Jul 11, 09
Read in June, 2009
Locke Lamora is an entertaining book with likable protagonists and despicable villains--with the exception of the primary antagonist, who proved somewhat anticlimactic. The book's plot moved quickly and actually surprised me with some of its twists. It ain't a bad read by any measure.
I really liked the setting; Mr. Lynch did a good job establishing the city of Camorre and indeed its entire world. Well, okay, not the entire world: The profanity of the fictional setting is identical to our own. I'm not sure why this bothers me; I read Neal Stephenson's Zodiac immediately prior to this, and Mr. Stephenson is not one to shy away from expletives. I guess what bugged me about TLoLL's cussin' was simply that it is the same stuff I hear on a daily basis, rather than the imagined "blood and bloody ashes" of a fantasy realm. It broke the fourth wall and thus my suspension of disbelief. (As did the quotes from real-world works like those of Shakespeare. Hint: Do not include stuff from the real world in fantasy fiction.) While Mr. Lynch is a talented writer, I've read many an author who easily bests his proficiency with the pen, so it's kind of sad that the real distinctive feature of his style is a Scorsese-like affinity for the vulgar. It's like Tarantino doing Tolkien.