Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday 58: Top Ten 2015 Reads



Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.
This week's theme: Top Ten Books of 2015

I read a lot of fantastic books this year, so this list was a piece of cake to put together :D I'm not counting rereads in this list, because obviously if I'm rereading a book, it's one I love. In the order that I read them this year...


 Heir of Fire (Throne of Glass, #3)
January
18075234
February 
 23403402
March
 Outlander (Outlander #1)
March
 22544764
April
 17910124
April
 20646731
May
759837
May
Rose Under Fire (Code Name Verity, #2)
May
 16096824
June

It looks like May was a good month for great books! I read a bunch of disappointing books in June so I'm hoping things turn up soon (ACOTAR definitely made up for the not-so-great books though! :) )
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Monday, June 29, 2015

GB Readalong: Week 5




Red Seas Under Red Skies begins today!

And while we're starting a new book, it seems like it would be a good idea to remind you about the Thorn of Emberlain giveaway. It's never too late to enter! Check it out at the bottom of this post.

If you're just joining in, check out the intro post for the schedule and other details!

What we're reading this week

Red Seas Under Red Skies | Prologue, Ch1-4

Recap from last week

Flashbacks:
“Someday, Locke Lamora,” he said, “someday, you’re going to fuck up so magnificently, so ambitiously, so overwhelmingly that the sky will light up and the moons will spin and the gods themselves will shit comets with glee. And I just hope I’m still around to see it.”
“Oh please,” said Locke. “It’ll never happen.” 


Present Day: The falconer is tortured but not killed, Capa Raza smuggles Wraithstone into the Elderglass tower, Locke saves the day with the help of Dona Vorchenza, Locke beats the crap out of the Gray King, and Jean carries a stubborn, half-dead Locke home

Observations/Theories/Questions

I loved the sequence where Locke runs into Meraggio at the festival and then Meraggio does a double take. It seems like Locke can smooth-talk his way out of truly any situation!

That coat looks very familiar...

Another scene I loved: Locke bringing back the "I just have to keep you here until Jean gets back!" And then after Locke has gotten the beating of his life and is blubbering about leaving him to die, Jean gives him the verbal equivalent of a bitch slap. 

"Hell no. You're not going anywhere without me."

THE FEEEEELS.

Okay, I'm done now.

Food for thought:

  • "It's no choice at all": When the Falconer taunts Locke by saying he can either save the innocent peerage or take his revenge on The Gray King, Locke says that it's no choice at all and frankly I didn't know which way he was going to go. The nobility haven't exactly been kind to Locke, after all. I think it's telling that even though he swore revenge on behalf of his fallen Gentleman Bastards, Locke considers it his first priority to prevent more innocent deaths. Awww, little Locke has grown up!
  • The Falconer's punishment: Do you really think Locke and Jean are going to survive maiming the Falconer? The rule is technically not to kill a Bondsmagi, but this to me seems even more insulting than killing someone.
  • Locke killing Capa Raza: Locke has spent so many years repenting and paying for the deaths he caused as a child. He isn't a killer anymore, but his thirst for revenge leads him to murder Capa Raza. How do you think that's going to affect him in the future? Do you think Locke is more willing to kill now, or is this a one time thing?


Giveaway!

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So...what did you think of The Lies of Locke Lamora? Will you be sticking around for Red Seas Under Red Skies?

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Friday, June 26, 2015

Review: Redshirts


13055592Title: Redshirts
Author: John Scalzi
Genre: Science fiction, humor

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Goodreads Summary:
Ensign Andrew Dahl has just been assigned to the Universal Union Capital Ship Intrepid, flagship of the Universal Union since the year 2456. It’s a prestige posting, and Andrew is thrilled all the more to be assigned to the ship’s Xenobiology laboratory.
Life couldn’t be better…until Andrew begins to pick up on the fact that:
(1) every Away Mission involves some kind of lethal confrontation with alien forces
(2) the ship’s captain, its chief science officer, and the handsome Lieutenant Kerensky always survive these confrontations
(3) at least one low-ranked crew member is, sadly, always killed.

Not surprisingly, a great deal of energy below decks is expended on avoiding, at all costs, being assigned to an Away Mission. Then Andrew stumbles on information that completely transforms his and his colleagues’ understanding of what the starship Intrepid really is…and offers them a crazy, high-risk chance to save their own lives. 

