The Lies of Locke Lamora Read Along, Week Four

This week’s introduction is courtesy of Little Red Reviewer, who is hosting the read-along. She says it far better than I could.

It’s time again for The Lies of Locke Lamora Read-along.   This week’s questions are courtesy of Ashely over at SF Signal.

Make sure to tweet Ashley at @ohthatashley and let her know how much you are enjoying the readalong. If you never listened to the SF Signal podcast, I highly suggest it, they do some awesome stuff, including having our favorite dark fantasy author as a Sword & Sorcery discussion panel member.

In other Scott Lynch News, he’s got another super spiffy behind the scenes bonus on his Livejournal , and he recently did an interview on the Sword and Laserpodcast. Oh, it gets even better!  Next Wednesday evening, he’ll be doing the AMA (Ask Me Anything) on the Reddit Fantasy subreddit

1.      In the chapter “A Curious Tale for Countess Amberglass” we learn of the tradition of the night tea in Camorr. I found that not so much fantastical as realistic – how about you?

Looking back over this section, one line really jumped out at me.  It’s from Dona Vorchenza when she says, “Give advice at forty and you’re a nag. Give it at seventy and you’re a sage.”

But that’s not really answering the question, is it?  I find the night tea fits in with a lot of the rest of the novel.  Dark things happen at night.  Secrets are shared and traded.  And horrible things happen to certain characters.   So, it only makes sense that the tea would happen then as well.

2.      When Jean meets with what will become the Wicked Sisters for the first time, the meeting is described very much like how people feel when they find their true work or home. Agree? Disagree? Some of both?

Some of both.

3.      Salt devils. Bug. Jean. The description is intense. Do you find that description a help in visualizing the scene? Do you find yourself wishing the description was occasionally – well – a little less descriptive?

Again, Lynch has this masterful skill of giving us just enough details to let the imagination fill in the rest of the details.  Earlier in the novel, this was fun because it allowed us to visualize the world he was creating.  Here, it allows us to fill in details of the horrible fate meeting Bug and Jean.  It reminds me of Pyscho and the famous shower scene where Hitchcock achieves more by the rapid cuts and allowing the imagination to take over rather than by actually showing the details.  A lot of people will swear to you that they see details in that scene that just aren’t on the film.

4.      This section has so much action in it, it’s hard to find a place to pause. But…but.. oh, Locke. Oh, Jean. On their return to the House of Perelandro, their world is turned upside down. Did you see it coming?

Given the fate that Nazca met, I figured the only one safe to make it to the very end is Locke.  But I’m not even counting on him making it out of the book.  (Or at least I wasn’t.  I’ve finished so I know how…and here come the SPOILER police to stop me from ruining it for those of you who haven’t finished it yet)

5.      Tavrin Callas’s service to the House of Aza Guilla is recalled at an opportune moment, and may have something to do with saving a life or three. Do you believe Chains knew what he set in motion? Why or why not?

I don’t necessarily knew Chains knew specifically what he’d set in motion.  But I think he had an idea something like this would happen.

6.      As Locke and Jean prepare for Capa Raza, Dona Vorchenza’s remark that the Thorn of Camorr has never been violent – only greedy and resorting to trickery – comes to mind again. Will this pattern continue?

I think Locke is like an animal–if he’s pushed into a corner and the only way out is to fight, he’ll fight. But he seems like he’d far rather rely on his own ingenuity and planning to get out of a situation that resorting to brute force.

7.      Does Locke Lamora or the Thorn of Camorr enter Meraggio’s Countinghouse that day? Is there a difference?

In Locke’s mind, they’re still separate identities.  But in terms of the threads beginning to tighten around him and people figuring things out, that may not be the case much longer.

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15 responses to “The Lies of Locke Lamora Read Along, Week Four

  1. Oh no Michael – have you gone to Spoiler Jail or did you have a ‘get out of spoiler jail free card’!
    I like your Psycho reference – I think some things are best left to the imagination and Lynch is a master of where to draw the line! (either that or I’m just totally in the group ‘Ican’tfindanyfaultwithLynchoranythinghedoesandamatotalgroupie’
    Lynn :D

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  4. nrlymrtl

    I think in the case of the Grey King, Locke is a little more than an animal fighting for his life. He is planning, vowing. He wants this death on this hands. Granted, the Grey King had to (hopefully) bite off more than he could chew, hence pushing Locke to this point.

    • Mhm. Locke won’t kill without being provoked after those accidents as a kid, but the Grey King just killed most of his friends and left him to drown in a barrel of horse-piss. I think that what Barsavi did in that torture scene will be tame compared to the fate that Capa Raza will face when Locke gets his hands on him. That is, unless the Eldren come back and beat him to it.

    • He’s definitely cornered and coming out swinging. It’s interesting to see how the plan had devolved over the course of the story. Locke started out so calm and calculating. Now a few monkey wrenches are thrown into the equation and he’s slowly losing his grip.

  5. I hope Locke ends up relying on his ingenuity. Father Chains definitely tried to teach him that brute force was not one of his strong points.

  6. realbooks4everstephanie

    I thought Bug, Calo, and Galdo would at least make it to the end of book 1!

  7. realbooks4everstephanie

    I thought Bug, Calo, and Galdo would at least make it through book 1!

  8. Aha! So I wasn’t the only one (who had to read through the end to see what happens). :)
    And I completely agree on no. 6. Locke in my mind would always rather outwit someone than resort to brutality (not just because he is small and rather weak compared to Jean but because it doesn’t necessitate much of his brain power).

  9. Looks like the Gray King has provoked Locke to fight like a cornered tiger. Locke has never had anyone take something this special from him. Sure, he’s been shaken down. sure, he’s had trinkets and money and time taken from him. but family? no one has ever done that, and I wonder if the Gray King didn’t quite realize how Locke would react.

    And the Psycho reference? excellent! i KNOW there are details in both the scene with the salt devils and the scene back at the glass cellar that I remember, that aren’t in the actual book. but in my mind, those extra details are there.

    • Yeah, I am sure I’ve inserted a few extra details myself that aren’t on the printed page.

      It makes me think that if there were ever a movie version of this book, it really wouldn’t compare to the one I’ve created in my imagination.

      • I think that’s the difficulty sometimes with Books to Film. As readers we get so invested in the story and the characters and usually there’s nothing visual just your imagination – and you let it run amok – the film then has such a lot to live up to. Even just the characters – it’s difficult to please everybody with who you eventually choose because we’ll all have a different vision in our heads for each one.
        Lynn :D

  10. Dark things happen at night: yes, and during the day too! The tea/conspiracy scene was nice but I couldn’t really care at that moment, I was too interested in Locke’s fate.
    I can’t remember if I read the second book pitch before finishing the first but I was quite sure Locke would make it, he’s the hero after all!

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