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“When you can’t cheat the game, you’d best find a way to cheat the player”

Hi Everyone, welcome to the first part of our read along of Scott Lynch’s Red Seas Under Red Skies. This is the second book in the Gentlemen Bastard series, and so far Locke and Jean are already up to their regular tricks. This week’s questions were supplied by My Awful Reviews. Please be sure to visit him and my other read-along co-hosts, Dark Cargo, Lynn’s Book Blog and OhthatAshley at SFSignal.  If you are writing up a discussion post on your blog, leave your link on everyone else’s blog comments as well, so we can all visit each other.

here are this week’s discussion starters, with my answers after the jump!

1. The Sinspire. It looks like our heroes (can they really be called that?) find themselves in search of a way into an unbeatable vault. Do you think they have what it takes to make it happen?

2.  Anyone want to guess how they’re going to make it happen?

3. It’s a little different this time around, with us just being focused on Locke and Jean. Is anyone else missing the rest of the Bastards as much as I am?

4. I love the section where Jean starts to build a new guild of thieves. It really shows just how well trained and tough he is. Do you think the Bastards will end up training others along the way again like Bug?

5. For those of you looking for Sabetha, we still haven’t spotted her yet. Anyone else chomping at the bit to see the love of Locke’s life?

6. It’s early on, but the Bastards are already caught up in plots that they didn’t expect. How do you think their new “employer” is going to make use of them (The Archon, that is)?

all the other great discussions:

Genkinahito’s blog
Dark Cargo
Lynn’s Book Blog
My Awful Reviews
Books Without Any Pictures
Travels Through Iest
Booky Pony
Nashville Book Worm
Paperless Reading
Scruffy Fiction
Coffee Cookies and Chili Peppers
Kaitharshayr’s Musings
Just Book Reading
Updates to the Theory of Everything
Real Books 4 Ever
The Sleepless Reader
I Want Life In Every Word

*NEW*!
All I Am – A Redhead
Central Neural Pathway Station
Tethyan Books

Even NEWER!!
Beware of the Froggies
Akki’s Arcanum

(I will be away from my computer most of Saturday morning. . .  so if you are waiting for your link to show up, worry not! I will link everything up as soon as I can)

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now that you’ve finished the book, you want to know more about Scott Lynch, right?  leave it to Bryce, of My Awful Reviews to take care of your every need!  check out what Sam Sykes, Elizabeth Bear and Myke Cole are saying about everyone’s favorite firefighter.

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Were these not some of the best weeks of your life, or what?  false-facing, banter, brass balls and everything going horribly, horribly wrong.  Glass towers, bondsmagi, mobsters, the best friends anyone could ever ask for, and of course, bloody and tear streaked revenge.  This is what the best books in the world are made of.

And that’s the wonderful thing about books. the adventure is never over. All you have to do to see your friends again to is open the cover and dive in. It’s also nice to know I won’t have to climb into the damn book and take care of a certain someone, if you recall my bloodlust from last week.

The book may be over, but this isn’t goodbye. It’s “I’ll see you later, you bastard”.  Watch your e-mail for information on an upcoming Read Along for Red Seas Under Red Skies.

For our final discussion posts, the questions were supplied by our newest read along team member Lynn, from Lynn’s Book Blog. Make sure to visit her and tell her how great of questions she came up with! And huge, massive thanks to all our other co-hosts, Dark Cargo, My Awful Reviews, @ohthatashley posting at SF Signal and Dark Cargo Explorer!    Leave your link in the comments below, and I’ll add you to the link list.  With the holiday weekend, don’t worry about posting on Saturday, I think everyone is going to be netsurfing around for the next five or six days, digesting the outcomes of one of our favorite books.

And don’t just comment here, we’ve got over twenty bloggers participating. Yes, you read that correctly: over TWENTY bloggers traveled the same road with us these past five weeks. Go give ’em some blogger read along love!

