In the dictionary, next to the word "bibliophile" there is a picture of me... Ok... it's my dictionary... and I put the picture there.
This is such a colorful and intriguing story. Smart, fun, and just a touch sad.
Scott Lynch has created a world that rivals that of Middle Earth and the cast of characters comes to life courtesy of Michael Page's great voice work. Clever dialogue and intricate plot and amazing descriptions of people, places and objects allow your imagination to soar. Be warned however, there are some descriptions of graphic violence that may haunt your imagination. This is one of those stories where the hero doesn't always escape unharmed... a nod to the reality in which we all live. The only reason I gave the story 4 stars instead of 5 is because as you begin the story, there are several plot lines working from different time perspectives. As the story progresses the relationships between stories becomes clear. Stick with it and assume that the author knows what he's doing.
Good story and a good performance,but the recording is low quality. It sounds like the narrator recorded himself in the bathroom with an iPhone. It was distracting at first but I was able to get used to it and enjoy the story. Good enough to buy the next book in the series. Hoping the next one sounds better.
For some reason, I had a hard time getting into the print version of this story, but Michael Page's performance of it is fantastic, and Scott Lynch's Gentleman Bastard stories are incredibly fun. The characters (and the prose!) are witty, colorful, and just incredibly fun. Lynch has also organized the stories in an interesting structure, telling two timelines throughout. I can hardly wait for the 4th book in the series!
I generally only write reviews of books I don't like so as to remind myself if I see them again, and hopefully warn others...
This gets off to a cracking start, and I found myself immediately drawn in. The back drop for the story is the Duchy of Camorr which is approximately a fantasy version of Venice.
Scott Lynch did a fantastic job with the plot BUT I felt he let himself and the story down when the protagonist made a few uncharacteristically poor choices. I found this concluded the main plot line in an unsatisfactory and overly drawn out manner.
My only complaint is the excessive interludes! Good characters, especially an anti-hero main character who ISN'T chock full of attributes... rather, a delightfully mediocre guy full of piss and vinegar! I'm hooked by a variety of cliff hangers that DON'T ruin the story by being loose ends.