Despite another unusual year, we both put a dent in our TBR shelves.
The first book, Senlin Ascends, stands out as one of my favorite modern works of fantasy. While the final installment was weighed down by its lengthy action scenes, it still brought the series to a satisfying close.
At parties, people no longer showed off their new gadgets, jewelry, or hairstyles, but prosthetic cochleas that improved the sense of balance, artificial muscles with augmented contraction characteristics, prosthetic limbs that obeyed mental directions, or updated firmware that enhanced sensory organs. ~ Chen Quifan, Waste Tide
Greenberg has a natural talent for crafting tidy packages of adventure, mystery, and sorrow that could stand easily on their own.
If you’ve seen the show, you won’t be able to help hearing the characters’ voices as you read, and the tone and style of every scene rings true.
“Many of you probably know about that Scar on Steelheart’s cheek. Well, as far as I can determine, I’m the only living person who knows how he got it.” -Brandon Sanderson
Once again, I have to praise the richness of the illustration style. I feel like each panel was intricately detailed and really helped to transport me into the world.
“The face of Doctor Avrana Kern—whoever and whatever she truly was—flickered and ghosted on their screens, sometimes inhuman in its stoic patience, at other times twisted by waves of nameless, involuntary emotions, the mad goddess of the green planet." ~ Adrian Tchaikovsky, Children of Time