Scott Lynch: Gentleman Bastards Series

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  1. Abhorsen Veriari

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    Anyone read this? Starting with The Lies of Locke Lamora, and Red Sails Under Red Skies, it was just continued in The Republic of Thieves. I finished TRoT the other day, and I'm pretty pleased. It definitely had the feeling more of a bridge/set up book, but was none the less superior for it.

    Lynch constructs a hugely elaborate world (that you don't end up getting to see much of, unfortunately), and puts you in the cockpit behind your title character, Locke Lamora, a professional thief, con man, trickster, amoral religious adherent, and nearly 5'6" of 130 lbs of manly man. Locke is played fairly straight. He's smart, he's capable, and it's a joy to watch him pull off a scheme (Of which there are numerous). However, his smart mouth often outruns his physical capabilities, and he gets his face punched in. Secondly and most importantly is the other main character, Jean Tannen. Jean is Locke's best friend and foil, and is physically Perrin, but uglier and forty pounds fatter, with a talent for math, sewing, and smashing people in the face with hatchets. The series follows their misadventures.
     
  2. Melaine Thayet

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    Definitely one of my favorite series!
     
  3. Lenore Carvoe

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    Waiting for the German translation of The Republic of Thieves which won't be published before April. A reread is definitely on my plan.
     
  4. Autumn Sapphira

    Autumn Sapphira Sparkle Spren Aes Sedai

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    I adore the Gentlemen Bastards! I finished TLoLL a while ago, and am working through RSURS now. Slow going, because things are so busy!
     
  5. Toral Delvar

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    I hadn't realised the new one is out. I'll have to read it as I did like the first two
     
  6. Dorelei Verreuil

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    I've picked up the new one but haven't gotten around to it. The first two were excellent.
     
  7. Taika Vinh

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    I started the Lies of Locke Lamora a couple of days ago. So far really promising! :D
     
  8. Autumn Sapphira

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    You will not be disappointed, Taika!

    Of course, to be fair, it ripped my heart out at the end, but I still went back and read it all over again before starting book 2, so it was worth it.
     
  9. Taika Vinh

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    You're right, I wasn't disappointed! Bought the sequel already.
     
  10. Aleyna Kay'merin

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    Just finished TRoT last week and I was pleased with the latest installment. Lynch leaves me hungry for the next book, always. The Lies of Locke Lamora kept me awake until the wee hours, while it took me a little longer to get through Red Sails Under Red Skies. Spoiler tag for those who haven't read The Republic of Thieves yet...

    I really love how Lynch jumps back and forth in time, and has two separate stories entwined throughout the book. I love the glimpses of the Gentlemen Bastards' childhoods.

    Sabetha's cleverness, and Locke's unfailing stupidity when it comes to dealing with Sabetha (he's otherwise extremely clever) had me in stitches at many points in the third book.

    One thing that saddens me is Jean - how he lost his lover in the last book, and still has pangs over that. Poor Jean. :(
     
  11. Taika Vinh

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    I liked the second one (finished last night) almost as much as the first, but not quite. Have to buy the Republic next! :lol I think I've found a new favorite, at least for the time being. :)
     
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    The Lies of Locke Lamora is one of the funniest books I've ever read
     
  13. Autumn Sapphira

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    I haven't yet gotten a copy of the third book, but soon!
     
  14. Kram Saman

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    The series is so fantastic. I loved it from the the first page. My favourite is The Republic of Thieves where so many thing which I wanted to see happened - more Bondsmagi and all the building for Sabetha was paid and doubled in gold there. I was worried with so much hype but all was done perfectly. I couldn't ask for more in this book.
     
  15. Rhed al'Tere

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    I just started the second book this week! I'm so happy to be back in this world. ^^
     
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    How did you like the second book, Mother?

    I think the first book is my favourite, although I do love all of them. It's difficult to put together a good heist story as a book, I think, but Scott Lynch not only did a superb job of it, he also created an amazing group of characters with a detailed history that gets woven in with their current escapades perfectly. There are Chekhov's Guns everywhere and even though it seems like there is no way they could all go off by the end of the story, somehow the gang pulls it off in such a way that it's a surprise without giving the feeling of Deus Ex Machina. I absolutely could not put this series down, and I can't wait for the Thorn of Emberlain to be released next year!!
     
  17. Sabriane Diamodred

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    I really like this series, I think the humour carries it a lot for me sometimes when I feel the plot is lagging
     
  18. Kivam al'Coen

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    These first three books were essentially prologue to the main sorry lynch had planned. Excited to see what that is
     
  19. Rhed al'Tere

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    I didn't know that, Kivam. It'll be interesting to reframe the first three as a prologue.

    I'm still working my way through the third.
     
  20. Cassie Dainar

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    I just started book one in this series. I am really enjoying it, even the time jumping method of story telling he uses.