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:
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.
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’.
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