The Lies of Locke Lamora pdf Book Summary by Scott Lynch
The Lies of Locke Lamora pdf book is a 2006 fantasy novel by American writer Scott Lynch, the first book of the Gentleman Bastard series.
As the story goes, young Locke Lamora dodges death and slavery, becoming a thief under the tutelage of a gifted con artist. As leader of the band of light-fingered brothers known as the Gentleman Bastards that rob the rich of the city of Camorr. Locke is soon infamous, fooling even the underworld’s most feared ruler. But in the shadows lurks someone still more ambitious and deadly. Faced with a bloody coup that threatens to destroy everyone and everything that holds meaning in his mercenary life, Locke vows to beat the enemy at his own brutal game—or die trying.
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The Lies of Locke Lamora Characters
- Locke Lamora: a headstrong orphan turned con man, the current leader of the Gentleman Bastards
- Jean Tannen: a hatchet-wielding member of the Gentleman Bastards with a relatively gentle disposition, Locke’s closest friend
- Father Chains: the mentor and former leader of the Gentleman Bastards
- Calo and Galdo Sanza: members of the Gentleman Bastards, humorous and debaucherous twins with a broad skill set
Bug: the youngest member of the Gentleman Bastards, Locke’s apprentice
About the Author of The Lies Locke Lamora
Scott Lynch, Author of The lies of Locke Lamora and the internationally best-selling Gentleman Bastard sequence, has been nominated for the World Fantasy Award, the Locus Award, the Campbell Award, and the Compton Crook Award. He received the British Fantasy Society Award for Best Newcomer in 2008.
Scott was born in 1978 in St. Paul, Minnesota, the first of three brothers. At various times he was a dishwasher, a waiter, a graphic designer, an office manager, a prep cook, and a freelancer/self-publisher in the gaming field, before accidentally selling his first novel in 2004.
After training at Anoka Technical College in Minnesota in 2005, Scott joined his local fire department in St. Croix County, Wisconsin and served as a paid-on-call firefighter for eleven years.
In 2016, Scott moved to Massachusetts and married his longtime partner, famed SF/F writer Elizabeth Bear.
Scott finished a draft of the next Gentleman Bastard novel, THE THORN OF EMBERLAIN, at the end of May 2019.
Scott’s Website: http://www.scottlynch.us
Scott on Twitter: @scottlynch78
The Lies of Locke Lamora pdf Book Information
- ASIN : 055358894X
- Publisher : Del Rey; Reprint edition (June 26, 2007)
- Language : English
- Mass Market Paperback : 736 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9780553588941
- Lexile measure : 940L
- Item Weight : 11.2 ounces
- Dimensions : 4.2 x 1 x 6.8 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #14,453 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- #62 in Lawyers & Criminals Humor
- #106 in Humorous Fantasy (Books)
- #821 in Fantasy Action & Adventure
- Customer Reviews: 4.5 out of 5 stars 7,776 ratings
The Lies of Locke of Lamora pdf Book Reviews
“Fresh, original, and engrossing . . . gorgeously realized.”—George R. R. Martin
“Right now, in the full flush of a second reading, I think The Lies of Locke Lamora is probably in my top ten favorite books ever. Maybe my top five. If you haven’t read it, you should. If you have read it, you should probably read it again.”—Patrick Rothfuss, New York Times bestselling author of The Name of the Wind
“A unique fantasy milieu peopled by absorbing, colorful characters . . . Locke’s wit and audacity endear him to victims and bystanders alike.”—The Seattle Times
“A true genre bender, at home on almost any kind of fiction shelf . . . Lynch immediately establishes himself as a gifted and fearless storyteller, unafraid of comparisons to Silverberg and Jordan, not to mention David Liss and even Dickens.”—Booklist (starred review)
“High-octane fantasy . . . a great swashbuckling yarn of a novel.”—Richard Morgan
5.0 out of 5 stars very different and unexpected storyline
Reviewed in the United States on January 7, 2017
I left this unread on my Kindle for about 2 years. I had started it but lost interest after the first few pages and read other stuff. Nothing significant in my abandon, it was cheap and am not that into fantasy in general. Too much re-Tolkien and not enough innovation.
I recently decided to give it another go, read it all through and bought the 2nd in the series right away.
First of all, it is very well written, plenty of subtle wit. The characters are quite well developed and you can see that the author has a lot of backstory about them. Locke is a bit perfect for my taste, but he is entertaining enough that I let it pass. And… he is a massive fail at combat, which is a nice twist and keeps him from being another cardboard hero.
The second bit is how atmospheric and well-described the world is. Camorr is a Venice-built-on-alien-ruins and Lynch totally runs with it. Its descriptions tease you and intrigue you, but do not overwhelm the story*. The somewhat Italian Renaissance names and society fit in perfectly and things are easy to visualize.
