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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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    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.

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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 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

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    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.

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    Sparrow MO 06-03-12
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    "Witty and Surprising while Fascinatingly Violent"

    Well executed, tense and fairly fast-paced, The Lies of Locke Lemora kept me guessing as to what kind of story it was actually telling right up until the end. The language was a bit shocking at first, coupled with narration that was definitely harsh at times, but both seemed appropriate by the end. The author does a good job of weaving significant plot points throughout and tying them up neatly. With just enough wit and violence to accomplish its genre (whatever THAT is), it's a book that reads like a movie. Very entertaining.

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    breckoz 06-02-12
    breckoz 06-02-12 Member Since 2014

    Audiobook Junkie... Love all types of Science Fiction

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    "Wow.. fun listen"

    I enjoyed this story because unlike other novels, such as Games of Throne, we get to see life through the eyes of the lowest part of society. Locke Lamora is taken in as an orphan to be raised as a thief. Quickly his lies and brains lead him into trouble after trouble. This book does not shy away from blood and gore so be prepared for anything to happen.

    A few words of warning, I was slightly confused at the beginning of the book when the timeline of Locke's life changed from chapter to chapter. There is a general flow of events but every once in a while the author will flash back to something Locke Lamora or his friends had learned earlier in their training. This prepares us for future events usually covered in the next chapter. It is rather brilliant. I will be downloading the next novel. It looks like there is 7 books in this series but I think you'll be satisfied by this ending.

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    Alicia manchester, KY, United States 05-29-12
    Alicia manchester, KY, United States 05-29-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Fantastic Read"
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    The only thing I didn't like about this book was the beginning the first time I read the book, but when I listened to It the second time the first few hours seemed a lot easier to understand what was going on. I really enjoyed the way the author moved from present to past events instead of laying all the work at the beginning of the book not a new concept but it really works particulary well in this book. The characters aren't really well built this way but its really not needed for this work and would maybe even take away from a lot of the mystery of the series.

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    I was surprised as to how good this book was. If I had any complaint it is that it felt a little rushed at the end.

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    Ellen Chesterton, IN, United States 05-15-12
    Ellen Chesterton, IN, United States 05-15-12 Member Since 2008

    I'm a bibliophile since early childhood. Love speculative fiction, odd premises, mystery novels that teach about different places and times.

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    "An Honest Thief"

    I loved this silly thing. It's got some screamingly funny bits, and the thieves society as it's described is fascinating. The gentleman bastards and their training are a delight.Not great literature, but a lovely read.
    I'm hoping there's a sequel.

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    Aaron Bremerton, WA, United States 05-04-12
    Aaron Bremerton, WA, United States 05-04-12 Member Since 2012
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    "If Guy Ritchie wrote a fantasy novel..."

    ... it would be the Gentlemen Bastards series. If you enjoy movies like Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels or Snatch, you should enjoy The Gentlemen Bastards. Scott Lynch is a master at verbally painting the scenery of his worlds. He weaves in just enough details of the history and richness of his cities without ever diving in to long, tedious info--dumps. You're left wanting to know more about this crazy world built on the ruins of an ancient inhuman civilization. His characters are deep and memorable but it takes the whole novel to really get to know them. In many ways this first book reads as a set up for the launch of the series. It literally launches the Gentlemen Bastards(GBs) into their saga. Stick with it and by the end you'll really understand who the GBs are making the next book feel that much more rich because you know where they are coming from.

    In some ways I feel like this book was superior to the second (Red Seas) and in other ways inferior. More focus is paid to their scams and disguises and cleverness which I found very entertaining and they seem to have a bit more control of their plans than in the second book. This makes the mess-ups and blind-sides that much more heavy hitting. The way Lynch handles mages and magic and how the protagonists deal with it is captivating and darkly humorous. The scope of the next book is larger and feels more epic. You get much more a sense of the larger world and the GBs place in it. Also, Lynch's flashback schtick works better in Red Seas. In Lies it was sometimes distracting.

    Michael Page does a masterful job in the performance. Characters are distinct and understandable, a great variety of dialects and accents. He definitely added to the magic of the story.

    Over all I found the story compelling and hard to put down. Lynch's Italian flavored twist on the fantasy genre is fresh and unique. It feels very cinematic and if it is ever adapted to the silver screen, Guy Ritchie would have to direct it. No-brainer. The story is rough, sometimes vulgar, often brutal, well done, and thoroughly transporting. I was sad when it was finished and went straight to book two. Now I got to wait for book 3 to be published.

    Thieves prosper!

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