Book Review: The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch

So as university gets underway, I figured I’d better get to reading more as well. Keep in mind that I’ve been really lazy about that and instead wasted my time playing video games more than reading, and I missed these trips into amazing-villes filled with unique characters, worlds, and plots.

I’m going to be straight up with you: this book is one I fully intend to read multiple times with pen in hand, to see just how Lynch managed to pull off everything he did, because wow. (That’s more or less grammatically correct now you know.)

Plot

Locke Lamora is no ordinary thief. He performs complicated trickeries on the highbrow nobility, cheating them out of their money in the most inventive and embarrassing ways — so they’ll never tell a soul he did it. Convenient, all things considered. But of course a setup like that is never flawless, and things get interesting when new players come onto the board and cause Locke and his Gentleman Bastards to trip up.

Seriously I can’t do this plot justice. It has the coolest and most strangely realistic fantasy city you will ever read about, snarky thieves that fuck up brilliantly, and a lot of fun twists that build up on one another like a house of cards — sometimes falling apart in a similar fashion. On purpose and with amazing style.

What I Liked

Everything. The characters, the setting, the ridiculous level of detail in the writing itself, the plot, the ending, the personalities, the heists, the complications, the imperfections and fuck-ups both Locke and his enemies make. Everything.

Except…

The interludes in the past between present-time chapters. They were ALWAYS relevant. Always, so I never skipped them, but some lingered a little too long and really, really, really broke the flow of the action towards the end. It’s the ONLY flaw. Seriously.

Rating: 5/5 stars

Read: if you like thought-out fantasy that isn’t typical and yet familiar in all the right places, sassy thieves, and well thought-out plot and characters.

Don’t read: if you don’t like outside the norm fantasy, cursing, and flawed as hell characters.

There is nothing else I can say other than GO TRY IT. You won’t see me this enthusiastic about a book if I didn’t adore it, and obviously that means something right? (Right.)

How Often Should You Self-Publish Your Novels?

Google self-publishing. Do it now. The results are staggering and, often, very helpful. And, as always, confusing at the same time. There are so many options, which I think is great. Options writers never had before! It’s a beautiful thing.

No, my question isn’t how to self-publish, it’s how often. Let’s use my Modified trilogy as an example. Dominant Race is scheduled to come out at the end of the month. The sequel, New Fate, could be ready and publishable by the end of July, maybe early August, and the third novella, Selfish Nature, could be ready by October. If I really pushed myself I could have a novella out June, July, and August. But is that too much too fast? I have nothing else ready after those novellas (well, nothing that’s of publishing quality aside from short stories).

So how do you set your self-publishing pace? How frequently do you publish?