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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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    Michael Woodstock, GA, United States 08-03-12
    Michael Woodstock, GA, United States 08-03-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Entertaining Story"

    I really enjoyed this book. The characters were colorful, the settings and storyline were richly complex, and the voices the reader used both fit the material and allowed the listener to easily keep track of who was speaking. Recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Megan Springfield, Mo, United States 08-02-12
    Megan Springfield, Mo, United States 08-02-12
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    "There is no reason to care about this book."

    Honestly, I am amazed by how much I dislike this book. Firstly, the author gives you no reason to care about the characters. He jumps back and forth from their youth to adulthood in a way that is seemingly supposed to give you insight into why the characters are who they are as adults, but really doesn't give you any good cause for them being who they are.
    Also, jumping about in this manner, as opposed to having a linear progression from child to adult, took away my ability to care about the characters. Possibly if I had gone along on the journey from their childhood I could have cared about what they were doing as adults, but as it was I was bored and frustrated, waiting for anything at all to happen that would cause me to care about them.
    Even then, however, I probably couldn't have gotten over the fact that the characters have absolutely no morals or sufficient cause for their actions.

    *SPOILERS* By morals, I am talking about having a single good quality that could cause you to root for it's fulfillment. Maybe it is just me, but I don't care to root for the bad guys who are actually bad with no real redeeming qualities. This is not a very articulate review. It was pretty difficult for me to pay attention to this book and I finally gave up on it when SPOILER pretty much every character dies that I might have grown to care a little about. Primarily I am writing it because when I got the book it was because it had so many good reviews. Here is one for the people like me.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kim TEANECK, NJ, United States 07-21-12
    Kim TEANECK, NJ, United States 07-21-12
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    "Seriously great fantasy brought to life perfectly"
    If you could sum up The Lies of Locke Lamora in three words, what would they be?

    Brutal, Confidence, Immersive


    What did you like best about this story?

    Just about everything.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I don't want to spoil it.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Even Bastards Can Be Gentlemen


    Any additional comments?

    I simply loved this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amy San Francisco, CA, United States 07-10-12
    Amy San Francisco, CA, United States 07-10-12 Member Since 2014
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    "At first slow, but then an exciting romp!"
    Would you listen to The Lies of Locke Lamora again? Why?

    Yes! Narration was effective, and Lynch creates a rich, heady, detailed world that allows for revisiting. Lynch is also not afraid to mess around with a linear chronology. I'm sure if I were to listen again, I would pick up on so much more.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The cleverness, moral ambiguity, and humor of the characters provide a refreshing twist on traditional fantasy. Locke and the other Gentlemen Bastards get themselves in to some pretty ridiculous situations and you wonder how they will ever get out.


    Which character – as performed by Michael Page – was your favorite?

    Michael Page's accents at first were difficult for me to listen to, but then they grew on me. By the end of the book, I really liked Chains and Jean.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Julius 07-06-12
    Julius 07-06-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Almost Great, almost.with the texture of Oceans11"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, the beginning was great, mid way through I loss the feel from the beginning, these characters were too easily out maneuvered...I thought that was a bit of a cop out. Still, a lot of fun.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The early stories of his childhood were very entertaining.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    John Saco, ME, United States 07-03-12
    John Saco, ME, United States 07-03-12 Member Since 2010

    I love a good lonnnnng listen. The wheel of time and Dark tower type of long.

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    "The Hero was a Zero"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I would have given the main character more Moxie. It seemed he was unable to be the person you wanted him to be. There was mention of Locke having some form of magic in the beginning of the book, but we never heard about it again.


    Would you recommend The Lies of Locke Lamora to your friends? Why or why not?

    I would recomend it, the narrator was fine and the flash-backs were entertaining.


    Was The Lies of Locke Lamora worth the listening time?

    any book I listen to needs to be 15 hours. Like I like my movies a minimum of 2 hours. Yes there was alot of character build up.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Robin 07-01-12
    Robin 07-01-12
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    "Game of Thrones fans should try this!"

    An original world with only minimal magic, mostly wits and loyalty driving the story. Great visual images, background legends, a wonderful hero, and plot twists impossible to guess. Narration was excellent, differentiating characters with accents from countries that don't even exist.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    AmyJ 06-26-12
    AmyJ 06-26-12

    I am a mom of 4 that loves loves loves my Megan, Colin, Joshua & Aiden baby.

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    "it took me awhile to finish"
    Any additional comments?

    It took me awhile to get into this book, but when I did, I really enjoyed the completly otherworldly feel of the setting all the glass buildings and bridges was very interesting to me. I liked the underdog bad guy that you eneded up rooting for. I loved the connection that the gentlemen bastards have. And the strong if laughable integrity of Loch. Over all it was a long book but that only gave the writer more time to clearly develop all the characters.

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    Chris Georgetown, TX, United States 06-20-12
    Chris Georgetown, TX, United States 06-20-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Really great read!"
    What did you love best about The Lies of Locke Lamora?

    This book kept me on my toes. There are plenty of twists and turns which will keep you listening long past your intended time. The end is truly unexpected and makes this book so very worth it!


    What did you like best about this story?

    As a fantasy fanatic, it's nice to read a book every now and then that doesn't have magic or a main character who is so far above everyone else. There is nothing grand about anyone in the book, just their exceptional skill at what they do and the training they have poured into their art.


    What about Michael Page’s performance did you like?

    The narrator did an outstanding job. He managed to give all the characters their own personality and helped me see each of them in my minds eye perfectly.


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

    There were spots that seemed to drag a bit but altogether I remained interested.


    Any additional comments?

    I keep waiting for a third book to come out and check back regularly to see if it has.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Peggy 06-04-12
    Peggy 06-04-12 Member Since 2010

    dragonfire393

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    "slow"

    I am sure there are people who really liked this book, but I couldn't get into it. I have not finished it as of this date. Too slow.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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