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Apr 30 '12

"I hope a shark tries to suck your cock."

red seas under red skies! i am behind on my reading (the busy season at work is ending, and also i am reading about 3000 other books right now) but whatever, i can answer these questions anyway! cos i’m just. that. good. (also my favorite quote this week! it is also my favorite t-shirt that i never wear!)

1. The Sinspire. It looks like our heroes (can they really be called that?) find themselves in search of a way into an unbeatable vault. Do you think they have what it takes to make it happen?

um, yes. have you MET them? plus, as we see in this section, they cheat PEOPLE, not machines.

2.  Anyone want to guess how they’re going to make it happen?

carrier pigeons.

3. It’s a little different this time around, with us just being focused on Locke and Jean. Is anyone else missing the rest of the Bastards as much as I am?

:( :( :(

i miss all their dumb faces a lot. we get a lot of good secondary characters in this book, but i’m pretty sure i will never stop missing bug and the sanzas.

4. I love the section where Jean starts to build a new guild of thieves. It really shows just how well trained and tough he is. Do you think the Bastards will end up training others along the way again like Bug?

i don’t. it may have started as training a gang, but they were family and are therefore not so easily replaced. and while i can see jean starting over like that, i can’t imagine locke doing any such thing.

5. For those of you looking for Sabetha, we still haven’t spotted her yet. Anyone else chomping at the bit to see the love of Locke’s life?

eywgfriwueirwu sabethaaaaaaaaaaaa. i am going to choke on my own tongue when we get republic of thieves, y’all.

6. It’s early on, but the Bastards are already caught up in plots that they didn’t expect. How do you think their new “employer” is going to make use of them (The Archon, that is)?

i think he’s going to be a bag of dicks. but mm, pear cider.

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Apr 7 '12

“Gods, a real Karthani bondsmage. Looks like he won’t be recommending Camorr to his friends.”

you guys! the lies of locke lamoraread-along is over! this has been a lot of fun, and i super-appreciate all four awesome bloggers who ran it because lord knows i needed an excuse to throw this many words at the internet about my favorite book.

ashley and i had a much shorter thread than usual, but it did contain the thing i think we say every single time we read this book, which is that nothing feels as good as hearing locke ask the falconer what the fuck made him think locke was his real name. seriously, BEST FEELING EVER.

now, on to the questions! if my ramblings haven’t convinced you to read these books yet, i hope they do soon. i just feel bad for you, because you are missing out on some of the best fantasy out there and your life could therefore be improved quite a bit.


The Thorn of Camorr is renowned – he can beat anyone in a fight and he steals from the rich to give to the poor. Except of course that clearly most of the myths surrounding him are based on fantasy and not fact. Now that the book is finished how do you feel the man himself compares to his legend. Did you feel that he changed as the story progressed and, if so, how did this make you feel about him by the time the conclusion was reached?

i think that locke lives up to his legend as much as anyone lives up to the legends that surround them. those stories all started somewhere, and at the end of the day, locke is pretty fucking clever. i’m gonna disagree with ashley though- i think these events did change locke. before the gray king, he thought- with good reason- that he and the rest of the gentlemen bastards were untouchable. but between the gray king and the spider, i think his ego was taken down a notch or two. fortunately, as we learn in red seas, he does not let his newfound fallability cripple him too much, at least not after jean kicks his ass.

but he also learned an important lesson about where the game ranks in his life. i think before all of this, he would have ranked the cons right up there with the bastards. and while locke (and jean) DID appreciate their family and the time they had together, i don’t think they were really able to separate that from cons until they had to.


