Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch readalong, week 2

This is week two of the LoLL readalong.  This week the questions were supplied by Dark Cargo.   If you’re on twitter? use #lynchmob.

If you haven’t read the LoLL then please be aware that this post will contain spoilers.  The last week’s reading took us through Chapter 3 to 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!
I think he’s being very ambitious, particularly when you weigh is scheme against the fact that the Grey King is running around the place knocking people off willy nilly and nobody seems to know why!  And, also, when you consider that for years the Gentlemen Bastards have not just been pulling elaborate cons but they are also conning Capa Barsavi who thinks they are fairly low key thiefs.   There’s a lot going on with the potential for huge disaster.  I love the costume room – who wouldn’t?

2) Are you digging the detail the author has put into the alcoholic drinks in this story?
I must say that I like the idea of the Brandy that doesn’t give you a hangover!  Although it may be a false blessing as you would have nothing to deter you from over doing it!  Pickled liver anyone??  I’m not sure about the Ginger Scald – I like things to be spicy – but do I really want to drink something that sounds like it’d take the skin off the roof of your mouth?

3) Who is this mysterious lady Gentlemen Bastard Sabetha and what does she mean to Locke?
Don’t think I should really answer this as I’ve already read the book.

4) Are you as creeped out over the use of Wraithstone to create Gentled animals as I am?
It is really creepy – I don’t like the idea of stripping every bit of personality from the animals – they seem to be little more than shells.

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?
Similar to the answer to question 3 – as I’ve already read it’s difficult to answer this question without giving away spoilers.  Although I will say I did enjoy Locke’s first meeting with Nazca – she’s a bit of a handful!  Personally, I don’t think a relationship between the two would ever be able to get around the fact that Locke is Nazca’s Pezon and I think both of them would always be very conscious of that and couple that with the fact that neither of them seem to have any interest in the other on a romantic level then it does seem a bit of a none-starter.

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?
I think he’s very afraid.  He’s holed himself and his children up in an attempt to stay protected but he’s fumbling around in the dark really.  He’s torturing people to death who genuinley don’t seem to know anything and yet he can’t seem to see this – it’s almost as though he’s become a bit panic stricken or hysterical.

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?

This was Locke’s first con!  It was great.  He accomplished the task he was set and actually made money as well.  I suppose I did feel a bit badly for the people in the district of Videnza though – they didn’t seem like a bad lot really.

35 Responses to “Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch readalong, week 2”

  1. Michael

    I’m reading Lies for my real world book club which meets this week. So I have a feeling from this point forward I will be with you in terms of knowing SPOILERs for questions.

    That said, I’m intrigued to see how Lynch handles all the plot threads he has running through the book.

    • lynnsbooks

      One that I can say for sure is things are certainly going to become a lot more complicated! Hope that’s not too spoilery!
      Lynn 😀

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  4. Ines

    I see the brandy that doesn’t give you a hangover is popular over the blogs. 🙂
    It would be great having some of that I must say.

    • lynnsbooks

      Especially seeing as how too much red wine at a ‘farewell’ party last night has left me feeling a bit jaded today!
      Lynn 😦

      • Ines

        He, he, well, that happens. (I should know, I enjoy wine) 😉

  5. scruffymorris

    Your right there is potential for huge disaster. I like seeing all these events building on top of each other waiting for it all to fall apart. It’s fun to see Locke taking it all in his stride.

    • lynnsbooks

      Locke certainly doesn’t seem to be flustered but I suppose you need that ability to work cons. Amusingly he seemed to have his biggest ‘wobble’ when the Capa gave him permission to court his daughter (or more like told him to do so!) – ‘shit, shit, shit, shit, shit’ – was, I think, his response! LOL

  6. nrlymrtl

    Yeah – That Ginger Scald sounds a little much for me too!

    • lynnsbooks

      Yeah, something about the word ‘scald’. I suppose we do have some rather unappetising names for drinks when you consider it – Rum Punch or Whiskey Sour!
      Lynn 😀

  7. Grace

    I’d love some of the no-hangover brandy!

    I’m very curious as to how Locke’s schemes are going to be affected by the whole Barsavi/Gray King business.

    • lynnsbooks

      Tonight, I’m hoping for some no hangover Mojitos!!!!
      Don’t want to spoil anything – but things for Locke are definitely going to be affected by the Barsavi/Gray King affair!
      Lynn 😀

  8. Booky Pony

    One day, there will be a Gentleman Bastards World Convention, and everyone will be so very drunk. 😀

    I just keep wishing Barsavi would listen to Nazca, who really is a voice of reason…

    • lynnsbooks

      I know, you can’t help feeling that Barsavi is unravelling – and not even doing so slowly! Torturing to death all those men who it seemed fairly obvious didn’t know anything just emphasises that.
      A Gentlemen Bastards Convention. Nice.
      Lynn 😀

      • Grace

        A Gentleman Bastards World Convention would be awesome. I wanna come!

