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The Lies of Locke Lamora | [Scott Lynch]

The Lies of Locke Lamora

An orphan's life is harsh---and often short---in the island city of Camorr, built on the ruins of a mysterious alien race. But born with a quick wit and a gift for thieving, Locke Lamora has dodged both death and slavery, only to fall into the hands of an eyeless priest known as Chains---a man who is neither blind nor a priest. A con artist of extraordinary talent, Chains passes his skills on to his carefully selected "family" of orphans---a group known as the Gentlemen Bastards.
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Publisher's Summary

An orphan's life is harsh---and often short---in the island city of Camorr, built on the ruins of a mysterious alien race. But born with a quick wit and a gift for thieving, Locke Lamora has dodged both death and slavery, only to fall into the hands of an eyeless priest known as Chains---a man who is neither blind nor a priest. A con artist of extraordinary talent, Chains passes his skills on to his carefully selected "family" of orphans---a group known as the Gentlemen Bastards.

Under his tutelage, Locke grows to lead the Bastards, delightedly pulling off one outrageous confidence game after another. Soon he is infamous as the Thorn of Camorr, and no wealthy noble is safe from his sting. Passing themselves off as petty thieves, the brilliant Locke and his tightly knit band of light-fingered brothers have fooled even the criminal underworld's most feared ruler, Capa Barsavi. But there is someone in the shadows more powerful---and more ambitious---than Locke has yet imagined. Known as the Gray King, he is slowly killing Capa Barsavi's most trusted men---and using Locke as a pawn in his plot to take control of Camorr's underworld.

With a bloody coup under way threatening to destroy everyone and everything that holds meaning in his mercenary life, Locke vows to beat the Gray King at his own brutal game---or die trying.

©2008 Scott Lynch; (P)2009 Tantor

What the Critics Say

"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." (Booklist)

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    Adnan Chula Vista, CA, United States 11-26-11
    Adnan Chula Vista, CA, United States 11-26-11 Member Since 2009
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    "More lies please"

    To me it is like ocean eleven in a different era which is an entertaining concept in itself. The con and lies are funny as well as entertaining and they are delivered by narrator in a way that will make readers laugh. Where, at the same time, the realities of crime and punishment will make reader will feel for the characters. There is supernatural aspect as well in the book, but it is subtle and powerful which make things really interesting. This is Scott???s first book, and I hope he continue to deliver in this fashion. I enjoyed this book so much that I ended up listening to it several times. It is sharp, witty and at times surprisingly dark book. Michael Page is just right for this type of book. To me he Michael has just the right range and tone for this type of book. I hope that someday this book inspire a big screen movie.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Devin MA 01-07-11
    Devin MA 01-07-11 Member Since 2006

    Avid listener of Scifi and Fantasy. I've found so many great books with the help of member reviews. Hopefully I can return the favor.

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    "Should have loved this, but didn't"

    This book has everything I normally enjoy in a modern fantasy; morally grey protagonist, dark corners of society, action, no boring nobility worship/endless politics. So I should have loved this, but something about the story just didn't grab me. The characters are all well developed and generally interesting, but I just couldn't get emotionally attached to any of them or to the plot. I found the planning of the scams to be interesting, but the excecution didn't seem to pay off emotionally. Maybe it's because the victims were generally not bad people, sure they're rich and somewhat self-absorbed but I never felt like they needed their just deserts so to speak. There are evil villans certainly, but their not the victims of cons exactly. I think if the author wants to write about conmen, you need to feel like the marks are getting what they deserved. Also it seems like authors of modern fantasy aren't happy until they arbitrarily kill off half of the character's that you've grown attached to. After reading several books lately where this is the case it feels like a cheap ploy to make the story seem dramatic.

    That being said this isn't a bad book, at no point did I feel it ventured into that dreaded "waste of a credit" territory. However, I did find myself searching audible for new audiobooks before I finished the story(with a great audiobook I don't even log into audible until it's done, and then its to search for sequels)

    It might just be a case of my generation Y desensitized mentality but I didn't really notice the profanity until perusing the reviews and seeing that it bothered some people. But really, its adult modern fantasy about thieves and conmen, do you expect to hear the King's English??

