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Life imitates art and art scams life in Lynch's debut, a picaresque fantasy that chronicles the career of Locke Lamora—orphan, thief and leader of the Gentlemen Bastards—from the time the Thiefmaker sells Locke to the faking Eyeless Priest up to Locke's latest con of the nobility of the land of Camorr. As in any good caper novel, the plot is littered with obvious and not-so-obvious obstacles, including the secret police of Camorr's legendary Spider and the mysterious assassinations of gang leaders by the newly arrived Gray King. Locke's resilience and wit give the book the tragicomic air of a traditional picaresque, rubbery ethics and all. The villain holds the best moral justification of any of the players. Lynch provides plenty of historical and cultural information reminiscent of new weirdists Steven Erikson and China Miéville, if not quite as outré. The only drawback is that the realistic fullness of the background tends to accentuate the unreality of the melodramatic foreground. (July)
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*Starred Review* On a distant world, orphan Locke Lamora is sold into a crew of thieves and con artists. Soon his natural gifts make him an underworld celebrity, leader of the flamboyantly larcenous Gentleman Bandits. But there is someone who covets Locke's talents, his success, his very life, forcing him to put everything on the line to protect himself. With a world so vividly realized that it's positively tactile, and characters so richly drawn that they threaten to walk right off the page, this is one of those novels that reaches out and grabs readers, pulling us into the middle of the action. With this debut novel, Lynch immediately establishes himself as a gifted and fearless storyteller, unafraid of comparisons to Silverberg and Jordan, not to mention David Liss and even Dickens (the parallels to Oliver Twist offer an appealing extra dimension to the story, although the novel is no mere reimagining of that Victorian classic). Fans of lavishly appointed fantasy will be in seventh heaven here, but it will be nearly as popular with readers of literary crime fiction. This is a true genre bender, at home on almost any kind of fiction shelf. Expect it to be among the year's most impressive debuts. David Pitt
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This is my second time reading this book with about a 10 year interval. Locke is not necessarily a mastermind at his craft but does think pretty quickly as events unfold. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Kindle Customer
Book started slow. Lots of names and unfamiliar concepts. Once that got settled down, it turned into a really great read. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Amazon Customer
It was good. I have to use 17 more words and just wanted to give it 4 stars. 4 stars.Published 5 days ago by Alex Cheng
A rare example of great storytelling, superb character development and creation of a fully-formed world with all the trimmings. Highly recommended.Published 5 days ago by John Tischler
In which an insufferably clever protagonist does a lot of awful things to other people, but we're supposed to forget that because he's the protagonist.Published 6 days ago by Amazon Customer
If your favorite thing about Game of Thrones is Tyrion's witty banter, this is a MUST READ! It's full of that brand of humor, and SO MUCH MORE!Published 7 days ago by D. Cox
Numerous twists and turns, along with an elegantly realized background render this a rather impressive first novel. Read morePublished 7 days ago by L. A. Veronie II
This book was suggested by a friend of mine who is a teacher, I was skeptical because I had never heard of it and consider myself a great lover of some of the more well known... Read morePublished 8 days ago by Citan