- calm before the storm, Wednesday night at the Hyatt
- ATL view!
- Thursday night Archer group
- Walk up to the bar like…
- the Game of Thrones panel I was on :)
I was introduced to Senlin Ascends by a friend who claimed that it was one of the best self- or small press-published books he’d ever read. Once I picked it up, it didn’t take me long to realize that he was right. The style, the world-building, and the story as a whole was engrossing – I was definitely left wanting more, and thankfully there will be, as Senlin Ascends is part of a trilogy called The Books of Babel.
While this can’t exactly be called historical fiction, straight-up fantasy, or steampunk, the fact that it takes some of the best elements from all of those genres – and includes great characters as well – was refreshing to say the least. I highly recommend this novel for fans of any of the above, or if you simply want a great read about an ‘ordinary’ man’s struggle against what I’ll lightly refer to as ‘evil’. I don’t want to say any more for fear of spoiling the story, but let’s just say that it’s certainly not predictable.
I was lucky enough to get in contact with the author, Josiah Bancroft, and have a conversation with him via email. We talked about geeking out, how great the editing was, Josiah’s preferred way to write, and more!
As I mentioned in my article Comic-Con: A First-Timer & Cosplayer’s Perspective, I was lucky enough, as a member of the press, to be invited to cover the Courtyard Marriott’s “SuperHero Headquarters” activities. And they were so much fun that even after writing this, I’ll have at least one more article in me! But as a huge fan of George R.R. Martin and his Song of Ice & Fire series, this one of course had to come first.
everything that’s happened to us, all the stuff we’ve done… are we gonna tell them the truth? we’re gonna tell them who we are.
but how do you say that? who are we?
i was gone for a long time
i’m not giving up, but i can’t do it by myself
i am. i am afraid.
we are who we are. we do what we do. no getting out of that.
i didn’t think that i could be strong.