The Lies of Locke Lamora Part IV

LynchTheLiesOfLockeLamoraWelcome everyone to the read along of Scott Lynch’s Gentlemen Bastard series. Anyone is welcome to join us over at our GoodReads Group! Check out the info at the end of the post.

This week’s hosted by Over the Effing Rainbow. We’re covering the fourth & final 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.

1. Locke returns to finish the Salvara con, after a bit of a trying start. What did you think of the clothes con at Meraggio’s? Entertaining interlude, or timeline nuisance?

The first time I read this, I was very eager to see how things ended and I felt like this clothing heist was a nuisance. But with a reread, I enjoyed it a lot more because it was clever and funny (later when Merragio recognizes his own clothes on Locke at the fancy party). Also, it is a real question for the guys – all their stuff has been burned and what little they have under the alias is locked up tight at the boarding house.

Still, Jean has his Face of Asaguia (spelling?) that he had for some reason. And then I wonder why the guys never developed small stashes throughout the city as Locke and his Streets friends did way back before Locke came into Chains’s keeping. It’s a small plot point and one I am just pondering now on this reread.

And I think this is the first time we have seen Locke screw over a common working man – the waiter whose clothes he borrowed. Yes, he did give him money and head start out of town, but this guy has to leave his whole life behind and might very well be captured, tortured, and killed anyways. Plus, we don’t know if he has a family that might be harmed in all this mess.

2. The plot is back on, and before long Locke and Jean are facing the Falconer – with better results, this time… What were your thoughts on how this confrontation turned out?

Ha! OK, like a bloody, gruesome Ha! But a Ha nonetheless. Locke’s kept his given birth name to himself all these years, which I find interesting. I think last read along, we all did some guessing as to what that could be – we know it’s 5 syllables and probably something slightly embarrassing.

Anyway, it’s a good thing Locke had that small edge and also a good thing the Falconer didn’t have anything else planned as a back up. I felt the Falconer’s punishment was sound. He kept claiming it was all business but we all know he took too much pleasure in his part in the plan. Plus, Locke did leave him alive, so he didn’t break that cardinal rule – Don’t kill Bondsmagi unless you want to live another 100 years as their experimental torture subject.

3. So it turns out that Capa Raza did indeed have bigger fish to fry than just Barsavi. What did you make of Locke’s decision between going after Raza/Anatolius and saving the nobility?

So obviously Locke made the good and right and true decision. He’s a hero and he himself can no longer doubt that. And just a tiny bit of me thinks that Locke really wanted to show up Dona Forchenza (who stuck a needle in his neck not all that long ago) and the rest of the nobility that’s in the know. After all, his efforts to save not just the bulk of the classy in Camorr, but all their children as well makes the high and mighty Spider and her Midnighters look like fools. Yeah, so I think some part of Locke couldn’t pass up that opportunity. How often does such a thing just stroll up anyways?

4. “I just have to keep you here… until Jean shows up.” Locke gets his chance at revenge after all… Thoughts on this final showdown?

I thought it was very fitting that Locke had the Spider send the plague ship (which is really the treasure ship) to the bottom of the bay – Bug, the Twins, and Nazca all deserved a death offering, and a damn fine one at that.

What a bloody mess! Locke was clever to play the ‘Wait til Jean gets here’ card so believably. He took his time engaging the Grey King, let him mess about with the swords, and then allowed the villain to beat him pretty badly before playing it. I think Locke really was hoping Jean would turn up but this worked out well (barring the surgery and physical therapy Locke now obviously needs).

Other Tidbits:

I really enjoyed all the insults traded with the dogleech that is seeing to Locke throughout this section.

I had forgotten that little snippet about how the whores came to be rulers of their own business, but I definitely found it amusing. I’m not exactly sure how it tied in to the bigger picture, but Lynch is so entertaining that I find I don’t mind a few blind alleys in his works.

Oh my! Jean and those Wicked Sisters of his! His fighting abilities, as shown against the Berrangia Sisters, were practical, brutal, and impressive!

When Locke is parting from the Salvaras and Dona Forchenza, he makes fake polite pleasantries, saying things like he hopes they can all be friends even tho he lost the Salvaras a fortune – and Dona Salvara offers to make him a permanent ornament in her alchemical garden. Ha!

Dona Salvara is an alchemical bomb technician! How cool is that! As a side note, there was some discussion last week about how Camorr is a ‘man’s world’. Did this last section change your opinion on that?

Info on the Read Along for Book 2, Red Seas Under Red Skies

So we’re gearing up for a read along of Book 2 starting May 5th. You can catch more info over on the GoodReads SF/F Read Alongs page. Anyone is welcome to join in the fun.

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