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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!
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!
The Republic of Thieves, by Scott Lynch
Available Oct 8th in the US, Oct 10th in the UK
where I got it: Netgalley
I assume if you are reading this review that you have read the first two books in this series. You’ll find minor spoilers for the first two books in this review, but this is a spoiler-free review for The Republic of Thieves (plot points mentioned in the review take place in the first 100 pages of the book, or have already been revealed on the authors website). It is very important to me that the surprises not be spoiled, so I’ve changed commenting to full moderation to keep anyone from posting spoilers in the comments. The first rule of the end of The Republic of Thieves is that you do not talk about the end of The Republic of Thieves. catch my drift?
When last we saw Locke Lamora at the end of Red Seas Under Red Skies, he was dying of poison. The Republic of Thieves picks up a few months later, and if Locke was anyone else, he’d be dead by now. He’s just too damn stubborn to die. Good thing, or this would be a really short, really boring book. Scott Lynch does a lot of things, and boring will never be among them. Another thing Lynch doesn’t do is give us more of the same. When Red Seas under Red Skies came out, there was plenty of “this is nothing like the first book! what the hell!”. You’re right. It was nothing like the first book. With characters like Locke Lamora and Jean Tannen, a rich and complex world, and an author as talented as Scott Lynch, why in the hell would you want more of the same? Aren’t you itching to see what everyone is really capable of?
Yes friends, it’s true.
From the Gollancz site:
Publication Date confirmed for Scott Lynch’s THE REPUBLIC OF THIEVES
Gollancz Author: Jon – March 14th, 2013
The Orion Publishing Group (UK & Commonwealth) and the Random House Publishing Group (US) are thrilled to announce the publication of the third instalment in Scott Lynch’s popular fantasy series that began with The Lies of Locke Lamora. THE REPUBLIC OF THIEVES will release on October 10, 2013 in the UK and Commonwealth and October 8, 2013 in the US.
Scott Lynch’s first novel, The Lies of Locke Lamora, was a critically acclaimed hit when it was published in 2006. Bestselling author George R.R. Martin called it “a fresh, original, and engrossing tale by a bright new voice in the fantasy genre.” Publication rights sold in more than 20 countries. The second book in the series, Red Seas Under Red Skies, followed in 2007 to more critical acclaim. Since then, readers have anxiously awaited the next installment. Scott has now delivered the final manuscript and we are able to confirm publication date.
Read the rest of the press release HERE.
are you jumping up and down as much as I am?
I should get a cookie for being so polite and diplomatic.
As the end of the book gets closer and closer, the plot lines get more confusing and intertwined. Will Captain Drakasha’s fellow pirate captains betray her? How will Locke and Jean finish out the Requin game? Will they get back to the Archon in time for the poison’s antidote? Will Jean opt to stay with the beautiful Erzi? and who are all these incompetent assassins that keep getting snagged on a certain someone’s stilettos everytime they touch land in Tal Verrar?
So many questions, but the ones we’re most interested in right now are those supplied by nrlymrtl from Dark Cargo. Be sure to give her a shout out along with our other read along co-hosts, Lynn’s Book Blog, My Awful Reviews, and @ohthatashley from SF Signal. This week’s reading section was Chapter 11 thru end of chapter 13, and wow was a lot happening! The Parlor Passage (creepy!), trust issues up the wazoo (gulp), and generally learning how to be a pirate. good stuff.
On twitter? use #lynchmob. And on to nrlymrtl’s great questions!
1) I was much relieved when Jean and Locke made up, which started with Locke’s gesture of a cup full of honesty with Cpt. Drakasha. Do you think that was hard for Locke? Or was he using this bit of honesty like any other weapon in his arsenal to get what he wants in the end?
2) The Parlor Passage: We still don’t know Locke’s true name, but whatever was in that mist does. What do you think it is?
3) There was an interesting section of the book that started about where Locke assisted Drakasha in selling the Red Messenger; he put on the persona of Leocanto Kosta and used the alias Tavras Callas and then Drakasha was still thinking of him as Ravelle….. Did using all those various aliases in such a short amount of time have your mind spinning a little? Do you think Lynch did this on purpose to give the reader a sense of Locke’s mind?
4) That was a sweet little kiss between Cpt. Zamira and Cpt. Jaffrim at the end of the Captains’ Council. Do you think they have some history, or is it just innocent flirting that’s been going on for some time?
5) Jean and Ezri. Cue dove-cooing and little winged hearts with sparkles. Do you think Jean will stay with the Poison Orchid or that Ezri will leave her ship to pal around with Jean and Locke?
6) What is Utgar up to? What are his motivations?
7) So last week we hashed over that Merrain killed some of Stragos’s guards on Windward Rock. But when Jean and Locke visit him, he doesn’t mention it. What is up with that?
8) This week’s section left us where the book began – Jean pointing a crossbow at Locke’s throat. Do you think Jean knows who sent these crossbowers? Is he on their side? Is it a clever ploy to get him and Locke out of this predicament? Did you find it excruciatingly hard to stop here?
other wonderful conversations:
Real Books 4 Ever
All I Am – A Redhead
Travels Through Iest
Just Book Reading
Coffee Cookies and Chili Peppers
Lynn’s Book Blog
Hugo Endurance Project
Beware of the Froggies
We’ve finally go some nice weather, so that means it’s time to read a story about pirates, right? If this weather holds I’ll be chilling in my garden all weekend doing the (Totoro) happy dance for my sprouting seeds.
it’s the midpoint of our Red Seas Under Red Skies read along, and if you can believe the plot is even more complicated than before. More than one reader has mentioned the similarities between Red Seas and Lies. I can’t argue with much of that, but right about now is the point where this novel goes off on it’s own direction to do it’s own dastardly dance. and I am loving every minute of it. This week’s questions were provided by Ashley who blogs over at SF Signal and tweets at @ohthatashley. Shout outs to my read along co-hosts as well, Dark Cargo, Lynn’s Book Blog and My Awful Reviews!
1. Locke and Jean’s ability to find themselves at the center of a serious mess seems unparalleled. At this point, do you think that Stragos will get the return he expects on his investment in them?
2. Merrain’s activities after our boys leave Windward Rock are interesting. What do you think her plans are?
3. Does anyone know why having cats aboard the ship is so important?
4. The word “mutiny” creates a lot of mental pictures. Were you surprised? Why or why not?
5. Ah, the Poison Orchid. So many surprises there, not the least of which were the captain’s children. Did you find the young children a natural part of the story?
6. Jean is developing more and more as a character as we get further in to the book. Ezri makes the comment to him that “Out here, the past is a currency, Jerome. Sometimes it’s the only one we have.” I think several interesting possibilities are coming into play regarding Jean and Ezri. What about you?
7. As we close down this week’s reading, the Thorn of Camorr is back! I love it, even with all the conflict. Several things from their Camorri background have come back up. Do you think we will see more Camorri characters?
Let’s go visit all the other interesting conversations!
All I Am – a Redhead
Lynn’s Book Blog
The Sleepless Reader
I want Life In Every Word
Coffee Cookies and Chili Peppers
Books Without Any Pictures
Real Books 4 Ever
My Awful Reviews
Beware of the Froggies
Central Neural Pathway Station
Nashville Book Worm