- Series: Gentleman Bastards (Book 1)
- Mass Market Paperback: 736 pages
- Publisher: Del Rey; Reprint edition (June 26, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 055358894X
- ISBN-13: 978-0553588941
- Product Dimensions: 4.1 x 1.2 x 6.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 1,610 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,321 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From Publishers Weekly
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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Top customer reviews
The second endearing quality of this book is the banter that occurs between the "Bastards." I have not laughed so hard in years as I did when reading the conversations between the Sanza brothers, the main character, Locke, and of course, Bug.
If you are looking for a good read for those dreary wintertime days and nights, which will have you rolling in the floor with Scott Lynch's humor and storytelling gift, I highly recommend this book. The capers this group of characters get into (and barely escape from) will keep you riveted for hours.
RATING: ★★★★★ / All the many many many stars!
REVIEW: Okay, I think this will actually be a very short review, basically because there are only so many ways for me to say that I loved this book before it gets annoying and redundant.
I listened to the audio version (although I also bought the paperback too, but just never got around to it) as narrated by the incredibly talented Michael Page. Seriously talented. I cannot recommend him enough, his narration is everything and so absolutely perfect for this book. The voices, inflections, and differing intensities are just so good. I could fawn for sentences longer but it's probably not necessary, you get the point.
This book. Oh, this book. I love it, everything about it. Locke and Jean (pronounced in the French way, just an FYI) have become some of my most favored literary characters. The author, Scott Lynch, has created a vivid and interesting world filled with wonderfully explored characters. The book may technically be in the Fantasy genre but it is not so deeply enmeshed that it couldn't also be listed in other genres. In fact, the fantasy elements are such a light touch that it could almost feel like Historical Fiction...which is why I easily recommended the book to my mom (a woman who doesn't really like fantasy elements in adult stories) and she became so drawn into the book that she couldn't put it down. She devoured it even faster than I did.
The author spends just the right amount of words painting us a picture (or pictures) of the fictional city of Camorr but it's truly a character driven book. And the characters are amazing. The dialogue is snappy, witty, heartfelt, and just freaking enjoyable. I laughed and gasped my way through the entire book. It's a grittier Robin Hood-type story but somehow more realistic even in a fantasy world setting. There's also a fair amount of cursing but it feels natural and right for these characters and this world. Funny and heart-racing, I can't wait for more....and luckily there are more books in this series.
It's also not a linear time line telling and Lynch does this fantastically. Cutting back and forth in time using "Interludes" to tell the stories of The Gentleman Bastards and how they came to be the genius team of criminals they are is just good storytelling. Not a lot of authors can accomplish this without losing the drive and flow of the story but Lynch nails it.
Like I said earlier, I could go on and on. I love this book. You should read it. Now excuse me while I go add this to my list of best books ever.