4 1/2 stars This might have been 5 stars but for a couple of spots (short spots) that dragged for me and had me skimming.
The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch has been sitting on my bookcase since it came out in 2006. Many, if not most, writers go through a period when they are learning to write where they find they can’t read novels. I certainly did, and with me it lasted over two years.
Lies came out smack dab in the middle of that time period. I tried, and failed, to read this book back then. Not being totally dim, I kept the book, and I bought the next two books as soon as they came out.
When I picked Lies up this time, I fell right into the story, and fell in love with Locke, Jean, Bug, Calo, and Galdo. And I get it now. I understand the fan art, the cosplay, the devotion–all of it. In understanding all of that, I learned a lot. The best books are the ones you devour and that make you a better writer at the very same time.
The lines “Oh please,” said Locke. “It’ll ever happen.” made me cry. You’ll have to read the book to find out why.
Don’t wait as long as I did.