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review 2017-09-16 00:00
The Lies of Locke Lamora
The Lies of Locke Lamora - Scott Lynch

He is known as The Thorn of Camorr, who steals from the rich and gives to the poor. The Thorn is a master swordsman, a great romancer of women, and a ghost who walks through walls. The Thorn is a commoner’s tale. Locke Lamora is nothing more than a Gentleman Bastard, who has mastered the art of the carefully orchestrated con. 

In the city of Camorr, there are ample opportunities for such, and it is rife with gangs. There is only one rule; all must abide by the Secret Peace. The Duke’s man, Capa Barsavi has a hold over all the gangs in Camorr’s criminal world. All who break the Secret Peace must answer to the Capa. Of course, he gets a cut of all the profits too. 

Locke is joined in his criminal schemes by his fellow Bastards, Jean Tannen, twins Calo and Galdo Sanza, and their new apprentice, Bug. All except Bug grew up learning their art under the tutelage of old Father Chains. He bought them as street orphans and taught them to be thieves, con artists and masters of disguise. Locke was quite the enterprising student and he was constantly trying to outwit and outplay his master. 

Someday, Locke Lamora,” he said, “someday, you’re going to f*** up so magnificently, so ambitiously, so overwhelmingly that the sky will light up and the moons will spin and the gods themselves will s**t comets with glee. And I just hope I’m still around to see it.”

“Oh please,” said Locke. “It’ll never happen.”

As the Bastards begin their latest caper, the city is sent into turmoil. Capa Barsavi’s rule is being threatened by a new and unknown killer, the Grey King. Locke Lamora and the Bastards become unwilling pawns in a deadly game and its winner take all.

This book falls together so well. The author uses a series of ‘Interludes’ to build the history of his world and characters. I like this style of revealing the past. The ancient city of Camorr is described in rich detail and I picture it my mind as being somewhat like Venice, although I’ve never had the pleasure of going there. I also love the interplay and bonds of friendship between the Bastards. They take what they have and make an adventure out of it. Locke is just a regular guy without any special strength or magic, getting by on wit alone.

Lies of Locke Lamora is grim, dark fantasy at its best. Heed my warning that there definitely are dark parts! There are also many playful quips along the way that help balance it out! This is an adult book and I feel compelled to add for the sake of some of my followers that there is profanity used, which may strike this off some of your TBR lists right away. Overall this is just a great book! I keep hearing that the series gets better and better from here on and I believe it. The end leaves us with a nice opening for future storylines with a simple statement.

“Old sins will never be buried so deep that they cannot rise again when least expected.”
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text 2017-03-01 15:50
22 New Series Releases Today (March 1, 2017)
Very Important Corpses - Simon R. Green
Sizzling Summer Nights - Debbi Rawlins
Best Served Cold: A small town Police Procedural set in Oklahoma - Susan Rogers Cooper
The Bastards and the Knives (Gentleman Bastard, #0) - Scott Lynch
Future Threat - Elizabeth Briggs

Taken from https://www.fictfact.com/BookReleaseCalendar , new series releases today are:


A Finely Crafted Murder - Stacey Alabaster, #3 in Craft Circle Cozy


A Perfect View (CICI: A Fairy's Tale) - Cori Doerrfeld,Cori Doerrfeld,Tyler Page Agent-in-Training (Classified K-9 Unit) - Terri Reed An Unjust Judge: A Mystery set in 16th century Ireland (A Burren Mystery) - Cora Harrison  

A Perfect View - Cori Doerrfeld,Cori Doerrfeld, #3 in Cici: A Fairy's Tale

Agent-in-Training - Terri Reed, #1 in Classified K-9 Unit

An Unjust Judge - Cora Harrison, #14 in Burren Mysteries


Before He Takes (A Mackenzie White Mystery-Book 4) - Blake Pierce Best Served Cold: A small town Police Procedural set in Oklahoma (A Milt Kovak Mystery) - Susan Rogers Cooper Bodhi's Synful Mate, Iron Wolves MC Book 6 - Elle Boon  

Before He Takes - Blake Pierce , #4 in Mackenzie White

Best Served Cold - Susan Rogers Cooper, #14 in Milt Kovak

Bodhi's Synful Mate - Elle Boon, #6 in Iron Wolves MC


Time Jumpers (Five Kingdoms) - Brandon Mull Burning Springs (Firefly Hollow Series Book 13) - T. L. Haddix  Enigma of Fire (Berdie Elliott Mysteries) - Marilyn Leach  

Time Jumpers (Five Kingdoms) - Brandon Mull, #5 in Five Kingdoms

Burning Springs - T. L. Haddix, #13 in Firefly Hollow

Enigma of Fire - Marilyn Leach, #4 in Berdie Elliott Mystery


R.R. Haywood
#1 in Extracted


Future Shock
Elizabeth Briggs
#1 in Future Shock


Future Threat
Elizabeth Briggs
#2 in Future Shock


Alexis Noelle
#5 in Deathstalkers MC


Never Say Die
Michele Bardsley
#3 in Wizards of Nevermore


Sizzling Summer Nights
Debbi Rawlins
#20 in Made in Montana


Take It Back
Tonya Burrows
#1 in Outlaw Recovery


The Bastards and the Knives
Scott Lynch
#0.5 in Gentleman Bastard


The Bone Witch
Rin Chupeco
#1 in The Bone Witch


The Innocent's Secret Baby
Carol Marinelli
#1 in Billionaires & One-Night Heirs


To End All Wars
P. S. Power
#7 in Gwen Farris


Very Important Corpses
Simon R Green
#3 in Ishmael Jones Mystery




Source: www.fictfact.com/BookReleaseCalendar
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review 2017-02-01 01:57
Red Seas Under Red Skies by Scott Lynch
Red Seas Under Red Skies - Scott Lynch

Series: Gentleman Bastard #2


Abandoned at 37%.


I gave a solid effort to this one, but I’m finding that I just don’t care. I can’t even really point to a particular feature that annoys me (ok, other than that supposed “prologue” which isn’t really a prologue) or say that it’s poorly written. I just can’t seem to get into the book and the prospect of another three hundred pages of this, even with the promise of pirates, is making me throw in the towel.


On to the next book from Mount TBR!


[Aside: Wow, that’s 3 DNFs already this year and we’re only January!]

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text 2017-01-31 20:59
Reading progress update: I've read 203 out of 558 pages.
Red Seas Under Red Skies - Scott Lynch

Apparently this installment is supposed to be some sort of pirate adventure. The problem is that at 36% there are still no pirates. This book needs to be restructured, methinks. 

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text 2017-01-28 18:31
Reading progress update: I've read 87 out of 558 pages.
Red Seas Under Red Skies - Scott Lynch

This book has been hard to get into. I think maybe I've turned a corner now that I've gotten home and can read it in more comfort, but I was seriously considering abandoning it. I'm not entirely sure why, but I just couldn't seem to care about the characters or what they were doing. And that "prologue" pissed me off because it's not really a prologue. It's a random snippet from somewhere and I wasn't even sure I cared enough about finding where it was supposed to go to continue.


So I might just have been a little grumpy this morning.

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