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The Lies of Locke Lamora

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

22 out of 22 people found this review helpful.

Absolutely fantastic tale and great debut!

Okay, I didn't think it could happen, but I found a book comparable to the greatness of "The Name of the Wind" by Patrick Rothfuss. I will have to say, there were parts of the book that moved slowly for me. I felt it was a bit too descriptive in parts. However, it turne...
Okay, I didn't think it could happen, but I found a book comparable to the greatness of "The Name of the Wind" by Patrick Rothfuss. I will have to say, there were parts of the book that moved slowly for me. I felt it was a bit too descriptive in parts. However, it turned out to be one of the best damn stories I've ever read. On the edge of your seat excitement and suspense. Excellent character development and a great plot. Locke Lamora & his comrade Jean Tammen are now some of my favorite characters ever. There were a few things that happened in the story that really pissed me off & I wished wouldn't have happened. But the story & ending were just awesome. Red Seas Under Red Skies, here I come.

posted by denverbroncosgirl on November 30, 2010

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4 out of 26 people found this review helpful.

Locked Out of Lamora

Don't fall for all the commerical hype purporting that this book is the new fantasy. The only fantasy was in the author's head and he was not able to communicate that well at all. Which is too bad because some of the images are stark and clear and riveting and d...
Don't fall for all the commerical hype purporting that this book is the new fantasy. The only fantasy was in the author's head and he was not able to communicate that well at all. Which is too bad because some of the images are stark and clear and riveting and drew me deeper and deeper into the book.....against my will. The book is arrogant, clumsy, baffling, and too cute, too ingeneous, too contrived for words. The best bits were never developed. The best characters are the vicious sharks of Camorr and I wish they had eaten my copy.

posted by Anonymous on September 20, 2006

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2014

    Not great

    Failed to capture my interest even 300 pages in. I really wanted to like it because of all the great reviews.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 15, 2012

    Don't even waste your money people! It was hard to follow, the c

    Don't even waste your money people! It was hard to follow, the characters were flat and the plot all over the place. I was lost 90% of the time. I have since put this book down and don't think I will ever pick it back up. Smh

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 25, 2012

    Oceans Eleven in a fantasy setting? Right. And "Alien" is the same as "E.T."

    This book was recommended to me as Oceans Eleven in a fantasy setting. Having finished it, I would have to say that compairing this book to the 2001 film is like saying Alien is ET. They both may deal with a group of humans having their first experience with an alien creature, but the tone is definitely not the same.

    Lies is a rather bloody and profoundly profanity filled. Given the events of the story are set in the criminal underworld a large fantasy city, the level of violence and cursing is somewhat appropriate given the plot. So I can't really hold it against the book.

    It's also slow burn of a book. For over half of the story, the main characters don't have a real motivation. They do what they do because they've been doing it most of their lives, even though they've reached a point where they may not need to do it anymore. It does pick up once the plot gets its hooks into the main character. But until that point, I was much more interested in the chapters focused on the main character's childhood. Every other chapter the book switches between current events and historical information. And while early on the character history is the more interesting part, once the plot gets going it becomes a liability, throwing speed bumps into the rising tension of the story by delivering world history lessons that are there to provide important moral lessons such as "it's unwise to anger people that can bend reality to their will".

    The ending saved the book from getting a one star raiting. There are a couple of very nice moments of dialogue and a call back to one of the character history chapters during the final confrontation that all got me to actually laugh or cheer. Ending on these high points raised my opinion of the book over all, but I think it will be a very long time before I think about heading onto book two in the series.

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