The Lies of Locke Lamora

The Lies of Locke Lamora

Book - 2007
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Vowing to bring down the crime boss running the city, a group of Gentlemen Bastards, led by Locke Lamora, sets out to beat the Capa at his own game, taking on other thieves, murderers, beggars, prostitutes, and thugs in the process.
Publisher: New York : Bantam Boosk, 2007
Edition: Bantam mass mkt. ed
ISBN: 9780553588941
055358894X
Characteristics: 722 p. ; 18 cm

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stewstealth
May 23, 2017

A good fantasy novel. The author is very descriptive in the settings with a good paced narrative. Would have liked a bit more character development for the antagonists. Worth reading if you enjoy the genre.

jasoneshoup Apr 28, 2017

Simply one of the best fantasy novels I've read in a long time. Absolutely outstanding.

This is a hearty stew of adventure, magic, thievery and con games within con games worthy of The Sting. It is also an extremely unconventional coming-of-age story and a commentary on societal justice with nuggets of wisdom such as “You can’t help being young, but it’s past time that you stopped being stupid.” and “Most common folk outside the city don’t own their own land any more than city renters own their buildings. An old soldier with a tenancy gets a nice spot of land to farm until he dies; it’s a sort of allowance from the duke.” Chains chuckled. “Given in exchange for one’s youth and health.” The group of thieves at the heart of this tale don’t even have a use for all the money they’ve stolen; they are more interested in taking it from the upper crust who think they are untouchable balancing the scales of justice so to speak.

AL_KATHRYNR Nov 18, 2016

If you are itching for the new Patrick Rothfuss or G.R.R.Martin book - this book will be right up your alley. Clever and fun, this Fantasy Crime thriller combines the best of two worlds to make for an excellent read!

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Rav3nclaw
Dec 22, 2015

Such a fun read! Its like a medieval heist version of the Oceans movies. It does get bloody in a few spots but it doesn't go as far as Game of Thrones. I really loved watching the relationship between the characters and found myself wishing to see more stories of this amazing band of thieves! The sequels are good too though I think this is still my favorite. :)

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LT
Nov 02, 2015

The book is well-written, and Lynch has tremendous powers of description. However, all of the characters were so amoral (up to Part II, at least) that I couldn't develop any attachment to them, so I gave up. I may try again some day.

mvkramer Aug 08, 2015

I started reading this book seven years ago. Recently I decided to revisit it, and I'm glad I did! A fast-paced, complex, fantasy heist story - there's a lot to like. The stakes just keep getting higher and the situation more complex until everything crashes down spectacularly at the end.

GameboyAsh Mar 04, 2015

I love Locke Lamora! This series is so witty and clever. One of my top picks for a fantasy series.

KateHillier Jan 31, 2015

I picked up book three when it came out and then put it back when I realised it was part of a series. I made a point to remember the series and now, several years later, I've finally gotten around to reading it. WOW. It's like Pirates of the Caribbean meets Robin Hood meets Errol Flynn meets high fantasy. It's wonderfully original but it also just plain fun to read. I found myself forcibly stopping myself from reading too far ahead because I had to know what was going to happen next and how Locke and the rest of the Gentlemen Bastards were planning to get out of this mess.

The Gentleman Bastards are a group of thieves who steal for the fun of it. They steal only from the nobility but they do not give to the poor nor do they spend the massive amounts of coin they have stashed away. Locke Lamora, the leader, is a master liar, master of disguise, and master plotter. There are little flashbacks to the beginning of Locke's career as a thief and some other points of interest about the city state of Camorr and the Marrows themselves.

It is a fun and profane read (seriously, there's a lot of language and some of the insults and descriptions are quite inventive). There's plotting, swordfights, revenge, profit, friendship...everything you could wish for in a fantasy adventure. Very highly recommended.

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nyseday
May 04, 2014

Heard that there is a script being produced for a future movie. therefore I had to get the book first before seeing it on big screen. What a treat. Character development is superb. Flawlessly distributed humor, no way out situations described in a detail that only a seasoned master writer would be proud of. Overall, a very refreshing and original story.

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LoganJK
Jul 07, 2016

“Just one question," said Locke. "I'll grant the Lamora part is easy to spot; the truth is, I didn't know about the apt translation when I took the name. I borrowed it from this old sausage dealer who was kind to me once, back in Catchfire before the plague. I just liked the way it sounded.
"But what" he said slowly, "ever gave you the idea that Locke was the first name I was actually born with?”

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LoganJK
Jul 07, 2016

“Throwing blondes at Locke Lamora was not unlike throwing lettuce at sharks.”

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LoganJK
Jul 07, 2016

“I don't have to beat you. I don't have to beat you. I just have to keep you here... until Jean shows up.”

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LoganJK
Jul 07, 2016

“There’s no freedom quite like the freedom of being constantly underestimated.”

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