The Verdict: The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch

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An orphan’s life is harsh — and often short — in the island city of Camorr, built on the ruins of a mysterious alien race. Born with a quick wit and a gift for thieving, Locke Lamora dodges both death and slavery, only to fall into the hands of an eyeless priest known as Chains, neither blind nor a priest. A con artist of extraordinary talent, Chains passes his skills on to his carefully selected family of orphans “Gentlemen Bastards.”

I don’t really know what to think of this book. I did enjoy it, but I also nearly gave up on like 3 different occasions. It was quite hard-going yet compelling at the same time. Don’t ask me how that works, but it just does. And at over 700 pages it’s not the quickest of reads.

I’ve read a few reviews that liken TLOLL to Ocean’s Eleven and The Godfather – two films I have never seen so I don’t know about that but I did make some of my own comparisons. It reminded me more of a cross between Oliver, Robin Hood and Spartacus(Blood and Sand) for all of the obvious orphans, thievery and Capas/crime bosses references.

The world Lynch has created is truly unique and really it is a unique experience to read too with all of the crazy tangents and flashbacks. I loved the whole Venice Renaissance feel it had and the place names and descriptions were perfect in creating an off-kilter reality. It is in the realm of fantasy but there is nothing too outlandish making it still normal enough to feel real.

The Gentleman Bastards themselves are witty and intriguing but I didn’t really warm to them all that much which made it hard for me to root for them. When Locke gets thrown into the sea in a cask of horse piss I thought it was hilarious, but I didn’t really care if he survived or not.

TLOLL is a witty, action-and-violence-packed swashbuckling adventure for adults that is written with remarkable detail and imagination, I just wish that I could have found it an easier read. It’s definitely worth a try though, especially if you enjoy crudeness, violence and inventive swearing!

3 unicorns out of 5 unicorns! 🙂

This copy is published by Gollancz, 2011.

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If you like Sci-fi & Fantasy you should totally check out the Gollancz website and blog. They publish some of best SF & Fantasy going! You can also become an Official Gollancz Geek and apply to review new releases for them.

My review of Kristin Cashore’s Bitterblue was posted yesterday here.

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Woah, it is HOT outside. I’m off to read under a tree somewhere!

Favourites Friday #5: Silly Verse For Kids

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Just a quick one today guys as it’s Semi-finals day @ Wimbledon and I am glued to it!!! (Mon the Murray).

Spike Milligan is a hero of mine and this book is the best collection of his ‘nonsense’ poems for young kids. When I look back on my early childhood, this book is what I remember. I remember my mum and dad reading it to me and being in hysterics. I still remember all of the words to my favourites ‘On the Ning Nang Nong’ and ‘The Land of the Bumbley Boo’.

Every child who is read to is lucky, but I doubt that every child is as lucky to be read things as fun as this. It is something I will never forget!

In The Land Of The Bumbley Boo

In the land of the Bumbley Boo
The People are red white and blue,
They never blow noses
Or ever wear closes,
What a sensible thing to do!

In the land of the Bumbley Boo
You can buy Lemon pie at the zoo;
They give away foxes
In little Pink Boxes
And Bottles of Dandylion Stew.

In the land of the Bumbley Boo
You never see a Gnu,
But thousands of cats
Wearing trousers and hats
Made of Pumpkins and Pelican Glue!

Chorus
Oh, the Bumbley Boo! the Bumbley Boo!
That’s the place for me and you!
So hurry! Let’s run!
The train leaves at one!
For the land of the Bumbley Boo!
The wonderful Bumbley Boo-Boo-Boo!
The Wonderful Bumbley BOO!!!

© Spike Milligan. All rights reserved

Buy this for your kids!

Have a great weekend everyone!!!

Get Involved: World Book Day YA Book Giveaways

The excellent guys behind World Book Day put together some amazing giveaways every month. This month, there are some really great YA novels to be won. Here are my favourites:

imageMichaela Clarke’s debut novel Tiger Thief will amaze and delight everyone who loves an absorbing story beautifully told. Sharat and his majestic white tiger, Emira, are two halves of the same soul. The thought of being separated is unbearable. So when Emira mysteriously disappears in the middle of their circus act, Sharat is devastated. He’s also determined to get her back, despite the force of the Empire being ranged against him. His journey will be perilous and revealing, and shot through with magic. A fantastic adventure story about a boy and his tiger for 8-12 year-olds, with amazing characters, landscapes and jinnis…

Publishers Nosy Crow are giving away 10 copies of Tiger Thief.

KC-pb-196x300Winner of the 2013 Waterstones Children’s Book Prize, Ketchup Clouds is the stunning new novel from the highly-acclaimed author of My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece.

Fifteen-year-old Zoe has a secret – a dark and terrible secret that she can’t confess to anyone she knows. But then one day she hears of a criminal, Stuart Harris, locked up on death row in Texas. Like Zoe, Stuart is no stranger to secrets. Or lies. Or murder. Full of heartache yet humour, Zoe tells her story in the only way she can – in letters to the man in prison in America. Unable to sleep one night, she grabs a pen, takes a deep breath and begins her tale of love and betrayal.

Publishers Indigo (an imprint of Orion) are giving away ten sets of Ketchup Clouds and My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece.

Images and details taken from The World Book Day site where you can enter all of their giveaways*.

*May only be available to UK residents.

WWW Wednesday!

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To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

Currently Reading:
Take Your Last Breath (Ruby Redfort #2) By Lauren Child

Finally started reading this! I was surprised how much I liked the first one so this should be good.

Recently Finished:
The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch

I almost gave up on this on about two separate occasions but I did really enjoy it in the end. It was pretty epic and took me a while to be able picture the land of Camorr, but I thought the writing was great and some of the descriptions were genius.

Up Next:
Who knows…maybe Specials, the 3rd in the Uglies series by Scott Westerfeld which I’ve been meaing to read for ages. Or these:

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