The Core Dump

A strong conviction that something must be done is the parent of many bad measures

[By Nic Lindh on Friday, 30 November 2007]

Review: The Lies of Locke Lamora

A tentative debut novel from Scott Lynch.

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.

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