sanderson recently received a six-figure advance from Scholastic, the "Harry Potter"-series publisher, for a children's fantasy series about a boy named Alcatraz who does battle with a cult of evil librarians.

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The series, Sanderson's first attempt at children's fiction, tells the story of a boy who discovers he's part of a secret group of freedom fighters who battle librarians, an evil cult that controls the world by restricting information. Each of the freedom fighters has an unusual but surprisingly powerful magical skill, such as the ability to arrive late to appointments.
Aw, sweetie, I don't want to tell you how to do your job but making your potential promoters into literary villains seems like the career equivalent of shooting yourself in the foot. You don't see other media platforms enemying up the profession. Heck, librarians are even getting their own television shows these days.

Yes yes yes. I'm kidding. Sheesh. There will, however, be some librarians out there that won't much care for ending up as people who restrict information in some high-faluting fantasy. FYI, peeps.

Thanks to LibrariAnne for the second link.

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