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Red Seas Under Red Skies
Red Seas Under Red Skies | Scott Lynch
In his highly acclaimed debut, The Lies of Locke Lamora, Scott Lynch took us on an adrenaline-fueled adventure with a band of daring thieves led by con artist extraordinaire Locke Lamora. Now Lynch brings back his outrageous hero for a caper so death-defying, nothing short of a miracle will pull it off. After a brutal battle with the underworld that nearly destroyed him, Locke and his trusted sidekick, Jean, fled the island city of their birth and landed on the exotic shores of Tal Verrar to nurse their wounds. But even at this westernmost edge of civilization, they cant rest for longand are soon back to what they do best: stealing from the undeserving rich and pocketing the proceeds for themselves. This time, however, they have targeted the grandest prize of all: the Sinspire, the most exclusive and heavily guarded gambling house in the world. Its nine floors attract the wealthiest clienteleand to rise to the top, one must impress with good credit, amusing behaviorand excruciatingly impeccable play. For there is one cardinal rule, enforced by Requin, the houses cold-blooded master: it is death to cheat at any game at the Sinspire. Brazenly undeterred, Locke and Jean have orchestrated an elaborate plan to lie, trick, and swindle their way up the nine floorsstraight to Requins teeming vault. Under the cloak of false identities, they meticulously make their climbuntil they are closer to the spoils than ever. But someone in Tal Verrar has uncovered the duos secret. Someone from their past who has every intention of making the impudent criminals pay for their sins. Now it will take every ounce of cunning to save their mercenary souls. And even that may not be enough.PRAISE FOR SCOTT LYNCH A bright new voice in the fantasy genre.George R. R. Martin Red Seas Under Red Skies Lynch hasnt merely imagined a far-off world, hes created it, put it all down on paperthe smells, the sounds, the people, the feel of the place. The novel is a virtuoso performance, and sf/fantasy fans will gobble it up.Booklist (starred review) Red Seas Under Red Skies firmly proves that Scott Lynch isnt a one-hit wonder. . . . Itll only be a matter of time before Scott Lynch is mentioned in the same breath as George R. R. Martin and Steven Erikson.Fantasy Book Critic Grand, grandiose, grandiloquent . . . No critic is likely to fault Lynch in his overflowing qualities of inventiveness, audacious draftsmanship, and sympathetic characterization.Locus The kind of witty romp that reminds you exactly how much fun heroic fantasy is supposed to be.SFXThe Lies of Locke Lamora Right now, in the full flush of a second reading, I think The Lies of Locke Lamora is probably in my top ten favorite books ever. Maybe my top five. If you havent read it, you should. If you have read it, you should probably read it again.Patrick Rothfuss, New York Times bestselling author of The Name of the WindFrom the Hardcover edition.
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TugstenDragon
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Book 2 done! Man that ending I really need to read book 3. It is very sailing terminology heavy but overall very good read. Exciting didn‘t want to put the book down.

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Jari-chan
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While I enjoyed the first book, I loved the second one. Maybe because of the setting, but I also got a better feeling for the characters, got more into the story and was curious to find out what breathtaking ideas Locke comes up with next.

Te German version is read by Matthias Lühn and he does a really good job here, bringing the characters to life and each scene unique. What a marvel and what a great combination this audio book was 😍

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Twainy
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Another Book 2. Last time I did this I bought book 3 & a special edition came out that I just had to have … yes, First Law 😁 I‘m enjoying Gentleman Bastards. Love new books.

DrexEdit That's a nice edition! I ❤️ the Gentleman Bastards as well. I need to finish out that series! 7mo
vivastory @DrexEdit Same! These are great summer reads 7mo
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AlaMich
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Oy! At the 80% mark this book is really starting to feel like a slog. The paperback is over 700 pages and I haven‘t been that enthusiastic about it since I started. I enjoyed The Lies of Locke Lamora—the first book in the series—much more than this. #isitoveryet

Eyelit Agreed! 9mo
AlaMich @Eyelit Thank you! It has such great reviews and ratings and I just don‘t get why! 9mo
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Oberkrombie
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Series is a phenomenal addition to the fiction world and would recommend to anyone who loves a witty read with great character building

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LiteraryLona
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I had to go right to the second book of the series, the first was fantastic!