    One thing I should mention, I bought the sequel "Red Seas Under Red Skies" so It was good enough for me to want a second helping. And the sequel is better, much more humor mixed in with adventure, but still somewhat lacking. Lame can't use paragraphs anymore in reviews?

    22 of 27 people found this review helpful
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    Books and Crannies Recycled New Hartford, CT, United States 05-23-14
    Books and Crannies Recycled New Hartford, CT, United States 05-23-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Martin, Rothfuss, Lynch...more please!!"

    Gentleman Bastards is now amongst A Song of Ice and Fire and Kingkiller Chronicles as one of my favorite series (fantasy or otherwise) I've ever listened to. This is complex, adult fantasy and right up my alley. The narrator is a blast, particularly as Chains.

    I take my 1 credit/month very seriously and spend hours and days reading reviews to make sure I get the most enjoyable experience possible. I would have gladly spent 3 or more credits for this book and each of the rest in the Gentleman Bastards series. I need more!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Mary Catherine NC 12-29-13
    Mary Catherine NC 12-29-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Love it or hate it"

    I did hate the book - after slogging through most of the story I did not finish the book. Most reviewers loved it, but not me. It felt like spending time with people I didn't like - scummy people doing scummy things.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Chad Kelso, WA, United States 10-23-12
    Chad Kelso, WA, United States 10-23-12 Member Since 2009

    This mountain of books isn't going to listen to itself.

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    "Worth it."
    Would you listen to The Lies of Locke Lamora again? Why?

    Honestly you need to listen one more time. The narrator rocks. But this book is one you need to pay attention too full time. Honestly, I might have chopped it up a little to much.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Lies of Locke Lamora?

    When the main guy gets interviewed.


    What does Michael Page bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The voices are suburb. This guy has some talent.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    no... its a hard listen. But worth it.


    Any additional comments?

    So if you like a crime fantasy. This is it hands down. or should i say fantasy robbery.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Chris Fresno, CA, USA 04-21-10
    Chris Fresno, CA, USA 04-21-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Thank you sir, may I have another?!"

    This is far and away the most enjoyable audiobook I've encountered. The narrator is simply amazing, and absolutely perfect for this book. When he speaks, I can fully imagine every detail. When he switches characters, I can picture their faces. The story of the Gentlemen Bastards is a fantastic, fun, gritty, and compelling. The Gentlemen Bastards are the Ocean's 11 of Mr. Lynch's fantasy world.The language is harsh, witty, and real. Not recommended for the overly pious or easily offended.

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Hallie PIKESVILLE, MD, United States 01-19-12
    Hallie PIKESVILLE, MD, United States 01-19-12

    avid audiobook listener, sociopath, nerd.

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    "I just couldn't put it down!"

    It took a while to get used to the back-and-forth in time rhythm. After I got used to that, I just couldn't stop listening. The plot is so intricate, and the characters both endearing and infuriating. I can't wait to listen to the next book!

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Tyng washington, Virgin Islands (U.S.) 02-08-11
    Tyng washington, Virgin Islands (U.S.) 02-08-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Bogged Down In Plot"

    I ultimately gave this three stars because I would recommend it, but with a warning. Scott Lynch gets extremely embroiled in his plot, and while that is for the most part enjoyable, there were times when it was tiresome and unbelievable and I needed a break from the effort of listening and trying to care. I liked the overarching story and Locke's character, and I'm sure the second and third books are worth listening to, but I probably won't be using any of my credits on them anytime soon.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Joanna Juneau, AK, United States 09-28-10
    Joanna Juneau, AK, United States 09-28-10 Member Since 2007
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    "Complex, Hilarious, Emotional Ride"

    Absolutely loved this story - Gentlemen Bastards Forever! You will grow to truly care about these characters. Be warned, there is much swearing and a good deal of violence. Given the storyline, though, this lends the realism so often lacking in novels of this genre. Michael Page as narrator is incredibly good, capturing the very diverse cast of characters with the individual personality they deserve.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    kyohapooka Austin, TX 05-19-10
    kyohapooka Austin, TX 05-19-10
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    "Utterly Amazing"

    A fantastic caper of a novel. Michael Page is a wonderful narrator, with plenty of range and a great sense of timing.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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