Saturday, March 10, 2012

The Lies of Locke Lamora read-along

This is my first ever read-along and as I wanted to read The Lies of Locke Lamora for some time now, this read-along seemed like a great idea.
Plus, I never really think much about the books I read and now that the book is split into several parts after each there will be a discussion, I feel I will get to know the book in a much better way than I do the books I regularly read.

So, each Saturday for the next 5 weeks, I will be posting my answers to the discussion questions, posted by one of our hosts, The Little Red Reviewer, Dark Cargo, SF Signal and My Awful Reviews.

And here are the answers to this week's questions:

1. If this is your first time reading The Lies of Locke Lamora, what do you think of it so far? 

Well, I could tell from the reviews I read of this book that I would like it. I was wondering a bit about all the warnings I read regarding cursing but since I live in Croatia, where curses are such a standard part of language I no longer register them as such, I find the book fits right in among the type of discourse I am used to on a daily basis. Although, I do admit, it doesn't sound so invisible in English.
Besides that, I am enjoying the pace and the changes in the story - which aren't difficult to follow at all.
And I absolutely love the banter. :)

2. At last count, I found three time lines:  Locke as as a 20-something adult, Locke meeting Father Chains for the first time, and Locke as a younger child in Shades Hill. How are you doing with the Flashback within a flashback style of introducing characters and the world?

Honestly, the flashback is working fine for me. In my opinion the story would be much worse if the time lines didn't switch. This way, the information comes at the right time and all is revealed accordingly.

3. Speaking of the world, what do you think of Camorr and Lynch's world building?

There is only one thing I can say to that. I sincerely hope an explanation will come regarding the alchemy used by the peopleof Camorr and the race that built all the incredible glowing structures. And how it relates to the story.

4. Father Chains and the death offering. . .  quite the code of honor for thieves, isn't it? What kind of person do you think Chains is going to mold Locke into? 

Honour among thieves? That is what Father Chains and even Master Thief seem to adhere to. As with every other society today (or in the past) there doesn't seem to be a fair leadership in power, so people are left to field for themselves the best they can.
As far as I can tell, Father Chains is teaching Locke to steel from the rich and powerful and not those who don't have much. And not to take himself too seriously but be aware of his intelligence at the same time (and aware of other people's intelligence as well).

5. It's been a while since I read this, and I'd forgotten how much of the beginning of the book is pure set up, for the characters, the plot, and the world. Generally speaking, do you prefer  set up and world building done this way, or do you prefer to be thrown into the deep end with what's happening?

Oh no. I'm quite fine with the set up. Actually, I could even do with more of it as I keep having unanswered questions about many things.

6. If you've already started attempting to pick the pockets of your family members (or even thought about it!) raise your hand.

Can't raise my hand on this one, I'm afraid. :) I'm such a lousy liar and not so very capable with my hands, I just know I wouldn't be able to do anything.


  1. I just posted my review as well, though I skipped around four questions. Hopefully my next section review will be formatted a little more closely to the discussion questions format!

    Completely agree about the alchemy mentions as well- would love a bit more focus on that over the next sections!

  2. Hi Rose, I wonder what questiosn did you skip? I'll go and read your thoughts on the book so far.
    I must say though, I believe I will fall in love with this world (however little of it I know so far).

  3. Hi Ines
    Lol to your answer to number 1!
    I'm actually on a reread but I'm really enjoying it - particularly seeing all the comments from people who are reading for the first time - it's very refreshing.
    Lynn :D

  4. Hi Lynn, thanks for stopping by.

    I wish I were in the position to read the posts through the eyes of someone who has read the book. :)

    I have so many unanswered questions at this point - the most pressing one being the ancient civilization and knowing more about elderglass and alchemy.

  5. don't worry,next year you'll be one the experienced people doing a re-read! :D

    i'm happy you're enjoying the book so far! the banter and the dialog is some of the best bits of the book.

    All i can tell is that some of your lingering questions will be answered. In fact, many of them will. But some of them will remain a mystery, at least for now!

  6. I must confess I'm kind of hoping the elderglass stuff stays a bit of a mystery, think it adds a nice dimension to things when not everything is explained. I mean we don't know everything about our world, why/how things were built so I think it adds a bit of something extra to a fantasy world when there are things like that. :) But I guess it does depend somewhat on how relevant they are to the story.

  7. Redhead, that makes me feel much better. :)
    I can't wait to read it now - I stopped for a while in order to not get too far ahead.

  8. Kaitharshayr, it certainly adds to the mystery but I am very curious about such things (from our own history as well). :)
    I just can't help it - if it's ancient, I want to know about it, or follow the characters learning about it.

  9. I'm also waiting impatiently for more details about the mysteries of the city, the ancient race, the Elderglass... suspense is killing me!
    And the swearing, it only gets better and better. I remember that once (later in the story) Locke says "Fuck me with a poleaxe!" and I was shocked! Maybe when I'm drunk enough I'll think or reusing it... ;)

  10. The Froggies, I'm so glad to see someone completely agree with me (the suspense is killing me too). :)
    And I see you got further than me - I haven't yet read that particular gem of Locke. ;)

  11. I to think that it funny statement Honor Among Thieves. It does look like Chains is molding Locke into his successor.

    I just cannot wait to find out more about Locke and of course the city of Carmorr.

  12. Hi Geeky Daddy, and thanks for stopping by. :)
    I'm finally reading further (and can't wait for the next batch of questions) - it's incredible really how fast the story pulls you in and Camorr is getting more interesting by the page. ;)