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  • Audio CD
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1400110521
  • ISBN-13: 978-1400110520
  • Product Dimensions: 16.3 x 4.1 x 13.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (129 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,892,671 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Scott Lynch was born in 1978 in St. Paul, Minnesota, where he still lives now. In addition to being a freelance writer for various role playing game companies he has done all the usual jobs writers put in their bios: dishwasher, waiter, web designer, marketing writer, office manager and short-order cook.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By L. R. Richardson on 18 Dec. 2009
Format: Paperback
This is the second installment of the Gentleman Bastard series. I absolutely adored the first installment and followed suit with the second one as soon as I could. This one is still enjoyable, but not as amazing as the first.

Locke and Jean have left their home country of Camorr and traveled to Tal Verrar and the Sinspire, which is basically the swanky parts of Las Vegas in a tower. It's an amazing initial setting, and I wish more of the novel had taken place in it, to be honest. For two years, they have been slowly cheating and amassing wealth. But, of course, as usual, something has to go wrong and they are caught up in a larger game and forced to be pawns . However, Locke and Jean don't make very good pawns.

Under the threat of a latent poison, they are forced to go on the high seas and pretend to be pirates to upset the stability of Tal Verrar. But this does not go entirely according to plan, either. It is this part of the book I didn't find as exciting. I liked the characters on the boat, but seas and ships and run-of-the-mill port towns are just the same as in so many other fantasy books. Lynch has the talent to make such amazing settings, that it seemed a bit of a cop-out to stick them on the high seas.

That's not to say this is a disappointing book. Overall, I still enjoyed it and I will read the next installment. The dialogue and humour is witty and sharp, the characters strong, and the plotting intricate. I'm still gutted that the next installment won't be out until sometime next year. Lynch is worth reading; just don't expect Red Seas Under Red Skies to be quite as incredible at The Lies of Locke Lamora.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kenneth G. Perepelkin on 29 July 2009
Format: Paperback
Having just finished this book I checked online to see if the sequel had been released yet and was surprised to see some foolish criticisms listed in these reviews.

I have been reading Sci-Fi/Fantasy for about 30 years, and quality writing like this is rare. The lead characters are all well fleshed out, displaying many credible traits and foibles - even more so than Fritz Lieber's thief heroes, Fafner and Gray Mouser, who they vaguely resemble. Cocky, irrepressible and always denying authority to authorities, they weave elaborate confidence schemes, which are so grandiose and complicated that they scramble to keep up with all the consequences.

This dealing with the out of control consequences of their con games is what this book is all about, to answer a criticism from a previous reviewer. If you believe they had ample control of affairs in the previous book you've neglected to consider the loss of their friends in that story.

The well thought out and completely appropriate use of plot twisting keeps this story from being too predictable. The only (mostly!) sure thing is that those who have offended our thieves will receive their comeuppance. The flow of the book is near perfect and I had a hard time putting it down.

I don't mind the author's use of "visual tricks" as mentioned by Laz below. I agree it's a bit of a guided tour bird's eye view tour but it has a "real sitting around the fire listening to a story teller talk feel" which leaves the reader with a vivid impression of the local geography and continues to develop the idea of a people living on the ruins of an alien civilization.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 18 Sept. 2007
Format: Hardcover
The Second Installment of Scott Lynches Gentleman Bastards series. Storming onto the fantasy scene a year ago, has led to perhaps one of the darkest horses to emerge from the shadows. Whilst the first instalment had the world grasped by the nether regions and the fans wondering if he was a one trick pony, this one took a slightly more sedate pace and eased the readers into the world anew through a different culture and city. Locke Lamoura and Jean Tannon manage not only to grow but add new larcenies to their already sizeable reputations even accepting another into their ranks. A cracking tale of villainous double-dealing, blended alongside plots within plots where even a spiders weaving looks simplistic.

This tale proves that Scott Lynch is definetly here to stay cresting the new wave of the fresh talent to the genre that will keep many spellbound in the coming years as well as rejuvenating what many were beginning to think of as a clichéd field. Long may Locke and Tannon march on and I have my diary set for next year's release.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. S. C. Hillier on 1 Sept. 2008
Format: Paperback
After reading the first book in the series I was gripped and couldn't wait for the second; unfortunately I was left a little unsatisfied with this instalment. The plot twists and characters of the first book weren't quite as clever this time round and the parallel plots could have been better linked. Towards the end of the book (last couple of chapters) things seemed to come too quickly to a conclusion which was a shame given the early promise. I can't give this any more than three stars although I would like to. Verdict is still out, hopefully the next book is as good as the first.
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I was very impressed with TLoLL.

A new author with a refreshingly new approach and an excellent use of chronological displacement with meticulous character detailing that effective left no loose ends, it was like a breath of fresh air. And setting the story in another world effectively suspended any readers queries regarding the possible.

Red Seas, was pretty much in the same vein, but for me it was`nt quite so convincing,

I`m still confused at the chapter where Locke and Jean`s lives are threatened by a thief who attempts to send them to their deaths by cutting the ropes they are hanging from over a cliff, it seems to have no purpose in the story other than to provide words to read. It`s a loose end that`s left me with a slight feeling of frustration.

And the total destruction of Salon Corbeau, where Locke instructs the protection of the property of the furniture maker who was kind to a gentled kitten, was also confusing, in so much that the furniture makers life would have been totally ruined in any case, by destroying his customer base, no customers and you starve to death!

In the first book Locke would have not created that situation, he would have ensured the shopkeeper profited in every way, as it was It`s a loose end that has me wondering of the situation of the furniture maker, his daughter and the gentled kitten who`s lives had been altered, for the worst!

In both books the final conclusions are very neat and tidy, with the ending of Red Seas conflicts bordering slightly on unconvincing, the final chapter was simply a trailer for the next book.

That said it was a gripping read, holding me deep into several nights, leaving me all the more determined to read the follow up.
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