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Welcome to the first part of our read along of The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, part 1! This week’s discussion questions were provided by Susan from Dab of Darkness, so head over to her blog for links to everyone who is participating.
This week’s discussion covers chapters 1 through 9. Just joining us? Click here for the schedule, and if you’d like to be added to the discussion e-mail list, let me know in the comments.
Let’s get started with our first conversation!
1) We’ve met our narrator, Yeine. What are your first impressions? Do you like the chosen form of story telling so far?
I’m usually a fan of first person POV, so I’m enjoying the way the story is presented. Sometimes I feel like Yeine is whispering to the reader, breaking the fourth wall a little bit, especially when she seems so concerned about her own method of storytelling. This whole thing is a giant flashback, isn’t it? She seems so sad, like this is the last story she’ll ever tell. I know i’m reading way more into her “voice” than I should be, but I like it when authors give me those tendrils of characterization, that i can’t help but follow them, even if I’m going in the wrong direction.
That was a really long winded way of saying I really really like the chosen form of storytelling!
And I like Yeine. This scene gave her some major brownie points:
He stared at me for a moment. “Your mother did not tell you?”
“Tell me what?”
“Of the Enefadeh”
Welcome friends! This is the final post in our Republic of Thieves read along. I hope everyone had a good time? It was one helluva book, wasn’t it? This week’s questions come courtesy of Allie of Tethyan Books. Head on over to her blog for the link list of everyone who is participating, and you’re welcome to leave your link in the comments here as well.
So many, and i do mean SO MANY spoilers abound, so questions and answers are after the jump. I can’t help but tease though. . . .
1. The Republic of Thieves: It’s the first and final performance! What did you think of the play? Were you entertained, or eager to get on with the rest of the story? Also, how do you feel about how the play fits in the novel, in terms of the story and the characters who play the parts?
2. The Other Performance: Of course, the GB and company had another important performance to get through—the one that ensures none of them end up hanged! What was your favorite part of this scheme? Do you agree with their plan for dealing with Moncraine’s treachery?
I have been waiting since like August to for THIS POST. All the stuff I couldn’t talk about the in the review? I can talk about it now! with all of you! Why can’t all Mondays be this awesome?
We’re nearly to the end, and the reveals have been coming fast and furious. Just, holy shit, WOW. Now I remember why I used the phrase brick shitting in my review. We’re not even done with the book yet, which means there’s MORE for next week!
Leave me your link in the comments, and I’ll update the post as often as I can with a list of everyone’s links.
thar be spoilers, matey, (epic, earth shattering spoilers), so questions and answers are after the jump.
Speaking of everyone else’s links, here they be:
(I’ll add more links as people post, so keep checking back!)
Welcome back to the Republic of Thieves read along! This week’s section covers Chapter 6 thru Interlude “Aurin and Amadine” and is hosted by the lovely Lynn of Lynn’s Book Blog. If you’re just joining us, click HERE for the full reading schedule. If you’ve been following along on twitter (#lynchmob) you may have noticed there’s some team loyalties happening. all in good fun!
Instead of torturing you with an overly long thesis on Sabetha Belacoros, I shall torture you with the world’s shittiest poetry (Lucarno I ain’t!), in a spoilery summary of where we are:
liquor license saved at last,
but for a woman from their past,
That Vordratha is a cranky git,
and Locke sees Sabetha for a bit.
The boys wake on a luxurious ship,
headed to sea at quite the clip.
Funny how Locke and Jean completely forget
they can speak Vadran.
Elsewhen. . .
Five young Camorri bastards will succeed,
as soon as they can get Moncraine freed
The find the Duke and Sabetha talks,
his crush on her is as bad as Locke’s!
It’s now the Boulidazi-Moncraine company,
and acting lessons are had for free.
The Sanza boys find their niche
and Locke may finally get his wish.
(said quickly, all in one breath) and then he completely wrecks it by complimenting something Sabetha doesn’t like about herself. Great job, assmunch. Also, Boulidazi is PISSED.
This week’s spoilery questions and spoilery-er answers are after the jump!
Bad planning on my part folks, when I was chopping up the book for the read along, I did it by chapter headings in the e-book table of contents, not by actual page count. So this week was a doozy! On the bright side, we’re nearly half way through the book, so future sections will be shorter!
okay, let’s get to the discussion, this week’s excellent discussion questions were provided by Lisa of Over the Effing Rainbow, and I love that she did a question for each chapter! My answers are after the jump. Be warned friends, I wrote a freakin’ thesis. That Sabetha thing? yeah, apparently that hit a chord with me, just so ya know.
1.Blood And Breath And Water: Patience tells Locke that the ritual to save him is serious business. She wasn’t kidding… What did you make of this scene, and do you think any of it might (perhaps literally) come back to haunt Locke?
2. Orphan’s Moon: Back to the childhood of the Gentlemen Bastards, and here we get another ritual, this one in service to the Nameless Thirteenth. It looks as though it might be Locke vs. Sabetha, round two – but this time Locke seems to be a little slow on that uptake… Who do you think deserves to be given the final oath? Locke or Sabetha?
3.Across The Amathel: This chapter takes a breather for quite a bit of Eldren history, while Locke starts recovering. What do you think of the history lesson, and Patience’s ominous speculation regarding the Eldren? Is this something you’d like to know more about?
4. Striking Sparks: The gang’s off to Espara, after a bad summer and a pretty thorough dressing-down from Chains, and we finally get to the source of the book’s title – they’re bound for the stage! What are your thoughts on this latest ‘challenge’ and the reasons for it?
5. The Five-Year Game: Starting Position: The election gets underway with a party (as you do) and before it’s even over, the Deep Roots party has problems – and not just thanks to Sabetha. What do you make of Nikoros and his unfortunate habit?
