Author: Scott LynchISBN: 978-954-320-153-2
Price: 21.00 lv
From Publishers Weekly Life imitates art and art scams life in Lynch's debut, a picaresque fantasy that chronicles the career of Locke Lamora - orphan, thief and leader of the Gentlemen Bastards - from the time the Thiefmaker sells Locke to the faking Eyeless Priest up to Locke's latest con of the nobility of the land of Camorr. As in any good caper novel, the plot is littered with obvious and not-so-obvious obstacles, including the secret police of Camorr's legendary Spider and the mysterious assassinations of gang leaders by the newly arrived Gray King. Locke's resilience and wit give the book the tragicomic air of a traditional picaresque, rubbery ethics and all. The villain holds the best moral justification of any of the players. Lynch provides plenty of historical and cultural information reminiscent of new weirdists Steven Erikson and China Miéville, if not quite as outré. The only drawback is that the realistic fullness of the background tends to accentuate the unreality of the melodramatic foreground. (July) Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. - This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
I do hope that Komata would cope with the deadline end of July. I like her translations and it would be a pity if the series by suspended. And losing interest on the part of the reader because of a delay of the second volume would be even a greater pity. I wonder whether the publishers plan other fantasy series too?
Unfortunately, no sooner than the month of July.
Best regards, RIVA
And could you give me some kind of a deadline, when we shall see the book? Thank you!
Riva has long possessed the rights of the second book of the series Gentlemen Bastards - Red Seas under Red Skies in the Bulgarian market. As we have informed our readers, it is now being translated. Unfortunately, translator Svetlana Komogorova-Komata has had problems, which resulted in the considerable delay of the book. Thank you for your interest.
18.04.2009How long does this "not long after" mean?! May, June, July.... Will the translator be the same?
We are about to publish the second part of the book with the working title Red Seas Under Red Heavens. The book is being translated and will soon be offered to your attention.
Best wishes, RIVA
Please, share your impressions. Is it worth buying?
An extraordinary style. A rare copy, indeed. I read it in one go and I cannot wait for the next part to come out!
Yes, it is worthwhile; the book is quite interesting, the style is fine (at least in the original), there are characters worth remembering and a lovely sense of humour, while the atmosphere borrows unobtrusively from Renaissance Venice. As I hear from people who know better than I do, the Bulgarian translation is good, so it is definitely worthwhile.