Scott Lynch certainly likes to give his leading ladies some entertaining and strong roles to play. We have the Berangia sisters – and I definitely wouldn’t like to get on the wrong side of them or their blades plus Dona Vorchenza who is the Spider and played a very cool character – even play acting to catch the Thorn. How did you feel about the treatment the sisters and Dona received at the hands of Jean and Locke – were you surprised, did it seem out of character at all or justified?

i know i am always harping on this one bit of wank, but hufiewhfe I LOVE THE LADIES IN THIS BOOK. the thief ladies and the noble ladies are all truly forces to be reckoned with. they are smart and funny and capable and have incredible lives that cannot be overshadowed by the men they know.

the sisters and the spider, in particular, are so amazing to me. the berangias were so young when their parents were killed, and not only did they train and devote themselves to this revenge, but they were undercover for EIGHT YEARS. undercover ascontrarequialla, which had to be so hard. they were beaten because of one small flaw- their professionalism- in a fight with someone who is incredibly well-trained.

and the spider very nearly won. the only thing that saved locke was his recklessness at jumping out the window, and if they hadn’t been in the middle of this mess with the gray king, there is a good chance he would have truly been caught. (i doubt he would have gone in all alone if he had had a gang to take with him.) and in the end, she really DID win. even if locke and jean had WANTED to stay in camorr at that point, they wouldn’t have been able to.


Towards the end we saw a little more of the magic and the history of the Bondsmagi. The magic, particularly with the use of true names, reminds me a little of old fashioned witchcraft or even voodoo. But, more than that I was fascinated after reading the interlude headed ‘The Throne in Ashes’ about the Elderglass and the Elders and why their structures were able to survive even against the full might of the Bondsmagi – do you have any theories about this do you think it’s based on one of our ancient civilisations or maybe similar to a myth?

i have no theories about the eldren, and don’t particularly care to formulate any at this time.

but the bondsmagi! oh, their magic is AWESOME. i love how old school it is, and the implied limits of it. can’t wait to see more of them.


We have previously discussed Scott Lynch’s use of description and whether it’s too much or just spot on. Having got into the last quarter of the book where the level of tension was seriously cranked up – did you still find, the breaks for interludes and the descriptions useful or, under the circumstances did it feel more like a distraction?

i still love the interludes, but reading it slowly for once made me agree with scott a bit that the later interludes aren’t as fleshed out. i still think they add a lot to the story and are good shorthand for characterization (the one on revenge sums up camorr nicely, i think), but they could have been used more effectively.


Now that the book has finished how did you feel about the conclusion and the eventual reveal about the Grey King and more to the point the motivations he declared for such revenge – does it seem credible, were you expecting much worse or something completely different altogether?

super-credible. the gray king is like the anti-batman, you know? and i get that. i was expecting it to be more personal for the gentlemen bastards, but if they were spying on every gang to find any weaknesses it makes sense that they would have found out about them and decided to use them.


Were you surprised that Locke, being given two possible choices (one of which could possibly mean he would miss his chance for revenge on the Grey King) chose to go back to the Tower – especially given that (1) he would have difficulty in getting into the building (2) he would have difficulty in convincing them about the situation and (3) he would have difficulty in remaining free afterwards? Did anyone else nearly pee their pants when Locke and the rest were carrying the sculptures up to the roof garden?

i wasn’t surprised at all. at the end of the day, locke is not a killer. as the gray king says, taking people’s money isn’t the same at all, and that’s a line i think locke will always have a hard time crossing. he’s a priest and a thief and a liar, not a murderer.

but also, even after everything, i think locke loves camorr. he loves the city and the thieves and the sharks and every damn thing about it, and he knows that without capa barsavi the city will be chaotic for a while, maybe forever. but he also knows how much worse it would be if all of the nobility suddenly died as well. by choosing revenge, he would have been damning the entire city, not just those nobles, and he doesn’t have that in them.

not to mention- if you think you don’t want the bondsmagi on your tail, can you imagine being chased by an angry locke and jean? hoo boy.


Finally, the other question I would chuck in here is that, following the end of the book I was intrigued to check out some of the reviews of LOLL and noticed that the negative reviews mentioned the use of profanity. How did you feel about this – was it excessive? Just enough? Not enough?

bitch please. i LOVE the cursing in this book. i love that the boys are foul-mouthed little shits, and that is only partly because i have also been described in a similar matter, most often by my grandmother.

but seriously, i love the language used. it adds so much depth and character to the book, and gives it just the right amount of grit to help it pull off so much fantasy.


Okay one further, and probably most important but very quick question – having finished, will you pick up the sequel, Red Seas Under Red Skies?

listen- i was not even supposed to be reading THIS until we got a release date forrepublic of thieves. so while i will (hopefully) be reading it soon, i am going to do my best to wait until we know the next one is on its way. (but also, i have a GIANT stack of library books waiting for me. why can i not read full-time? ugh.)

