2012/03/10

Locke Lamora Read-Along Part I

I have been wanting to read this book for a while. I have had heard nothing, but great things about from the book blogosphere. This read-along is being hosted by quite the crew dubbed the Directors of the Lynch Mob:
This book sure is interesting thus far. I am not quite through the last chapter yet. It has been a crazy world this week out side my reading working. Worked a couple 12 hour days and running 6 days this week and . Does not leave a whole lot of time to sit down and read sometimes..:)

I also think that it is pretty cool that Scott Lynch is going to be actively involved in the read-along. This is a first for me being in a read-along with the author being a participate.Then again the other read-alongs that I was in the author is deceased.
 
1. If this is your first time reading The Lies of Locke Lamora, what do you think of it so far?  If this is a re-read for you, how does the book stand up to rereading?

This is my first time reading The Lies of Locke Lamora. It is quite interesting to say the least in the different obstacles that has encountered already in his life. This book is better than I expected and now I can see why Andrea loves this book so much. I like Scott Lynch's humor throughout the book so far. Some of those part suppose to be funny right? If not his cast crack me up at times anyway..:)


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?

The flashback upon flashback is a bit confuzzling at times. I am getting use to it now. At least Scott does warn us in the book. With a new number, you do not know if it going to be a flashback or continuing on with the current one. For the most part it is not that bad. I am not that sure if wife would like this book with trying to keep 3 stories straight.

For some reason, the flashbacks work just right for this book.

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

I feel that Carmorr is quite an interesting place to say the VERY least. The city of Camorr, and the world that it inhabits, is pretty obviously based off of a late renaissance era Venice, and regularly makes reference to the Therin Throne, a fantasy-Rome.

I like the way that Lynch make you feel that you are right beside Locke thoughout his journey.  His world-building is something that I have never experienced this way before. Makes me want more and see what the next wrinkle in his world will be. I sure do like that he provided a map..:)

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?
  (have not gotten this far just yet)

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?

I like the way that Lynch does his character development and world building. When you get thrown in the deep of it all. The author has to back track and sometimes it does not work.I am not a fan of being thrown in the middle of the war and then back tracking and finding out how we got here in the first place.  I like to know how the story progresses in this writing style.

6. If you've already started attempting to pick the pockets of your family members (or even thought about it!) raise your hand.
I could not help myself officer I have been reading this great book..and..and. Can you believe that they would not read my book while waiting to get bailed out..lol That would be a yes I have been trying to pick pock family member co-worker and my boss(ya sure). I would be interested to see how everyoine else answers this question.

That is all my answers for week 1 folks. I am not doubting at all for joining in this read-along..:) Thank you for stopping by my blog.
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12 comments:

  1. Like you, it's my first time reading the book. So far, I like it a great deal.

    And I wonder if the police would believe the excuse that your crime was motivated by reading?

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  2. Ha, lol, thinking that you're not going to get away with that excuse when you get picked up by the police!

    You sound like you're enjoying it - in spite of what sounds like a fairly chaotic week!

    Take care.

    Lynn :D

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  3. and this is why we divided the book up into smaller chunks - cuz life gets in the way. I've got a week coming right up that has a few back to back 12 hours days. yuck!

    So happy you are enjoying the book so far! the world building is just incredible, isn't it? I think that's what always pulls me in when I'm rereading this, I just feel like I'm there, I can close my eyes and see Camorr, hear the waves lapping through the canals, smell the water, feel the texture of the elderglass bridges under my hands.

    I'm no pickpocketing anyone yet, but I'm having to watch my language more, and while grocery shopping today I was on extra looking out for security camera!

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  4. This is my first time reading LIES OF LOCKE LAMORA. I've been wanting to read it for a long time. I'm so glad to be participating in this discussion (also a first time)!
    The book has already exceeded my expectations in the writing style. Very well written and I've already started the next section.

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  5. I completely agree that the 3 parallel stories totally work for this book. I can't imagine it any different way to make it work as well as this.
    And as I'm chuckling while reading, I'm guessing it is supposed to be funny. :)

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  6. I'm also reading this for the first time. It's great.

    And I sure hope some of those bits are meant to be funny. Otherwise I'm a very bad person.

    But come on, the yellow jacket stumbling around because of the burning powder and the Don thinking he's drunk, and the kid getting rolled home in the barrel...

    If that's not funny I'm not sure what is!

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  7. Thanks for drawing the line between the Therin Throne and the old Roman Empire. I had not thought of that!

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  8. This is my first time reading, too, and I think it's a first with the Italian-like setting. It's great. I'm with you. The multiple timelines is molded for this story.

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  9. Yes, it's supposed to funny! I'm always laughing like crazy with Scott Lynch books, alone on the couch, and then reading aloud the funny parts to my other half who looks at me with a "are you crazy" expression. But I can't stop myself, Locke has just the right humor for me!

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  10. Amazing book and it's obvious you're enjoying it as much on your first read as I did on my first read and every subsequent reread. It's only early days yet, and I look forward to seeing the jaws drop as people get further into it. I'll be listening for the cries of "You just did what?"

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  11. I would like to thank everyone that stopped by and comment on my post. I tried to get over to everyone's blog as well. I am happy that everyone is enjoying the book as much as I am the first time or the tenth time around..:)

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  12. I agree with you on the set up. It's nice to get an understanding of things from the beginning, rather than having it explained later on.

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