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Red Seas Under Red Skies Audio Download – Unabridged

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  • Listening Length: 25 hours and 38 minutes
  • Program Type: Audiobook
  • Version: Unabridged
  • Publisher: Orion
  • Audible.co.uk Release Date: 21 Jan. 2011
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004KEOAGC
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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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By PeeBee TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 7 Jan. 2008
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The Lies of Locke Lamora is a fantastic novel. It reads like a Summer movie blockbuster - very very showy with something pretty spectacular in every scene, but no bad thing for that. TLoLL is a pretty relentless ride and one which you feel exhilirated to have taken. Red Seas, sadly, is not quite in the same vein. A more considered pace would never kill this tale, but I believe the book takes its turn for the worse mid-way, when the main protagonists hit the high seas. It seems to me that Scott Lynch is as uncomfortable with pirates as Locke and Jean. It's not quite "AHAR! Avast!" and "shiver me timbers", but it's just not very convincing.

I don't want to be unkind to Lynch as TLoLL is the first fantasy novel I truly enjoyed. He drew some good characters and a superbly paced plot in that book. Here, Red Seas seems like a stretch, and the introduction of the hitherto unacknowledged guiding principles of Locke's religion seem rather shoe-horned in, rather like the existential theories (poorly) shoe-horned into the Matrix sequels. Perhaps later novels will build on those principles further, but I felt that that two jarring dimensions - the pirates and the religion - was one too many to fully forgive.

Red Seas is OK, but it doesn't live up to the huge expectation I had following Lies of Locke Lamora.
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I love this story. The plotting is tight and origninal with many twists and turns. The characters are fully realized with lots of realistic discribtion of place and action. The action at times is so cliff hanging that is taking me MUCH longer than usual to read the book as I keep having to take a break to give myself time to recover from the latest unexpected twist. (I normally finish a book in about 2 - 3 days and for some lightweight stuff, the lenth of a soak in the bath.)

I am delighted to see that I still have another volume to go and that the series is continuing with another title yet to be published.
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I didn't enjoy this one as much as The Lies of Locke Lamora. Lynch has taken the richly-detailed worldbuilding and has filled this book with it, but I found myself losing interest after long stretches of the protagonists doing very little other than messing about. The best parts about Locke Lamora were the fast-paced action, and Lynch has sacrificed too much of that in a rush to portray a carnival of greed and stupidity. It was a shame because Lynch can write very well when he wants to - but he let himself get carried away in this book rather than staying focused on a coherent plot.
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too long. struggled to get into it.

******spoilers********
really felt no tension excitement, which was present throughout part one. evil rich and the oppressed poor was just too straight forward, with the war games stuff.
both heros are trying to rip off a rich man, while they are poisoned and blackmailed by his opponent, and sent on a mission to try and be pirates. Locke from part one would have worked out how to cheat and turn the game. i keep coming up with ideas how he could have, why was the evil genius so thick this time that he could not do anything. even the ending is bad. total anti climax. set up for part 3. ok i can live with that but a tragedy
for the gentlemen bastards. their credibility is totally lost. already reading part 3, about 90 pages in. hoping that it will be better then this.
3 stars but only because of part one.
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I really enjoyed the first Gentleman Bastards book, The Lies of Locke Lamora. This one picks up where that one left off - though some of the story is told in flashback and you gradually piece together everything that's happened. Locke and Jean are out on their own, exiled from Camorr, bitterly missing dead comrades, running a major con against the powerful owner of what appears to be a mega-casino, a heavily-guarded elderglass tower full of many ways to part fools and their money. The scam is almost complete, but then fate and politics intervene in equal measures. Repercussions from their clash with the evil bondsmage, The Falconer, in the first book start to catch up with them, while the ruler of the city decides that they are the perfect people to go out and stir up a pirate rebellion on his behalf, and he takes drastic measures to ensure their compliance. Scam collapses in on scam and Locke and Jean are all at sea - in more ways than one.

Scott Lynch is an author not afraid to be cruel to his characters. Both Locke and Jean are put through the mill, physically and emotionally and the ending, while a win of sorts, is bittersweet as it leaves them in a precarious place ready for the next book, Republic of Thieves, which, of course, I had to buy for my Kindle immediately.
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