Saturday, May 5, 2012

Read Along of Red Seas Under Red Skies by Scott Lynch Part 2

You can see Redhead’s Part 1 post, and the links to the other blogs taking part, here.

If you haven't read the book, or even if you have, why not join in and read along with the rest of us?

This week we have read up to the end of Chapter 6.

Now that we know a little more about Selendri and Requin, what do you think of them? I worry Locke is suddenly realizing this con might be a bit tougher than he expected.

That whole story was very gruesome, but there must be an amazingly tight bond between the two if Requin was willing to save her as he did. However, I do not sense any romance between them, so the loyalty must be based upon something else: perhaps she saved his life at one point, possibly when she was an Eye. If they are romantically involved they are a long way into their relationship, well past the gooey-eyed stage, or they are just damned good at hiding it.

Isn’t the Artificers’ Crescent just amazing?  If you could purchase anything there, what would it be?

I liked the idea of everyone stealing each other’s water through elaborate systems of pipes and waterwheels that they had to rebuild after every bad storm. I can only imagine how many of the Artificers were their trousers on back-to-front or have their 'lost' spectacles on their foreheads! I really want one of those drop mechanisms to get rid of people, but I want it outside my front door rather than in the house. I have a ‘thing’ about Girl Scouts trying to sell me cookies, OK? Can I have sharks in the pit underneath rather than just a long drop? I miss the sharks from Camorr . . .

What did you think of Salon Corbeau and the goings on that occur there? A bit crueler than a Camorri crime boss, no?

I wonder if we will return there with a little Locke-generated mischief? I do hope so, because anyone who gentles kittens for fun needs to have a nice long dance with the Sisters, or a whole barrel full of angry, ungentled tigers. That bit with Lively almost had me in tears. I am still amazed by Locke’s self-restraint when that noble confronted him: I would have been sorely tempted to punch him in the face. His total lack of understanding of the desperation of the poor souls being tortured was obnoxious. This made the Teeth Show in Camorr look very tame indeed.

The Archon might be a megalomaniacal military dictator, but he thinks he’s doing right by Tal Verrar: his ultimate goal seems to be to protect them.  What do you think he’s so afraid of?

He seems to be afraid that they will unprepared for the next enemy to sail over the horizon, although goodness knows who they are. This could be simple paranoia or he could have intelligence warning him of a possible threat. However, he could just be trying to increase his own personal power. Then again, there could very well be some other motive that is still hidden.

And who the heck is trying to kill Locke and Jean every few days?  They just almost got poisoned (again!)!

Whoever it is they seem to have plenty of money to throw around, and are pretty determined to succeed. It could be the Priori, who know that they are working for the Archon, although killing them seems a little extreme. I doubt that it is the bondsmagi or Requin, but it could be the Archon, trying to scare them into a position to be controlled more easily.

Do you really think it’s possibly for a city rat like Locke to fake his way onto a Pirate ship?

Yarr! All he has to do is act drunk, sway about a bit and scatter his dialogue with "Scurvy Dog!" and “Savvy?” It worked for Captain Jack . . . I do think that Locke will be able to bluff his way through it: who asks a captain to explain exactly how to carry out his orders, especially when he has a first mate as 'persuasive' as Jean?


  1. I think that Requin probably feels he owes Selandri - she did save his life, albeit inadvertently, and if they hadn't made that switch of costumes then it would be Requin with the damaged face and hand.  I thought from the story that they were romantically involved in the past - I'm not sure they still are though.
    Pity any girl scouts coming round yours - trap doors with sharks!  Lol
    Lynn :D

  2. I miss the sharks of Camorr too! I would exchange them for the stiletto wasps so fast.

    I'm thinking Jean's going have to step up big time for Locke on the boat, but if I've learned anything in reading these books, is that it will all work out (mostly) in the end.

  3. I'm definitely expecting a return trip to Salon Corbeau. I don't think Locke is going to let go of the things he saw there.

  4. I am pretty sure somewhere down the Gentleman Bastard sequence, we will revisit Salon Corbeau. Lady Saljesca is one cruel ruler, I can't wait to see how Lamora resolves this situation. 

  5. I do hope so: and I hope they take some of those stiletto wasps with them.

  6. I agree, I think he might make time for a special trip to sort out that whole horrible mess.

  7. Yep, Locke will have to rely on Jean big time: especially if he as sea sick as he was last time out! :D

  8. I agree: they could have had a romance at some time that has now faded.

    Any girl scouts coming around here deserve everything they get! :D

  9. there's a quiet little voice in my head saying i never want to see Salon Corbeau again. There's a much louder voice in my head screaming for Locke to return there in some future novel and burn the place to the ground.  Lynch must be a pretty decent writer if everyone is as freaked out by that place as I am!!

    send those girl scouts over to my place, I haven't bought a single box of cookies yet this year! and I want some thin mints and those horribly bad for you chocolate peanut butter things too.

    I'm not into romance, but I do love Selendri and Requin's relationship. I do think they are way, way past the honeymoon stage, but he trusts her implicitly, and will do anything for her. How can he act otherwise, when a horrible poison meant for him instead affected the woman he loved?  I kinda wouldn't mind meeting those two again in a future novel as well. 

  10. I would be disappointed if Locke never went back to Salon Corbeau to exact a bit of vengeance for Lively. I am a total sucker of kitties, and we got two new ones last July, and the thought of someone gentling anything that cute and full of life makes my blood boil! >:(

    You can have the girl scouts you like: when we moved over here I was looking forward to their famous cookies, but they are decidedly average. I would be so much more likely to buy them if they were home made, even if they tasted horrible! :D

    Mr Lynch does have a great way of creating interesting characters that we all want to keep following. I just hope he starts writing a bit quicker . . .

  11. I like what you said about Requin and Selendi's relationship. It seems complicated and not romantic to me.
    The sharks in Camorr were awesomely scary! Not like the can't-stand-to-read-cuz-its-so-awful Amusement War scene.

    I have this nagging feeling that its time for a major character to die, the way Lynch likes to surprise us. I wonder who it would be...

  12. I'm not crazy about girl scout cookies either!  I'd rather eat ice cream.
    Lynch doesn't seem to be a very prolific writer but he sure is a damn fine one!

  13. Oh thats a GREAT idea! Except you'd need to remove all of the artisans and kitties first. Then LET 'EM LOOSE!

  14. I do hope we don't have so many deaths this time around, but I don't exact Mr Lynch to be all that merciful.

  15. Oh yes: ice cream is so good! :)

  16. True: no kitties would be harmed in any plan of revenge I would come up with.

  17. I am almost certain that Locke went back to Salon Corbeau because it's in his nature to stand up for the little guys. I just hope he would give those people hell when he takes his revenge.

    It's really messed up that people would gentle a cat just to let their child dissect it.

  18. The first book had so many surprises. I don't think I've been surprised yet in RSURS. That's why I suddenly thought it might be time for Lynch to throw us a curve ball.

  19. Very true. Though I found the bondsmagi attack in the market a surprise: I had assumed that once they were found they would be dead.

  20. Of course! That might be a good explanation for the assassins as well.

  21. Right now Locke and Jean are the only main characters we have.  I don't think right now anyone's left to die that would have the same emotional impact as Calo/Galdo/Bug/Nazca did.

  22. I also didn't feel any romance between Requin and Selendri although some people in the read-along did, I also don't think he keeps her around because of guilt or anything like that.

    I'm hoping that between their scheme, our heroes will have time to bring the Salon down.


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