Senlin Ascends

17554595“For a man choked full of esoteric wisdom, he had very little idea what he was capable of. He knew himself but poorly.”

Author: Josiah Bancroft
Category: Steampunk, Alternate History
Pages: 361
Publication Date: February 17th, 2013
I want to write a review that reflects just how eloquent and breathtaking this book was but I just don’t think I’m going to be able to. In trying to explain what was so amazing about Senlin Ascends to a friend of mine, I turned into a bit of a stuttering mess. I just don’t have the words.

The best way that I can think of to describe this book is to say that, while the story and world itself are richly imagined, there was something subtle that just really pulled me in and inspired my awe. And that doesn’t even sound right to me. I am having so much trouble expressing exactly the feels that this book gave me… Because it wasn’t the plot twists or anything like that drew me in. Rather it was the depths of human nature that was explored here that resonated with me on a level beyond just “this was a great story.”

The more I think about it, the more okay I am with not being able to fully articulate why I fell in love with this book so much. All that I knew going into it was that it is about a man that is separated from his wife so he goes through the different levels of this great tower to find her and that the tower itself is kind of bizarre.

And really, that’s all you need to know. Everything else is best experienced firsthand.

I seriously think this book deserves to sit alongside some of the classics like Frankenstein and The Strange Case of Dr Jekyl and Mr Hyde. Not that this story is anything like those at all, but the writing just reminded me of those and that they are great stories that are also about something, that look deep into human nature and aren’t afraid to call that nature out on its faults.

“… we have pooled our human genius into the building of an elaborate Tower and have filled it up with the same tyrants that have plagued our race since we crawled from the sea. Why does our innovation never extend to our conscience?”

I got nothin’ negative to say with this one, guys. All the stars, all the ratings, whatever your preferred system of rating is, this one sits at the top. Senlin Ascends is a wonderful adventure about life, relationships, self-discovery, and peacocks!

Rating:

10-new favorite

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