So, I’ve started this new series of posts that I’m calling, “Books Off the Shelf”. These are some short book reviews on books quite literally off my book shelves—books I’ve read or listened to. (I do so love audio books.) There is a world of books out there. More than anyone could get to in a lifetime. As my favorite mug states so succinctly, “So Many Books, So Little Time”. I will attempt to give you an idea on some books you might enjoy or not enjoy quite as much without ruining it with too many spoilers.
I’m also trying to give the books a one to ten rating with ten being amazingly the best (or let’s be honest one of the best) books I have ever read and you need to go home sick to buy and read this book without delay and a one being please don’t bother even looking at the cover of this drivel.
If you have suggestions of books to review, please let me know. If it is Science Fiction or especially Fantasy, there is a good chance it is on my shelf.
The Lies of Locke Lamora
by Scott Lynch
Rating: 9 out of 10
An orphan’s life is harsh—and often short—in the mysterious island city of Camorr. But young Locke Lamora dodges death and slavery, becoming a thief under the tutelage of a gifted con artist. As leader of the band of light-fingered brothers known as the Gentleman Bastards, Locke is soon infamous, fooling even the underworld’s most feared ruler. But in the shadows lurks someone still more ambitious and deadly.
Faced with a bloody coup that threatens to destroy everyone and everything that holds meaning in his mercenary life, Locke vows to beat the enemy at his own brutal game—or die trying.
This is an absolute blast of a book to read—exciting turn after exciting turn. The Lies of Locke Lamora is book one of the Gentleman Bastard Series. There are three books out in the series right now, and in my opinion, book one is the best. It is a fascinating mix of a coming of age story and a master thief heist. Lynch bounces back and forth between the story of Locke as a young boy growing up in a world of thieves and crime, receiving an education like-none-other, and the story of Locke as a young man, leading his small gang of Gentleman Bastards, wading into world wroth with change and danger.
Camorr is a fascinating tangle of intrigue, twists, and delights. Lynch has created a world of crime, intricately threaded behind the scenes of the regular city life, the crime world having a whole new set of laws, rules, and codes to abide by—or break at one’s own peril.
Locke and his gang find themselves deep within the pumping heart and the inner workings of this crime world, and are tossed into a situation that even they with all of their abilities may not be able to meet head on.
I recommend this book and really, the whole series, to anyone who plot twists, heists, or Fantasy books in general. It’s a bit like getting the “Ocean’s 11” experience time after time, and in a Fantasy world with magic at play. Straight up it is just a fun book.
Ryan J. Doughan