My taste in books seems to run along a space-crime continuum
Posted under "The Lies of Locke Lamora" and "Red Seas Under Red Skies" (Books 1 and 2 of "Gentleman Bastards").
There are so many good and accurate reviews of both these books, I hesitate to add my 2 cents, but am so enthusiastic about them--and about the imminent release (Fall 2013) of the third book in the series, "A Republic of Thieves"--that I decided to pony up.
The writing is exquisite. It requires concentration. Scott Lynch moves masterfully between characters and time frames. The con games the protagonists play are complicated but ultimately, weirdly believable. There are scenes of surpassing beauty and events of excruciating brutality. These are not books to lull yourself to sleep with (unless you want some real nightmare images floating around your brain).
The narration by Michael Page is first-class. I've listened to a couple of other books he's narrated and always thought he was good, but for these books, he really stepped it up. Writing this good deserves time and thought in the interpretation, and Page delivers. A match made in audio heaven.
"Lies" should be read before "Red Seas," but each is complete and satisfying in itself. This is a good thing, because there have been 5 years between "Red Seas" and the forthcoming volume. Lynch's website lists a proposed 7-volume arc for this series, and he's apparently filling in with some novellas (the first of which are scheduled for publication in winter 2014). I wish Scott Lynch the best. I look forward to a long stretch of enjoying his books, especially if he can maintain the incredibly high writing and plotting standards of the first two.
Fantasy and Romance Author
Love the narrator for this series. He's got one of those plummy "Royal Shakespeare Theatre" voices, and is doing a fabulous job performing the different characters. His performance definitely adds a lot to the entertainment value of the story.
This sequel to the inventive and witty LIES OF LOCKE LAMORA proved to be just as entertaining as the first book in the series. In the wake of the events in the first novel, Locke and his best friend Jean arrive in a new city. They've managed to triumph over overwhelming odds, but the two young con-men did not escape unscarred from their experiences in their home city. Locke especially is a mess, and it takes a while before he can take an interest in the unscrupulous activities he used to revel in. But once Locke and Jean get back into the game, they are quickly pulled into a bigger, darker game by a puppet-master whose reach and skills may exceed theirs. I enjoyed watching these two brash, clever characters foiled at every turn, and forced into adventures on the high seas. Be warned that the story ends on quite a cliffhanger, and I am eagerly awaiting the release of the third volume in October. As before, Scott Lynch does some very interesting world-building...not your usual Tolkien-derived medievalesque fantasy, but reminiscent of Dickens' London hybridized with Machievelli's Renaissance Italy, set on an planet littered with the ruins of alien cities made of a strange, indestructible glass-like substance.All in all, a highly entertaining tale enlivened by an outstanding performance by a skilled narrator.
I love listening to Page's interpretation of the characters so i am glad that I listened to the book rather than read it.
YES! I loved the pirates, and I loved that the pirates were women (more than competent ones, too!) Just as in the first one, there are so many twists and turns, and Locke has these super complicated schemes, but in this book, the schemes don't really turn out the way he intended. I really can't wait for the next book to come out!
The words Swashbuckling Entertainment just have to be used to describe this book. Its that good! Can't wait to find out what happens next!
Just as fun as the first book. It's exciting, it's witty, it's mysterious, it's even laugh-out-loud funny at times. The tales of Locke & Jean will not disappoint.
Don't pass these books up!
Note: lots of swearing, squares beware.
