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- Print Length: 439 pages
- Publisher: 47North; Reprint edition (October 8, 2013)
- Publication Date: October 8, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00D7JWTTQ
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #62,746 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The Palace Job (Rogues of the Republic Book 1) Kindle Edition
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About the Author
In 2005, Patrick joined BioWare's writing team in Alberta, Canada. Since then, he’s worked on all three games in the Mass Effect trilogy, where he helped write characters like Mordin, Tali, and Samantha Traynor. He is now working with the Dragon Age team on the third game in the critically acclaimed series, and he has written tie-in fiction for both series, including Tali’s issue in the Dark Horse “Mass Effect: Homeworlds” series and Dragon Age: Masked Empire, an upcoming novel to be released in July 2014.
Patrick lives in Edmonton with his wife Karin, his two Lego-and-video-game-obsessed sons, and (currently) nine rescued animals. In his spare time, he takes on unrealistic Lego-building projects, practices Kenpo Karate, and embarrasses himself in video games.
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In fact, there are important differences between the two books, though the evident similarities make them harder to see at first.
the names of the MCs and that they:
are fighting a corrupt oligarchy,
were driven to it by the murder of their families
have gathered a group of creative thieves to right the wrongs done them.
writing style--Lynch has an edge that Weekes lacks. Scott Lynch writes with gay ferocity, his humor is often bleak and he has a heart for violence. Locke is decidedly the books' main character, a swashbuckling rogue of few principles partnered with his equally gifted friend, Jean, who serves as a critical counterbalance when Locke's manic-depressive tendencies send him into orbit or down the abyss.
Aside from being female, Lock is completely different from Locke: first off, she's a fine leader who cares about her troop and draws strength from their competence and camaraderie. She stays clear on her original objective, while Locke has a tendency to add unnecessary -- but personally satisfying and aesthetically pleasing -- elaborations to his plans. Locke is the center about whom everyone and everything turns, while Lock always works as part of the group, and not necessarily as the most important part either. There's violence in Weekes' story, but it's treated as rather ordinary. People fight and get hurt, a few are threatened with torture and some get killed, but for the most part, it isn't operatic, just what needs to happen to forward the plot.
They really are different books, and though it's nowhere near as deep and singular as The Lies of Locke Lamora, The Palace Job is a fun and well-written story with a host of interesting characters and its own peculiar slant on morality and seeing justice served.
Imagine if 'Oceans 11' got a lot more diverse and was transported to a well-plotted fantasy universe. Like you might expect, the story is more about plot and humor than driven by character, but still the characters were anything but flat. Each acted according to his or her predisposition, and despite the number of them they never blended together. This is a fun, fast paced, outrageous story, kind of like the A Team with a magic system. I regularly struggled not to keep my husband up, chuckling as I stayed awake reading past my usual bed time.
Language/Sexual Content: I merged these categories because pretty much the only foul language was sexual humor, and just about the only sexual content is innuendo and coarse jesting. For example, there's a unicorn whose goal in life is to seduce virgins, but nothing is ever actually described. One character consistently distracts his opponents by claiming to have been spending 'quality time' with their mothers. Another is a love priestess and spends her days trying to help people find romance. If you're sensitive to that sort of thing, this isn't the book for you because there's a lot of it. Personally, I admit that some of it was funny and the rest of it was easy to gloss over. The only exception is in one part of one book where an evil Satyr came into the story and for a short bit the story got a dark, illicit feel to it, but fortunately that didn't last for long.
Violence: Lots of hand to hand combat. I'm trying to remember any really gruesome, explicit content, but I can't.
Overall Message/Plot: I'm going to say this is an overwhelmingly plot-centered story, and well done. It's wonderfully diverse, keeps you on your toes, and still manages to keep consistent, endearing characters. I'll reread it at some point.
Also, an aside worth mentioning: The author is a white guy. I only mention that because the main characters are shades of brown and when I read the book I assumed the author was a person of color. Why? Because I don't often find characters of color filling the leading roles in books not written by people of color, and if I do, it seems the authors are women like me who have somewhere along the way developed a vested interest in diverse stories. (Yes, I know there are exceptions, but they're exceptional enough to make note of.) I wish I had a good way of reaching Mr. Weekes because I would absolutely love to know what inspired him to write diverse characters, and to tell him how much it means to me that the pool of non-white heroes is growing. It's important for my son to grow up seeing his own skin reflected on powerful (if flawed) world-savers.
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Other people have already made parallels to Terry Pratchett, and I can see definite glimmers in there.. It's no copy of the style and transplant; it's definitely it's own, but with a wit that's sharp enough to make a thoroughly decent deli sandwich, characters that all have their own drives and personality and places where I flat out laughed aloud...
It treads the line between believable fantasy and humour.. The odd nod towards grittiness, combined with a high fantasy flavour.
There's nothing I've encountered that breaks the suspense of disbelief that can drag you out of a book, so this is one that's easy to pick up, read away, and scare other passengers on public transport with a wicked grin that'll be appearing on your face from time to time as trundle along with the exploits of the team. A definite recommend from me!
This is a good fun adventure story, not really laugh out loud, although I did on a couple of occasions, but after the first couple of chapters I found myself really enjoying it and wanting to find out what happened next.
I've just finished rereading all 3, and I think enjoyed them even more this time around.