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The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch
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The Lies of Locke Lamora

by Scott Lynch

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Series: The Gentleman Bastard Sequence (1)

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It took a little effort to get into it, but it's worth it. The writing style is sharp, funny. The narrative jumps around a little--both in setting and time--making it difficult to latch on. Like trying to ride a wild fire hose. And there's a lot of world-building that has to occur. But once you get past that, this book is on par with The Name of the Wind. And that's a damn good book.

At first I was intimidated by its long length. But it's worth it. You get really invested in the characters. (Minus points for having so few women). And it's fun as hell to follow a main character who's a cad and a thief, not a noble hero. But he's still loyal to his friends and never acts unfairly. And unlike The Name of the Wind, it's not so much a series of vignettes but a plot that tapers down then weaves up everything back together. So in some ways, it's even better. It reminded me a lot of the world of Dishonored. But whereas the tie-in books for that are churned-out junk, this is the kind of world-building, atmosphere, and character development we're all looking for. Don't get me wrong, it's less assassins and more Errol Flynn.

One of the few flaws is that it gets pretty complex. Everyone's got two, maybe three identities going at one time. But it's not much harder than following the MCU--who everyone is, what their roles are. Some people might think it takes a while to get to the good stuff. I say there's good stuff up front, and better stuff as it goes along.

This is a slow burn novel. It takes its time with character development and puts plot-building in the background. But that doesn't mean there isn't tension and wanting to learn more. I personally like books that hinge on the relationship between characters and how those dynamics affect what happens next. In fact, I'm writing one right now (so maybe I'm biased). ( )
  theWallflower | Jun 4, 2019 |
This isn't a perfect book. The plot doesn't really take off until halfway through. If it hadn't been so heavily recommended by pretty much everyone, I would have given up. After a whole novel, I still feel like I don't quite know who Locke Lamora is. The interlude chapters are a bit too convenient with their doling out of information. Chances are, a tidbit from an interlude is sure to show up in the following chapter as a crucial plot point. As narrative techniques go, it's lazy.

But goddamn if this isn't a magnificent book. ( )
  miri12 | May 31, 2019 |
The Lies of Locke Lamora is a very entertaining read. Many fantasy writers struggle with too much world-building up front and losing the reader to eye-stabbing boredom versus spreading it so thin that the reader cannot connect to the environment in which the story is told. Scott Lynch masterfully weaves the details of a very elaborate world, rich with deep layers of history, while infusing the descriptive passages into the narrative itself. Locke is a difficult character to know until the last few chapters. His motivations are mostly the fun of the confidence job and the accumulation of wealth he never really intends to spend. It takes a long while to get to know him well enough to start to see how much fellowship with his band of brothers means, beyond the superficial trappings. This is not a criticism, per se; I truly think someone like Locke Lamora should take some patience in getting acquainted. That said, this is not for the weekend warriors of fantasy readers - take your time. ( )
  GeroneBlomgren | May 23, 2019 |
The Lies of Locke Lamora is a very entertaining read. Many fantasy writers struggle with too much world-building up front and losing the reader to eye-stabbing boredom versus spreading it so thin that the reader cannot connect to the environment in which the story is told. Scott Lynch masterfully weaves the details of a very elaborate world, rich with deep layers of history, while infusing the descriptive passages into the narrative itself. Locke is a difficult character to know until the last few chapters. His motivations are mostly the fun of the confidence job and the accumulation of wealth he never really intends to spend. It takes a long while to get to know him well enough to start to see how much fellowship with his band of brothers means, beyond the superficial trappings. This is not a criticism, per se; I truly think someone like Locke Lamora should take some patience in getting acquainted. That said, this is not for the weekend warriors of fantasy readers - take your time. ( )
  GeroneBlomgren | May 23, 2019 |
This book was such a breath of fresh air! the voice was sarcastic and snarky; Locke was a total pissant and I loved it!

It's nice to see a layered criminal for a change. Someone who clearly knows right from wrong. How it differs from what is and isn't legal. The world building was fantastic. the only spot I had any trouble with was figuring out the years and dates. Once I got the hang of it, reading this was so smooth.

Will definitely be hunting after the rest of the books in this series. ( )
  thebacklistbook | Apr 24, 2019 |
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Een fris, origineel en fascinerend verhaal van een opwindend nieuw geluid in het fantasygenre.
Dedication
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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I'm Locke Lamora,
Gentleman Bastard. Can I
Have your money, please?
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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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