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Apr 14

Book a Week Challenge (Late Edition) – Book 13

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This week’s first book is The Lies of Lock Lamora by Scott Lynch.

This is the story of Locke Lamora, a thief and con artist plying his trade in the ancient city of Camorr. Tricking the more gullible nobles out of their fortunes is little more than a game for him and his friends, the Gentleman Bastards. But then a mysterious figure known as the Gray King decides to use Locke as a pawn in his bid to take over Camorr’s organized crime syndicate. And to make matters worse, the Duke’s secret police, the Midnighters, are hot on his trail.

The Lies of Locke Lamora tells two tales: the first is the story of Locke’s childhood, raised as an orphaned thief on the merciless streets of Camorr, and the second is the latest confidence game he and his gang, the Gentleman Bastards, are trying to pull off amidst an escalating feud between a mysterious villain known as the Gray King and the city’s underworld boss. Lynch’s expert weaving of these two storylines allows us to become completely immersed in the world of Camorr and thoroughly invested in his characters. Even when Locke is at his most arrogant, you can’t help but love him and the rest of the gang. So, when circumstances go from good to bad to worse to “oh shit!”, there’s nothing to do but see it through.

I have one nit to pick with this book. Locke spends much of the book pining over a character who is discussed but never seen. We spend so much time hearing about his lost love, Sabetha, that it’s a bit of letdown when she doesn’t appear, not even in a flashback.

Still, this is a book you won’t want to miss. Everything comes together the way epic fantasy should, but rarely does. Twists and turns abound, taking the reader from laughter, through shock, tears, and terror, only to come back to laughter.

Favorite Line/Image:  “I don’t have to beat you,” Locke whispered, grinning madly up at the Gray King, his face streaked with blood and tears, his nose broken and his lips cracked, his vision swimming and edged with blackness. “I don’t have to beat you, motherfucker. I just have to keep you here…until Jean shows up.”

At that, the Gray King became truly desperate, and his blows fell like rain, but Locke was heedless of them, laughing the wet braying laugh of utter madness. “I just have to keep you here…until Jean…shows up!”

What I Learned:  I grew up watching reruns of the A-team, and one of my favorite memories is the wonderful George Peppard as John “Hannibal” Smith chomping on his cigar and growling, “I love it when a plan comes together.”

Well, that’s exactly how I feel about this book. Original premise, memorable characters, and gorgeously realized setting and description, all mesh seamlessly into something that is truly fantastic. But it is the story’s nonlinear architecture that will keep you turning the pages long after you should be in bed.

Bottom Line:  Read it! Read it now!

Coming Up Next: Heartless by Gail Carriger

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Mar 12

My 2012 Reading List – Next Ten of Fifty-Two Books

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So, I made it through the first ten books on my reading list. (Yay me!) To be honest, it wasn’t as hard as I thought it was going to be. The biggest challenge was deciding which books to read and the order in which to read them.

After a lot of dithering — and cursing — I managed to come up with another list of ten. Like the first one, some of these are new and some are old friends. (And as usual, please remember that I’m reviewing these books as a consumer. Not a critic.)

1. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith.

This one almost didn’t make the list. Why? Because zombies give me nightmares. I have to say that – aside from chainsaw wielding clowns – zombies are my greatest fear. (I know it’s ridiculous. Don’t judge me.) I decided to conquer this irrational fear by diving head first into a book full of the brain-munching bastards.

2. Twelve by Jasper Kent.

A vampire novel set against Napoleon’s invasion of Russia. From what I’ve heard, these vamps aren’t vegetarians…and they sure as hell don’t sparkle in sunlight.

3. The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch

My friend pitched this novel to me as Ocean’s Eleven meets Robin Hood. *Sigh* She had me at George Clooney….

4. Heartless by Gail Carriger

I’m obsessed with Alexia Tarabotti and the Parasol Protectorate. No soul? No problem. No tea? Problem.

5.  Crooked Little Vein by Warren Ellis

Front Flap: “Burned-out private detective and self-styled shit magnet Michael McGill needed a wake-up call to jump-start his dead career. What he got was a virtual cattle prod to the crotch, in the form of an impossible assignment delivered directly from the president’s heroin-addict chief of staff.”

How could I not pick up this little gem?

6. The Hero Strikes Back by Moria J. Moore

A humorous fantasy I picked up in an airport on a whim and never got around to reading.

7. Zoo City by Lauren Beukes

Another recommendation from a friend who knows that I’m always on the lookout for fantasy books with multicultural casts.

8. Pay Me in Flesh by K. Bennett

Another zombie tale, except this one is a lawyer. So, that makes it even scarier.

9. The Fourth Bear by Jasper Fforde

Nursery rhymes for the new millennium. In addition to Fforde’s “Thursday Next” novels, this series is one of my favorites. I can’t wait to watch Jack Spratt match wits against the truly terrifying Gingerbread Man once again.

10. My Own Worst Frenemy by Kimberly Reid

A YA mystery with a smart, sassy protagonist and outstanding multicultural cast. A great way to round out the list!

As you can see, the next ten week are going to be busy.

How are you guys doing with your own must read lists? As usual, I’m open to suggestions. (I’ve already added The Lovely Bones, Expecting Adam, and The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks to the list.)

Well, gotta go. These books aren’t going to read themselves.

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