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It’s Here! “The Lies of Locke Lamora” Read-A-Long, Part 1 (Your Turn to Weigh In!)

The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch Read-Along is here!

Open your books and go – let’s discuss the questions for week one:

  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 re-reading?
  2. At last count, I found three timelines: (a) Locke as a 20-something adult, (b) Locke meeting Father Chains for the first time, and (c) 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?
  3. Speaking of the world, what do you think of Camorr and Lynch’s world building?
  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?
  5. It’s been a while since I read this, and I’d forgotten how much of the beginning of the book is pure setup for the characters, the plot, and the world. Generally speaking, do you prefer setup and world building done this way, or do you prefer to be thrown into the deep end with what’s happening?
  6. If you’ve already started attempting to pick the pockets of your family members — or even thought about it — raise your hand!

You go first with your answers, with one exception: I suspect that my cats are reading over my shoulder. One bit me, and my opposite pocket was suddenly lighter – there’s something about that teamwork that reminds me of something…

These fine blogs also have discussions going on:

In this week’s read-a-long- bonus, we find out about Other Roads Not Taken – who and what Locke and the crew could have been.

Is your blog participating? Tell me about it…

My list making is a bit like Locke’s truth telling, maybe – not so good- but next week, a more comprehensive list of participating blogs!

7 Comments on It’s Here! “The Lies of Locke Lamora” Read-A-Long, Part 1 (Your Turn to Weigh In!)

  1. ohthatashley // March 12, 2012 at 8:07 pm //

    This will teach me to post late… OY.

    This is either my third or fourth re-read of the book, and it stands up to the test. As fast as I read – I reread, or start to – a good many books.

    I love the characters in this book – I’ll start with Locke himself. The fact that he is as cool and calculating as he is is an incredible draw. The sheer “what is he going to do next?” factor played a good deal into my first reading of the book.

  2. I’m in on this read along over at I’ve read the book a few times *cough* 6 *cough* and enjoy it even more each time if that’s at all possible. I’m really enjoying seeing what other people, especially the first timers, think of it.

    • ohthatashley // March 13, 2012 at 3:47 pm //

      ELfy – thanks for stopping by!

      I’m enjoying that myself…

      For some reason I don’t seem to be able to comment on your blog – probably due to my vast technical ignorance, but I think you’re right about the match between Chains and Locke – Chains came off the page for me. I could just see him.

  3. I’m participating in the event as is my real world book club this month.

    Any linkage is appreciated!

  4. oh I LOVE this book so much! the characters, the world, good gods the snarky dialog! it’s hard not to finish the entire book in one all-nighter.

  5. ohthatashley // March 14, 2012 at 8:18 pm //

    hark! a wandering redhead!

    guess who will have her stuff in earlier next time?

    and yes, oh, the snark… the snark.

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