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« on: March 24, 2011, 06:52:36 pm »

Author of The Lies of Locke Lamora and the sequel, Red Seas Under Red Skies.  Fantastic worldbuilder...review at: http://coyote-reviews.livejournal.com/tag/locke%20lamora

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Scott Lynch's Gentleman Bastard books are akin to what Steven Brust's Jhereg novels were when they first hit the fantasy bookshelves years ago...not just a breath of fresh air, but an exhilarating slap of crisp, cold joy as one enters a walk-in freezer from the broiling humidity of the summer sun.

The Lies of Locke Lamorra is the bastard child of Shakespeare and Sabatini, as raised by Quentin Taratino. It's a wonderfully complex story of a band of top notch grifters that get embroiled in the decades-long revenge scheme of someone once wronged by powerful people in the grand city they live in. It's truly epic, and plays with cliches in fantastic ways.

I am normally not a fan of speculative fiction that is so in love with itself that a third of the book is comprised of alien names and terms...the authors tend to forget that whatever linguistical nightmare the story takes place in, it's being told in English. Not so, with Scott Lynch...despite the constant barrage of world details and foreign terms, his writing flows beautifully, and all these exotic ingredients are merely enhancing spices in the hands of a master chef. Even more surprising is when one of these tiny morsels suddenly takes center stage, and becomes very important...many authors would have fallen into a trap of the element being either a sudden surprise, or else beating one over the head aforehand. Scott's approach is much more subtle. Add to all this a knack for well-written, iconic characters and snappy dialogue, and you get a heady mix.

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The Hindenburg Uncertainty Principle: Disasters exist in a flux state until observed, and then go KABLOOEY all over everyone, and spreading like wildfire.

Thematic Consultant for Dynamite Entertainment's The Dresden Files; short story author working on that first novel.
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« Reply #1 on: March 24, 2011, 07:10:44 pm »

Oh, and : http://www.orionbooks.co.uk/books/the-republic-of-thieves-hardback ...go to extras for the audio interview.
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The Hindenburg Uncertainty Principle: Disasters exist in a flux state until observed, and then go KABLOOEY all over everyone, and spreading like wildfire.

Thematic Consultant for Dynamite Entertainment's The Dresden Files; short story author working on that first novel.
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« Reply #2 on: March 26, 2011, 09:06:45 pm »

Book 1 is The Lies of Locke Lamora and book 2 is Red Seas Under Red Skies.  These novels are full of witty conversations, intricate schemes to rob rich people, epic friendships (think Frodo and Sam from Lord of the Rings), humor, and crazy plot twists.

If you like reading books with a more advanced vocabulary and dry humor like Pride and Prejudice you will appreciate the language in these books.

Some fair warnings: there are NOT always happy endings in these books. And if you are trying to read a book with romance, read something else. And the first book, jumps around a lot in the timeline. The main character will be a kid, then it jumps to him as an adult and his life now, and will do periodic flashbacks. I was confused at first, but it is definitely worth reading on.  And the third book, has been scheduled to be published a few times and has been pushed back a year at a time. (The author has been suffering with a divorce and depression according to his website) So if you get frustrated waiting for the next book in a series, just be aware of this.

That said, I loved the sheer guts it took to rob people the way they did (think Neil Caffery in tv show White Collar, a con man who pulls off these crazy ideas) and the twists and turns of the two books. I highly recommend Scott Lynch.

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« Reply #3 on: September 29, 2011, 10:33:59 am »

realli worth reading
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