Red Seas Under Red Skies by Scott Lynch, readalong week 2

Red Seas Under Red Skies

Red Seas Under Red Skies

Just finished reading the second installment of Red Seas Under Red Skies.  This week’s reading was pretty impressive – more quotes than you can shake a stick at – ‘bend over and bite your own arse’ is my particular favourite (plus ‘haven’t you ever had a lady tell you to get down and use your tongue!!).  What about that wasp fighting scene – it gave me the heebeejeebys – I got stung by a wasp a couple of days ago and it’s still itchy, maybe it’s imagination but I could swear it was worse when I was reading that bit.  The readalong is being hosted by the Little Red Reviewer who this week also provided the questions and it’s not too late to join the fun.  So, let’s begin.. (oh, beware yee who enter here there be spoilers ahead!)

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.

I think they’re a very professional hard assed pair!  Funnily enough I don’t dislike them at all.  I mean I don’t love them but I do like the parts they play.  Particularly Selendri – she’s a real no holds barred don’t suffer fools type of gal!  Locke has certainly found himself in a couple of tricky positions up in the tower and facing a potential shortcut to the ground floor.  Luckily, he’s a quick thinker!  I was wondering what game exactly he was playing with Selendri – is he trying to schmooze her – I don’t see that working particularly as her and Requin seem very loyal.

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

A Ginger Scald.  Only kidding!   Gods, this is a tough one, I think ‘ll have a slightly amended version of the poison that was referred to where you can eat whatever you want but not take any nourishment – okay I want to take the nourishment (obvs) but maybe not the fat!  I feel like a kid in a sweet shop.  I don’t know what to answer this one with and when I read everyone’s else’s answers I’ll be like (doh) ‘why didn’t I think of that’.  I’m going to think on it a bit more…  actually, not to appear like a raging lush, but I wouldn’t mind a bottle of that wine that Requin poured that keeps changing flavour and colour, one minute drinking a ruby red and the next a sparkling white, yum!

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

Oh my god – it’s absolutely awful.  I felt exactly like Locke standing on the edge watching in horror, can’t drag my eyes away from the book and basically just thinking ‘wtf’.  I had just such mixed feelings about the whole affair.  On the one hand these people willingly go there and undergo this abuse, on the other hand we have these nobles who think this is entertainment, then we have Locke and Jean who are pulling these complicated heists, basically throwing money around as though it’s going out of fashion – so you have all these different angles to it.  I can see the horror, but then I can’t help say what are these people thinking of putting themselves through this – and lets face it they’re not all desperate.  It’s all like different levels of greed and desire or something.  Still very uncomfortable to read about and here’s to hoping that Locke and Jean knock it on the head!

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?

I think he’s scared of not being remembered.  He thinks he’s going to make a difference and probably sees everyone remembering him as the ‘one’ who started to make the difference.  He’s clearly got some sort of deep rooted dislike of the Bondsmagi – all will eventually be revealed!!!!

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

Strangely enough I do remember what’s going on here and I’m finding it difficult to answer without being a spoilery so and so.  I tell you what though – these two walk on the wild side.  They are constantly being attacked.  But it makes for some damn fine reading.

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

This is going to be hilarious.  Locke has no sea legs at all and gets sea sickness.  Jean is just going to chill and get on with it.  But, Locke is going to hate it.  He is going to be out of his element but he is the consumate actor and his experience will come through.

So, onto the next chapters – I’m looking forward to getting out to sea!

Thanks for the questions Andrea

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31 Responses to “Red Seas Under Red Skies by Scott Lynch, readalong week 2”

  1. Genki Jason

    Selendri and Requin’s relationship is really… I’m tempted to say beautiful but it seems like the wrong word. They are totally dedicated to each other and it seems like they would sacifice themselves for each other. It reminds me of the Salvara’s from the first book. How Locke is going to get between the two is hard to fathom! Salon Corbeau was pretty horrific. The fact that the nobles can do anything to pieces removed from the board is bad. They have twisted imaginations.

  2. lynnsbooks

    Actually, there is something sort of ‘beautiful’ about their relationship. I can see why you would think it seems like the wrong word but in another sense it’s the best word possible.
    Salon Corbeau was awful – why would anybody think that is entertaining. Beggars belief.
    Lynn 😀

  3. Ken

    So far Locke and Jean seems to be handling themselves in the practice runs. I can’t wait to see if Locke can really act like a captain once he’s out at sea.

    • lynnsbooks

      I have faith in him! But you just know it’s not all going to go smoothly – nothing ever does for Locke!
      Lynn 😀

      • Genki Jason

        Part of the fun is seeing how he gets himself out of a mess. Most of the fun is seeing him get into one. I pity Jean having to suffer alongside him on that ship and with nowhere to run.

