It’s here and it’s awesome!
Please join us Scott Lynch fans over at Little Red Reviewer today to chat about the beginning of The Lies of Locke Lamora. Little Red Reviewer has provided some awesome questions to get us all talking over tea and cake (because we can be a civilized bunch when making new friends).
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?
This is my first time through and I am very intrigued by it so far. I definitely like how it has a real-world feel, and I enjoy the idea that this could, somewhere, somewhen, be a real story.
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?
I enjoy flashbacks myself. Not my personal life – but in literature. I find it to be a satisfying way to feed info to the readers while still carrying them forward with the main event.
3. Speaking of the world, what do you think of Camorr and Lynch’s world building?
Every time I think I have the world down, Lynch introduces another tidbit, continuing to add depth to the world that is Camorr. This, of course, means there is going to be more oddities and mysteries, right?
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?
Purposeful. The death offering shows the need for self-sacrifice from time to time. This is giving child Locke purpose in life.
5. It’s been a while since I (Little Red Reviewer) 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?
I love set up and world building so that the chipmunks that really run my mind have something to think about when I (and them) can not be reading. I am big at multitasking and having something as intricate as this story to guess upon while typing up boring reports is life-saving. What is Locke going to do next? Where is the author taking us with this or that?
6. If you’ve already started attempting to pick the pockets of your family members (or even thought about it!) raise your hand.
I stole a treat from my dog today – but I don’t think it counts because he was quite aware of my shenanigans!
Little Red Reviewer has some great answers to these questions, so don’t fail to have a peek over there. Feel free to make snarky comments here as well.
The author himself has provided another behind-the-scenes post at his livejournal site:
And check out these other blogs and what they think of the book so far:
Nashville Book Worm
Books Without any Pictures
Lynn’s Book Blog
Beware of the Froggies
My Awful Reviews
Just Book Reading
All I Am – A Redhead
Coffee, Cookies and Chili Peppers