I really enjoyed this book. It's light-hearted and a quick read, but it's also very clever. The entire book basically sets out to answer the question of why certain people on an intergalactic space shuttle die almost immediately while others never sustain more than cuts and bruises. The crew-members have insane theories, but even the craziest among them can't possibly figure out the truth.

This novel is really clever and fun, but don't go expecting too much more than that. There are a few sections at the end that attempt poignancy, but they felt forced and irrelevant compared to the ridiculousness of the rest of the novel. I almost wish they weren't part of the novel, but I can appreciate that they tied up a few loose ends.

I would definitely recommend this as a light and fun summer read, but I'd point you towards Scalzi's Old Man's War or Lock In for a funny book with more substance.

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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

GB Readalong: Killing off main characters



Last week, we faced the deaths of not one but three of the Gentleman Bastards. The Gray King is nothing if not thorough, as we can see from his meticulous tearing down of Capa Barsavi and everything he owns and controls. But Locke, the Thorn of Emberlain, wasn't actually that much a threat to him, so why take out almost everyone he cares about? Maybe because of that big tongue of his...

Whatever the reasoning, we lost three endearing characters and the series won't be the same without them. How do you feel about killing off major characters? Do you think it's a cheap way to get more shock value or a gutsy narrative device?

 For me, it depends on whether the deaths seem justified in the context of the story. If the death comes out of nowhere and didn't seem necessary or realistic, I get pretty furious.


Hopefully this reference is veiled enough to avoid spoiling things, but this death made me the angriest out of anything I've read/watched. IT WAS SO FREAKING POINTLESS AND OUT OF NOWHERE OH MY GOODNESS.
I generally...for lack of a better word, enjoy...when I'm thrown off kilter by the death of a beloved character. So many authors just assume that their main characters are invincible and terrible things can happen to other people but never our shining stars. I get annoyed with that pretty quickly, which is one of the reasons I love this series: bad things happen to everyone, especially our main characters.

I can't see I'm happy that Calo, Galdo, and Bug are gone, but I can say that I think it was justified. The Gray King is ruthless, and he knew how to cut the deepest and crush Locke. Killing the other Gentleman Bastards made sense from his POV, and it was totally in character considering his previous actions (Nazca! *cries*).

In the infamous Game of Thrones, I actually really liked that a major character died at the end of book 1. It seemed in character for the person/people involved, and it set the tone for the world really well. I was shocked and angry, but I respected George RR Martin making unconventional decisions.

Then Books 2 and 3 happened and people were dying left and right for now apparent reason and I lost the respect I had. Deaths don't necessarily all need to mean something, but the callousness with which he disposed of huge swaths of main and important characters made me not care about any of the existing ones. What's the point of getting to know someone if they're just going to end up dead?



I think Scott Lynch did a great job of ensuring that the deaths of the other Gentleman Bastards makes us care about Locke even more, instead of less. That moment when he cradles Bug's head and tells him he's sorry that he couldn't protect him...Locke has grown. It isn't "richer and cleverer than everyone else" anymore: he has lost something precious, and it's a sobering wake up call.

How do you think Scott Lynch handled the deaths of Calo, Galdo, and Bug? Do you think it was unnecessary or justified? How do you generally feel about major characters being killed off?

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Monday, June 22, 2015

GB Readalong: Week 4




The Lies of Locke Lamora Read-along continues...

We're just 100 pages away from finishing The Lies of Locke Lamora!   

If you're just joining in, check out the intro post for the schedule and other details!

What we're reading this week

Lies of Locke Lamora | Book 3 and Ch14-16, Epilogue

Recap from last week

Flashbacks: This week the Interludes aren't so much flashbacks as they are tidbits about Camorri culture. An interlude of note is one about waiting over 20 years for revenge. We also learn about Jean's stint as Tavrin Callas serving the Lady Most Kind.

Present Day: Jean and Bug take on giant spiders and save Locke, the Gray King's men kill Calo, Galdo, and Bug, Barsavi and everyone loyal to him are killed by the Berangia sisters, Locke and Jean swear revenge, and Locke takes on the Meraggio to keep the Lukas Fehrwight con going

Observations/Theories/Questions

Excuse me while I bawl my eyes out into a pile of kleenex:




Last week I told you, "you absolutely cannot count on the fact that your favorite characters are going to be okay."

