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Red Seas Under Red Skies by Scott Lynch
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Jan 01, 09

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Read in December, 2008

A follow-up to The Lies of Locke Lamora, and just as brilliant. The plot revolves around Locke and his partner Jean's attempt to rob the impregnable vault of the world's most famous casino, a premise refreshingly different from your average fantasy novel. The structure winds up being a bit weird, since the first 200 pages are about the casino heist, the next 100 about a complication with the local dictator, and then the next 400 pages involves adventures with pirates, before everything gets wrapped up in the last 50 pages. This feels a little weird because there is such a lacuna between the setup and payoff for the casino plotline, but Lynch's writing is so sharp and the shenanigans so entertaining that it doesn't make me love the book any less.
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