      • lynnsbooks

        It would be good – but you could only go if you dress up!! Ha, now we need a costume wardrobe! Fun 😀

  9. Redhead

    i love all the food and drink details, it’s so much better than the generic stew and ale that people often eat and drink in books like this.

    OMG, we NEED a Gentlemen Bastards Convention! I’ll totally show up with a bottle of “502”!

    • lynnsbooks

      Or the other favourite in many books – a jug of red wine with some bread and cheese – not that i’m saying I don’t like those things – but it’s more real having the extra detail.

  10. Ken

    I loved the con. I thought they were just going to grab a body and call it quits because Locke is treading on a very thin line here and if anything goes wrong Father Chains would call in the death mark. Never expected that Locke would go so far beyond what Chains intended him to do.

    • lynnsbooks

      Actually, that’s a good point – Chains could have been annoyed with Locke for stepping outside of his task. It seems he took it in good part – which is a relief. After all it would have been a short book if that death mark had been called in!
      Lynn 😀

  11. Allie

    I think no-hangover alcohol would be a bad thing for me… can we get no-hangover alcohol that also doesn’t damage your liver? Now that would be ideal!

    • lynnsbooks

      I’m going to take it one step further – no hangover alcohol that doesn’t damage your liver, tastes like Champagne, but is calorie free! LOL
      Lynn 😀

      • Allie

        Oh, I like the way you think! If only this were possible 🙂

  12. TBM

    I could have used the no hangover alcohol last night…Hope you are having a great weekend…Sorry I missed out on this groupread. Sounds fun!

    • lynnsbooks

      I’m sorry you’re not along for this one. I would have enjoyed your comments.

      I’m having a good weekend and hope you are too?

      BTW – meant to ask you – how many languages do you speak? You seem to get a variety on your blog so just wondered.

      Lynn 😀

  13. Genki Jason

    I love the way the situation just keep getting even bigger and Locke is willing to tackle it. The situation is very fluid and with so many moving pieces and egos you just know that something is going to go wrong which has me excited about the next part of the read-along. I also have so theories on who the Gray King is so I’m eager to see this ninja type person in action.

    • lynnsbooks

      OMG there’s so much to look forward to yet! Loving the ninja reference – pretty spot on for people flitting over the roof tops!

      Checked out your blog last night – very cool and great graphics!

      Lynn 😀

  14. Amy

    Wait?! You know the answer to the Sabetha enigma?! This is probably one of the most interesting things in the story for me, mostly because I love spoilers and want to know whoshe is and what she did to Locke.

    I’m with you on the ginger scald. Anything that will strip skin from the roof of my mouth is not something I would want to partake in. Although, the brandy that doesn’t give you a hangover might be something to try.

    • lynnsbooks

      Ha, ha, NNNNNOOOOOooooooo. I wish I did know the answer to the enigma. This is just my tiny brain making ridiculous things up as I go along – please don’t give them any credence because (if I was to bet) I’m sure I’ll be wrong! Let’s pretend it’s a spoiler – except, if in book No.3 it turns out to be true I want all due credit, or course – LOL.

      Champagne without the hangover is what I’m holding out for!

      Lynn 😀

  15. Froggy

    I kind of like seeing the Capa afraid, torturing people and feeling quite paranoid about the Grey King. I also finished the book so well, I know just as you do that maybe he’s not so wrong to freak out, but I really liked how the author showed it.
    And Sabetha, gosh, it’s killing me to wait to know more about her! I almost want to read the 3rd book excerpt again but that would be plain torture.
    Impatience is so bad… I can’t help it!!

    • lynnsbooks

      Impatience is really bad – if I hadn’t already read this book I’m not sure I would be able to wait to read it all in one go – that being said I would be scared to give away spoilers so on the reread I’m sticking strictly to the sections specified.
      To be honest I can’t remember being really intrigued about Sabetha the first time I read it – but she’s certainly caught everyone’s attention now. I am definitely looking forward to book No.3 and being in Locke’s company again.

      Lynn 😀

      • Grace

        I’m not even letting myself touch the book until Thursdays so that I won’t read ahead. I wanna be able to guess what’s going to happen next during the discussions, but it’s so hard to put it down!

      • lynnsbooks

        I know – I’m doing the same – don’t laugh, I know I’ve already read this but I’ve forgotten a lot of the detail and I’m sticking to the chapters because the thing I find is that if I’ve read ahead, it’s not just that I might give away spoilers, but it spoils the answers for me as well – because I already know the answer – that was not very eleoquently said was it. I know that you know what I mean. LOL Lynn 😀

      • Grace

        I know exactly what you mean, lol. The discussions are so much better when the details are still fresh in your mind.

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