Nov. 10th, 2010

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Day 10 – A book you thought you wouldn’t like but ended up loving

The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch, first of the Gentlemen Bastards series. It'd been hyped by the ASOIAF forums, so I went ahead and bought it on blind faith. That faith paid off, but I wasn't sure it would.

It got off to a bad start--or rather, it got off to a start not really typical for fantasy.The book opened with a leisurely depiction of our heroes (er, our leading men anyway) taking the first step to their big heist--not that that was made clear until a bit further in. This wasn't too much of a problem, though it was slow, but it was also interspersed with flashbacks explaining the background of our protagonist Locke Lamora. Which slowed things down a lot more. At that point, I had no clue who Locke Lamora was, didn't particularly care, and really only wanted to know wtf was going on in the current time.

After I stuck it out, and it did take me a while to slug through the opening scenes, it was awesome. Yeah, no one's going to be talking about it for decades to come, but it's a terribly fun (but not light--the risk is definitely there) adventure carrying out one very epic, very elaborate confidence game while also dealing with the new crimelord in town. What makes Lies so great for me is that unlike movies of the same genre, the sense of danger is pretty damn imminent. Locke screws up. There is no deus ex machina making all his schemes work out perfectly, even though I love him so much I wish there were.

Also, his name is Locke. It's an FF6 reference. That should've sold me from the start.

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