TobeyTheScavengerMonk Book 3‘s good too! The only problem is that book 4, The Thorn of Emberlain, is up there with The Winds of Winter and The Doors of Stone on the list of fantasy books that have been delayed for years and years and years. 2y
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imyril
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Catch up #WyrdAndWonder Day 13: a friend in need

The central friendship of the Gentleman Bastards is a huge part of the reason I love Scott Lynch‘s fantasy conmen as much as I do. Jean Tannen is the friend Locke Lamora needs, if not always the one he sometimes deserves 😉

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HeyT
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I love Locke and Jean so it was great to spend time with them again as they pull off another signature heist. So many things go wrong and watching them adjust their plans was very entertaining. This felt different than the first installment as it dealt with a new land and environment. I look forward to the next installment.
With this I've now finished three on the list for #BookSpinBonanza.
#BuriedAliveChallenge

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HeyT
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I just did the math. If I want to finish all 20 books for #BookSpinBonanza by the end of the month I need to read at least 318 pages per day. It seems like a daunting task but I'm thinking it's also possible so idk. At least this gives me a pacing goal to focus me if I really want to complete the entire challenge.

TheAromaofBooks Intense but doable!! Good luck! 3y
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HeyT
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Sierra and I are about to embark on an adventure with the Gentleman Bastards.
#CatsOfLitsy

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reclusivepigeon
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I tried. I didn‘t care for the first book, but gave the second a try because of book club and I had the audio. I made it 8:30 into a 25:30 book. It was getting to the point where I wanted to claw my face off. So it‘s time I finally dnf a book instead of making my life miserable.

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julesG
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Mehso-so

#unpopularopinion

Locke and Jean plan to clean out the vault of a casino, but due to [spoilers] they end up sailing on a pirate ship.

This book had good parts, but most of it felt like watching a cat chase its own tail.

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julesG
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Good afternoon!

My stats for the #24B4Monday #readathon. Those 5 hours are not as good as I had hoped, but I've still got time to catch up. 😁
Stats are excluding reading lots of posters while my daughter visited several tiny courses at her potential secondary school, and my son's homework essay about why sugary snacks and drinks should be banned from the school kiosk.

Guess I'd be entitled to say 6 hours 😉

@TheReadingMermaid @Andrew65 @jb72

Andrew65 That‘s a great total. 👏👏👏 3y
marleed Oh the things we could be reading! 3y
jb72 That‘s good! 🎉 3y
Deifio So what kind of potions do your kids want to make? Maybe something to paint your bookshelves with so they magically hold twice that many books? That would be helpful 😉 3y
julesG @Deifio I presume they hope I will do the magic and cook up something that magically does their homework and chores. I was actually hoping I'd teleport to a lovely reading spot by touching the stone in the middle. Not necessarily time travel as in Outlander, just somewhere nice and cozy. 😁 3y
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julesG
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Double dip from my currently reading pile (so much for the forecast).

Both stories about master thieves. Both MCs must have been born under a #LuckyStar. They are capable of stealing anything, even the #Masterpiece from the most protected vault in town.

#MOvember @Cinfhen

Cinfhen Sometimes you need to abandon the forecast and go where your mood takes you!! Both books sound great 3y
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KimM
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Love this series ❤ I'm rereading it on Audible and its just as fun as I remember. It's a series but each book can be a standalone as the guys get up to different adventures in each one. It sets the bar for creative cursing 😂

CrowCAH Aye, that‘s for sure about the curses! Just finished this one today! 3y
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Merethebookgal
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I love these gentlemen bastards! This series somehow gets even better upon a reread and I can‘t wait to get to book three!

