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message 1: by Alethea (last edited Aug 01, 2009 09:28PM) (new)

Alethea A (frootjoos) | 480 comments Mod
August's Alternate Selection

The Lies of Locke Lamora (Gentleman Bastards, #1) by Scott Lynch


The Lies of Locke Lamora
by Scott Lynch


Discuss here!

Please warn at the beginning of your post if it contains spoilers so that people can scroll past it.

(and apologies for my earlier mistake,
Leviathan doesn't release until October 6th in the US)


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Mindy (MindyBuchanan) | 159 comments OMG! I'm so excited! I am a little over halfway through this book and I have to say I LOVE it so far! It really is as the description says: "is one part "Robin Hood," one part Ocean's Eleven."

It's long. But if anyone can get it from their library, the audio is totally worth it. I got to listen to about half from the library before it was due back (21 hours!) so I had to buy the book. : P


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Alethea A (frootjoos) | 480 comments Mod
I've had the book for ages, it seems. I got an ARC of the sequel, which led me to buy the first book. Starting it today!


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Mawgojzeta | 41 comments Very good book. I lived (until recently) in the same small town as the author. Lived there for years and years yet never met him nor his wife. He is (maybe was) a volunteer firefighter for fire station there.

Anyway, will wait until more people have finished the book to comment more.


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Mindy (MindyBuchanan) | 159 comments Mawgojzeta wrote: "Very good book. I lived (until recently) in the same small town as the author. Lived there for years and years yet never met him nor his wife. He is (maybe was) a volunteer firefighter for fire ..."

Have you read the second book? I've heard the third is a prequel without Locke.


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Mawgojzeta | 41 comments Mindy: I have read the second book. I found it to be quite fulfilling.... as long as the third book picks right up where the second left off. So, hopefully it is not a prequel.

I looked on his official website and he seems to be keeping it up-to-date but does not comment on detail of the book nor a concrete release date.


message 7: by Mindy (last edited Aug 09, 2009 06:52AM) (new)

Mindy (MindyBuchanan) | 159 comments Mawgojzeta wrote: "Mindy: I have read the second book. I found it to be quite fulfilling.... as long as the third book picks right up where the second left off. So, hopefully it is not a prequel.

I looked on his ..."


I took a look at the cover art for the next book and it looks like Sabetha on the cover. So I assume it is not a prequel.



message 8: by Mindy (last edited Aug 09, 2009 06:53AM) (new)

Mindy (MindyBuchanan) | 159 comments I can honestly say this has to be in contention for my favorite book of the year. It's certainly my favorite so far.

We begin the story when Locke is just a child of five. Immediately, he is deviously lovable. Next come introductions of the Sanzas and Jean, all equally interesting and lovable characters. Despite all the gritty hardships and despair peppered throughout this book, Locke bears them well. He's a character that takes responsibility (once understood) for his actions and in most cases, learns from them.

His character develops through the "now" story line (where Locke is late to mid twenties by my count) and through interludes (where Lynch seamlessly shifts back and forth into the past, each time revealing a little more of Locke & the Gentleman Bastards' as well as Camour history). The depth of friendship, especially between Locke and Jean, can be quite touching.

I love a book that can keep me guessing. Nearly every close call, I would think to myself, how is Locke going to get himself out of this one? Lynch never disappoints, creating elaborate "ah ha" moments as fanciful as one of Locke's scores.

I cannot wait to read the second book to see where the criminal mastermind of Locke Lamora takes us next.

*side note: this book is full (and I mean there might not be a page without one) of swear words. I'm not one to complain about profanity - but in general I don't love a book that is full of it. However, in this case, it seems befitting of the story and adds an element and color that without it, wouldn't be the same story. Also, it can be quite gory in places and the subject matter is probably not for the squeamish or delicate.


message 9: by Mindy (last edited Aug 08, 2009 11:58PM) (new)

Mindy (MindyBuchanan) | 159 comments Mawgojzeta wrote: "Mindy: I have read the second book. I found it to be quite fulfilling.... as long as the third book picks right up where the second left off. So, hopefully it is not a prequel.

