The Lies of Locke Lamora: The Gentleman Bastard Sequence, Book One ( Gentleman Bastard series) by Scott Lynch. Read online, or download in secure EPUB. Scott Lynch's first novel, The Lies of Locke Lamora, exports the suspense and wit of a cleverly constructed crime caper into an exotic realm of fantasy, and the. Read "The Lies of Locke Lamora The Gentleman Bastard Sequence, Book One" by Scott Lynch available from Rakuten Kobo. Sign up today and get £3 off your.
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Robin Hobb. Patrick Rothfuss. Evan Winter. Editorial Reviews From Publishers Weekly Life imitates art and art scams life in Lynch's debut, a picaresque fantasy that chronicles the career of Locke Lamora—orphan, thief and leader of the Gentlemen Bastards—from the time the Thiefmaker sells Locke to the faking Eyeless Priest up to Locke's latest con of the nobility of the land of Camorr.
As in any good caper novel, the plot is littered with obvious and not-so-obvious obstacles, including the secret police of Camorr's legendary Spider and the mysterious assassinations of gang leaders by the newly arrived Gray King. Locke's resilience and wit give the book the tragicomic air of a traditional picaresque, rubbery ethics and all.
The villain holds the best moral justification of any of the players. The only drawback is that the realistic fullness of the background tends to accentuate the unreality of the melodramatic foreground.
All rights reserved. Soon his natural gifts make him an underworld celebrity, leader of the flamboyantly larcenous Gentleman Bandits. But there is someone who covets Locke's talents, his success, his very life, forcing him to put everything on the line to protect himself.
With a world so vividly realized that it's positively tactile, and characters so richly drawn that they threaten to walk right off the page, this is one of those novels that reaches out and grabs readers, pulling us into the middle of the action. With this debut novel, Lynch immediately establishes himself as a gifted and fearless storyteller, unafraid of comparisons to Silverberg and Jordan, not to mention David Liss and even Dickens the parallels to Oliver Twist offer an appealing extra dimension to the story, although the novel is no mere reimagining of that Victorian classic.
Fans of lavishly appointed fantasy will be in seventh heaven here, but it will be nearly as popular with readers of literary crime fiction. This is a true genre bender, at home on almost any kind of fiction shelf. Expect it to be among the year's most impressive debuts. See all Editorial Reviews. Product details File Size: Spectra June 27, Publication Date: June 27, Sold by: English ASIN: Enabled X-Ray: Book Series.
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Showing of 1, reviews. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. Kindle Edition Verified download. I left this unread on my Kindle for about 2 years. I had started it but lost interest after the first few pages and read other stuff.
Nothing significant in my abandon, it was cheap and am not that into fantasy in general. Too much re-Tolkien and not enough innovation. I recently decided to give it another go, read it all through and bought the 2nd in the series right away.
First of all, it is very well written, plenty of subtle wit. The characters are quite well developed and you can see that the author has a lot of backstory about them. Locke is a bit perfect for my taste, but he is entertaining enough that I let it pass.
The second bit is how atmospheric and well-described the world is. Camorr is a Venice-built-on-alien-ruins and Lynch totally runs with it. The somewhat Italian Renaissance names and society fit in perfectly and things are easy to visualize. Set in a modern day crime novel, the plot would have enough twists and turns to keep you riveted.
The Gentleman Bastards are confidence tricksters, grifters and con-men. Schemes meet counter-scams and you're almost expecting a Nigerian prince phishing email to come along. Every so often, I would come to a point where I would think "but what about X?
You know, typical big gaping plot holes in silly books. And, every time, it turned out that what I thought was an oversight was actually built into it and made sense. Finally, unlike many writers who believe that a good plot needs to be confusing, Lynch has kept it very simple and focused.
At least after each twist. This story rocks. Last, how can one resist a novel with 'contrarequialla', scantily-clad women gladiators who fight in arenas against sharks? Where this makes sense, rather than being just "jumping the shark"? That's only 2 or 3, glorious, pages' worth, but it shows how well-thought out even minor bits of the story can be because you have two setup scenes before the main combat one with the requalias.
For many pages, hell seems content to stay bound…. The newly-arrived Gray King is assassinating gang leaders and the secret police of Camorr's legendary Spider is hunting down Locke.
The city of Camorr has upended the board, and Locke Lamora is one of the scattered pieces. Locke soon finds out that one can only get so far on their aptitude to bullshit alone. And while Kaz Brekker comes off as a grizzled, hard-bitten, year-old black-and-white film noir anti-hero crammed into the body of a teenager, Locke Lamora is pretty much the opposite The story runs non-linearly, jumping back and forth between the past and the present, and shades in between.
The effect was disorienting at first as the story sometimes overspills the bounds of its plot and I would often find myself drifting between intrigued and indifferent.
Those quibbles aside, there's a great deal to enjoy in The Lies of Locke Lamora. The world of Camorr is solidly-crafted and bursting with detail and the vivid, oftentimes violent, action unfolds slowly, propelled by political machinations and anchored in complex character development.
Seriously, this book is hilarious.