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  5. Amy

    Locke’s turn as a captain is going to be funny! I can’t picture it but I do think it’s going to be crazy hilarious. Poor Jean. Always covering up for Locke and I think he’s going to be doing a bit of that on the ship too.

    • lynnsbooks

      Funny thing is, I’m not sure how Locke would have survived all these years without Jean – he always seems to be coming to the rescue! Can’t wait for the whole piracy thing.
      Lynn 😀

  6. scruffymorris

    I’m looking forward to finding out what Archon has against the Bondsmagi. I think there’s going to be more to it than just a simple contest for power.

    • lynnsbooks

      Perhaps he doesn’t like the Bondsmagi because they have such a monopoly on the magical systems. I think you’re right, nothing ever seems to be simple in a Lynch novel!
      Lynn 😀

  7. Akshay Bakshi

    I wonder what the Bondsmagi did to get on the Archon’s bad side. They seem to piss off people pretty easily but it would be interesting if Lynch reveals the backstory. Also, why doesn’t the dictator have a wife?

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    • lynnsbooks

      Well, the Bondsmagi are pretty arrogant bastards. I don’t suppose there are many people (if any at all) who actually like them. And, they have no scruples, they’re just hired mercanaries really when you think about it!
      Lynn 😀

  8. SueCCCP (@SueCCCP)

    Do you think a crew will follow a captain that has to have a bucket next to him at all times? 😀

    • lynnsbooks

      I really don’t know how he’s going to manage – he was so ill during his last sea journey! Things are not going to be easy. Just thinking about it Locke isn’t very happy unless his feet are on terra firma – he doesn’t like heights either. I think Locke and Jean are going to struggle, a lot, to keep a crew on the waves on their side. It should be fun.

      Lynn 😀

      • Redhead

        He needs the alchemical version of Dramamine! maybe if he has enough cats on board he won’t get seasick?

        also, whose crazy idea was it that having cats on a ship would be a good idea?

      • lynnsbooks

        Those cats must be terrified – bet they won’t be hungry though – lots of rats on board!
        Lynn 😀

      • RealBooks4ever

        @redhead Yeah! There has to be some kind of alchemical version of Dramamine!
        I think cats were always on ships back in the day.

      • lynnsbooks

        It kind of makes sense that there would be cats on board – and also maybe from a superstitious point of view as well as a practical one. I don’t imagine the cats were too happy about it though!
        Lynn 😀

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  10. nrlymrtl

    Lush away! I wouldn’t mind having a fantastic little drink while strolling around the Artificer’s booths, window shopping. We know they have at least 1 drink seller in the area. Sun bonnet stroll anyone?

    • lynnsbooks

      I must admit that Lynch has some great imagination when it comes to his alcoholic drinks!
      Lynn 😀

  11. Allie

    I was wondering about Locke’s seasickness, too! Maybe all the time practicing being a sailor will have helped him get some sea legs?

    • lynnsbooks

      I hope so. The pair of them are going to take us on a crazy trip though!
      Lynn 😀

  12. Redhead

    On your trip to the Artificers’ crescent pick me up a bottle of that wine as well! 😀

    Selendri and Requin need their own novel, well, mostly Selendri. She definitely doesn’t suffer fools! she’s been through the ringer, and really nothing Locke says to her is going to register. Requin will never trust the Gents without Selendri vouching for them, and she certainly is never going to lie to Requin either.

    uggh, Salon Corbeau, what a train wreck. Locke is getting a filthy taste of how wealth doesn’t buy morals, or happiness. I know the people who travel there have a chance of getting some gold, but so many don’t! no matter your desperation level, why would a poor person ever go there?

    • lynnsbooks

      Salon Corbeau is the pits! And, you better get over to the crescent pdq – I’m planning on buying more than one bottle!!

      Selendri is great, I really like her – we need to think of someone who fits the part – we already have Andy Garcia, now we need his counterpart! LOL
      Lynn 😀

      • Redhead

        Tilda Swinton? she’s totally bad-ass!

      • lynnsbooks

        You certainly wouldn’t mess with her!
        Lynn 😀

  13. Grace

    Speaking of the wasp scene, I find it interesting that Locke said the prayer over the man’s body before leaving. That paired with his reaction to Salon Corbeau leads me to believe that he’s a better person than he wants to be and that he does have certain morals that drive him.

    • RealBooks4ever

      I think losing Bug and the twins cut him to the core and now he looks at the world in a different way.

  14. Froggy

    How I would love to see Locke shmooze anything out of Selendri! 😀
    I can’t remember the “mysterious attacks” part, shame on me (I read it only few months ago!) but at least I’ll still enjoy the surprise. I DO remember how Locke is gonna hate to be a pirate though, so much fun ahead!!

    • lynnsbooks

      I know – the pirate bits are so funny!
      And, you’re right I don’t see anybody shmoozing Selendri!
      Lynn 😀

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