This week’s hosted by There’s Always Room for One More. We’re covering the first section noted below, so beware of spoilers if you have not read that far. I’m doing the audiobook version (which is awesome) but I apologize now for any misspellings of names and such. This is actually my second read along of the book and a third reading of the book. I also apologize for posting late – medical issues have me busy, tired, and not as organized.
1) We get a lot of detail about the city, from architecture and geography to social structure and the Secret Peace – not to mention the food! What do you make of Camorr?
Camorr reminds me a little of Venice – rambling tight streets, multi-tiered houses (some quite old) and water every where. Also, all the street gangs make me think of the various Italian gangs in some Shakespeare plays.
I love the mystery of the Elder glass. How was it made, who made cities out of this stuff, and who could break it apart and basically wipe out all but the few bits of elder glass left? Someone Locke and crew don’t want to tangle with, that’s who!
2) What are your first impressions of the Gentleman Bastards? They are liars and conmen (and proud of it) – but do you think our thieves have hearts of gold?
When I first read this book, I was initially concerned that I wouldn’t particularly like any of the main characters. for instance, I have tried twice to get into the The Stainless Steel Rat series but the main character is pretty narcissistic. That’s not to say that Locke and Chains and the twins and even Jean don’t have large egos, but they are also very entertaining. Chains’s stories and lessons are filled with creative cussing and wisdom. Locke is a touch narcissistic, true, but he’s also loyal to his friends and I believe he has certain lines he won’t cross (that’s how those two bullies in Shades Hills got killed).
So yeah, I’m a wannabe Gentlemen Bastard.
3) Do you find the split timelines a useful device for filling in background without a lot of exposition? Which timeline are you enjoying the most?
I really enjoy my time with Chains, especially since we already know this early on that he won’t be around forever. Plus Chains has big plans for his students and he has this interesting past that is hinted at. He’s this odd, yet awesome, mix of brutal straight talk and supportive advice. Everyone should have an uncle Chains.
4) Has anything taken you by surprise so far?
The shark fighting ladies! The Capa’s theatrical shark tooth! All the glorious food and drink!
I wish I had had steel toed boots as a kid.
Bug in the barrel being rolled home. It was great to see all the guys so worried about him, but also great that they still taunted him a little getting him home safely.
I really like the idea of an alchemical brandy that let’s you enjoy all the flavor, maybe let’s you get a little tipsy, but leaves you free from hangovers the next day. Hooray!
I wonder if the boys have to dress in disguise to go fancy grocery shopping, since their temple is suppose to be fairly meager and they have to avoid catching the Capa’s eye with over spending.
Info on the Read Along
Here’s the schedule:
Wk1 / 7th April: Prologue and Book 1, hosted by There’s Always Room for One More
Wk2 / 14th April: Book 2, Ch 4-6, hosted by There’s Always Room for One More
Wk3 / 21st April: Book 2 Ch 7-8 and Book 3, hosted by Wendy at The Bibliosanctum
Wk 4 / 28th April: Book 4 and Epilogue, hosted by Over the Effing Rainbow
You can catch the weekly questions and links to folks’ weekly posts over at our GoodReads group SF/F Read Alongs. Have a look around and you’ll see we have other upcoming SFF read alongs planned. As always, you’re welcome to be lurker, a commenter, or do your post.