6. Bastards Abroad: The gang arrives in Espara, and already they’ve got problems (nicely mirroring the Five Year Game!)… This aside, we’ve also seen some more of what seems to be eating at Sabetha. Do you sympathise with her, or is Locke right to be frustrated with her?
them is some awesome questions!
Everyone else’s answers:
Hello and welcome to all the Right Sort of People, and welcome to part 1 of our read along of The Republic of Thieves by Scott Lynch. This week’s discussion questions were provided by Susan of Dab of Darkness, and cover the beginning of the book up the Intersect that is right before Chapter 3. I’ve put my answers below the cut.
Click HERE for the reading schedule and links to all the blogger co-hosts
Click HERE to find an indie bookstore near you who will sell you the book.
Click HERE to buy the audio.
Just joining us and want to get in on all the bastardy action? no prob! Start reading and leave a comment down below so I can add you to our soooper secret mailing list. Discussion questions go out on Saturdays, posts go up on Mondays. for the next five weeks or so, I guarantee Mondays won’t suck.
Like last year, leave a link to your post in the comments, and us co-hosts will update our posts as fast as we can to turn this into an epic Gentleman Bastards blog hop.
Links to the other Read Alongers:
and NEW! Violin in a Void
This weeks discussion questions:
1) We get to reminisce with several old friends in this section – Calo, Galdo, Chains. How did you like this? Bitter sweet or happy dance?
2) Finally, the infamous Sabetha makes a physical appearance, albeit in Locke’s reminisces. What are your impressions? How do you think the romance, if there is to be one, will play out?
3) After trying absolutely everything to save Locke, Jean still won’t give up. What did you think of that little pep talk he gave Locke concerning Patience’s offer of healing?
4) Locke has a few caveats to working for the Bondsmage. Wise or just Locke grasping for some control over his life? What would you ask Patience?
5) At the end of this section, we see that all is not as Patience laid it out. How much do you think Patience knows of the plot to off Locke and Jean? Do you see it interfering in the rigged election?
answers and discussion after the cut!
got the book. CHECK. (Audio should be available October 22)
Signed up for the read along so you can get discussion questions early. Got the (new and improved! now with page numbers!) schedule. CHECK.
First batch of questions go out on Oct 25th. So what are you waiting for? Republic of Thieves is full of magic, adventure, dirty tricks and con artistry, awkward and funny teen romance, drunk actors, terrifying magic, secrets revealed, funny first names, and for once, no man-eating sharks.
It’s the ocean you’ve been waiting for: deep and full of secrets for you to find, no breathing apparatus needed. DIVE IN.
see everyone soon!
also: fun with cover art!!
If you live in the US, today is the day you can get your hands on The Republic of Thieves, the third volume in Scott Lynch’s Gentleman Bastard sequence. No surprise, I loved it with one quibble that now I get to discuss.
And if you live in Boston, you could go to the big book launch party at Pandemonium Books tonight! Pretty awesome, right?
but hey, it gets better.
Republic of Thieves read along!
Already read the book off Netgalley? no problem. You know you want to read it again! Going to read the novel in the next 4 days? No problem you know you want to read it again! Not able to pick up the book until the end of October? No problem, you know you want to read it a. . . for the first time! By the way, the audio should be available on or around Oct 22nd.
Interested in reading along? awesome! Bookmark those fabulous blogs noted above. Interested in getting discussion questions ahead of time? Leave a comment below (or tweet me or e-mail me, or tweet or e-mail any of the other co-hosts) and we’ll add you to our soooper seekrit mailing list.
Here’s the tentative schedule (new and improved, now with page #s for the hard cover edition):
Week 1 – prologue thru Intersect I, hosted by Dab of Darkness, questions go out Oct 25, posts go up Oct 28 (pages 1 – 136)
week 2 – chapter 3 thru interlude “Bastards Abroad”, hosted by Over the Effing Rainbow, question go out Nov 1, posts go up Nov 4 (pages 136 – 292)
week 3 – Chapter 6 thru Interlude “Aurin and Amadine”, hosted by Lynn’s Book Blog, questions go out Nov 8, posts go up Nov 11 (pages 293 – 413)
week 4 – Chapter 8 thru chapter 10, hosted by Little Red Reviewer, questions go up Nov 15, posts go up Nov 18 (pages 417 – 577)
week 5, – Interlude “Death masks” thru epilogue, hosted by Tethyan Books, questions go up Nov 22, posts go up Nov 25. (pages 578- end)
Are you ready for five weeks of your favorite Gentleman Bastards getting up to no good? yeah, I thought so!
Hi everyone! welcome to part 2 of our Hat Full of Sky read along! if you’re just joining us, it’s not too late to get involved, click here for the reading schedule.
We’re halfway through the book, and is it just me, or is the book suddenly going really, really fast? I pick it up, planning to read just a chapter, and suddenly I’m four chapters in! Now that Pratchett has fully introduced Tiffany and her um, smaller friends, he can really ramp up the story-ness of what’s happening.
this week’s questions were provided by Susan over at Dab of Darkness, and here we go!
1) Awf’ly Wee Billy, the gonnagle, comes up with a plan, the PLN. First, do you like the basic idea? Second, what was your favorite part of the execution of the PLN?
2) Miss Level has a philosophy of ‘storing it in other people’. How do you like this philosophy and do you know any witchy people in life who might be secretly following it?
3) We finally get to meet some other witchlings, such as Petulia and Annagramma. What do you make of Tiffany’s first meeting with them?
4) The Hiver has finally found Tiffany and Miss Level has finally met the Feegle. How do you think Tiffany will fair against the Hiver and how much damage do you think will be done (either by the Hiver or the Feegle)?
my answers and spoilers aplenty, after the jump!