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The Lies of Locke Lamora (edition 2007)

by Scott Lynch

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Title:The Lies of Locke Lamora
Authors:Scott Lynch
Info:Spectra (2007), Mass Market Paperback, 736 pages
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The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch

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What could be more endearing than a group of thieves calling themselves the Gentleman Bastards? Probably not quite what I was expecting, and it's probably not quite as 'fantasy' as I was led to believe, but it was still bloody (tongue anyone?) good and I intend to keep on with the series. Nice job Mr Lynch! ( )
  amusing.nickname | Jun 29, 2014 |
Great story! Good for those who like novels featuring thieves and heists and costumes. It features lots of adventure and remarkable characters. ( )
  RoseCrossed | Jun 20, 2014 |
As with my earlier read, the main reason I am reading this book now is because we are going to LonCon 3 this year, and Scott Lynch is supposed to be there. I have known about “The Lies of Locke Lamora” (in Dutch: “De Leugens van Locke Lamora”) for a long while now, I’ve even had it on my shelf for about 1,5 years now, but I never picked it up to read. Until now, and I have no regrets (maybe a regret in waiting so long).
Locke Lamora is a thief in Camor. Not a normal thief, he is a con-artist, who’s not even in it for the money. His life is pretty comfortable with his four friends Jean Tannen (huge, smart and a good fighter), the twins Calo and Galdo Sanza (smart and quick) and Bug, their apprentice (young, stupid and eager). He is working the biggest con of his life. Meanwhile the structure of thieving gangs in Camor is threatened by the Grey King. Locke needs to work hard to stay alive and fight for what he believes in.
Locke Lamora is an unlikely hero because he is a thief. However, Locke is stealing from the rich and what the Grey King is doing is even worse. But because he is still a thief, all the way through the book it felt kind of wrong to root for him. So while I wanted his scam to be a success, I also didn’t because it was wrong. This gave an interesting dynamic to the story. It was fast paced, and Locke gets himself in to (and out of) some pretty tight spots. The only thing I missed was more relevance to all mentions of the Elders who made the glass towers and bridges. On the one hand it is an interesting history (reminding me of Steven Erikson’s style), on the other hand, what did it add to the story? I hope more will be made of this in other books in the series. “The Lies of Locke Lamora” is a fun, fast paced read about a very smart thief with a heart of… maybe not gold, but silver-gilt? Four out of five stars, and the next book of the series is on my wish list. ( )
  divinenanny | May 26, 2014 |
Should you read this book? If you think you'd like Ocean's Eleven in a fantasy setting, then yes. If you think you'd like Game of Thrones if it had the personality of the Firefly series, then yes.

Lynch's best elements of fiction writing demonstrate themselves through the character development and dialogue.

A fun read. Will I like the other books in the series? I intend to find out. ( )
  mazeface | May 26, 2014 |
took me ahile to finish this one...e-readers are not my thing. but since i didnt have it in my budget to grab any more new books this year i dredged on with the digital version. pretty good book loved the twists and over all action. good pacing will read on with the rest of the books! ( )
  seaofsorrow | May 20, 2014 |
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Een fris, origineel en fascinerend verhaal van een opwindend nieuw geluid in het fantasygenre.
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For Jenny, this little world that was blessed
to have you peeking over my shoulder
while it took shape--
Love Always.
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At the height of the long wet summer of the Seventy-Seventh Year of Sendovani, the Thiefmaker of Camorr paid a sudden and unannounced visit to the Eyeless Priest at the Temple of Perelandro, desperately hoping to sell him the Lamora boy.
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We don't believe in hard work when a false face and a good line of bullshit can do so much more.
Locke is our brother and our love for him knows no bounds. But the four most fatal words in the Therin language are 'Locke would appreciate it.'
Rivaled only by 'Locke taught me a new trick'.
Catbridges were another legacy of the Eldren who’d ruled before the coming of men: narrow glass arches no wider than an ordinary man’s hips, arranged in pairs over most of Camorr’s canals and at several places along the Angevine River. Although they looked smooth, their glimmering surfaces were as rough as shark’s-hide leather; for those with a reasonable measure of agility and confidence, they provided the only convenient means of crossing water at many points. Traffic was always one-directional over each catbridge; ducal decree clearly stated that anyone going the wrong direction could be shoved off by those with the right-of-way.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 055358894X, Mass Market Paperback)

In this stunning debut, author Scott Lynch delivers the wonderfully thrilling tale of an audacious criminal and his band of confidence tricksters. Set in a fantastic city pulsing with the lives of decadent nobles and daring thieves, here is a story of adventure, loyalty, and survival that is one part Robin Hood, one part Ocean’s Eleven, and entirely enthralling.…

An orphan’s life is harsh–and often short–in the island city of Camorr, built on the ruins of a mysterious alien race. But born with a quick wit and a gift for thieving, Locke Lamora has dodged both death and slavery, only to fall into the hands of an eyeless priest known as Chains–a man who is neither blind nor a priest. A con artist of extraordinary talent, Chains passes his skills on to his carefully selected “family” of orphans–a group known as the Gentlemen Bastards. Under his tutelage, Locke grows to lead the Bastards, delightedly pulling off one outrageous confidence game after another. Soon he is infamous as the Thorn of Camorr, and no wealthy noble is safe from his sting.

Passing themselves off as petty thieves, the brilliant Locke and his tightly knit band of light-fingered brothers have fooled even the criminal underworld’s most feared ruler, Capa Barsavi. But there is someone in the shadows more powerful–and more ambitious–than Locke has yet imagined.

Known as the Gray King, he is slowly killing Capa Barsavi’s most trusted men–and using Locke as a pawn in his plot to take control of Camorr’s underworld. With a bloody coup under way threatening to destroy everyone and everything that holds meaning in his mercenary life, Locke vows to beat the Gray King at his own brutal game–or die trying.…


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Vowing to bring down the crime boss running the city, a group of Gentlemen Bastards, led by Locke Lamora, sets out to beat the Capa at his own game, taking on other thieves, murderers, beggars, prostitutes, and thugs in the process.

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