Welcome to the second week of The Lies of Locke Lamora read-along. This week’s host is Susan over at Dark Cargo. Thanks for hosting this week!
This segment covers Chapter 3 through the end of the Interlude: The Boy Who Cried for a Corpse.
1) Do you think Locke can pull off his scheme of playing a Midnighter who is working with Don Salvara to capture the Thorn of Camorr? I mean, he is now playing two roles in this game – and thank goodness for that costume room the Gentlemen Bastards have!
When the Midnighter was first introduced, I thought something was up. I have to admit Lynch pulled a nice surprise by having the person revealing Locke is a fraud to be Locke himself. It almost makes me think that Locke may prove to be too clever for his own good.
I do think he can and will pull it off. However, I do think we’ll find a hiccup along the way that Locke doesn’t expect to see coming. And does anyone else think this situation is just begging for a make-up or wardrobe malfunction?
2) Are you digging the detail the author has put into the alcoholic drinks in this story?
A couple of summers ago, I read three quarters of the Long Price Quartet. (I’ve got to get to book four. It’s on my TBR shelf, ironically near where Lies was sitting!)
One detail included in that fantasy series was descriptions of the various dishes eaten by characters. It really helped me connect to the series and the world-creation because, let’s face it, all of us eat and drink. I find myself having a similar reaction to the drinks described in Locke. They help the world-building aspect of the book without feeling like I am being overwhelmed with details.
3) Who is this mysterious lady Gentlemen Bastard Sabetha and what does she mean to Locke?
So far, she seems a lot like Maris on Frasier or Vera on Cheers. I’m wondering if she’ll be spoken of in the book and a definite influence on things but never seen center stage as it were.
4) Are you as creeped out over the use of Wraithstone to create Gentled animals as I am?
In a word, yes.
5) I got a kick out of child Locke’s first meeting with Capa Barsavi and his daughter Nazca, which was shortly followed up in the story by Barsavi granting adult Locke permission to court his daughter! Where do you think that will lead? Can you see these two together?
It made me wonder how Nazca fits into the game Locke is playing. What’s the benefit he gains my courting her? He seems too focused on the game at hand to be distracted by romance.
I have a feeling this will not end well for her–and probably not just a broken heart.
Or could it be that she’s playing Locke as well?
6) Capa Barsavi is freaked out over rumors of The Gray King and, in fact, us readers are privy to a gruesome torture scene. The Gray King is knocking garristas off left and right. What do you think that means?
It seems like we’re getting some foreshadowing of things to come for Locke. (I’m actually a bit ahead of where this week’s read along finishes off, so I’m trying to make sure I don’t include any SPOILERS….)
7) In the Interlude: The Boy Who Cried for a Corpse, we learn that Father Chains owes an alchemist a favor, and that favor is a fresh corpse. He sets the boys to figuring out how to provide one, and they can’t ‘create’ the corpse themselves. How did you like Locke’s solution to this conundrum?
So there are some rules to the game. Or was it more Father Chains just making it harder for Locke? It brings up the question of would Locke kill someone to get what he wanted and/or needed.
Locke’s solution is just a lower grade version of the con he’s pulling with Don Salvara–Locke appearing to be something he’s not to get what he wants. In this case, it’s a dead body and there aren’t any elaborate disguises or plots within plots going on. It’s almost like we see the big con and then in the flashback, we see how Locke built up from this smaller version to the larger version in play as the novel unfolds.
As for Locke’s use of the dead body not only to meet the requirements of Father Chains but also to make back a little money, it all seems to be in keeping with what we’ve established about Locke. He only sees people and things in terms of how they can benefit him.