JazzFeathers What a great edition 😍 3y
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LoveToReadLiveToRead
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Uh, what a busy few weeks, so little time for Litsy & books! I‘m re-visiting a fave series with this one, it has THE BEST insults ever!
I‘ve been rubbish at keeping up with #bookfitnesschallenge too, sorry @wanderinglynn
I missed the weekly check-in posts but have hit my weekly mileage targets. I think I‘m on target for my book target too.
Bring on week 5, the week of my half marathon, eek!!

wanderinglynn Way to go! 🙌🏻 And good luck with your half! We‘re rooting for you! 4y
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Marmie7
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Had a busy day with yard work and staining the deck. Time to relax and begin the 2nd installment in the Gentleman Bastard Sequence. 💖

GrilledCheeseSamurai Soooo good! 👍 4y
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ElizabethAndino
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I loved the first in the series. This one dragged for me a bit, but the ending was completely worth it!

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Oryx
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And relax...

😍 Yorkshire

Sophoclessweetheart Beautiful 😍 4y
DHill What a view! 4y
C.Perone 😍 Enjoy! 4y
youneverarrived Looks lush 😍 enjoy! 4y
eraderneely Looks fab! 4y
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Oryx
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Lunchtime reading in the sun. Can I stay here all afternoon please?

RadicalReader @Oryx reading and sunlight bookworm‘s everlasting pleasures 4y
Cathythoughts Yes ! You have full permission from Litsy to stay there all afternoon 👍🏻😂 4y
Oryx @Cathythoughts I'll tell my boss you said it was ok 👍👍 4y
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readordierachel Cool Chucks. Is that a butterfly? 🦋 4y
Oryx @ReadOrDieRachel thanks! Yes it is 😁 4y
Oryx @RadicalReader definitely! 4y
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vivastory
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The Gentlemen Bastards, Jean & Locke, are quickly becoming my favorite fictional con artists. In the second book Lynch has already established their backgrounds, allowing for a broader narrative tapestry. One hell of a heist story with plenty of twists without being formulaic. The real heart of the story are the fantastic characters. The world created by Lynch is strangely familiar, yet offers the imaginative dislocations of finest SFF literature.

ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled This looks fun! Stacked! 4y
Melissa_J I really need to read the first book! I‘ve had it forever. 4y
vivastory @ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled It's a blast! Also loved the first in the series 4y
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vivastory @Melissa_J Love this series! I've heard some people say that the second is a bit too long, but I'm honestly hard pressed to think of sections that could've been cut without damaging the story. 4y
GrilledCheeseSamurai 3rd is just as good...and hot damn I need that 4th one! 4y
vivastory @GrilledCheeseSamurai Just as good?! I'm tempted to read it ASAP, but I know it'll drive me crazy that the fourth one isn't out. Is it supposed to be published this year? Or did it get pushed back again? 4y
GrilledCheeseSamurai I don't know. It keeps getting pushed and pushed and pushed. I thought for sure this was the year...but now I'm not so certain. I woulda thought we'd hear by now if it was. 😭 4y
vivastory @GrilledCheeseSamurai He's pulling a George RR Martin? Frustrating! Maybe if you & I write & beg, he'll feel a special sympathy for his namesake... 4y
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vivastory
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Me right now having finished the battle between Drakasha & Rodanov.

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vivastory
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GrilledCheeseSamurai ❤️ These books! 4y
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vivastory
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Although, I must admit to being more #TeamEzri

jmtrivera In general, I am team bad-ass lady pirates. 😊 4y
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vivastory
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Burn! 😂

CrowCAH So need to start this series! ⚔️☠️⚓️ 4y
GrilledCheeseSamurai I love Locke and Jean! ❤️ 4y
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ju1iar
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I'm currently listening to the 2nd book of the Gentleman Bastard series. I forgot how much I enjoyed the first book. These books just crack me up and amuse me.