I wish u could comment on other peoples comments, add a new dimension on what people write, some reviews deserve more than a 'yes or no'
One of the most interesting people to read a review from is another author in the same genre who is essentially 'competition', altho with books its diff. cuz u can enjoy all books & the author is usually in no danger of 'losing u as a consumer.' A reader may hold diff. POV regarding which author is 'better' after reading each story but in other business fields there is competition for the sole attention of consumers. When I was on Goodreads I was able to read reviews Patrick Rothfuss wrote on books he's read, it gives u a peek into the mind of a person I respect due to his literary prowess but also humanizes an author regarding they're personal opinion. If u can find his review of this book on the website mentioned above u will understand what I mean. Both authors have now finished they're 2nd book & Pat tells u how he believed the 2nd book for a debut author is the hardest to write as an author which seems logical. But Lynch has book 3 out & we are still waiting Pat!! :)
Anyways, this book was extremely good considering it was already at a disadvantage cuz of the bar set for himself after writing 'Lies of Locke Lamora.' It would be impossible to top his debut, yet this 2nd book doesn't try to rise above but take a lateral step along with the 1st. New places & challenges, same old Locke & Jean. I will prob. find myself reading it again after 'Republic of Thieves', esp. if 'ROT' is as good as the first 2. Lynch still has his unique humor that makes u laugh out loud, establishes great characters u end up loving & hoping they don't die, & a fresh adventure for a concept I thought was going to be hard to write another few books on. Reading Lynch's books makes u realize a master story teller is at work. Readers are interested in a character only talked about so far! & finally makes there 1st appearance in book 3! That alone is amazing but the depths of the confidence games & the webs that Locke & company continue weaving reach far across his world, & who knows the next person to be caught up. I highly suggest taking the time to read this book, obv. after reading book 1, & once done book 3 is out as well so no waiting like so others had to endure... Michael Page is an excellent narrator, he did a couple books by Joe Abercrombie & he has a perfect voice for all the characters, esp. the main protagonists. The first 2 of the series are well worth the credit & it wouldn't be going out on a limb to say the 3rd is going to be well worth the credit as well.
This series is one of my favorites because of how good the writing style is and the exceptional delivery.
The voices are consistent and the characters are so well developed. Everything moves so quickly.
I basically did with a brief nap :)
I whatched football all weekend with no sound because of this book :) Finished the book in 2 days and went straight into the third book of the series. I would place this series in my top ten for sure and may even be in the top 5.
I really enjoyed this one, loved the 1st and now listening to the 3rd....
loved his narration across the board.
well done, enjoyable, always waiting to see what sort of trouble they get into and how they get around the problems.
I love to read but with my busy schedule I barely get a chance to. However, audiobooks allow me to "read" while I manage my crazy life.
If you haven't read the first book, then you don't want to read this review as it has spoilers for the first book. With that being said, if you haven't read the first book and just want to start with this book (I highly discourage you because the first book is superb, but if you must...) you will not be lost as Lynch does a great job of adding enough details to the story that help you put the pieces together.
There is a lot to love in this book. Lynch is a master with words- smooth dialogues, richly detailed descriptions, and characters you love to hate or love to adore. The story moves along seamlessly even with the few flashbacks interspersed throughout the tale. Shy of famine and pestilence I could not put this book down. Same as the first, I was in love with the story at the first smart-ass remark uttered by Locke. The tale starts out with Locke and Jean after the events from the previous book, licking their wounds and, in Locke's case, wallowing in self loathing, blaming himself for the significant loss He and Jean endured. Jean's persistence and loyalty to Locke proves priceless in getting him out of the state of depression and back into the scheming and conniving life they are used to. As with the first book, Locke and Jean's elaborate plan is foiled, with layers upon layers of deceit and chaos, but in the end they pull it off. How successful they were with it is arguable and only the reader can answer that after finishing the book.
This installment introduces us to new villains and new characters that have the potential to appear in the following books. It also leaves the story on not a huge cliff hanger, but a nice cookie crumb trail that makes me gods damn happy that I started to read this book this year rather than when it was first published as I don't have that long of a wait.
The first book had me out of sorts with the loss Locke and Jean suffered. This book, however, broke my heart to pieces and I pray to the Crocked Warden that Lynch will be gentle in the next installment. The ever elusive, Sabetha will make an appearance and I'm part terrified and part excited at how this piece of the story with play out. All I know is that come October 8th, 2013 I will be indisposed to do anything that is not reading "The Republic of Thieves."
Narrator: Michael Page
Another superb job from Page. I hope that he continues to read for this series as he does an amazing job with the character voices, continuity of the characters, pace, volume, tone, you name it, this man has got the reading of the Gentleman Bastard series down. His accents are fantastic and his inflections are perfect for the funny dialogues throughout the story.