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The Lies of Locke Lamora

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21 out of 21 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 May 25, 2014

    Kept pulling me out of the fantasy

    Just as i am feeling i might get emersed into this fantasy realm an F bomb is dropped and i am pulled back into today usa. You might as well just make reference to a modern day american person or land mark. "Blackshards castle is surounded by scimitar wielding gaurds as tall as a newyork nicks basket ball player." No truely emersing fantasy uses modern day cursing.

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  • Posted May 10, 2013

    interesting

    I've had a bit of a hard time getting into this one. It leaves out too much information on the flashbacks to make it feel like you really needed to read that to learn something about Locke. I do like the world he's managed to create. I'm also not a big fan of cussing in books. I just don't think it's necessary. It just makes the writing feel crude and uneducated instead of making the character feel that way. I think Lynch is capable, but I'd like to see him stretch his wings a little further.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2013

    This is a rolicking story of cons, conmen, lives hanging in the

    This is a rolicking story of cons, conmen, lives hanging in the balance and revenge.




    There are some good twists and turns, and clever cons. There is some very funny banter between the lead characters. And for world building, you really don't leave the city confines of Camorr, which is a very brutal and religious Coastal City.




    And that was what I liked about it.




    On the reverse side of the literary coin, the character of Locke Lamora, is developed as a man of action, but never truly developed as a character, his persona is left very vague. We often know what his actions are, but not always the thoughts or feelings that lead up to those actions (unless it's revenge, that's a topic that comes up often). I realize he's not the most introspective person in himself, but, he doesn't have any vices, or hobbies, inspirations, regrets, nothing that really defines him much as a person. His best friend Jean, fares a bit better, and is given much more of a backstory, and personality, and is the more likeable for it.




    Also, I make mention of this for those who would like to know this in advance, to either avoid it, or seek it - there is a profusion of profanity, and it wasn't consistently violent, but the violent scenes it included, were VERY.

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