This is my first time joining a read along and what better book to start with than The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch? This read along is hosted by a bunch of great people and week one is led by Andrea at The Little Red Reviewer.
1. If this is your first time reading The Lies of Locke Lamora, what do you think of it so far? If this is a re-read for you, how does the book stand up to rereading?
This is my first time reading The Lies of Locke Lamora and I just finished it today. It was a fantastic read, full of action and drama. I can really see why so many people love this book and I will definitely be reading the sequel.
What I love: The cons that Locke pulls off. He can just go into any situation and start spilling out crap and people would believe him.
2. At last count, I found three time lines: Locke as a 20-something adult, Locke meeting Father Chains for the first time, and Locke as a younger child in Shades Hill. How are you doing with the Flashback within a flashback style of introducing characters and the world?
I don’t mind the flashbacks because most of the TV shows that I’m following use this style of storytelling. It’s actually a refreshing change from the linear style that I’ve been reading a lot of lately. I like how Lynch actually uses the flashbacks to introduce to the reader how and why the Gentleman Bastards are so good at what they do.
3. Speaking of the world, what do you think of Camorr and Lynch’s world building?
Loved it. The world reminds me of the Age of Discovery, a rich period of history when European countries are busy exploring the world and bringing back all kinds of treasures to their bustling ports. A very exciting time indeed!
4. Father Chains and the death offering… quite the code of honor for thieves, isn’t it? What kind of person do you think Chains is going to mold Locke into?
I know how things turn out to be but I did make notes of the beginning of the book to the chapter Locke stays for dinner. From my notes, I would say that Chains will drill Locke to leverage his talents but at the same time make him respect the honour among thieves. Chains will make sure Locke know that everything has a consequence and that he can’t be as reckless as before.
5. It’s been a while since I read this, and I’d forgotten how much of the beginning of the book is pure set up, for the characters, the plot, and the world. Generally speaking, do you prefer set up and world building done this way, or do you prefer to be thrown into the deep end with what’s happening?
Either is fine with me. With a gradual build up I can enjoy the characters and settings more, whereas starting with the deep end then I can get right into the action.
6. If you’ve already started attempting to pick the pockets of your family members (or even thought about it!) raise your hand.
This isn’t something that I will try because I know I don’t have the skills or subtlety to do it.
So that’s it for my responses. Do visit The Little Red Reviewer to see what the other fine folks answered.