The Lies of Locke Lamora Read Along – Week 1

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.

What I dislike: I don’t really have anything that I dislike in the book. If I have to nit-pick, then maybe Locke is too good at the things he can do.

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.


  1. Wow, kudos to you for finishing already. This is a reread for me so I’ve decided to take my time and savour all the words really well. (Plus I’m reading another book at the same time to stop me getting ahead of myself).
    The cons are really good – makes you wonder about Scott Lynch – LOL (thankfully he’s decided to go into writing…)
    Lynn 😀


  2. I don’t think I could have handled the suspense if I only read a few chapters per week. 😛


  3. Already finished, eh? Very good! This is probably my 6th or so read through this book (it’s a once a year thing for me), and I still love it just as much as I did the first time I read it. I think I got a little caught up for a few seconds here and there with the flashbacks the first time, but once I figured out how he was doing things it was great.


  4. I just hope the future flashbacks will feature more Chains and the ever elusive Sabetha.


  5. It’s been SO hard not to read ahead and I finally broke down and read the next 26 pages last night. Guess I’ll have to take notes like you did so I don’t give out any spoilers when we discuss next week’s questions! 🙂


  6. Yeah I just couldn’t stop. The book is so good when it gets going 🙂


  7. hey fast reader! I hope you’re not too bored in the next couple weeks, when we’re talking about stuff that you’ve already read? And now you’ll get all the little in-jokes too. 😀 i’m thrilled you enjoyed Lies enough to zip thru the whole book!

    the more I think about it, the more I’m thinking the entire book is that everything, absolutely everything, has consequences. Sometimes they are good. . . sometimes not.


  8. It was a great read and I can’t wait to see what questions will appear next week. 🙂


  9. I’m doing a reread and I can understand how people can’t stop reading at a certain point. I know what happens and I’ve been the same! I get to the end of a chapter and I’m ‘Noooo! I can’t just stop here!’, so I didn’t.


  10. A lot of the checkpoints end on an interesting part of the book and you simply can’t just stop there.


  11. I don’t think you will dislike Locke being too successful for long because you’ll see that luck isn’t always there when he needs it!
    But no spoilers, I also love the book and would love even more to re-read it again.


  12. I was listening to Scott Lynch on the latest SF Signal podcast and he mentions how Locke has amazing skills and talents but he still puts Locke in overwhelming and impossible situations to show that he’s not invincible.