Locke Lamora read-along, part 2.

This weeks read-along questions were posed by Susan from the Dark Cargo and here are my answers:

1) Do you think Locke can pull off his scheme of playing a Midnighter who is working with Don Salvara to capture the Thorn of Camorr? I mean, he is now playing two roles in this game – and thank goodness for that costume room the Gentlemen Bastards have!

Ok, for me the answer to this question is something that solely is author’s choice. I’d say Locke can pull it off by taking into account his previous (and further) accomplishments but you never know what obstacles might be put in his way by the author.

2) Are you digging the detail the author has put into the alcoholic drinks in this story?

I’m always digging any alcohol details. 😀

3) Who is this mysterious lady Gentlemen Bastard Sabetha and what does she mean to Locke?

I’m wondering the same thing, and this being my first reading, I’m wondering if she will even appear in the book – although I’m guessing at some point the childhood parts will catch up with the beginning of Locke’s adult life, so I hope Sabetha will appear at some point.

4) Are you as creeped out over the use of Wraithstone to create Gentled animals as I am?

Oh yes I am. What I’m left wondering if that is really so easy to accomplish, how come nobody uses it as punishment? Or just for showing their evilness?

5) I got a kick out of child Locke’s first meeting with Capa Barsavi and his daughter Nazca, which was shortly followed up in the story by Barsavi granting adult Locke permission to court his daughter! Where do you think that will lead? Can you see these two together?

Nope, I have a hard time seeing them together – but then again, it’s too early to say so in the story.

6) Capa Barsavi is freaked out over rumors of The Gray King and, in fact, us readers are privy to a gruesome torture scene. The Gray King is knocking garristas off left and right. What do you think that means?

I must say I have no idea what will be the Gray King’s part of the story (which makes it a good story for me, I hate it when I already think I know what will happen and it proves correct). Although, as soon as I saw the mention of the Gray King, I knew it was him following Locke’s troop in their shenanigans.

7) In the Interlude: The Boy Who Cried for a Corpse, we learn that Father Chains owes an alchemist a favor, and that favor is a fresh corpse. He sets the boys to figuring out how to provide one, and they can’t ‘create’ the corpse themselves. How did you like Locke’s solution to this conundrum?

Ingenious! Especially the part where they earn back the money they needed to pay for the corpse. 🙂

The read along is hosted by these great blogs:

Little Red Reviewer

Dark Cargo

Ashley at SF Signal

My Awful Reviews

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20 thoughts on “Locke Lamora read-along, part 2.

  1. Kaitharshayr March 17, 2012 at 15:06 Reply

    Ohh you think whatever it is that's following Locke and Co. is something to do with The Grey King? I didn't think of that possibility 🙂 intriguing!


  2. Ines March 17, 2012 at 15:25 Reply

    Kaitharshayr, well, that was the only logical explanation for me once Grey King appeared in the story. Otherwise, we would have to expect another addition to the story. 🙂


  3. Lynn March 17, 2012 at 15:39 Reply

    I agree with your point about Nazca – I could never see that going on.Similarly with your comment about whoever is following Locke over the roofs being linked to the Grey King.Lynn 😀


  4. Ines March 17, 2012 at 16:00 Reply

    Lynn, now that I got a bit further in the book, now especially I cannot see Nazca and Locke falling in love.


  5. nrlymrtl March 17, 2012 at 16:22 Reply

    Why isn't Wraitstone used as a punishment? I hadn't really thought about it until you mentioned the possibility….Humans are cruel animals, even within the bounds of the law.


  6. Ines March 17, 2012 at 20:51 Reply

    nrlymrtl, that's exactly what I was thinking. Humans are so cruel to each other and that seems like a horribly evil punishment without actually someone.God, I hope that doesn't happen to anyone later in the book… Considering the horrible torture we witnessed in the second part of the read along.


  7. Ines March 17, 2012 at 20:54 Reply

    Hmm, I just noticed there is the crucial word of "killing" missing from my first sentence. :)It's supposed to say "without actually killing someone."


  8. Stephanie March 17, 2012 at 22:30 Reply

    I never thought about using the Wraithstone on humans! If they did they would have a bunch of zombies walking around. Who would take care of them?


  9. Ines March 17, 2012 at 22:59 Reply

    Stephanie, I was thinking if the animals are docile and can be used in all situations without getting scared, I'm sure humans could work in the same situations. Without ever becoming upset and able to understand and do whatever you say to them.But basically, just destroying one's mind would be a terrible crime against that person, even if it got killed you afterwards.


  10. Ines March 17, 2012 at 23:01 Reply

    I really should read what I write before I publish it. :)It's meant to say "if it got you killed afterwards." 🙂


  11. Stephanie March 17, 2012 at 23:47 Reply

    Yeah, it would be ok if the humans could understand what you say to them. 🙂


  12. redhead March 18, 2012 at 01:58 Reply

    Ines, my response to so many of your comments is simple "just wait". ooohhh, the suspense is just about killing me!


  13. Allie March 18, 2012 at 12:31 Reply

    I believe it said that Wraithstone used to be used as a punishment on humans, but not any longer. Given that detail, I imagine we'll probably encounter some "Gentled" humans eventually. About why it's not typically used, I imagine that there are always some things that are considered too inhumane for any given society. Even in Camorr, where it's totally acceptable to watch prisoners get eaten by sharks, they've got to have some lines people generally don't cross, right?There are so many unanswered questions right now, though, I can't wait to get into Part 3!


  14. Ines March 18, 2012 at 13:12 Reply

    That was my guess. 🙂


  15. Ines March 18, 2012 at 13:13 Reply

    redhead, that's well, awful! 🙂 Now I'm anxious to know what happens next and which of my guesses are correct and which aren't.


  16. Ines March 18, 2012 at 13:15 Reply

    Allie, you're right about Gentling being probably too much even for the society of Camorr, but it doesn't need to be used only by people in power. It could be used by Capas as a type of punishment everyone would do anything to avoid.And I agree, so many unanswered questions, and they just keep piling up. 🙂


  17. Grace March 19, 2012 at 15:21 Reply

    I was surprised that Gentling is considered cruel and unusual, but at the same time, hanging, torturing, and otherwise abusing criminals is not. It's a lot less painful than getting eaten by sharks.


  18. Ines March 19, 2012 at 15:27 Reply

    True, Grace. Honestly, the most upsetting parts of the book for me are torture scenes (or descriptions of violent deaths).I believe Gentling is so very problematic for me is that it is something I would consider the worst punishment, losing your soul and character while staying alive (yes, it doesn't hurt and you're not aware afterward but still, I shudder just thinking about it).


  19. Amy March 19, 2012 at 22:56 Reply

    I don't see Nazca and Locke working out either. Besides, Locke's hiding way too much and that could get him in some real trouble if she were to find out. I'm interested to see how this one plays out though.


  20. Ines March 20, 2012 at 11:24 Reply

    Amy, I believe the next part in the read along will clear this particular question.


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