I looked on his ..."


I just found the summary for the third book at the back of my second book. It is not a prequel. I added it to the book's profile on GR. The Republic of Thieves


message 10: by Samantha (new)

Samantha Hey guys!! I got this one from B&N a few weeks ago, so I should try to start it soon...I've heard so many good things about it so far...can't wait! :D


message 11: by Stephanie (last edited Aug 09, 2009 12:35PM) (new)

Stephanie | 33 comments This is one of my all time faves. I absolutely fell in love with the characters!! Locke reminds me of a combo between Robin Hood and Captain Jack Sparrow! I can not wait for book three...I was told the release date isn't until July of 2010!!! Such a long wait!!


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Stephanie | 33 comments Mindy wrote: "Mawgojzeta wrote: "Mindy: I have read the second book. I found it to be quite fulfilling.... as long as the third book picks right up where the second left off. So, hopefully it is not a prequel..."

Thank you so much...I have been wondering where this would be heading!!


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Alethea A (frootjoos) | 480 comments Mod
aaaaggh. I forgot it at work :( It's ok, I'll be back there in 8 hours anyway.


message 14: by Mindy (new)

Mindy (MindyBuchanan) | 159 comments Alethea wrote: "aaaaggh. I forgot it at work :( It's ok, I'll be back there in 8 hours anyway."

Hope you weren't at a crucial part!!! : )


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Mindy (MindyBuchanan) | 159 comments Okay, so I have to say I'm pretty excited (if this is true). According to Wikipedia (again, issues with truth-telling here) there are a whole bunch of Locke Lamora books in the works. Also the movie rights were purchased by WB in 2006 and they've hired two writers to adapt it. We'll see if it ever comes to anything (lots of times scripts just sit around until someone decides to make it) Anyway, here is the list of future titles:

1. The Lies of Locke Lamora (June 2006)
2. Red Seas Under Red Skies (July 2007)
3. The Republic of Thieves (forthcoming)
4. The Thorn of Emberlain (forthcoming)
5. The Ministry of Necessity (forthcoming)
6. The Mage and the Master Spy (forthcoming)
7. Inherit the Night (forthcoming)

Has anyone been reading this book for August? It's totally worth the 719 pages.


message 16: by Stephanie (new)

Stephanie | 33 comments Wow thank you so much for this info...I loved both book one and book two!!


message 17: by Mindy (new)

Mindy (MindyBuchanan) | 159 comments I'm reading two right now. They are both fantastic.


message 18: by Stephanie (new)

Stephanie | 33 comments I agree...I just fell in love with the characters!


message 19: by Samantha (new)

Samantha I just finished the first one...my favorite part was the ending, that and Father Chains...so many good quotes! :D


message 20: by Mindy (new)

Mindy (MindyBuchanan) | 159 comments I have to say that in general I'm kind of against surprises. : ) But I absolutely loved the way Lynch wove the story in and out of the past. I would read a part and then it would go to one of the "Interludes" and something from the past would shine light on either something I had just read or was about to read. It's a fantastic book.

I also loved Father Chains. I especially loved the bits where Locke was a little naughty kid.

Samantha: You should definitely read the next one. It is just as excellent.


message 21: by Samantha (new)

Samantha Mindy- I probably will after I let this one digest a little, lol. :D


message 22: by Reema (new)

Reema | 142 comments I've just bought it but i'm still trying to get through The Name of the Wind!
By the time i finish that i should have Sea Glass and Fire so it will have to wait!


message 23: by Mindy (new)

Mindy (MindyBuchanan) | 159 comments Hmmm. Tough competition. : ) How do you like The Name of the Wind? That was one of my favorite books last year.


message 24: by Reema (new)

Reema | 142 comments I must not be in the right frame of mind to read it. It feels like the story is dragging and i'm still waiting for the point. I am only half way through though so i will keep reading.
The whole some one telling a story of some one else telling a story is a little confusing but i am liking it. Will let you know the final verdict when i'm done - if i ever finish it, i've been reading it forever!


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