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Mar 31 '12

"Most men do nothing to deserve what the gods throw their way."

week four of the locke lamora read-along! one week to go! our email thread is exceptionally short this week, partly because i worked a lot and only finished the reading this morning, partly because this is a very in-between section in which i mostly frown a lot, and partly because i started reading another book about thieves who i have rather recklessly fallen in love with. surely mistborn will end happily for all those involved though!

um, anyway! second to last post about a book most of you have never read! very little flailing and keysmashing this week. on a related note, sabetha doesn’t show up in this week’s reading at all. heh.

1. In the chapter “A Curious Tale for Countess Amberglass” we learn of the tradition of the night tea in Camorr. I found that not so much fantastical as realistic – how about you?

i love the night tea! i also absolutely love dona vorchenza and that tea sounded SO GOOD, om nom nom. also that cake. but seriously- dona vorchenza. WHAT A BADASS. i still have a lot of residual anger from being told that the ladies in these books are one-note, because what! this lady is the duke’s SPYMASTER! she has a wicked sense of humor, is a bit of a mother hen for all of the younger donas, and is BRILLIANT. i am more than a little bit in love with her.

2. When Jean meets with what will become the Wicked Sisters for the first time, the meeting is described very much like how people feel when they find their true work or home. Agree? Disagree? Some of both?

OT3.

3. Salt devils. Bug. Jean. The description is intense. Do you find that description a help in visualizing the scene? Do you find yourself wishing the description was occasionally – well – a little less descriptive?

the only times i want less description in this book is the salt devils. and also the cask of horse piss. STILL GAGGING. but actually, i am TERRIBLE at visualizing things but i can picture that scene fairly well. also boys :(

4. This section has so much action in it, it’s hard to find a place to pause. But…but.. oh, Locke. Oh, Jean. On their return to the House of Perelandro, their world is turned upside down. Did you see it coming?

well, fifth reread, so yes. except ashley promised me it would be different this time and then it wasn’t :(

but, god, i just can’t. not only did they lose their family, they lost their HOME and their livelyhood and all of their mementos of father chains and sabetha and their brothers. locke is scary when he goes cold, and those bastards should be afraid.

5. Tavrin Callas’s service to the House of Aza Guilla is recalled at an opportune moment, and may have something to do with saving a life or three. Do you believe Chains knew what he set in motion? Why or why not?

i don’t think he ever saw this coming, but i DO think he wanted them to be prepared for all eventualities. but also i love how kind of insane the various religions are, and how everyone just rolls with it.

i also like the glimpses we get of jean working on his own. a lot of the book is spent showing us how brilliant locke is, so it’s good that we see that jean can and does hold his own.

6. As Locke and Jean prepare for Capa Raza, Dona Vorchenza’s remark that the Thorn of Camorr has never been violent – only greedy and resorting to trickery – comes to mind again. Will this pattern continue?

i mean, neal caffrey is non-violent and dislikes weapons, but when you harm his family, he’ll steal a gun and come at you too. and as we learned, camorri are big believers in revenge, and locke is camorri in his SOUL. what i’m saying is- i’m sure this will end well for everyone involved!

7. Does Locke Lamora or the Thorn of Camorr enter Meraggio’s Countinghouse that day? Is there a difference?

locke enters, but the thorn comes out. the difference is that locke has a good, slightly risky but rather ordinary scheme, and the thorn sees the opportunity for a much cheekier plot and takes it. locke asks the crooked warden for help, and the thorn saysfuck you, i’ve got this.

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Mar 24 '12

"I’m only doing this because I’ve always wanted to see Bug get eaten by an Eldren ghost."

because i know you are all fascinated by what obsessed weirdos ashley and i are, this week’s thread had almost 80 emails, including 22 frowny faces, a debate on whether we should keep reading (and who has to read republic of thievesfirst in order to check it for ~feelings), and a plan to make scott lynch love us so he stops breaking our hearts. uh, spoilers, but the feelings train is about to pull out of the station. ALL ABOOOOOOARD!