Yeah, these guys!
Lynn’s Book Blog
Nashville Bookworm
Books Without Any Pictures
Genkinahito’s blog
Kaitharshayr’s Musings
Scruffy Fiction
Tethyan Books
Coffee Cookies and Chili Peppers
Travels Through Iest
Just Book Reading
Rose’s thingamajig
Paperless Reading
I Want Life in Every Word
Beware of the Froggies
All I am – A Redhead
Dark Cargo
The Hugo Endurance Project
My Awful Reviews
RealBooks4Ever

*** NEW discussions! ***
John Ayliff
A Blog Thinger
Booky Pony

More new discussions!
Updates to the Theory of Everything
The Bente Way of Life

Due to massive amounts of spoilers, Lynn’s questions and my answers are after the jump!

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These are a few of my favorite things!

Ladies and Gentlemen,  this is what you’ve been waiting for. This is the “February surprise”.

This is what all the fuss is about.

This spring, I invite you to join Dark Cargo, My Awful Reviews, @OhthatAshley posting at SF Signal, and Dark Cargo Explorer and Yours Truly on an epic journey through the elderglass towers, the corrupt marketplaces, the shark infested waters beneath the pirate ship fortresses, and the thief prowling alleys and bridges of Camorr. I invite you to join us on what could be the reading experience of your life. I invite you to join us on our read along of Scott Lynch’s debut novel The Lies of Locke Lamora, the unassuming looking fantasy novel that started cults, inspired restraining order style behavior, and quite possibly changed everyone’s ideas of dark fantasy and antiheroes.  Don’t worry, we’ll be reading Red Seas Under Red Skies as well.  Can’t have a summer without pirates, now can we?

If you’ve never read Scott Lynch’s Gentlemen Bastards sequence which starts with The Lies of Locke Lamora and continues in Red Seas Under Red Skies, this is your opportunity.  If you’ve read one or both books before, the timing couldn’t be better for a re-read, as this whole thing is in preparation for the Republic of Thieves, due to hit bookstore shelves later this year. Yes! This year! Really!  Scott Lynch said so!

How to join in, you ask?

It’s easy.   all you have to do is reply to this thread* (or to any of the other participating bloggers) . I’ll add you to my super secret e-mail mailing list, and you’ll get an e-mail with discussion starters for each section of the book. Post your responses to your blog, and poof, the awesomeness has begun!

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Scott Lynch turns me into a blabbering fan girl. Just so ya know.

that said, I’ve read his debut novel, The Lies of Locke Lamora maybe a half dozen times since it came out, and it’s friendly but not as stellar sequel Red Seas Under Red Skies almost as many times. I simply can not say enough good things about this man. Everything he writes, I want to read. So be warned when you read this review, I am a blathering, bumbling, blabbering fan girl. And yes, the first time I read this book it was from the library.  But I think I placed an order for it at my local indie bookstore before I even finished the book.

With the third book in the series, Republic of Thieves due out Februrary 17th, 2011, (excerpt available here) I figured it was time to pull out the review I wrote a few years ago of Locke Lamora. Re-reading the original review, there is very little I would change. So here goes.

 Adventure, swearing, stealing, lying . . . good guys, bad guys, crazy insane revenge obsessed lunatics, man eating sharks, magicians for hire (and damn expensive!), with dear, darling Locke Lamora at the center of it all. This is the best damn fun I’ve had all summer. I dutifully ignored all the hype that last year surrounded this book and it’s young, ambitious author (rumor has it he signed a 6 book deal). But who was I to argue when the heavy 700+ page book jumped off a shelf at the library and bonked me in the head?

Lynch throws us into the merchant city of Camorr, a densely populated fantasical Baroque-esque Venice, whose oldest structures are made of “Elderglass”, a glass like material left behind by an ancient race. Camorr is a beautiful city, filled with commerce, nobility, fashion, and crime. Locke Lamora leads the Gentlemen Bastards, one of 200 or more gangs that roam the city and answer to Capa Barsavi, the ringleader of the organized crime of the city. Capa Barsavi keeps his people from killing the Duke’s guard and stealing from the nobility (who are already stealing enough from each other), and the Duke’s Captain of Intelligence, The Spider, generally keeps the guard from killing the petty pickpockets, who are only stealing from the poor folk and the travelling merchants anyways.

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