Knowing what was going to happen to Calo, Galdo, and Bug didn't make it any easier to deal with the blow. If anything, it made it so much worse! I'm not much of a crier, but I was definitely crying over the fallen Gentleman Bastards.

The nice thing about this book is that even if you've gone through something traumatic, Locke and Jean always pull through to make you smile. The Meraggio's sequence was almost cinematic the first time I read it, and even more so this time around. It's hilarious and very impressive how Locke manages to improvise his way through the bank of Meraggio's and walk out wearing the wardrobe of the Meraggio himself, armed with nothing but a white iron coin.

It's striking how far that white iron coin has come, from being the reason he inadvertently killed many of his peers to becoming a way for him to avenge the deaths of his friends.

Food for thought:

  • The Spider: How great is it that the fabled Spider is actually a clever old lady who all the wives share their gossip with? I don't know about you, but the first time I read this I assumed the Spider was a guy (as did most residents of Camorr). It's so clever how she plays up and feeds people's expectations so she becomes even less of a suspect.

  • The Lady Most Kind: What a euphemistic name for dear old Death! It's nice to see how other initiates of the other twelve gods interact and pay homage to their patron god(dess). I don't know if it was an intentional satire or not on blind religious fervor, but the fact that the priests took Jean's terrified, almost drunken ramblings as a vision from the Lady Most Kind...I laughed so hard!

How emotionally drained are you after this section? Having seen what Capa Raza can do, do you think Locke and Jean stand a chance at defeating him (and let's not forget the Bondsmage!)? What tricks do you think the Spider has up her sleeve?

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Saturday, June 20, 2015

Review: Night Watch (Discworld)

759837Title: Night Watch
Author:Terry Pratchett
Genre: Fantasy, humor, adult

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Goodreads summary:
One moment, Sir Sam Vimes is in his old patrolman form, chasing a sweet-talking psychopath across the rooftops of Ankh-Morpork. The next, he's lying naked in the street, having been sent back thirty years courtesy of a group of time-manipulating monks who won't leave well enough alone. This Discworld is a darker place that Vimes remembers too well, three decades before his title, fortune, beloved wife, and impending first child. Worse still, the murderer he's pursuing has been transported back also. Worst of all, it's the eve of a fabled street rebellion that needlessly destroyed more than a few good (and not so good) men. Sam Vimes knows his duty, and by changing history he might just save some worthwhile necks—though it could cost him his own personal future. Plus there's a chance to steer a novice watchman straight and teach him a valuable thing or three about policing, an impressionable young copper named Sam Vimes.

This is not my first Discworld book, but it's the first one that isn't marketed as a children's book. I grew up reading and loving The Amazing Maurice and the Tiffany Aching books, so it was only a matter of time before I dove into the world of Sam Vimes.

I kind of want to punch myself because what took me so long? This book is just as clever and funny as the other Discworld books I've read, but the darker aspects are a lot darker and the dialogue is razor sharp. It's everything I loved about Maurice and Tiffany Aching, but better!

This book deals with Sam Vimes accidentally going back in time while trying to catch a psychotic serial killer. It turns out the only way he can catch the killer is to kick the past Night Watch into shape...including a young and impressionable version of himself. I was a little lost at first because I didn't have the context for Sam's previous adventures, but I never felt like I was floundering. I would like to go back and reread this after I've read the other Sam Vimes books so that I can see how much he really has grown from the younger version until now, but I still really enjoyed the contrast between the two Sams.

I love time travel stories, and this one is one of my favorites to date. In true Sir Terry Pratchett fashion, this book pokes fun at everything it possibly can while still delivering a fast-paced and intense story. And somewhere along the way, you grow to love all the characters, from the caricatures to the most human. I highly recommend this book, to fans of Discworld new and old.

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Friday, June 19, 2015

Review: Child of A Hidden Sea

18490629Title: Child of a Hidden Sea
Author:A.M. Dellamonica
Genre: Fantasy, adult

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Goodreads Summary:
One minute, twenty-four-year-old Sophie Hansa is in a San Francisco alley trying to save the life of the aunt she has never known. The next, she finds herself flung into the warm and salty waters of an unfamiliar world. Glowing moths fall to the waves around her, and the sleek bodies of unseen fish glide against her submerged ankles.
The world is Stormwrack, a series of island nations with a variety of cultures and economies—and a language different from any Sophie has heard.
Sophie doesn't know it yet, but she has just stepped into the middle of a political firestorm, and a conspiracy that could destroy a world she has just discovered… her world, where everyone seems to know who she is, and where she is forbidden to stay.
But Sophie is stubborn, and smart, and refuses to be cast adrift by people who don't know her and yet wish her gone. With the help of a sister she has never known, and a ship captain who would rather she had never arrived, she must navigate the shoals of the highly charged politics of Stormwrack, and win the right to decide for herself whether she stays in this wondrous world . . . or is doomed to exile.

