Read Along of The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch: Part 2
I saw the details for
this Read Along on the Little Red Reviewers blog, here, though I know that several other blogs
are involved as well. I thought it looked like fun and signed up to make posts
on my blog every week.
You can see Redhead’s
Part 2 post here and Dark Cargo's here.
If you haven't read
the book, or even if you have, why not join in and read along with the rest of
This week we have read
up to the end of the Interlude: The Boy Who Cried for a Corpse, which ends on
p. 190 of my kindle edition.
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!
I have little doubt that Locke can do pretty much anything he wants and get away with it. The decision to add the Midnighters to the scam is such total genius that I cannot imagine that anyone other than the Gray King can foil his schemes. I really loved the way that these were scenes were presented in a 'saw-toothed' pattern of time progression, so that we were led to believe that Locke was in grave danger, only to be let in on the 'joke'. Seeing the scene a second time, now knowing that Locke was almost unconscious because of his injured 'bits' made his talents for disguise even more impressive.
2. Are you digging the detail the
author has put into the alcoholic drinks in this story?
Alcohol does seem to be an important part of life in Camorr: this could reflect Scott's own interests . . . or it could show that he did his research into late medieval life, when alcoholic drinks were much safer to drink than the water, which was full of disease-carrying bugs, and also provided the poor with a large proportion of their daily calories. Of course, he could simply be reflecting the young male's obsession with this particular past time . . . I seem to recall quite a few mentions of prostitutes as well . . . but it does add to the richness of the world in a wonderful way, as does the attention given to food.
3. Who is this mysterious lady
Gentlemen Bastard Sabetha and what does she mean to Locke?
Sabetha seems to be a fellow orphan taken in and trained by Chains, and she obviously broke Locke's heart before leaving. I am not sure if we will ever meet her, though I suspect that she will be with Locke forever.
4. Are you as creeped out over the
use of Wraithstone to create Gentled animals as I am?
Completely! This is truly horrible and the description of how and why it is used was horrifying. However, this fits with the cruel way in which people are treated in the Revel and how the Palace of Patience operates. Life in general is short and brutal for many of the people, so their compassion towards animals is much less than ours, and in one way they are trying to be kind to animals that could get stressed by their living and working conditions. Even more horrific is the hint that they use it on people occasionally . . .
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
I think the shadow of Sabetha will be a problem here, plus they both seem to be openly uninterested in each other. However, Romance novels are littered by people who 'suddenly realize that they are madly in love with someone they hate' . . . though that would be a lot less interesting than having them maintain the appearance of a loving relationship. I can see them together: I think they could rule the world given half a chance . . .
6. Capa Barsavi is freaked out over
rumors of The Gray King and, in fact, us 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 can only think of two possibilities: a) someone is trying to replace the Capa as head of the Right People; or b) the Duke is re-exerting control over his city covertly. I am assuming that the small bird-like thing that has been mentioned a couple of times, during Bug's acrobatics at the Temple and the 'Midnighters' entry into the Don's house, is connected to The Gray King, but I cannot think of any hints as to who the King might be.
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?
I thought it was elegantly simple, playing on people's expectations and perceptions beautifully. I knew that the acquisition of the body was far too simple, so Locke's solution to recouping their expenses had me laughing in delight. Again, it was elegant, but it showed such an extraordinary understanding of psychology and human behavior that it was a thing of beauty. Plus I loved Chains response: "Bugger me bloody with a boathook".