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Red Seas Under Red Skies, by Scott Lynch Book Review | SFReader.com
Red Seas Under Red Skies, by Scott Lynch Genre: Fantasy Publisher: Spectra Published: 2008 Review Posted: 6/25/2013 Reviewer Rating:
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Red Seas Under Red Skies, by Scott Lynch
Book Review by Paul Weiss
Have you read this book?
The swashbuckling con games and escapades continue!
Locke Lamora and Jean Tannen, the two badly beaten and shocked, weary
remnants of The Gentlemen Bastards, continue their picaresque
fantastical escapades in fine form!
After a somewhat hollow victory at the conclusion of The Lies of Locke
Lamora in the light of their continuing difficulties at the hands of the
cruelly vindictive Bonds Magi, a battered Locke and Jean take refuge on
the shores of Val Terrar. With their strength and wits at long last
recovered, they plan the biggest con game of all, the heist of the
contents of the vault of the Sinspire, a casino known for its ruthless
treatment of cheats, frauds and card sharps with a security system
renowned for being absolutely impregnable!
But their plans for this grandiose, spectacular theft are interrupted by
a scoundrel playing his own style of political con game. Tricked into
drinking a slow-acting poison, Jean and Locke are forced into assuming
the role of sea-faring, plundering pirates. They will be given the
antidote to the poison only if they can create a panic among Val
Terrar's legitimate marine businesses.
Dialogue? Spectacular, especially the high speed, clever banter between
Locke and Jean that, as other reviewers have noted, will remind readers
of the hilarious give and take between Robert Redford and Paul Newman in
The Sting and Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. Lynch's versions of
medieval profanity are particularly creative.
Atmosphere and setting? Incredible! Sights, sounds, smells, colors,
weather, buildings, flowers, temperature ... it seems like no detail is
too small for Lynch to consider adding to the world that he has created.
Readers will have no difficulty whatsoever creating a mental picture of
Plot? Superb. Readers will take utter delight in the clever quick paced
twists, turns and intersections of two major plot lines running
concurrently and will also enjoy a couple of rather interesting
sub-plots as well.
Characterization? God forbid anything should ever happen to Locke or
Jean or their obvious love for one another! Lynch has turned them into
such completely built entities that one can't help but cheer wildly for
Highly recommended? You bet ... with the added comment that I'll be
waiting rather impatiently for the much anticipated third installment in
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