There was so much buzz about this book when it came out, but it took ages for me to actually find a copy. I had heard nothing but good things about this book, so I was really excited to start.

I really enjoyed reading about Sophie's adventures in Stormwrack. Portal fantasies are fun because you get a glimpse of our familiar world and a new fantasy world, and the main character is just as clueless about the new world as you are! Sophie discovers that she has more ties to this magical world than she anticipated, and ends up trying to survive in the middle of a political machinations and assassination attempts.

The world of Stormwrack is unlike any other fantasy world I have read about. Stormwrack is an archipelago full of little island states, each with its own culture and politics. Names have power here, which is a typical fantasy trope, but magic is also channeled through unique flora and fauna. As a biologist, Sophie is inherently curious about all the new creatures she sees in Stormwrack, and it's an endearing way to learn about this new world.

I really liked Sophie. She was a curious, stubborn young woman who was just trying to figure out who her biological parents were, but even when she gets more than she bargained for, she never loses her focus or her excitement for discovery. I loved her teasing relationship with her brother, Bram; it's not often that more than one person jumps through a portal into a fantasy world. Both of them are so geeky and adorable, and it was refreshing that neither of them were willing to suspend their intellectual curiosity over the course of the story (nerds will always be nerds! whooo!). They fight like siblings and make fun of each other, but they also have each other's backs no matter what craziness ensues.

I'll admit that this book took a while to grow on me, and it had a pretty slow start, but I really enjoyed it and will definitely be reading more of A.M. Dellamonica's books.

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Thursday, June 18, 2015

GB Readalong: Worldbuilding versus the real world



I have lent my copy of Lies of Locke Lamora to more friends than I can count, and all of them have had great things to say about the book. But one of them came back to me saying, "It was really entertaining, but the world building was so insanely detailed! The author kept describing things couldn't picture in terms of other things I couldn't picture. Like what the heck is Austershalin wine?"

Yes, Scott Lynch takes world-building to a whole new level in this series, but that's part of why I love it so much. I'll admit it was hard to keep the different customs and cultures of Camorr, Tal Verrar, and Karthain straight in my head, but I loved that the world was filled in with little details that seem insignificant but can have such a big impact on how you perceive land of the Gentleman Bastards.

Finding Yourself in a Fantasy World


It's one thing to create a world that is full of things familiar to you, and quite another to make a world that has something that any reader can find a bit of themselves in. Scott Lynch makes it clear that there are a wide variety of people in this world, differing in everything from skin tone and to accent to personality. We have shrewd and intelligent women in roles of power, we have nobility and merchants of every skin color, and we have people who have romantic relationships that defy convention. All of these things are just woven into the fabric of the world through minor characters or a passing detail here and there.

And the best part? No one bats an eyelash.

I think one of the hardest parts of creating a fantasy world is that you want it to reflect the real world without beating your reader over the head with all the problems we face in real life. We want to see ourselves in this world, but we don't want all the baggage that we already have to deal with.

Scott put it like this on his tumblr:

While the people of Locke’s world can certainly be vicious, short-sighted, and hateful, I’m squarely opposed to the notion that they need to display perfect analogs of our prejudices. I don’t believe our prejudices are permanent or inevitable....I have difficulty (to provide just one example) with fantasy milieus that, even in the possible service of trying not to ignore important issues, pound the oppression and sexual violation of women into every crevice of the text. This creates a sharp divergence in the reader experience; for readers like me the message is “you can be a central character in a cool adventure, go be brave!” and for people less forthrightly in possession of a Y chromosome the message is “everyone who looks like you might be raped or abused at every turn, go be nervous and agitated!”


It makes me enormously happy that Scott Lynch acknowledges that certain groups of people have real lives that suck, but he doesn't need to build that into his world. Often in the name of realism or world-building, we end up with societies that have all the same problems as ours. It's nice to know that in Camorr, I can be anyone from a badass pirate to a noblewoman who loves botany.

