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See 2 questions about The Gentleman Bastard Series books …. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Apr 24, Siobhan rated it really liked it. The Gentleman Bastard books are quickly becoming some of my favourite fantasy reads. The Lies of Locke Lamora had been sitting on my to-read list for quite some time. Ever since noticing one of my favourite authors had it on their to-read list, I knew I needed to give it a read. Hell, a lot of the big names in fantasy had many positive things to say about it — thus, I needed in. Due to this, I try not to get involved in series until they are comp The Gentleman Bastard books are quickly becoming some of my favourite fantasy reads.
Due to this, I try not to get involved in series until they are complete. I like to be able to jump in the world without having to take breaks. Therefore, I was waiting for more of the series to be released before diving in. This soon went to pot when one of my friends offered me a collection of his fantasy books.
He was cleaning out his house, making more room, and wanted to unload some of his books. Who better to hand them to than little old me? Everyone who knows me is aware of my love for books, of how I will nab any and all offered. I asked him what was included and he gave me a wonderful list at this point I would like to point out the embarrassing fact of how he has only read a couple of them, thus leaving me to question our friendship. There were many squeals as names were read out.
Patrick Rothfuss. Joe Abercrombie. Robin Hobb. Scott Lynch. The last easily brought out the biggest of squeals because the first two Gentleman Bastard books were being handed over. So it was, as soon as I had carried thirty hardback books across town — in the rain, I might add — I got down to what I had been waiting forever to read.
I started The Lies of Locke Lamora. Quickly I knew this was a mistake. This was to be a series whereby I would want to read them all — right then and there. I only had the first two! What kind of misfortunate was this! To make matters worse, not all of the books are out yet. At least I had the first two sitting by my bed — it really could have been worse, I could have only had the first book sitting there waiting to be read.
Or so I told myself. After finishing book one I jumped straight into book two.
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Having finished book two I felt lost and in need of book three. I brought book three, and now the feeling of being lost is extended until I can finally get my hands on book four. Truthfully, my vocabulary does not quite expand to describe how wonderful these books are. Both books one and two are so close to being rounded up to a five-star rating, and book three was a solid four-star read. Still, they are wonderful. I call these onion books: the stories are built up of so many layers.
As soon as you unwrap one layer, another is found and another and another, and so on ad infinitum. Constant twists and additional pieces of information are being thrown at you. It is hard to stress how much happened without giving away too many spoilers. Just know we have stories within stories. All of this without becoming repetitive. Plus, we have wonderful characters. Hell, the voice of Locke deserves five stars in and of itself. The entire cast is wonderful. You have everything you need in the characters. Not to mention wonderful interaction.
Seriously, with a great story and wonderful characters these books are not to be missed. I could say so much more, yet ninety-nine percent of what is left in my head will leave me writing spoilers. Just know it is a truly wonderful series. It is brilliantly written not just in terms of the prose, but also in the way in which emotions are so easily brought to the fore of your mind with a storyline to die for.
I cannot wait to see what comes next. Honestly, it is more than worth the read. View 2 comments. Apr 30, Sarah rated it really liked it. Fantasy just the way I like it! What's not to like? This sequence is so awesome fun! Fun believable fantasy universe hosts Compelling con-men characters in a refreshing epic-but-not-classically-so build-up. Page-turner qualities but not just an easy plow-through-it-and regurgitate-read.
Author Scott Lynch is Inventive, excellent language and writing style and quite dark at times. Aug 12, Kes rated it really liked it Shelves: fiction , read It's a rather clever series - also shows that depth of author's ingenuity.
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I love this series! Fabulous world building, great characterisation, and so many twists! Took a while to get used to the to-and-fro in time that Scott uses throughout, but it helped to discover what in the past had shaped the characters to be what they are when we meet them afresh at the start of the book. And as for story? So many twists and turns and double-crossings and false personas, you're guessing all the way through what comes next. To date, I've read 1 and 2 in the sequence, and am abo I love this series!
To date, I've read 1 and 2 in the sequence, and am about to dive into 3, which was a pressie for my birthday yesterday! Can't wait to see how things work out for Locke Absolutely loved this book series. Can't wait to see what happens next! If you're looking for an amazing adventure this is the book for you.
Just be prepared to want more. Dec 14, Espen rated it really liked it Shelves: fantasy. Well, overall I think the Gentlemen Bastard books are "really good", perhaps even "great", but not "fantastic". The thing is, for long stretches the books, especially 2 and to a lesser degree 3, are really damn boring. Red Sails on Red Seas goes endlessly on and on with the sailing, just going from place A to B with conversation, intrigue and fucking between the main characters. While I understa Well, overall I think the Gentlemen Bastard books are "really good", perhaps even "great", but not "fantastic".
While I understand the need to build a solid relationship between Locke and Sabetha, I think Lynch crucially fails to achieve this. The childhood theatre storyline has, as far as I can see, almost ZERO intersection point, emotional or otherwise, with the Karthain storyline. Wasted opportunities abound in all the books.
However, all this being said, when at their strongest, the books are mighty fantasy writing indeed.
You can follow the rage and frustration of the characters and there's a damn lot of rage and frustration , and every character is a machine of their own except Sabetha, which is a paper-thin foil to Locke, jeez Lynch. Apr 14, Neetesh Chauhan rated it it was amazing. This was an awesome series.
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If you like ocean's eleven and other stories like it then this is it. This series has everything including action,fantasy,treachery,crew work and great one liners. The best part? You always know that in the end locke lamora will have solved it. Highly recommend it! Fantastic series, although the main plot of the third one was a little weak, still fabulous overall. Cross between Oceans 11 and Venice Renaissance Alien mobs. Nov 13, Mattja rated it it was amazing. Loved this, can't wait for the next one.
Really great story. Locke Lamora is one of the best con artists and maybe one of the first? I am looking forward to part 4! Jun 02, Catherine rated it it was amazing. Love these books,such a beautifully constructed story and world that Locke and his companions live in. Great characters and nice plot twists keep you hooked till the last page.
Apr 26, Tim rated it it was ok. The series revolves around two characters who are echoes of Fafhrd and the Grey Mouser. The Mouser character, here a nameless chap with a a telephone directory of false identities, is a trickster whose tricks tend to go disasterously wrong; befriending him is very dangerous for your health. The first volume was pretty exciting, so, as is my way when there's too much tension, I skip read it, then went back again. The two follow-up volumes I also skip read, but this was mainly because there are la The series revolves around two characters who are echoes of Fafhrd and the Grey Mouser.
The two follow-up volumes I also skip read, but this was mainly because there are large chunks of exposition, moral meandering and dramatic gestures that go nowhere. The reader could be blown down with a feather. There's also some love interest other than the homoerotic thing between the two main characters. Nobody seems to believe in these, including the characters themselves. In fact, by the third volume I felt as if the author also had no further belief in any of his actors.
The third volume ends with the resurrection of the couple's most dangerous enemy. A follow-up is promised, but readers are still waiting for it 6 years later. It's a long time to leave your fans hanging off a cliff. Jan 28, Brett Wood rated it really liked it.