The Lies of Locke Lamora Read Along Thus Far.
As a writer, I have a problem with Scott Lynch. As a reader, I love him.
The problem stems from nothing but unadulterated professional (amateur :)) jealousy. I’ve read roughly the first hundred pages of Lies of Locke Lamora and it seems like every page has left me shaking my head thinking ‘How can anyone write crime so eloquently?’ Every description seems brilliantly, wittily, precisely put. I’m still reeling from the simple perfection of Lynch’s ‘They fenced pleasantries’… It struck me as a great expression of something complex and intricate, perfectly condensed into one miniscule description. I physically put my book down, upon coming across that phrase, and just thought about it for a little while. Simple perfection.
So that’s what I think of Scott Lynch so far. That was question one, by the way.
Question Two ties in well to my praise of Lynch: what do you think of the timelines? Well… Good Lord, that man can write. The set-up is perfect; there is nothing but suspense, intrigue, humour and tragedy in those first hundred pages. From tiny little Lamora who steals from the wrong people, to adolescent Lamora who, er, steals from the wrong people, the reader can’t help but be impressed by the guy’s (and wait for it, cos here’s a word I don’t bust out very often) hubris. No, he is not circumspect, but I couldn’t help but be amused nonetheless. These pages are some of the funniest tragedies I’ve read in a long time. Every miniature arc is perfectly timed, to link back to the origin story at exactly the right moment, leaving the reader never frustrated and never bored, but always waiting for the next tidbit of information from way back when. I loved the way the story veered from long long ago to long ago to Present Lamora. The long long ago is the shortest section, providing a very endearing introduction to the little orphan boy who can’t stay out of trouble. This ties neatly into the older Lamora, still always in trouble but learning slowly the meaning of the term ‘circumspect.’ The transformation between young Lamora and Present Lamora is fantastic. The boy who could never keep his hand out of someone else’s pockets seems to slowly turn into the world’s greatest conman. A Gentleman Bastard. That term alone, by the by, is what placed this book squarely on my to-read list so long ago.
I’m skipping a few questions here, I hope nobody minds, but I want to get straight to the question of ‘how do you like your worlds built?’ (paraphrase!). I love Camorr. I have always wanted to visit Venice, the similarity to which is one of my favourite things about this wonderful city of alleyways and canals. The characters are witty and engrossing, the city is beautiful and dreamy, the aristocratic system of Dukes and Houses is interesting and very well thought-out thus far. The ‘false-facing’ (another one of my ‘How Did He Come Up With That Term?’ moments) and deceit has hooked me as well- I’m a great fan of hustles and heists, and this story seems like it’s leading somewhere great. What I’m saying is, I want to live in this book.
I’m away on holiday next week so my post may be a little late but rest assured I’ll be keeping up with my reading!