Red Seas Under Red Skies by Scott Lynch, Readalong week 1
This week sees the start of our group readalong for Scott Lynch’s RSURS. We recently read the Lies of Locke Lamora which turned out to be an incredible readalong with loads of discussion. The readalong is being hosted by the Little Red Reviewer and the schedule and information can be found here. If you haven’t read the Lies of Locke Lamora then I would personally advise that you read this first (but that’s just my preference and I have no idea how well this would read as a stand alone – if you haven’t read the first but have read this I would love to know how you found it to read and whether you enjoyed it. That aside, I love these books. Scott Lynch is amazing and I strongly recommend that you pick up his books and give them a try – also, it would be great for you to join in with us all now! I would also point out that beyond this point the questions and answers will contain spoilers not only for the Lies of Locke Lamora but also for Red Seas Under Red Skies – so if you’re a bit curious, then read on. If you don’t want to know ‘things’ then stop right HERE.
1. The Sinspire. It looks like our heroes (can they really be called that?) find themselves in search of a way into an unbeatable vault. Do you think they have what it takes to make it happen?
I think they always manage to come up with something. It seems pretty tough though! And, I can’t help drawing the parallel with Lies of Locke Lamora. We start with the set up for some elaborate ploy. Then something seems to go astray. Working on that basis it depends on how you measure success – did the GBs succeed with their original ploy?? Not in a conventional way for sure. Will this storyline be similar?
I can’t help wondering though why they always have to go for such a big heist. They seem to thrive off the pressure somehow. And,in that respect, yes, I think they can succeed.
2. Anyone want to guess how they’re going to make it happen?
I have read this book fairly recently so don’t want to speculate too much on this one. I do know, and can admit, that I didn’t have the foggiest notion of how they were going to accomplish such a feat and I was gobsmacked and overawed by their planning and foresight!
3. It’s a little different this time around, with us just being focused on Locke and Jean. Is anyone else missing the rest of the Bastards as much as I am?
It’s really odd but I’m not missing them as much as I should or thought I would and somehow it makes me feel guilty. I honestly really liked the other members of the GBs and was gutted about what happened to them but I’m not sure if that’s because I bought into their actual characters or I bought into the gang itself – a bit like football, I liked the team but I definitely had favourite players. This time, and virtually from the offset, the banter has been brilliant. Jean and Locke are so great to read. Their dialogue is just plain bloody funny! And it makes me forget the others – again guilt, guilt, guilt!
4. I love the section where Jean starts to build a new guild of thieves. It really shows just how well trained and tough he is. Do you think the Bastards will end up training others along the way again like Bug?
Not sure about this. I hope they do but perhaps it will feel like a betrayal to them. Obviously Jean did this initially as a means of making some quick and easy money when they were in dire straits. He actually ended up liking it though and felt a sort of pride in what he’d done. It makes you wonder how Chains must have felt. I loved the scenes with Jean – he’s a total maniac just striding in there all confident! I do love him though!!!
5. For those of you looking for Sabetha, we still haven’t spotted her yet. Anyone else chomping at the bit to see the love of Locke’s life?
I really do want to see Sabetha – it’s beginning to feel like she’s a myth. She’s a unicorn or the Lock Ness Monster – we’re just not going to see her. She’ll be discussed and mentioned and it will intrigue us…. I really do hope that she’s going to put in an appearance. At some point. Come on Scott – chuch us a fricking bone!
6. It’s early on, but the Bastards are already caught up in plots that they didn’t expect. How do you think their new “employer” is going to make use of them (The Archon, that is)?
The Archon feels a little bit like the Grey King to me already. Of course this is not a good thing because we all know how that panned out! He’s under control, he knows what they’re up to – there are quite a few parallels which frankly would never have occured to me if I hadn’t read the books in such quick succession. It’s very interesting…. I can’t say more because of giving things away
I would also just point out that although this is a reread i’m trying to be circumspect with my answers so if I make a statement it doesn’t necessarily mean that something will go that way. I’m just saying…. Thats all.
Enjoy, and thanks Bryce at My Awful Reviews for this week’s questions.