The Lies of Locke Lamora is Scott Lynch’s debut novel. Unlike most fantasy, it’s the story of a thief and his escapades with a plot focused on the schemes he pulls and the way the underground economy works, so there’s a refreshing lack of Fights Against Evil That Wants to Take Over The World.
It’s an interesting concept, and Lynch executes it well, with a detailed world and interesting characters.
Unfortunately, the novel takes a while to get up to speed, and while it isn’t bad, it doesn’t really grab the reader. The ending ratchets up the pace quite a bit and has some interesting plot twists, but it might not be worth slogging through the beginning.
The Lies of Locke Lamora is an OK read, and sets the stage for a sequel that will be worth checking out.
Posted Friday, 30 November, 2007 by Nic Lindh
Another book roundup, including some stellar athletes and soldiers, what might be the most jaded, soul-weary protagonist ever, and some grimdark fantasy.
The Internet is getting creepy, and Nic is breaking out his tinfoil hat after newspaper paywalls push him over the edge.
Nic is tired of tech sites obsessing over Apple’s financials and business strategy. So very tired.
Nic reads a book about the processed food industry and is incensed.
Computers are complicated. This brings out the irrational in people.
Nic proposes the loan word Rechthaberei be incorporated into American English.
The Core Dump is back! Books were read during the hiatus. Includes The Coldest Winter, Oh, Myyy!, Tough Sh*t, The Revolution Was Televised, The Rook, Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore, Gun Machine, Fortress Frontier, Standing in Another Man’s Grave, and The Memory of Light.
This site will return in February.
From a true patriot to a world-weary detective, a dead god, and a civilization about to sublime from the galaxy, this book roundup spans the gamut. Includes Where Men Win Glory, Wild, Inside the Box, The Black Box, Three Parts Dead, Red Country, and The Hydrogen Sonata.
Springsteen gives a concert in Phoenix. It’s fantastic.