I have been reading and painting and working and painting and reading. I have (had now) three books going and two paintings, one website and a full time job. Life has been nuts.
To break back into blogging I am going to take the easy route and review the book I just finished reading. It was amazing!
The Lies of Locke Lamora is an awesome book (fiction.) It is gritty and one of the most action packed books I have read since Luck in the Shadows, by Lynn Flewelling. I would like to say I was not able to put it down, but I did, several times, only to eager to pick it back up at the next free moment I had.
Usually I would go over a summary of the book. Not with this one. You can read a summary of the book almost any place on the net. I want to go over the atmosphere of the book. That is what really makes this story special.
The city of Camorr, where the story takes place, is a vivid, gritty, dirty, corrupt city. I spent some time trying to picture it and have come up with a pretty good idea. Imagine, if you will, a massive island with six smaller islands evenly spaced around. Each of these islands is topped with a glass looking tower of different colors. Imagine if you will a huge island surrounded by six smaller islands, reasonably evenly spaced. The islands are topped by tall dazzling spire towers, each inspired by one of the four basic elements, air, earth, fire and water. The center tower, more of a palace, is white and silver (life,) and one of the small islands is black (death.) Each of the towers is connected to the center tower by a wired basket tram system, very high above the ground.
Now this sounds all glorious and pretty, stunning even. But you forget about all the people that live in the slums, and this is where the story takes place. Camorr is corrupt. It is run the same way gangs are run. Each level of society has its leaders and slaves. The leaders of the slums are of the worst sort, deformed and malicious (though not any more so that the nobility.)
The slums are dark and bleak, yet thriving with life. Thieves are abound and ply their trades all over the city. The city makes the people and this city has had a definite impact on the hero, Locke Lamora and his clan of misfits (or maybe the fit to well…)
I will be reading this book again and the others in the series.