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The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch
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Sep 05, 08

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Read in September, 2008

I'm not a big fan of the way that Tolkien hangs like a shadow over fantasy. There is really no excuse for the preponderance of elves, dwarves, lost kings, dark lords, and Ultimate McGuffins of Power in series after series of bloated myth-cycles. Instead, Lynch offers a band of loveable outlaw grifters who try to pull a magnificent heist and get caught up in some brutal mafia-style action. As much as anything else, this book shines because it is entirely set in Camorr, a fantastically detailed city-state reminiscent of Renaissance Venice, from the magnificent heights of the aristocracy to the gritty underbelly of cutpurses and prostitutes. Really quite enjoyable.
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