What else is coming?

Completely unrelated to the topic above, but still about world-building. A reader asked Scott if there would be characters who are analogous to Asians in his world later on in the series. His answer?

There is an entire hemisphere to Locke’s world that we have not yet seen, and will eventually see, and much will be made clear when we do. 


The series starts off as almost a light fantasy, with some magical tools and tricks but nothing all that magical. Then we start seeing things like the Bondsmagi and the alchemical poisons and hints about the Eldren (which I mistakenly referred to as the Elders earlier this week. Oops!).

What else does Scott Lynch have up his sleeve?

I honestly don't really know what else to expect! The city of Camorr has been described with such painstaking detail so far, so it's clear that a lot of planning has gone into it. But we haven't (yet) heard of anything beyond Tal Verrar, Karthain, and Emberlain. If there is a whole new hemisphere waiting for us to discover, who knows what else could be brought into this series! A new system of magic? Other magical races? More political scheming? And how will Locke Lamora find himself on the other side of  the world?

All I know for certain is that I am ridiculously excited to find out.

What do you think about the level of detail in the world-building of this series? Any thoughts on what might be in that other hemisphere?


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Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Review: A Thousand Pieces of You


17234658Title: A Thousand Pieces of You
Author: Claudia Gray
Genre: Science fiction, young adult

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

Goodreads Summary:
Marguerite Caine’s physicist parents are known for their radical scientific achievements. Their most astonishing invention: the Firebird, which allows users to jump into parallel universes, some vastly altered from our own. But when Marguerite’s father is murdered, the killer—her parent’s handsome and enigmatic assistant Paul—escapes into another dimension before the law can touch him.
Marguerite can’t let the man who destroyed her family go free, and she races after Paul through different universes, where their lives entangle in increasingly familiar ways. With each encounter she begins to question Paul’s guilt—and her own heart. Soon she discovers the truth behind her father’s death is more sinister than she ever could have imagined.
A Thousand Pieces of You explores a reality where we witness the countless other lives we might lead in an amazingly intricate multiverse, and ask whether, amid infinite possibilities, one love can endure.

I'll be honest, the only reason I picked this book up was because the cover was gorgeous. Oh, and that little thing in the blurb that mentioned PARALLEL UNIVERSES.

I get very excited about the multiverse. Maybe it's all the Doctor Who binge-watching, but it's so exciting to think about all of the "what ifs" and the "could have beens". The entire universe almost fell apart because Donna Noble decided to turn right instead of left at a traffic light one day (talk about the butterfly effect...), so imagine the little ripples each of us makes and how different the world could be if we all made just one different decision.


The coolest part about this book is that not every parallel universe is drastically different. Just from sheer probability, the chances of me choosing to put on green socks instead of blacks ones isn't going to change the world too much; that's reflected in this book's multiverse where some worlds are very similar to our own. Yet, we also have other worlds that resemble 20th century Russia and other worlds that have technology that far eclipses our own.

I really enjoyed the world-building of this novel, but I didn't care about many of the characters. Yes, it was great that Marguerite was a headstrong and sassy young woman who wouldn't let anyone stand in the way of avenging her parents. I just didn't think her relationship with Paul, Theo, and their multiverse counterparts was very compelling. Marguerite gets really confused about what feelings are hers and what feelings are her alternate universe counterparts, which is understandable, but some of the decisions she made were very invasive and she really didn't respect the lives of the alternate counterparts. Honestly I didn't find either/any love interest particularly compelling, especially given all the different versions of each Marguerite encounters.

One of the relationships I did find compelling was that of Marguerite and her parents. She feels but intense sadness and happiness when she sees alternate universe versions of her murdered parents, which was very believable. No matter what came her way, Marguerite never lost focus of her fierce love and loyalty to her family, which I loved.

This is a very well-thought out take on the multiverse, and definitely is entertaining. I didn't connect with the characters as much as I'd have liked, but I definitely haven't written off this series!

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Monday, June 15, 2015

GB Readalong: Week 3




The Lies of Locke Lamora Read-along continues...

We're over halfway through Lies of Locke Lamora!   

If you're just joining in, check out the intro post for the schedule and other details!

