1. If this is your first time reading The Lies of Locke Lamora, what do you think of it so far? If this is a re-read for you, how does the book stand up to rereading?
I’m reading Lies not only for the read along but also for the Obscure References SF/F book club. It’s my first reading, though I tried to read it a couple of years ago when it first came out and it just didn’t quite grab my attention at the time. This time around, I’m enjoying it a lot more and have found it a bit easier to get into it.
2. At last count, I found three time lines: Locke as as a 20-something adult, Locke meeting Father Chains for the first time, and Locke as a younger child in Shades Hill. How are you doing with the Flashback within a flashback style of introducing characters and the world?
In many ways, it reminds me of Lost, which is one of my favorite TV shows of the past couple of years. Since this appears to be a novel about the Gentlemen Bastards pulling cons, watching Locke at different ages and stages of being able to pull off these cons should be interesting. I also think it will be interesting to see if and how the flashbacks inform each other–for example, will Locke learn from the mistakes he makes at a young age. Or will he keep repeating them in new ways as the story progresses?
3. Speaking of the world, what do you think of Camorr and Lynch’s world building?
One of my barriers to enjoying epic fantasy is world building run amok. I don’t mind an author creating a rich tapestry of world, but when we have to describe every leaf on ever tree, it gets a bit tedious. Or every step of the epic journey. (I blame you Tolkein!) So far, Lynch has given us enough to build a world and make it interesting, but not so much that he’s over-describing or filling page after page with endless details that aren’t really necessary. While the sequence of the ladies dancing with the sharks could be seen as padding, I like what it informs about the world and Lynch gives us enough details to help us see what’s going on in the mind’s eye but not so many that it’s become too much.
4. Father Chains and the death offering. . . quite the code of honor for thieves, isn’t it? What kind of person do you think Chains is going to mold Locke into?
I’ll just say I think they’re called the Bastards for a reason. I have a feeling Locke is going to grow up to be fairly selfish.
5. It’s been a while since I read this, and I’d forgotten how much of the beginning of the book is pure set up, for the characters, the plot, and the world. Generally speaking, do you prefer set up and world building done this way, or do you prefer to be thrown into the deep end with what’s happening?
It can go either way. I think it has to occur organically from within the story. I
6. If you’ve already started attempting to pick the pockets of your family members (or even thought about it!) raise your hand.
I can’t honestly say that I have!