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The Republic of Thieves

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  • Posted January 30, 2014

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    With much trepidation did I undertake reading Republic of Thieve

    With much trepidation did I undertake reading Republic of Thieves. I was only mildly enamored by Scott Lynch’s previous work and while many people touted the genius of this new work, the reviews were definitely mixed. I have to say that I truly loved the main story of Republic of Thieves much more than I did the main plot of Lies of Locke Lamora or Red Seas under Red Skies. The interludes, however, remained the same for me. I just cannot get into them. They seem like a wholly waste of time and effort. I have often thought that these distractions had the sole purpose of the telling exposition but I’m all most always proven wrong in this. I just can’t understand why Scott Lynch is so addicted to telling two stories at the same time. I suppose it is that he likes the characters that he killed off in book one and just like the remaining Gentleman Bastards themselves, cannot put their fellows completely to rest. Which is certainly fine for those who enjoy the interludes. I do not.

    I have to admit however, that this is, in my opinion the best book Scott Lynch has ever written and while the ending was less than tidy it was incredibly interesting. I will certainly read the next Gentleman Bastards book whenever it is released. If you are a fan of the series I would say that you will have a lovely time with this book. If you are a fan uncertain as to whether to pick this up, let me assure you that you will have fun. If you haven’t read Scott Lynch before let me point you in the direction of Lies of Locke Lamora. Because if you don’t read the first book in the series most this book will not mean very much to you. While the author does an excellent job of trying to make this a standalone novel. It is really best for most readers to simply read the series in order. I can only hope subsequent books are as good as this, for the author is truly on a roll.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2013

    I've been waiting 5 years for this book and I had high expectati

    I've been waiting 5 years for this book and I had high expectations. After all the author's personal issues, I was ready to be let down but this book is incredible. I'm about to start rereading it. The author continues to develop the characters as the series progresses and I'm eager to see how they develop. My only complaint is that the thieves aren't necessarily bad enough. I prefer grey characters who kill from time to time. Small complaint though, the dialogue is fantastic. I kept wanting to skip ahead but there weren't any useless passages to jump through. I'll buy the next book too.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2015

    Drake

    *walks in*

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 23, 2013

    Good but not quite as good as the other 2 in the series

    Much to like and a worthy work.

    However it starts slow and some of the plays dialog didnt hold my attention.

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  • Posted October 8, 2013

    Locke and Jean are in over their heads and causing mischief agai

    Locke and Jean are in over their heads and causing mischief again in the third book in the Gentlemen Bastards series. This time they are asked to rig an election for the amusement of the bondsmagi (yes, those bondsmagi). Of course, Locke and Jean would have this election in the bag, if the upper management for the opposing political party wasn't the one and only Sabetha (yes, that Sabetha). In this exciting, dangerous, and curse-filled jaunt through Karthain, Locke and Jean need to keep one step ahead of a growing number of people who want them dead.

    Sabetha! Sabetha is in this book! The Lady Bastard herself! I was quite excited to learn all about her and how she left the Gentlemen Bastards in the dust. Where shall I begin? Well, I loved her in the beginning (both in the present day story and the interlude); however, as the stories came to an end, I feel that her character got a bit muddled. For example, in the beginning, Sabetha had very clear reasons why she did not want to be linked romantically to Locke. I thought the reasons were great; and I applauded them. Later, however, the reasons changed and then there were no reasons, then there were reasons again, but I was confused as to what they were. In a nutshell, it seems like a decision was made to change Sabetha's character and someone didn't reread the whole book during the editing process.

    OK, now that Sabetha is off my chest, let's discuss the book, plot, etc. First, has anyone noticed that these books keep getting longer? I feel that Lynch wanted to write two separate books and his publisher said that he could only write one, so he squeezed these two books into a super long book. Not that I mind, both stories were interesting; it is just that I would have preferred the interlude (flashback) to be shorter, you know, an interlude to the main story. I guess I am mainly grumpy, because I was more interested in the main story (or should I say present day story?) than the interlude. 

    In regards to Locke and Jean antics, they are up to no good again, and they do a good deal of conspiring and outwitting. There is less violence in this book than in previous ones, but there is still a decent amount of swearing, so I was happy. I also felt that the plot to this book was less complicated than Red Skies over Red Seas, so I was a happy camper. I felt that the previous Lamora book got a wee bit over the top at times (granted, I was listening to the audiobook, so maybe I wasn't paying close enough attention). At the same time, this book felt like a buildup for the next Gentlemen Bastards book, which I felt was a bit frustrating. 

    Alright, so what am I trying to say in my rambling post-read? This book was a lot of fun. I am a sucker for a conman story; and Locke and Jean are my go to guys! They are fun, they swear, and they get into tons of scrapes. I am also really happy to see Sabetha, because I like seeing Locked get flustered by (1) a woman and (2) a smart and resourceful opponent. I hope that we see her in future books (with her character a bit less muddled). At the same time, I hope that the next book is not two books smashed together but one (slightly shorter) book.

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