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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.

Day 01 – A book series you wish had gone on longer OR a book series you wish would just freaking end already (or both!)
Day 02 – A book or series you wish more people were reading and talking about
Day 03 – The best book you’ve read in the last 12 months
Day 04 – Your favorite book or series ever
Day 05 – A book or series you hate
Day 06 – Favorite book of your favorite series OR your favorite book of all time
Day 07 – Least favorite plot device employed by way too many books you actually enjoyed otherwise
Day 08 – A book everyone should read at least once
Day 09 – Best scene ever
Day 10 – A book you thought you wouldn’t like but ended up loving
Day 11 – A book that disappointed you
Day 12 – A book or series of books you’ve read more than five times
Day 13 – Favorite childhood book OR current favorite YA book (or both!)
Day 14 – Favorite character in a book (of any sex or gender)
Day 15 – Your “comfort” book
Day 16 – Favorite poem or collection of poetry
Day 17 – Favorite story or collection of stories (short stories, novellas, novelettes, etc.)
Day 18 – Favorite beginning scene in a book
Day 19 – Favorite book cover (bonus points for posting an image!)
Day 20 – Favorite kiss
Day 21 – Favorite romantic/sexual relationship (including asexual romantic relationships)
Day 22 – Favorite non-sexual relationship (including asexual romantic relationships)
Day 23 – Most annoying character ever
Day 24 – Best quote from a novel
Day 25 – Any five books from your “to be read” stack
Day 26 – OMG WTF? OR most irritating/awful/annoying book ending
Day 27 – If a book contains ______, you will always read it (and a book or books that contain it)!
Day 28 – First favorite book or series obsession
Day 29 – Saddest character death OR best/most satisfying character death (or both!)
Day 30 – What book are you reading right now?

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Date: 2010-11-10 11:19 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] wolef.livejournal.com
Auugh I've been trying to finish that book for a year. Hahahaha.

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Date: 2010-11-13 12:46 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] deeplyunhip.livejournal.com
Also, his name is Locke. It's an FF6 reference. That should've sold me from the start.

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