The Lies of Locke Lamora

The Lies of Locke Lamora

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By (author) Scott Lynch

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  • Publisher: Random House Inc
  • Format: Paperback | 722 pages
  • Dimensions: 107mm x 175mm x 33mm | 367g
  • Publication date: 22 September 2007
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 055358894X
  • ISBN 13: 9780553588941
  • Sales rank: 1,119

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"Remarkable . . . Scott Lynch's first novel, "The Lies of Locke Lamora, "exports the suspense and wit of a cleverly constructed crime caper into an exotic realm of fantasy, and the result is engagingly entertaining."--"The Times "(London) An orphan's life is harsh--and often short--in the mysterious island city of Camorr. But 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, 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. Praise for "The Lies of Locke Lamora" "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 "From the Hardcover edition."

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Scott Lynch is the author of "The Lies of Locke Lamora," "Red Seas Under Red Skies, "and" The Republic of Thieves." He lives in Wisconsin and frequently visits Massachusetts, the home of his partner, science fiction writer Elizabeth Bear. He moonlights as a volunteer firefighter. "From the Hardcover edition."

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By Jaclyn 18 Oct 2013 5

BRILLIANT!! A work of sheer genius!

Absolutely fantastic verbal banter, comedic antics, and breathtaking exploits!

An exceedingly fabulous read, that had me laughing out loud at some of the banter, despite (or possibly because of) the profanities, and the sheer outrageousness of some of the characters!

By Camarri1 02 Oct 2013 5

This book had me enthralled from the Prologue all the way to the end.
A great read.

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"Locke's resilience and wit give the book the tragicomic air of a traditional picaresque, rubbery ethics and all."--"Publishers Weekly " "Fafhrd and the Grey Mouser would have felt right at home with the Gentleman Bastards. They're not out to save the world, just their own skins...oh, and to relieve some nobles of their gold, jewels, and silks along the way. This is a fresh, original, and engrossing tale by a bright new voice in the fantasy genre. Locke Lamora makes for an engaging rogue, and Camorr a fascinating and gorgeously realized setting, a city to rival Lankhmar, Amber, and Viriconium. I look forward to returning there for many more visits."--George R. R. Martin "Scott Lynch is a con man, a conjuror, a wickedly entertaining juggler of words with knives up his sleeves and hatchets down his back. By the time you realize he's dangerous, you're already bleeding. The Lies of Locke Lamora is a ticket inside the astonishing city-state Camorr, and a free pass into the company of the entirely extraordinary Gentleman Bastards, and a match for any fantasy adventure I've ever read. The best news is: it's Book One. That means there'll be more."--Matthew Woodring Stover "Among the year's most impressive debuts ... 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. Fans of lavishly appointed fantasy will be in seventh heaven here, but it will be nearly as popular with readers of literary crime fiction."--"Booklist, " starred review "From the Hardcover edition."