What we're reading this week

Lies of Locke Lamora | Book III, Chapters 9-13

Recap from last week

Flashbacks: We learn more about Chains' trials for the boys, including how Jean Tannen learned to fight and a certain scheme that involves keeping someone down until Jean Tannen comes back...

Present Day: We finally meet the Falconer, Nazca is killed, Locke plays the Gray King is practically destroyed by a livid Capa Barsavi.

Observations/Theories/Questions

Phew, things got really intense, really fast!

This Book was called "Complications", and that certainly describes this part of the book really well. Although the complication is initially a benign, "let's find a way to not marry Nazca without offending dear old Capa Barsavi," it ends up being the enormously harrowing "let's try to avoid being killed when we're trapped between a Bondsmage and a furious, bloodthirsty father"!



If you haven't already figured this out about the Gentleman Bastards series, you absolutely cannot count on the fact that your favorite characters are going to be okay.

Consider yourself warned.

Food for thought:


  • More on the Elderglass:

    "miles and miles of spun Elderglass cords had been found in the tunnels beneath Camorr centuries before" (UK paperback, p284)

    Who found the cables, and what were they doing there in the first place? This suggests that someone built these fantastical structures that the humans still don't know much about but then suddenly disappeared, leaving their creations behind. For a group that powerful, human or otherwise, to disappear without a trace...something really big had to have happened.

    I believe Republic of Thieves mentions a group of people called The Elders. Maybe talking about who the Elders are and what happened to them is a discussion for later on in the summer.
  • Locke's past:

    When we find out that Jean's parents died days before the Thiefmaker brought him to Father Chains, Locke tells Jean that he doesn't remember his mother but his father was "away a lot." I'm going to keep tabs on these little details from Locke's past before being a Catchfire orphan so that I can compare it to revelations further along in the series.
  • The Gray King:

    Locke and Jean have already established that the Gray King is someone unspeakably wealthy for being able to employ a bondsmage (one with three rings no less) for over two months. We also get a little hint that Locke has met the Gray King before, but can't place it. I honestly don't remember the identity of the Gray King or even if that's something we find out in this book, so I'm guessing along with you first time readers. Who could even potentially be that rich and yet have no one know their true identity? That takes a lot of power, or at least a lot of ability to manipulate people into keeping you a secret even if they do find out who you are (just like the bondsmages going around and beating all their competitors into submission...)
And since this was such a dark section, here's something to cheer you up from In A World Full of Tasters:


How do you think things will turn out for Locke? Any thoughts on who the Gray King is?

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Thursday, June 11, 2015

GB Readalong: Lies of Locke Lamora fan art 1



I've been wanting to do more than 2 posts a week for the readalong, but it's hitting me that

1) This readalong is going for 3 months and I need to have things to talk about for that long

2) Life is CRAZY so I probably shouldn't commit to that much considering how sporadically I usually post on my blog.

3) I can't talk about a lot of things I want to because we haven't gotten far enough in the book(s) yet! So look out for more detailed discussion posts later on :)

My hardest final is tomorrow, and then I'm officially done with another year of undergrad! So here's a little bit of Lies of Locke Lamora fan art to tide you over until next time. Rest assured that I'm bookmarking things like a fiend so that I can share more cool stuff with you all later on :)

Since we're still in the middle of the Salvara con, here is a fan's vision of our friend Lukas Fehrwight:
By  TolmanCotton on DeviantArt
Just look at those stuffy spectacles and the high-necked coat - Locke looks like such a prissy high-class merchant (which I suppose is exactly the point). There is so much attention to detail from Lukas Fehrwight's costume in the book, and the artist did such a great job of capturing that in a picture.


The Sanza twins with their infamous deck of cards, also by TolmanCotton on DeviantArt:
The Sanza Twins by TolmanCotton

The twins are hard to tell apart, although one does a have a more hooked nose than the other...
I appreciate that this artist took into account the different skin tones of the characters, since Lynch makes sure to talk about some characters being tanned or pale or dark as coffee (ahem Sanza twins).

Here's a pictures of the whole crew! This is one of my favorites since it captures each of the characters so well. It helps that the motto always makes me smile:




Also, there's this amazing sketch about Father Chains and all the craziness he has to deal with raising the gentleman bastards:

http://shadowsartist.tumblr.com/post/105390653720/i-suggest-father-chains-as-saint-or-nameless


I hope that made you smile! I will see you on the other side of finals!

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