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JPeterson
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Coupons + gift cards = the best #bookmail 😄

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jmtrivera
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I wish I'd picked up this book sooner! It was a good follow-up to The Lies of Locke Lamora, and it was great to spend time with Jean and Locke again and see how the consequences of that story affected them. This one was more about Jean, with a great focus on tension within a friendship. There's also a heist, a poorly thought out plan, and kickass, tough, sassy, lady pirates. Picking up the next for sure.

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KtheBookwyrm
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Awesome. Oceans 11/Now You See Me + pirates. Like I said before, this took way too long to finish. This is a rare favorite for me.

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KtheBookwyrm
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Only a couple hundred pages to go. This book has taken an exceedingly long amount of time to read, which is stupid because it's great. I should be done by the end of the week!

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GrilledCheeseSamurai
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#Noteworthynovember #fire 🔥

I've always found this cover very striking. Great read too!
#fantasy

(this is my first photo challenge here, and while this book isn't about fire the cover sure is. Does that count? Please correct me if I'm wrong).

TobeyTheScavengerMonk It totally counts! Love Locke and Jean! 5y
Dragon I enjoyed this one 👍🐉 5y
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Maike
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Locke and Jean have a try at the pirate life and it‘s as entertaining as you can imagine. The heist part of the book feels only secondary to their nautical adventures but is still very cleverly concluded.

julesG I just bought this. Is this part of a series? 5y
Maike @julesG yes, it‘s the second in the Gentleman Bastards series. You should start with the first one: 5y
julesG Thanks. I think I have that "Locke Lamora" on my Kindle. 5y
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julesG
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More #bookmail

Had already forgotten about these two.

Meanwhile some #audiowrapping is going on. (Listening to The Historian)

Cohnina Is holding published as "Ein irischer Dorfpolizist" in Germany? 5y
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RealBooks4ever
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JPeterson
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#crushingongiveaway

Congrats @Cinfhen on your milestone!!! 🎉🎉

I absolutely loved The Lies of Locke Lamora, and I have been eyeing the rest of the series to add to my collection. I mean, you just can't have one of them, right? 😜

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Cinfhen Of course you need more copies😂💚🤞🏼☘️🤞🏼 5y
CrowCAH I‘ve been wanting to start this series! 5y
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llwheeler
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This time for a #bookrainbow I thought I'd try by title instead of by the colour of the cover. Turns out, I have no books with orange or yellow in the title. And I had to use author instead of title for violet(te). Several choices for red, green and blue though.
#fallintobooks

TobeyTheScavengerMonk Love those top two! 5y
llwheeler @TobeyTheScavengerMonk I haven't read either yet, though I have read Lies of Locke Lamora so Red Seas is high on my list 5y
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PagesAndConstellations
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So excited to get stuck in :D

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RedMudNessa
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I think I should get myself a book weight. I stepped away to put my dishes in the sink and come back to this.

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chemicalpink
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"Difficult" and "impossible" are cousins often mistaken for one another, with very little in common.

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kgriffith
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The greatest perk of going to SMCC: having this to visit after watering my on-campus community garden plot. #24in48

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kgriffith
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Listening while I tend my lil community garden plot. 😊 #24in48

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kgriffith
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Starting book 2 in the Gentleman Bastards series, and giving myself ten minutes to catch up on #24in48 posts!

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Tnovo
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Getting in some good reading time on the train to NJ. Finally seeing some sunshine too☀️. Have to say I love the colorful banter is this book. 😁

RealBooks4ever Love love love! 💜 6y
TobeyTheScavengerMonk Locke and Jean are the best. 6y
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Tnovo
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Started my long weekend off with Red Skies and red wine 🍷 and nothing to do this weekend except read and spend Mother's Day weekend with mom and daughter 💐. I think I am liking this book better than the first one....

ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled That cover = I must read this now 6y
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HannaPolkadots
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#maybookflowers 8, I'm letting this favorite represent #bodyofwater. And can't wait for the fourth book.