Monthly Archives: June 2011


Review: The Lies of Locke Lamora

Posted 30 June, 2011 by Lianne in Books / 0 Comments

The Lies of Locke Lamora
By: Scott Lynch

The Thorn of Camorr is said to be an unbeatable swordsman, a master thief, a friend to the poor, a ghost that walks through walls.

Slightly built and barely competent with a sword, Locke Lamora is, much to his annoyane, the fabled Thorn. And while Locke does indeed still from the rich (who else would be worth stealing from?), the poor never see a penny. All of Locke’s gains are strictly for himself and his tight-knit band of thieves: The Gentlemen Bastards.

The capricious, colourful underworld of the ancient city of Camorr is the only home they’ve ever known. But now a clandestine war is threatening to tear it apart. Caught up in a murderous game, Locke and his friends are suddenly struggling just to stay alive…

I actually first read The Lies of Locke Lamora back in 2008 and liked it enough. I decided to re-read it again recently as I was a little bored figuring out which book from my to-read list to read next and I was in the mood for a standalone fantasy (which is very difficult to find). This book is actually the first in The Gentlemen Bastards Sequence but I find that this novel works quite well as a standalone. And it’s a good novel overall.

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Meme: Teaser Tuesdays

Posted 28 June, 2011 by Lianne in Meme / 8 Comments

TEASER TUESDAYS asks you to:
– Grab your current read
– Open to a random page
– Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
– Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Should Be Reading

My teaser for this week:

“‘I say it again,’ said Jean, ‘that we should pull an early blow-off on the Don Salvara game and get ready to ride out a storm. This Grey King business is getting scary and we can’t have our attention diverted if Locke’s going to be mixed up at the middle of things.'”
– p. 181, The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch

I actually read this book back in 2008 but I’ve decided to re-read it again recently. Was hankering for a good standalone fantasy at the moment (though this book is actually the first in a series; works well as a standalon IMO). I totally forgot how funny and clever this book was; the characters are very colourful and the city of Camorr is reminiscent of Venezia in the Renaissance period (though just leaning on the murky side of things, given the nature of the characters and their, err, careers).

Review: The Flanders Panel

Posted 23 June, 2011 by Lianne in Books / 0 Comments

The Flanders Panel
By: Arturo Perez-Reverte

While restoring a 15th-century painting which depicts a chess game between the Duke of Flanders and his knight, Julia, a young art expert, discovers a hidden inscription in the corner: Quis Necavit Equitem. Translation: Who killed the knight? Breaking the silence of five centuries, Julia’s hunt for a Renaissance murderer leads her into a modern-day game of sin, betrayal, and death.

This is the third book I’ve read by Perez-Reverte and I have to say, this has to be my favourite from him. Some spoilers ahead!

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Meme: Teaser Tuesdays

Posted 6 June, 2011 by Lianne in Meme / 7 Comments

TEASER TUESDAYS asks you to:
– Grab your current read
– Open to a random page
– Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
– Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Should Be Reading

My teaser for this week:

“Had a good day?” A woman’s voice; it took him a second to place it. “Lousy,” he said with feeling. And hearing from you doesn’t make it any better, he thought…
– p. 52, Singularity Sky by Charles Stross

Continuing my sci-fi kick as of late, I’ve started reading this book by Charles Stross. I’ve heard good things about his works, a nice mix of science fiction and space opera (I’m still learning the different subgenres within the science fiction genre—I’m definitely into space opera though). The premise is pretty interesting, the idea of humanity out amongst the stars, colonising different planets, some of them rejecting technology. This one particular planet, New Republic, where the story takes place, amuses me and the Russianist in me because it’s based off elements of Eastern European/Imperial Russia/Soviet Union culture and political systems. Definitely looking forward to reading how the story plays out.