If I could convey my enthusiasm for this book, I might kick you in the shins until you felt compelled to read it. Or pinching. Yes, most definitely pinching with squealy-girl screeches.
- Book: The Lies of Locke Lamora
- Author: Scott Lynch
- Publication: 2006
I have been hearing about this book for several years but haven’t gotten around to reading it until now. What the hell was I thinking?! However, one great thing about my laziness is that I have two new books in the series to continue…but, like everyone else, will have to wait on the remainder.
This book was beyond excellent. While it is technically a fantasy novel–and I mean that in the way that says “technically”–because this is a made up world and there are unique creatures and magicians and other curiosities that make a world “real.” However, the non-recognizable is made commonplace by the fact that this is a story about a heist, a coup, and revenge. Essentially, it is all about a small gang called the Gentleman Bastards and the lovably devious Locke Lamora in particular. The fantasy fades into the background…
The interweaving storylines–the past with the present–while not really a new style, seem to be particularly effective for this story. It made for a rich, full world by filling in little corners and shadows with detail that might not have been there had the story been structured differently.
As I listened to the book, it reminded me of some wild crossbred version of Charles Dickens, The Little Rascals, and those black and white crime movies (think Edward G. Robinson, Peter Lorre, etc.). The book is witty and amusing and beautifully written.
The audiobook was narrated by Michael Page. Page uses different voices to separate the characters–which is not always the case when listening to an audiobook–but it works so well with this novel. Highly recommended.
- Will I read it again? Hell, yes.
- Will I be continuing on to the next two books in the series? Hell, yes.
- Do I recommend this book? With an ever-enthusiastic pinch, a kick in the shin, and a squeal!
- Thoughts? Scott Lynch is a brilliant new writer. I can’t wait to see where he goes next!
On to my next book: The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson