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I've honestly been terrible about keeping track of what I've been reading, so let's just start this off with what I'm reading now: The Republic of Thieves, by Scott Lynch, third book in The Gentlemen Bastards series. I'm riiiight about the point where I usually get my heart ripped out and stomped on so now it's just a matter of waiting.

What I'm Reading Next: Hopefully finishing The Kingdom of the Gods by N.K. Jemisin. I went through the first two books in the series really fast, but I just can't get into this one. I think it's because I don't really like the protagonist. After that, I'm not sure, but at the beginning of August I shall be reading Fallow: Whyborne & Griffin #8 by Jordan L. Hawk. It looks like she's got new models for the covers, and I'm not sure how I feel about them yet. Anyway, it is now available for preorder. It's one of the 'away' books, which usually don't grab me as much, but they are headed to Kansas so hopefully we'll see some resolution for Griffin regarding the distant and recent pasts.
Date: 2016-07-10 11:33 am (UTC)

From: [identity profile] hamsterwoman.livejournal.com
I'm riiiight about the point where I usually get my heart ripped out and stomped on so now it's just a matter of waiting.

Yeah, his books have a rhythm like that, don't they (although the flashback strand in Thieves makes it a little different).

My daughter is reading Lies of Locke Lamora right now, and had gotten about 2/3 in. I told her that I thought she could relax and that nobody else (mournable) was dying, but apparently I was wrong XP
Date: 2016-07-11 04:53 am (UTC)

From: [identity profile] hours-gone-by.livejournal.com
Yeah, his books have a rhythm like that, don't they (although the flashback strand in Thieves makes it a little different).

Yes, it didn't have the same gut-wrenching death scene(s) as the first two, but that just makes me suspicious for the next book. (This Sept., apparently.) I was REALLY worried Sabetha was going to die, and after waiting for her to show for two books!

BTW, what were you expecting Patience's news about Locke to be? I was sort of expecting 'lost son of someone important' or something, and I think I would've been disappointed in that because Lynch has been good so far about not dropping into boilerplate fantasy, not what we got.
Date: 2016-07-12 04:54 pm (UTC)

From: [identity profile] hamsterwoman.livejournal.com
but that just makes me suspicious for the next book

I feel like he's almost run out of characters to kill... unless he's willing to kill Jean, at which point, I quit. (I guess we could go back to Camorr and kill the characters I cared about there, the Salvaras and Dona Vorchenza and so on, or maybe back to book 2 characters and kill Zamira...) It has reached the point where I'm very reluctant to be won over by any new character because I expect them to be killed off at some point during the book -- bitter lesson learned with Ezri, and then reinforced with Patience. (I actually didn't care much for Sabetha, but I think she's actually safe, after all that set-up.)

I think I was expecting something similar, yeah, with a "related to someone important" reveal, since Locke's parentage is a mystery, as is his name. I'm glad we didn't go there, but can't say that I was too pleased with the actual reveal, either, because I find the Bondsmages probably the least interesting part of the Gentleman Bastards worldbuilding. (I was not thrilled by the Falconer's reappearance, either.)

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