1. This section is where we finally get to sneak a peek at the magic in The Gentleman Bastards books. From what we read, what are your initial impressions of the magic Lynch is using? Is there any way that Locke and Company would be able to get around the Bondsmage’s powers?

the magic is so interesting, especially when we find out more about it later. it’s very old school, and fits so well in this world where it seems like it almost shouldn’t fit at all.

2. Not a question, but an area for rampant speculation: If you want to take a stab at who you think the Grey King might be, feel free to do it here.

hah, okay, listerally the only thing i really remember from my first reading is my thoughts on who the grey king was. namely, i thought it was sabetha, or someone sabetha was working with. (i didn’t realize it was the first book in a series, and for a stand-alone to mention a missing character this much usually meant a twist where they were evil.)

2.5 (since 2 wasn’t really a question) Anyone see the Nazca thing coming? Anyone? Do you think there are more crazy turns like this in store for the book? Would you like to speculate about them here? (yes, yes you would)

GAH, NAZCA. so so sad about nazca. also the cask of horse piss makes me gag every single time i read about it, egh.

3. When Locke says “Nice bird, arsehole,” I lose it. EVERY TIME. And not just because I have the UK version of the book and the word arsehole is funnier than asshole. Have there been any other places in the books so far where you found yourself laughing out loud, or giggling like a crazy person on the subway?

OH GOD I LOVE THAT LINE. i love how much characterization scott packs into three words, and i love what a cocky little shit locke is. there’s a lot in this book that makes me laugh out loud (really all the banter between the boys, but especially calo and galdo) and/or grin like an idiot. i really do have practically half this book highlighted. my favorite favorite favorite scene in the whole book is when they are getting ready to head to the echo hole and doing their ritual thing and just bantering with each other. <3booooooys<3

4. By the end of this reading section, have your opinions changed about how clever the Bastards are? Do you still feel like they’re “cleverer than all the rest?” Or have they been decidedly outplayed by the Grey King and his Bondsmage?

nope! still more clever. i don’t think they’ve been outplayed. outclassed or outfinessed, maybe, but you have to remember that the gray king and the falconer have both a headstart and a MASSIVE advantage, and also that we’re only halfway done.

5. I imagine that you’ve probably read ahead, since this was a huge cliffhanger of an ending for the “present” storyline, but I’ll ask this anyway: Where do you see the story going from here, now that the Grey King is thought to be dead?

hgfureghuewihe

i stopped where we were supposed to, because as a locke lamora veteran i know that i do not want to rush into the rest of this book. i always go really fast basically until locke gets to the echo hole, and then have to spend a lot of time frowning, which slows down the rest of the book.

6. What do you think of the characters Scott Lynch has given us so far? Are they believable? Real? Fleshed out? If not, what are they lacking?

I LOVE THEM ALL SO MUCH :/ i cannot praise scott enough, because his characterization and world-building and plot and slang and everything else is all just so fucking good. all of the characters- even the ones we’ve only seen a bit of, even the ones who are made up by other characters- feel so three-dimensional. it’s so easy to imagine everyone still living their lives in the background while the boys are living theirs for us to see.

7. Now that you’ve seen how clever Chains is about his “apprenticeships,” why do you think he’s doing all of this? Does he have an endgame in sight? Is there a goal he wants them to achieve, or is it something more emotional like revenge?

i don’t think chains really has an endgame beyond chaos, mostly. or well, we’ll find out more about the code of the thirteenth, and i suppose is endgame is partly about enforcing that. but it’s also just about having fun and being overlooked and, you know, stealing shit.

i also really enjoy seeing the boys meet jean for the first time, and locke’s acceptence of jean as family. and also the silly bickering between all of them. i also really like that father chains flatly acknowledges their strengths and teaches them not to be ashamed of their weaknesses.

idk writing this up is cutting into my naptime and also my laptop is driving me fucking crazy, WHICH IS WHY YOU NEVER NAME YOUR COMPUTER AFTER A TRICKSTER GOD I GUESS. ugh, poor life choices, inc.

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Mar 17 '12

"Dip your wick. Drop your anchor. Go see a lady about a sheath for a dagger."

