Red Seas Under Read Skies Readalong Part II

Welcome back everyone! I hope you didn’t sprain anything in this past week’s read; I know there were parts that had me laughing out loud, exclaiming out loud, ‘No freaking way!’, and jumping out of bed to go harass My Main Man about a plot point.

This week’s questions were provided by Little Red Reviewer, so make sure to stop over there and see what she’s up to. No, I don’t need you to report back on her questionable activities. She’s quite good at documenting her own indiscretions, so I am sure I will read about them later.

1) Now that we know a little more about Selendri and Requin, what do you think of them? I worry Locke is suddenly realizing this con might be a bit tougher than he expected.

2) Isn’t the Artificers’ Crescent just amazing?  If you could purchase anything there, what would it be?

3) What did you think of  Salon Corbeau and the goings on that occur there? A bit crueler than a Camorri crime boss, no?

4) The Archon might be a megalomaniacal military dictator, but he thinks he’s doing right by Tal Verrar: his ultimate goal seems to be to protect them.  What do you think he’s so afraid of?

5) And who the heck is trying to kill Locke and Jean every few days?  They just almost got poisoned (again!)!

6) Do you really think it’s possible for a city rat like Locke to fake his way onto a Pirate ship?

Other Folks Playing Along:

Genkinahito’s blog
Lynn’s Book Blog
My Awful Reviews
Books Without Any Pictures
Travels Through Iest
Booky Pony
Nashville Book Worm
Paperless Reading
Scruffy Fiction
I Want Life In Every Word

My Witty Answers:

1) Selendri and Requin are driven people. In The Lies of Locke Lamora, Locke and crew tried to pull one over on a noble couple, who sensed something might not be as it should and asked for advice. Which upspun some of Locke’s plans. He is going to have to do better than that in this one if he wants to keep Selendri and Requin fooled. Also, if he ever does manage to get under Selendri’s skirts, he’s going to have to make extra sure she doesn’t rough him up too bad…. in a good, but incapacitating, way.

2) Shielding. And hidden weapons. And padding.  Perhaps a built in wire rope with grapples for those sudden falls.

3) Such cruelty cuts two ways; demeaning folks in such ways also demeans one’s inner spirit. A person becomes less by participating, and perhaps to less extent, even watching and doing nothing. It was interesting to see how this twisted chess game touched Locke. With the direction this story is going, I am hoping for some serious retribution to befall the nobles of Salon Corbeau.

4) I am guessing the Archon has read too many histories. He can see the power in Karthain and the possibility for it to become the central power in a larger empire. I would guess he has personal reasons for setting Tal Verrar to challenge this power eventually.

Also, I think he just likes to tinker with his toys, like any brat that hasn’t finished growing up. That artificial forest gave him so much pride and joy.

5) These dudes need to be more careful if we want to see them in the 3rd book. Shall we make a list of who wants Locke and Jean dead? Requin (if he knows),  Karthain (after they suffer), and whoever they left alive and pissed off in Camorr (I am wondering if there is a demented and handicapped Berangia sister left alive?).

6) Nope. He’s going to have to do some fast talking about his sudden need for a career change and convince a pirate crew he has something special to bring to the table – like how to sack Salon Corbeau. That’s my guess and I am chomping at the bit to find out how he pulls this all off.

Other Tidbits:

Stiletto wasps? Really? Sounds like something that evolved in the desert Southwest.

Who has guesses about the secrets of those chairs? Do they fold out into ladders? Do they come together to form a cage? Hmm….

Kittens! Well, I feel for Lively, even tho he probably doesn’t care.

How about Trav the failure of a highwayman? My Main Man put it so well: ‘Lynch’s work can be so silly, so slapstick, so Quentin Tarantino, that it is the perfect entertainment’.

The Schedule:

SF Signal:  Part 3 – Chapter 7 thru end of Chapter 10; posts go up May 12

Darkcargo: Part 4 – Chapter 11 thru end of chapter 13; posts go up May 19

Lynn’s Book Blog: Part 5 – Chapter 14 to the end, posts go up May 26

Part I

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25 thoughts on “Red Seas Under Read Skies Readalong Part II

  1. How about a weapon that is foolproof (would suit me then!) – something like a crossbolt where the bolts can’t miss the intended target – okay, it’s cheating but….
    And, what was with the Archon with his artificial forest – he was so pleased with himself about it – get over it and go and walk around a real forest instead of playing with your toys.
    I love Lynch’s imagination. The scene with the wasps was another great example – what on earth that young noble was thinking of getting in their knowing that he had to defeat over a hundred! I would bet that nobody has ever conquered in that situation.
    Lynn :D

    • I think the noble had an idea that he might suffer a worse death than by stiletto wasp if he didn’t get in that cage! Requin doesn’t seem to be the ‘Forgive all debts’ kind of guy.

    • Lynch definitely has a strong imaginative sense for coming up with so many different ways to torture people! I’m on my guard because nobody’s died yet in this book.

  2. I didn’t quite see the point of the very cool fake forest: it isn’t public enough to be an effective demonstration of his power. Unless there is something more sinister about it that we don’t know yet.

    A live Berangia sister: I hadn’t thought of that, although I suspect that she would want to finish them off personally, or at least be present to watch them die.

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  4. The Archon has too much love for his toys. At least he knows the technology at his disposal isn’t enough to challenge the Bondsmagi… yet. Seriously, clockwork soldiers or scorpion hawks? Those monster birds are scarier!

  5. “She’s quite good at documenting her own indiscretions, so I am sure I will read about them later.”

    hey, wait a minute. . . . I resemble that remark!

  6. Requin and Selendri are definitely going to be way tougher to con than the Salvara’s. Requin is completely cold hearted to people he doesn’t trust, and he sure doesn’t trust Locke. and Selendri? I just feel really bad for her. Requin will do anything for her, but even he can’t make limbs grow back. I wonder if the Bondsmagi have figured out how to do that?

    Lynch has a really sick sense of humor, and I love every word of it!

    • My man has already finished this book, and he is enjoying me reading certain tidbits out to him here and there. The Cats! That whole situation with the kitten for training had us laughing out loud!

  7. Oh, I’m definitely wondering about those chairs! I kept considering the possible choices as it’s probably something to help with the getting into vaults but I can’t figure out what it is.

    • Oh yes, that has my head pondering, when I should be paying attention to work, or traffic. What could you build into a set of 4 chairs that would be useful for this? Restraints? Hideyholes for small tools/poisons? Hmmm… Oops! I am not paying attention to dinner, so guess who is about to learn how to use a fire extinguisher!?!

  8. Oh I like the answer to 6, linking the piracy to deal with some other thing he wants to deal with (was it on the coast?) he’s clever enough to find a way to link the two. He just hasn’t really thought about it yet, I guess its hard when you’re spending all your spare time learning a whole new skill set :)

    • New skill set indeed! My paperback has a map, and Salon Corbeau is definitely on the coast. If I was tasked to pillage and steal and burn, that would be on the top of my list.

  9. I’m also hoping that between their plans and schemes that our heroes will have some time to bring down the Salon.

    Stiletto wasps actually reminded me of The Hunger Games!

  10. Kittens! And it’s only the beginning, we’ll soon be sourrounded (yay)!
    It’s true that the Archon is a brat (I think he’s crazy, like power-crazy) but the speech about Karthain and Alchemy, that was a pretty nice way to fit it in the story. I’m thinking this is the first stone towards the big End, which shall be fabulous!

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