September 16, 2007

they don’t erase this secret smile

Posted in books tagged , at 7:46 pm by placeinthestars

I finished The Lies of Locke Lamora this afternoon.

I enjoyed it a lot, though it’s much darker and bloodier than I expected from something billed as a cross between Robin Hood and Ocean’s 11. It starts slowly but the pace picks up and after the first third, it’s quite compelling. I didn’t see all the twists coming, and a couple of them are quite clever.

Locke and Jean are the most successfully drawn characters, though Locke is still sort of impenetrable for large portions of the book. The narrative style holds the reader at a distance most of the time, and there’s always some obfuscation involved, which makes sense, as they are highly skilled con men.

The world-building is interesting, if you’re into that, and all the little interludes do come back and play a part in the main story, so they’re not wastes of time or just the author wanting to share every last detail of the world he’s created.

I have the second book waiting for me in my desk at work (it’s a pretty hefty hardback, not something I really wanted to carry around when carrying a couple of other books around), and I’m looking forward to reading it.

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