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Senlin Ascends (The Books of Babel Book 1) (utgåvan 2017)

av Josiah Bancroft (Författare)

Serier: The Books of Babel (1)

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"The first book in the stunning and strange debut fantasy series that's receiving major praise from some of fantasy's biggest authors such as Mark Lawrence and Django Wexler. The Tower of Babel is the greatest marvel in the world. Immense as a mountain, the ancient Tower holds unnumbered ringdoms, warring and peaceful, stacked one on the other like the layers of a cake. It is a world of geniuses and tyrants, of airships and steam engines, of unusual animals and mysterious machines. Soon after arriving for his honeymoon at the Tower, the mild-mannered headmaster of a small village school, Thomas Senlin, gets separated from his wife, Marya, in the overwhelming swarm of tourists, residents, and miscreants. Senlin is determined to find Marya, but to do so he'll have to navigate madhouses, ballrooms, and burlesque theaters. He must survive betrayal, assassins, and the long guns of a flying fortress. But if he hopes to find his wife, he will have to do more than just endure. This quiet man of letters must become a man of action. The Books of Babel: Senlin Ascends; Arm of the Sphinx"--… (mer)
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Titel:Senlin Ascends (The Books of Babel Book 1)
Författare:Josiah Bancroft (Författare)
Info:Orbit (2017), 371 pages
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I'll say this. I had been afraid to read for 3 years. This book has gotten be back into reading. Now on to the book. I loved the was Josiah developed Thomas as a character. All throughout the book you think things are going one way, but it goes in a very unexpected direction. I will say though that I saw the situation with Adam as the end coming a mile away. Since Adam kept asking where the ******** was. It was a good book that kept my interest although the first 40 pages where dragging just a book. I would recommend this book to any of my friends and family. I can't wait to read the next two installments and then I'll be patiently waiting on the 4th and final entry. ( )
  awriterfrombastrop | Dec 9, 2020 |
I really enjoyed this book. It is often recommended and now I know why. It reminds me of Alice in Wonderland because if the unique location and unusual characters but with an adult twist. ( )
  Saraishelafs | Nov 4, 2020 |
There's a lot to love in this book. I was quite on the edge giving this a chance when I first picked it up, but the whole damn idea of having a full adventure in the mythical Tower of Babylon just struck all my fancies at once. I remember Ted Chiang's short story about the Tower of Babylon so fondly... I just had to imagine it taken as a full novel.

So how did this pan out? Wonderfully! Maybe not the same level as Chiang, but when dealing with a tower that not even airships can reach the top levels and whole cities are contained within, we're dealing with a delicious idea-driven fantasy with a world-building potential with LEGS.

Good? Good. And while it doesn't go all out with the Babylon run, it does strike out a super-solid Steampunk adventure through and through. Focus on a slightly sanctimonious headmaster with his new bride, take them to Babylon as the super-rubes as they are, and then tear them to pieces.

So nice. :) Innocence becomes an adventure to reach the top to find his missing wife as the mean streets of dirty London... ahem, I mean the Basement of Babel, steals, lies, and cheats every noob that lands on its doorsteps. Move on to the whole haves and have-nots in the bathhouses in the third level, or the hucksters in the second, and turn it into a heist novel, a revolutionary novel, a PIRACY novel.

Am I impressed? Sure! I mean, all these elements are pretty commonplace in fantasy anyway, but when you ply them with a deft hand and make sure the awesome core of the Tower of Babylon is still at the core, and I've got to say we've got something pretty original going on here.

I RESPECT original. It's not WILD original, though. It's solid fun, turning steampunk on a brand-new almost hard-SF edge while bringing in a lot of elements of the old Babylonian society all the while. And we have airships. I likey. :)

So many of those steampunk novels have been kinda... lacking. This one seems to do it RIGHT. :) Because it's not really steampunk. It's just plain creative. :) ( )
1 rösta bradleyhorner | Jun 1, 2020 |
What can I say about this book that doesn't sound contrite as all hell, and hasn't already been said by reviewers far more able to articulate their thoughts than I can?

The first book of the year that I've given 5 stars to. Normally there's some kind of glaring fault with any book I read. Stilted writing. None of the characters being likable. Unrealistic outcomes. In world rules of reality not being followed. Something.

None of that happened in this book.

This book has more twists and turns than the very tower it takes place in.

The author did an amazing job at world building. Most of this story takes place in one area; The Tower of Babel. And yet, somehow, Mr. Bancroft did managed to turn this singular location into a world unto itself.

And he did it in such a way that each level of the tower represents a flaw in humanity. Not just represents it, but amplifies it, and shows how it all affects the residents of the area.

From the gluttony of The Basement, to the apathy of The Parlour, to the passitivity of The Baths, to the lustful nature of The Brothel. It's all covered.

And the ultimate secret at the center of it all? I never saw it coming.

I don't see how the author is going to manage to write the next installment as well as he did this one, much less top it. But I can't wait to see how he tries. On to the The Arm of the Sphinx! ( )
  tebyen | May 27, 2020 |
**Senlin Ascends** by *Josiah Bancroft* is unexpected in many ways, and at least some of them are charming. It takes place in the Tower of Babel, so that's one. We are definitely in a fantastic world, because we have trains, and airships, and guns, so that's another. The book never really discusses the world outside the tower too much, except as a character backdrop, which worked extremely well.

Our protagonist, a village teacher, is an uptight and dour little man who spent most of his life learning and thinking about the Tower, as his pupils can attest. When he finds himself married, he decides on a honeymoon in the place of his dreams. Only it turns out that the Tower is a kafkaesque abyss of human nature, and our protagonist is wholly unprepared.

As you may gather, I disliked this character from the beginning, even though I noticed that this was intended. He was just too uptight, too little-minded, too … cringy. A disaster waiting to happen. The transformation he undergoes starts off slow, but once it starts – oh boy! We get some real character growth, borne out of a lot of suffering, and a bit of intellect. I was very impressed how plausible and at the same time absurd the story developed. The kafkaesque depressive elements felt a bit much sometimes, but I've always been a bit sensitive with those, so that may be just me. Looking forward to further books on this front! ( )
  _rixx_ | May 24, 2020 |
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"The first book in the stunning and strange debut fantasy series that's receiving major praise from some of fantasy's biggest authors such as Mark Lawrence and Django Wexler. The Tower of Babel is the greatest marvel in the world. Immense as a mountain, the ancient Tower holds unnumbered ringdoms, warring and peaceful, stacked one on the other like the layers of a cake. It is a world of geniuses and tyrants, of airships and steam engines, of unusual animals and mysterious machines. Soon after arriving for his honeymoon at the Tower, the mild-mannered headmaster of a small village school, Thomas Senlin, gets separated from his wife, Marya, in the overwhelming swarm of tourists, residents, and miscreants. Senlin is determined to find Marya, but to do so he'll have to navigate madhouses, ballrooms, and burlesque theaters. He must survive betrayal, assassins, and the long guns of a flying fortress. But if he hopes to find his wife, he will have to do more than just endure. This quiet man of letters must become a man of action. The Books of Babel: Senlin Ascends; Arm of the Sphinx"--

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