(week two of the locke lamora read-along!)

gaaaaaaaaah SO MANY FEELINGS. this week’s thread with ashley stopped at about 70 messages, but we also IMed for a while so it’s probably about even. (also i did most of the reading on my phone instead of at my computer. i was averaging an email per page before i had to switch.)

ALSO i am out of town for the weekend (writing this thursday night) and without access to a computer, so no spam today. this also means i am going to be extra-terrible at responding to things, so either comment on my post or leave me a message in a way that tumblr will notify me of or email me if you need some flailing.

1) Do you think Locke can pull off his scheme of playing a Midnighter who is working with Don Salvara to capture the Thorn of Camorr? I mean, he is now playing two roles in this game - and thank goodness for that costume room the Gentlemen Bastards have!

these questions are not great if you’ve read the books a zillion times and don’t want to spoil everyone, so OH MY GOD THE COSTUME ROOM. i love that their lives are basically playing dress-up and fucking with the rich folks. they don’t care about the money, it’s about how much FUN they’re having while they steal it.

also the banter between these boys uggghhhh MY HEART.

2) Are you digging the detail the author has put into the alcoholic drinks in this story?

all of scott’s food and drink details are so fucking good. sometimes i want to drive down to epcot and demand they install a camorr pavillion. (jesus, CAN YOU IMAGINE? if there was a fictional epcot and i could visit tortall and camorr and tigana and whatever the country is where sabriel lives and someplace from the black jewels trilogy and lyra’s oxford and bag end *flappy hands* WHY DOESN’T THIS EXIST.)

3) Who is this mysterious lady Gentlemen Bastard Sabetha and what does she mean to Locke?

hudwehfuifefw SABETHA. so many feelings about sabetha and sabetha/locke and why do people insist on writing locke/jean when they could be writing locke/sabetha and why isn’t it republic of thieves time yet??? (i’m sorry, i’m sorry, but: GIRLFRIEND. also the longest conversations in this week’s thread were “how fucking awesome is locke/sabetha?” and “let’s plot out a little mermaid au where jean is ariel, ezri is eric, and locke is flounder!”)

that is to say, she is a fucking bad-ass and she means the WORLD to him. he gave her his heart and she gave him a pen, is what i think happened. (actually, i have a list of sabetha theories somewhere, and this is not my favorite one. but it is on the list.)

4) Are you as creeped out over the use of Wraithstone to create Gentled animals as I am?

god, yes. SO CREEPY. i like that people FROM camorr think it’s creepy too, but just kind of roll with it.

5) I got a kick out of child Locke’s first meeting with Capa Barsavi and his daughter Nazca, which was shortly followed up in the story by Barsavi granting adult Locke permission to court his daughter! Where do you think that will lead? Can you see these two together?

oh my god nazca, HOW ARE YOU SO AWESOME? seriously, she is SUCH a bad-ass, but not in the physically strong way that some people seem to have an issue with. she’s all brains and attitude and sexy boots. she could probably hold her own in a fight (since she’s the daughter of a crime boss in a violent city) but that’s not what defines her.

also, she’s super-gay, sorry locke. nazca/karla (from bjt) foreverrrrr.

6) Capa Barsavi is freaked out over rumors of The Gray King and, in fact, we as readers are privy to a gruesome torture scene. The Gray King is knocking garristas off left and right. What do you think that means?

i think it means shit is about to get REAL.

7) In the Interlude: The Boy Who Cried for a Corpse, we learn that Father Chains owes an alchemist a favor, and that favor is a fresh corpse. He sets the boys to figuring out how to provide one, and they can’t ‘create’ the corpse themselves. How did you like Locke’s solution to this conundrum?

huefjew oh my god SCHEMES. i love watching them run cons. i love watching locke learn that he loves running cons. i love the sanzas immediately putting locke in charge. i love bb!locke running a con within the con. could they all be more adorable?

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Mar 10 '12

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

you know, for all that i love fictional thieves (which i do. a lot) i have never actually wanted to be a thief. i’m willing to accept fictional thieves as honorable and having morals even though in real life, i am much more of a no-nonsense knight type. (little known fact: i planned an ordeal for myself when i was 19 but never followed through on it because i was afraid i would be arrested for spending the night out on the jetty.)

plus i just don’t have the manual dexterity to be a pickpocket ;)

(today is the first lies of locke lamora read-along discussion day, so prepare yourself for many posts of this ilk throughout the day. and also go read the book, you godless heathens.

last post! til next week! woo!)

