This book received STERLING reviews from George R. R. Martin and Patrick Rothfuss, among others. Just wanted to mention that first in case I didn't have your full attention (you can read those reviews below).
Here's how the story goes:
"On a distant world, orphan Locke Lamora is sold into a crew of thieves and con artists. Soon his natural gifts make him an underworld celebrity, leader of the flamboyantly larcenous Gentleman Bandits. But there is someone who covets Locke's talents, his success, his very life, forcing him to put everything on the line to protect himself. With a world so vividly realized that it's positively tactile, and characters so richly drawn that they threaten to walk right off the page, this is one of those novels that reaches out and grabs readers, pulling us into the middle of the action. With this debut novel, 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 (the parallels to Oliver Twist offer an appealing extra dimension to the story, although the novel is no mere reimagining of that Victorian classic). Fans of lavishly appointed fantasy will be in seventh heaven here, but it will be nearly as popular with readers of literary crime fiction. This is a true genre bender, at home on almost any kind of fiction shelf. Expect it to be among the year's most impressive debuts. David Pitt, Booklist.
“... It's perfect! Locke would appreciate it," said Bug.
"Bug," Calo said, "Locke is our brother and our love for him knows no bounds. But the four most fatal words in the Therin language are 'Locke would appreciate it.'"
"Rivaled only by 'Locke taught me a new trick,'" added Galo.
"The only person who gets away with Locke Lamora games ..."
"... is Locke ..."
"... because we think the gods are saving him up for a really big death. Something with knives and hot irons ..."
"... and fifty thousand cheering spectators.”
― Scott Lynch, The Lies of Locke Lamora
Quotes about how fucking awesome this book is, stated somewhat more eloquently and less offensively than that:
"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
Patrick Rothfuss, courtesy of Goodreads:"Back when I was first published, people made a lot of comparisons between me and Scott Lynch. The sentiment was mostly along the lines of 'Pat Rothfuss is the next Scott Lynch!' ....I knew it was a flattering comparison, but at the time, I was kinda irked by it. I remember thinking, 'Why do I have to be the next Scott Lynch? Why can't I just be the first Pat Rothfuss? I'll probably be a lot better at that, I've got way more experience at it if nothing else....'Fast forward to now. This last week I started re-reading Lies, and I was absolutely fucking *stunned* by how good it is. The construction of it. The language. The world. The cleverness. The wit. There is nothing I don't like in this book. Seriously. Okay. Fine. One tiny *tiny* quibble. Even so, do you know how rare it is for me to say that? Right now, in the full flush of this second reading, I think Lies is probably in my top ten favorite books ever. Maybe my top five.It's not really fair to compare the two books. They're different styles. Different subjects. Different worlds. That said, here's the things that The Lies of Locke Lamora does better than The Name of the Wind.
1. The beginning of his book is stronger than mine. Seriously. 50 pages into my book, you'll have reached the point where someone is starting to actually tell a story. 50 pages into Lies, you know the main character and are halfway into a fucking heist.
2. His title is better than mine. Don't get me wrong. The Name of the Wind is a good title, it's the *right* title for my book. But "The Lies of Lock Lamora" that's a faboo title right there. And his series title is better than mine too. "Gentleman Bastard" beats "Kingkiller Chronicles" hands-down.
3. His cussing is better than mine. Not in real life. In real life I cuss like a sailor. But the language in my books is pretty genteel and tame. In Lies, Lynch's low-life street thugs are vulgarian virtuosos. This might seem like a little thing, but it's not. It builds the world. It shows character. It helps make the story feel truly, perfectly grubby and real.
Here it is in a nutshell: When I was first published, I was irritated when people compared me to Scott Lynch. Only now do I realize how huge a compliment I was being given."
"Like Locke Lamora himself, Scott Lynch's novel oozes charm, ability, guile, flair, courage, cheek, humour, brevity and bravery in equal measure. It's an awesome debut, powerful and dangerous, romantic and relentless and it absolutely lives up to the hype. The Lies of Locke Lamora is a novel you'll have to work very hard not to be utterly blown away by." --John Berlyne, SFRevu
What WE will be doing with this awesome book:
Most book groups ask that their members be able to discuss the book in question. Maybe even to dissect/define/detail it into submission. Most book groups ask that their members actually read the damn book.
We're not like most book groups.
First, we're not really a group. You can come or not come based on your interest in the book at hand - or because you happen to be bored the night that the discussion is occurring.
A second point? We're not really there to discuss the book in any way that would do justice to my education - we just really hang out drinking coffee while being really, really excited about books in general and really, really, really excited about this book in particular. Sometimes that excitement takes the form of An Address Regarding The Book's Virtues or Failings, but it needn't. The real point of the group is be with other people who feel passionately about reading and let the magic happen. And to drink the coffee.
Just to be clear, in our group you do NOT have to have read the book to join us.
This month we're going to try meeting in the Central Library's new meeting rooms - the library is BEAUTIFUL, if you haven't been there yet (& will eventually have a Chocolaterian Cafe in the lobby). PLEASE NOTE THAT THE LIBRARY HAS MOVED INTO A BEAUTIFUL NEW BUILDING AT 201 WEST MIFFLIN ST.
We will be meeting in room 111. Please find us there.
To find out EVEN MORE about the book: Goodreads / Lies of Locke Lamora
To find out more about the new library: Madison Central Public Library