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The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch
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Jan 28, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: goodreaders-made-me, babble-added, weep

Fantastic! This was so much fun! Some fantasies or adventures have a distinctly grim pall to them, Very Serious Stories, ones you feel like you have to read with a solemn face. This one, even when the situation was going to heck, had a wink and an elbow nudging you in the side. The audacity and cheek of the main character had me laughing, especially when he failed. Not that this was a farce or even a comedy. There was plenty of blood, guts, and pain, including perhaps the most yucky death possible. I'll definitely be catching the rest of the series! I'll bend my "no epic fantasies" rule, again. This was a complete story that didn't end with a freaking cliffhanger. I totally approve.

While the modern cusses and liberal use of italics distracted, it gave the dialogue a cheerful flair. The writing, when it wasn't just plain fun, was well-crafted and enjoyable to read as it described the places. Pleeeeeeeenty of clothing porn, sheesh. The fighting was well done. I liked how the chapters broke the story up, setting up reveals and providing a bit of history to make the the next scene work. Oh man, I think there was a little bit of a tribute to The Princess Bride, with a Miracle Max type of scene; they even tally their assets!

I've gotten sick of books that spend a bunch of time describing all the members of the team, each one with a special skill. There's this other author in particular I remember was awful about that, every book and series of his following the same basic outline: this one about a berserker swordsman with a secret, a bowman with one eye, a savage shaman, and a red-haired whore; that one about a sensitive thief, a wily wizard, a half-man half-wolf hybrid, and a golden-haired whore; oh, and the one about the exiled nobleman, the northern axe-wielder, the dwarf acrobat, and the raven-haired warrior maiden...who was once a whore! This book snuck up on me with its team-building exercise and I didn't mind it. And, while the world presented in The Lies of Locke Lamora is definitely a man's world, most of the women who had a part were competent, significant, and not whores. But, hah!, the little historical blurb about whores is probably one of the best things I've read. By golly, I believe this book even passes the Bechdel test.

Can I say it? HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!!!!!!!!!!
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message 2: by JK (new) - rated it 5 stars

JK Did anyone tell you that the release schedule for this series is shoddy as hell? The second book is out, but there's absolutely no word on when the third will be released, if it'll even be released.

Prepare yourself for the insatiable hole you've now created by starting this series.

Eh?Eh! Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

Well, the 2nd book better not have a freakin' cliffhanger. I hope? Argh.

message 4: by JK (new) - rated it 5 stars

JK Eh, I wouldn't consider it a cliffhanger. You'll be left wanting to read the third book to see where things go, but everything is tied up at the end.

On a side note, I wasn't using your name at the beginning of that sentence.

message 5: by Eh?Eh! (last edited Sep 27, 2011 04:40PM) (new) - rated it 5 stars

Eh?Eh! I was about to take offense! JK.

Good to know. Until the 3rd book comes out, I can fill my hole with other things. Twss!

Er, sorry, someone else I know on this site throws out twsses very skillfully and it's infectious (but with less skill on my part).

message 6: by JK (new) - rated it 5 stars

JK You should still take offense, just to be on the safe side.

I've tried filling it with other things, but it's an awfully big hole. Mostly though, no other caper will compare to this. Step outside the genre and you can find enjoyable reads, but nothing within it will compare.

I'm not even sure what twss is supposed to mean.

Eh?Eh! Let me fill in a gaping hole in your immaturity! Behold: TWSS.

message 8: by JK (new) - rated it 5 stars

JK I have no idea how I miss so much internet jargon with the amount of time I spend online.

Your previous comment is much more amusing now. :D

message 9: by [deleted user] (last edited Sep 29, 2011 06:49AM) (new)

Are you posting your reviews stealth like now? Because that sucks if you are. :(

Eh?Eh! It's a phase, like an ashamed teenager with acne. Hopefully it'll clear up soon.

message 11: by [deleted user] (new)

Get some shame Clearasil and cut that shit out!!!

Eh?Eh! I hate you! *slam* (<--that was the door)

message 13: by [deleted user] (new)

I'm telling.

Moooooommmm! Eh's not updating her reviews again!

message 14: by Miriam (new)

Miriam A maiden who was once a whore? That sounds like some story.

Eh?Eh! Mooooooommmmmmmm!!! She's touching my review! Make her stooooooop!

Heh, well, maybe she wasn't a maiden. It was annoying, when I finally realized how cookie-cutter all the stories were and how long it had taken for me to realize I hadn't realized it for so long.

message 16: by Meels (new)

Meels Added. What is "clothing porn"?

Eh?Eh! Woohoo! It's gratuituous clothing descriptions of cut, material, drape, down to cuffs and embroidery. A little is fine, but there's a point where I tip over to enough-already. My tipover may happen sooner than most others'. Hope you enjoy!

message 18: by [deleted user] (new)

Sex in the City is straight up clothing porn.

message 19: by Meels (new)

Meels Gotcha, My threshold would be very low. However, I easily skim over description (if I love the story) without being bothered.

Eh?Eh! I think that will be case with this book.

Sex in the City is clothing and accessories porn.

message 21: by Meels (new)

Meels I never liked Sex in the City...

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