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Mar 10 '12

captainragtag answered your question: 

I love how we still haven’t actually met Sabetha, but she’s already a fully developed character.

i don’t think i’ve ever been in a situation where i had this many feelings about a character we’ve never even met, but i have some deep, serious feelings for sabetha. i actually got into a bit of a knock-down, drag-out with some fans on another forum because they were already complaining that she was going to be “too badass” and that all the lady characters in the books are, i shit you not, too strong. despite the little devil on my shoulder, i did not tell them all to go fuck themselves and flounce, but i HAD given up on talking to other fans for a while after that.

(at one point, ashley was trying to make me deal with the idea that i might not like sabetha when we finally meet her. i paid her back by coming up with scenarios in which locke dies horribly. #bestfriends)

honor-among-thieves replied to your post: 

I just read the Scotland part and burst out laughing. I admit I spent the entire book thinking everyone was supposed to be fantasy-Mexican for some reason. I didn’t even realize Camorr was supposed to be like Venice until I went online. Derp.

it was just so long between adding this to my books-to-read list and actually getting it out of the library that i literally had no idea what was about to happen!

i can totally see the fantasy-mexican thing though. i’m pretty sure mexico has more issues with sharks, if nothing else!

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Mar 10 '12

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 think this book strikes a nice balance, since even the backstory has a bit of action and then BAM, we are in the don salvara game. i’ve seen people complaining about the Typical Fantasy Capitalization and whatnot that comes with the set up, but none of that ever bothered me.

and i mean, when i opened the book the first time, i thought it was going to be about scotland so it really felt like i was thrown in the deep end anyway!

(today is the first lies of locke lamora read-along discussion day, so prepare yourself for many posts of this ilk throughout the day. and also go read the book, you godless heathens.)

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Mar 10 '12

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?

one of the things i love and that i think we should discuss more in depth (possibly later into the book?) is what an insular, kind of aloof little kid locke was and how father chains gave him a family and turned him into a person, not just a pezon, and how it’s so evident by the way he is raising bug now. the gentlemen bastards are more than a gang, and that’s because of the code of honor father chains instilled them with.

but ALSO, the death offering! and father chains’ (and therefore the gentlemen bastards’) code of honor! we will need to have a WHOLE DISCUSSION about this later, because i don’t think i can talk about this much in a spoiler-free way. except to say that thieves with a code of honor are THE VERY BEST ONES. it’s one of the reasons i have such a lady boner for fictional thieves- in their own way, they usually have as much (if not more) honor than all the fictional knights i love so much. and, as a hufflepuff, i feel it is my duty to fall in love with people who are filled with honor.

(today is the first lies of locke lamora read-along discussion day, so prepare yourself for many posts of this ilk throughout the day. and also go read the book, you godless heathens.)

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Mar 10 '12

Speaking of the world, what do you think of Camorr and Lynch’s world building?

i am MADLY IN LOVE with camorr. i read it as very jersey (but i mean, i read EVERYTHING as very jersey. i have a strong jersey bias) and it has so much character, i almost want to live there more than i want to live in tortall. y’all know how crazytown that is, right? because tortall is the city of my HEART. i think camorr might be the city of my soul though.

but anyway- camorr! okay, so you know how people are always talking about shows like white collar and how the city is another character and so important, etc etc. camorr is my favorite character in this book. i love how the city works and the deal with the thieves and the shifting revel (money i would pay to attend a shifting revel: ALL OF IT) and the contrarequialla (HNG LADY GLADIATORS WHO FIGHT JUMPING SHARKS WHY ARE YOU NOT REAL?) and the food and the language and the elderglass and just every fucking thing. the details are so fantastic and vivid.

and i absolutely love his world-building. it’s no as apparent in the chapters we’ve read so far, but the alchemy is so fascinating and just detailed enough that it makes total sense to someone like me.

(today is the first lies of locke lamora read-along discussion day, so prepare yourself for many posts of this ilk throughout the day. and also go read the book, you godless heathens.)

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