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03 January 2014 @ 04:42 pm
Recent Reads: The Lies of Locke Lamora  


I read LIES the year it came out, or close enough to count. In the intervening years I’d pretty well forgotten everything about it except that it was tremendously cleverly written and that somebody died, which is to say, there was a specific death I remembered.

I did not, however, remember the rest of the appalling brutality that went along with that specific death. It was nearly like reading the book entirely fresh: it was still tremendously cleverly written, but sweet mother of mercy, I was taking unexpected emotional hits left and right. I stopped reading once for several days because I wasn’t up for dealing with more horrors.

It’s still a terrifically good book, but man, I don’t think I’ll be leaping into RED SEAS immediately, even if REPUBLIC is waiting to be read.

(x-posted from The Essential Kit)

Carlton Maxc_maxx on January 3rd, 2014 06:27 pm (UTC)
I hear you.

I enjoyed the Outlander series (if 'way too prolix), but a few occasions of violence almost soured me on the whole thing...

The only book I ever sent directly to the trash basket was for gratuitous violence. (Adult book, my fanny! It could be adult in the trash)
Chrysoulachrysoula on January 3rd, 2014 07:29 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I was traumatized by various deaths in LIES, enough that I expected the guys of my household (who hated the Red Wedding) to dislike LIES. But no. They didn't care at all, loved the book, and at least one and maybe both have read both sequels by now. I'd like to, I'm just... afraid.
hegemony hedgehogagrimony on January 4th, 2014 02:26 pm (UTC)
I love that series of books so very, very much. Don't expect Locke's life to involve any fewer gut punches as it goes on.