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The Lies of Locke Lamora

Lynch, Scott, 1978- (Paperback - 2013 )
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
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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.
Authors: Lynch, Scott, 1978-
Statement of Responsibility: Scott Lynch
Title: The lies of Locke Lamora
Publisher: New York : Del Rey, [2013]
Edition: Bantam mass mkt. ed
Characteristics: 722 p. : map ; 18 cm.
Summary: 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.
Subject Headings: Swindlers and swindling Fiction Orphans Fiction Gangsters Fiction
Genre/Form: Fantasy fiction
Topical Term: Swindlers and swindling
Orphans
Gangsters
ISBN: 055358894X
9780553588941
Branch Call Number: SCI-FI L
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Young Locke Lamora comes up under the instruction of a con artist. Locke grows to lead band of thieves and is infamous for duping even the underworld’s most feared. But someone may be coming up behind him. Crime caper meets fantasy.


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May 04, 2014
  • nyseday rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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.

Orphan thieves run amok. Locke is a runt among a band of child thieves purchased and enslaved and trained by a blind priest master-thief. As they grow older and more adept, Locke finds himself branded the Thorn of Camorr by the city authorities, and his exploits become increasingly bold and clever. Scott Lynch throws in lots of fun, skin-of-his-teeth adventures, with really great writing, and some unpredictable plot turns.

Apr 11, 2014
  • KCLSLibsRecommend rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Orphan thieves run amok. Locke is a runt among a band of child thieves purchased and enslaved and trained by a blind priest master-thief. As they grow older and more adept, Locke finds himself branded the Thorn of Camorr by the city authorities, and his exploits become increasingly bold and clever. Scott Lynch throws in lots of fun, skin-of-his-teeth adventures, with really great writing, and some unpredictable plot turns.

Jan 27, 2014
  • Katjira rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This series is wonderful!! Fabulous characters, clever and twisting plots with unexpected results. Highly recommended for anyone who likes a great story with a good mix of fun, sadness, anger, camaraderie, and excitement.

"The Thiefmaker of Camorr sells street urchin Locke Lamora to a fake priest, setting the boy on the path to fame and fortune (of a sort). Locke grows up to be the "garrista" (leader) of the Gentlemen Bastards, a gang of crooks and con artists. Operating as the Thorn of Camorr, he pursues his ambition of becoming the greatest thief of all time - until a mysterious man called the Gray King becomes the new head of Camorr's criminal underworld and sets out to put an end to Locke Lamora through magic. This picaresque fantasy romp is the 1st book in the Gentleman Bastards series, which continues with Red Seas Under Red Skies and The Republic of Thieves." Fantasy January 2014 newsletter http://www.libraryaware.com/996/NewsletterIssues/ViewIssue/e88314ee-6fa8-4404-a4ca-a4434322a503?postId=6ada4461-b345-4148-b15d-3f13e91854b6

Dec 27, 2013
  • Cheetaiean rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Loved it. Takes a while to get accustomed to the flash backs and interruptions, but masterfully written. The end of the back was extremely suspenseful, it was crazy.

it was awesome. Bit of a drag on the description, but the story. it's awesome characters, plot twists and witty/dark/fun humour kept it going. A true masterpiece that i'll remember forever.

Sep 02, 2012
  • lasertravis rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

I may kick myself at a later date for not giving this book a higher rating, but I presently can't. I have read a lot of the newer "dark fantasy" stuff the past year or so and I found this to be entertaining, but a bit light. The story is well written, and required quite a bit of big picture planning to pull off. I enjoyed the back and forth between origin story and the main story of the present. The characters, and their development, were a weakness for me. Having just read Joe Abercrombie, who really put you inside the hearts, heads and souls of his main characters, Locke and the Gentleman Bastards felt underwhelming. The dialogue wasn't fantastic, either. Don't get me wrong, I did enjoy this book. Compared to a lot of the fantasy books I've read over a lifetime, it does stand out as superior to quite a few. I plan to read the next in this series before giving up on Lynch entirely. There were enough good points to this book to follow Locke Lamora on one more adventure. I hope I am not disappointed.

Jun 25, 2012
  • MelissaLou72 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Locke is an interesting character and I hope to read more about him in the future. I have a pretty good feeling that this will become a series. (i'm keeping my fingers crossed that it will). I will be interesting to see what he'll do next & I don't think the bondsmages are finished with him yet.

Apr 17, 2011
  • DeltaQueen50 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

The Lies of Lock LaMora by Scott Lynch is one of the most original books I have read in a long time. The first book in his Gentlemen Bastards series, I was totally invested in this book from page one. This fantasy book tells the story of an orphan boy, Locke LaMora and his group of friends and partners that call themselves “The Gentlemen Bastards”. Con-men and thieves, they develop elaborate, often twisted schemes to rob the rich and fill their own coffers. Yes, that’s right, they are only out for themselves.

This book is so good on so many levels I hardly know where to begin. The author tosses in descriptions of fantastical things and places here and there until he has built this wonderful medieval fantasy city of Camorr in which to grow his story. The story is interesting, varied, fun and exciting. Full of intricate plots and unforeseen happenings, sometimes we are in the present, and sometimes he takes us into the past of the main characters so we can see for ourselves how Locke came to be the master thief and ringleader of The Gentlemen Bastards. One of many gangs in the underworld of this city, The Gentlemen Bastards live on the edge as they deceive everyone including their underworld boss up to the very heights of society. Their loyalty is only to each other.

A fantasy book quite unlike any other I have read, the author has used many fantasy principles like brotherhood, intrigue, magic and revenge but stamped these plot devices with his own mark. A very creative, humorous, adventuresome book with an edge. Some violence and gore which is only to be expected given the drift of the story. My only minor complaint would be perhaps the lack of a strong female lead, although the book definitely supplies us with a few strong females in lesser roles, but this is the first book, and, this is a character development that could be revealed in a later book. For a fresh look at fantasy, I highly recommend The Lies of Locke LaMorra.

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