Set in a modern day crime novel, the plot would have enough twists and turns to keep you riveted. The Gentleman Bastards are confidence tricksters, grifters and con-men. Schemes meet counter-scams and you’re almost expecting a Nigerian prince 419 phishing email to come along. Every so often, I would come to a point where I would think “but what about X? it makes no sense that…”. You know, typical big gaping plot holes in silly books. And, every time, it turned out that what I thought was an oversight was actually built into it and made sense.
Finally, unlike many writers who believe that a good plot needs to be confusing, Lynch has kept it very simple and focused. At least after each twist.
In a low-magic medieval setting, with bloody, luscious, combat scenes**? This story rocks.
Last, how can one resist a novel with ‘contrarequialla’, scantily-clad women gladiators who fight in arenas against sharks? Where this makes sense, rather than being just “jumping the shark”? That’s only 2 or 3, glorious, pages’ worth, but it shows how well-thought out even minor bits of the story can be because you have two setup scenes before the main combat one with the requalias.
* I liked the descriptions myself, but they could be a bit much if you’re not into descriptive novels. I’m on the fence – descriptions annoy me sometimes. These worked for me, but they’re a biiiiiig part of the book.
** And… it’s a very grim book at times, quite amoral and graphic in its violence.
5.0 out of 5 stars My New Favorite Fantasy Series
Reviewed in the United States on December 3, 2019
I read this book when I was supposed to be reading The Red Scrolls of Magic while I was on my way to New York last month. I had just been in the mood to read something more thrilling and less romantic and even though I bought the physical copy of Red Scrolls with me, I ended up reading The Lies of Locke Lamora pdf book off my phone instead, depleting my battery and not caring because I was having a fantastic time with the story.
To sum up everything right off the bat, this book is a good time. I remember people comparing it to Six of Crows at one point, but to be honest, the only thing they have in common is a heist subplot and great characters. Everything else is truly incomparable.
Scott Lynch does an excellent job of building up this Italian Renaissance-influenced fantastical world. Yes, the world-building is very dense, to the point that one might even struggle to try to keep up with the names and envisioning how some things may look or sound, but for me, that’s just evidence for how much time and effort the author dedicated to creating a deeply detailed world outside our own.
Just like Six of Crows, the characters are the best part of the story. Locke Lamora and his gang are well-developed and fleshed out enough to where you can establish a connection to them and care for their well-being. I especially love the fact that not all of them are perfect and they each have their own flaws. For instance, Lamora is the cleverest of the group, though his skills in combat are extremely poor. He is by no means the untouchable anti-hero and, better yet, there are people who are smarter and stronger than him. And because he thinks he is more capable than many others, Locke repeatedly suffers the consequences of his pride.
I will say that the tone of the book runs a little askew in that the first half plays to our expectations of a fun, lighthearted heist plot that entertains us with endless humor and well-thought-out schemes. There are some illusions of danger in the background but it doesn’t seem too important at the time. But then the tone shifts completely midway through and we are then thrust into a high-stakes revenge plot that involves much more blood, death, and violence than anticipated.
By the end, the book is a surprising mix of comedy, gut-wrenching emotion, and pure bloody entertainment. It’s a foul-mouthed, humorous, and thrilling adventure from start to finish and even though the pacing slows with each interjection of flashbacks from Locke and Jean’s past, the enjoyment doesn’t decline in the least.
5.0 out of 5 stars absolute must readReviewed in the United Kingdom on March 14, 2020
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The Lies of Locke Lamora ★★★★★ from Filipe P. on 12 March 2020
a must read
Series: The Gentlemen Bastards sequence(#01)
Author: Scott Lynch
Context: I do not really know where or how I got this book, which probably means I got it in a charity shop somewhere in the UK. I decided to push it to the top of the reading pile after I had finished The Name of the Wind from Pat Rothfuss’ The Kingkiller Chronicle and I found online many voices singing this novel’s praises. And while, generally, I am not the biggest pirate tale aficionado (which was what I thought the book was going to be like), the scores on platforms like GoodReads got the best of me. Thankfully they did.
Ups: Characters. Oh, my days, Lynch’s characters! Locke and Jean’s relationship is stellar. And when you add the Sanza twins, Father Chains, Bug… The beginning is such a punch in the gut, and the ride never slows down. The city of Camorr feels very fleshed out like Lynch lived there his whole life and just decided to describe every single alleyway he strolled through over the years. I am a great fan of the Venetian/Renaissance Italy vibe chosen, which heightens the masquerade play Locke and the other Gentlemen Bastards star in. The plot is great, and I especially appreciate how it can go from bad to worse. Locke is very smart but he is not wise or particularly cunning. He has that Jack Sparrow swagger that gets him out of a sticky situation to place him in a direr one. The story feels like a rollercoaster, and I found myself yelling alongside the Bastards. Lynch’s first novel is an amazing, amazing piece; as an aspiring author, reaching 1/10th of this greatness with a debut novel would be heavenly. Do yourself a favour and pick this one up.
Downs: for some people, the descriptions might be too much. Yet, akin to Robert Jordan in his WOT, it’s down to preference. You might get fed up with the details, but it is undeniable how colorful and theatrical of a painting Lynch paints.
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