Lies of Locke Lamora Read Along – Part One

Usually I review Asian films but this is the first weekend discussion of The Lies of Locke Lamora read along which was organise by Little Red Reviewer amongst others and I’ve always wanted to read the book so now is the perfect time to do it.


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 rereading?

This is the first time that I have read it and so far I am enjoying it. At first there was a lot of back story and world building but when I got through that and into the meat of the long-con events started to pick up.

2. At last count, I found three time lines:  Locke as as a 20-something adult, Locke meeting Father Chains for the first time, and 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?

No problem on this front. Years of watching films has armed me well for zombie invasions, dramatic court room speeches and flashbacks within flashbacks with a flash-forward to add some spice. At no point was I confused which is a sign of the brilliant crafting that has taken place. I’m also very curious about some of the characters that have been set up who have yet to make an appearance.

3. Speaking of the world, what do you think of Camorr and Lynch’s world building?

From what I’ve read of the book I am enjoying the world that has been created – specifically the way alchemy is used in nature and architecture and the way that the populace of Camorr are inhabiting these intriguing buildings made from “Elder glass”. The word “elder” immediately makes me think Lovecraft and Cthuhu mythos so I’m hooked.

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? 

I suspect that Father Chains is trying to craft Locke into something more than a gentleman thief. Perhaps a super gentleman thief. That poor answer reflects the fact that I have little idea of the direction that his character is heading.
5. It’s been a while since I read this, and I’d forgotten how much of the beginning of the book is pure set up, for the characters, the plot, and the world. Generally speaking, do you prefer set up and world building done this way, or do you prefer to be thrown into the deep end with what’s happening?

I’m not too picky but I like getting thrown into events and discovering the world as the action rolls along. It allows me to work things out on the run.

6. If you’ve already started attempting to pick the pockets of your family members (or even thought about it!) raise your hand.

I would try pickpocketing but I’m too busy watching films. Anyway if watching unhealthy amounts of films and anime has taught me anything it’s that pickpockets are dealt with harshly in Japan.

5 thoughts on “Lies of Locke Lamora Read Along – Part One

  1. Pingback: Lies of Locke Lamora read along, part ONE « the Little Red Reviewer

    1. The Elder glass and alchemy are what make the setting so refreshing. It could have been yet another fantasy take on 16th Century Europe but there ae so many little elements that make it individual.

  2. konban wa! Happy to hear you’re enjoying it!

    I’d sort of latched on to the death offering thing, as it seemed to get my attention more this time than on previous reads. so much of this book is based on consequences, and the avoidance thereof! being a thief is one thing, especially if you never get caught!

    1. Konnichiwa! I agree about consequences being a major point. Whether it’s the Thiefmaker and his lectures about discretion or Chains and revelations about what happens to Locke’s friends, there’s an emphasis on consequences and Locke having to understand them.

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