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Arm of the Sphinx (The Books of Babel, 2) (utgåvan 2018)

av Josiah Bancroft (Författare)

Serier: The Books of Babel (2)

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"The Tower of Babel is proving to be as difficult to reenter as it was to break out of. Forced into a life of piracy, Senlin and his eclectic crew are struggling to survive aboard their stolen airship as the hunt to rescue Senlin's lost wife continues. Hopeless and desolate, they turn to a legend of the Tower, the mysterious Sphinx. But help from the Sphinx never comes cheaply, and as Senlin knows, debts aren't always what they seem in the Tower of Babel"--… (mer)
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Titel:Arm of the Sphinx (The Books of Babel, 2)
Författare:Josiah Bancroft (Författare)
Info:Orbit (2018), 448 pages
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Piracy!

No, not the literary kind. The story kind! Senlin has taken on a new name and with his intrepid crew, they're flying the skies, being polite, and relieving captains of their loot, and generally progressing the character arcs. Multiple character arcs this time, not just focusing on Senlin.

I'm really enjoying the ride. Senlin seems to be going mad, Adam is trying to get back in everyone's good graces, Edith is going through a mid-life crisis trying to keep Senlin's secrets and dealing with her own armless issues, and our favorite acrobat is just plain delightful.

This book is utterly steampunk.

We've gone through the effort of introducing the world and characters quite nicely in the first and now we've got a somewhat random adventure time as they try to figure out how to find Senlin's missing wife (or find enough to eat).

Worth it?

Yah! This book has a few interesting and creative areas, and without spoiling too much about either the nature of or the details within either, the crew is headed to a zoo and a library. And few things are quite as they seem and the circumstances are pretty fantastic. This is the best quality of these books. Creative and fantastic, with well-drawn characters, cool worldbuilding, and even a platform for a bit of a philosophical ramble. But no worries, it's just there to spice things up and make the text stand out. :)

Oh, and the upgrades and tech stuff are pretty awesome. Not to mention the purpose of the tower! :) The librarian says, "Meow." And just who is the Sphinx? There are a lot of reveals in the second half of the book and overall, it's a bit less meandering.

BUT. This is a middle book. It's kinda obvious. Must wait for more. ( )
  bradleyhorner | Jun 1, 2020 |
Well; I didn't think he could do it. I thought there was no way Bancroft could match the amazing story he told in Sanlin Ascending, but I was mistaken.

Another 5 star book in the series. From beginning to end it was a non-stop page turner. There's more twists and turns in this story than in the Tower of Babel itself.

We get to meet the Sphinx, who is nothing like I thought they'd be. We see some unique creatures like the spider eater. (Think ant eater meets a bear.)

There's really not much I can say about this book without spoiling it, but if you liked the first book of the series, you'll love this one.

Never have I enjoyed a steampunk novel as much as I have this one. ( )
  tebyen | May 27, 2020 |
My heart breaks upon these pages for Senlin, for everyone, for myself with them on this adventure. ( )
  e.b.soucy | Jan 7, 2020 |
This series is fun and the setting is unique. I feel like it's something Neil Gaiman fans would enjoy. The characters are colorful and well fleshed out and I'm left wanting to know more about the tower and how it all works.

I also really like the narrator for the audio book. ( )
  ragwaine | Jun 21, 2019 |
This is pretty much everything I've ever wanted in a fantasy novel.

Glorious worldbuilding. The urban fantasy to end all urban fantasies. Wonderful characters interacting in wonderful ways. Hilarity. Horror. Adventure. A bit of philosophy and theme on the side.

These books should be best sellers. I can't begin to comprehend why everyone isn't talking about them. ( )
  miri12 | May 31, 2019 |
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"The Tower of Babel is proving to be as difficult to reenter as it was to break out of. Forced into a life of piracy, Senlin and his eclectic crew are struggling to survive aboard their stolen airship as the hunt to rescue Senlin's lost wife continues. Hopeless and desolate, they turn to a legend of the Tower, the mysterious Sphinx. But help from the Sphinx never comes cheaply, and as Senlin knows, debts aren't always what they seem in the Tower of Babel"--

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