Red Seas Under Red Skies

Red Seas Under Red Skies After a brutal battle with the underworld that nearly destroyed him Locke and his trusted sidekick Jean ed the island city of their birth and landed on the exotic shores of Tal Verrar to nurse thei

  • Title: Red Seas Under Red Skies
  • Author: Scott Lynch
  • ISBN: 9780553804683
  • Page: 110
  • Format: Hardcover
  • After a brutal battle with the underworld that nearly destroyed him, Locke and his trusted sidekick, Jean, ed the island city of their birth and landed on the exotic shores of Tal Verrar to nurse their wounds But even at this westernmost edge of civilization, they can t rest for long and are soon back to what they do best stealing from the undeserving rich and pocketiAfter a brutal battle with the underworld that nearly destroyed him, Locke and his trusted sidekick, Jean, ed the island city of their birth and landed on the exotic shores of Tal Verrar to nurse their wounds But even at this westernmost edge of civilization, they can t rest for long and are soon back to what they do best stealing from the undeserving rich and pocketing the proceeds for themselves.This time, however, they have targeted the grandest prize of all the Sinspire, the most exclusive and heavily guarded gambling house in the world Its nine oors attract the wealthiest clientele and to rise to the top, one must impress with good credit, amusing behavior and excruciatingly impeccable play For there is one cardinal rule, enforced by Requin, the house s cold blooded master it is death to cheat at any game at the Sinspire Brazenly undeterred, Locke and Jean have orchestrated an elaborate plan to lie, trick, and swindle their way up the nine oors straight to Requin s teeming vault Under the cloak of false identities, they meticulously make their climb until they are closer to the spoils than ever.But someone in Tal Verrar has uncovered the duo s secret Someone from their past who has every intention of making the impudent criminals pay for their sins Now it will take every ounce of cunning to save their mercenary souls And even that may not be enough

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    1. I'll be honest, when I first read this book, years ago, my reaction was kinda "meh." Or rather, I *remember* it being that way. It was a long time back, and I can barely bring to mind what I ate for lunch yesterday. So I'm not terribly reliable that way. I also vaguely remember that it wasn't as talked-up as Lies of Locke Lamora. There wasn't the same excited buzz about it when it came out, so I remember feeling reasonably justified in my "meh" feeling. That means reading through it again a seco [...]

    2. After reading a Tumblr post Where Lynch responded to a reader's complaints about "political correctness" in this novel, I am intrigued.Why shouldn’t middle-aged mothers get a wish-fulfillment character, you sad little bigot? Everyone else does. H.L. Mencken once wrote that “Every normal man must be tempted at times to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin slitting throats.” I can’t think of anyone to whom that applies more than my own mom, and the mothers on my friends list, [...]

    3. 4.75 stars! Finally the pirate book I've been craving. This is basically Ocean's 11 meets Pirates of the Caribbean.

    4. Buddy read with these thieves: Celeste & Sarah4.5/5 StarsContrary to the popular opinion that Red Seas Under Red Skies, the second book in the Gentleman Bastard Sequence series, is weaker than its predecessor, I’m more inclined to say that it’s not inferior nor superior but it’s equally great with The Lies of Locke Lamora in a different way. It retained some elements that made the first book rose to its fame and at the same time, replace some of them with some new factors to the series [...]

    5. 5/5“Who’s the biggest, meanest motherfucker here? Who’s the best bruiser in the Brass Coves?” Buddy read with my fellow ship mates Petrik & CelesteIS BOOK WAS SO GOOD! Seriously, it was incredible. I can't even explain how happy I was to be back in this world. I went into this book with lowish expectations because, I heard it was the weakest in the trilogy. However for me that wasn't the case, this book was as good as The Lies of Locke Lamorr, honestly I can't decide if I like this o [...]

    6. I probably enjoyed this book more than the first of the Gentleman Bastard sequence. It starts as fast paced as the previous book ended with Locke & Jean already knee deep in a con involving this worlds equivalent of a Casino known as the Sinspire. The start of the novel flips between this section and also what the characters have been up to since they sailed away from Camorr at the end of book 1. This section showcases a cool transition period which shows the Gentleman Bastard's as less than [...]

    7. Although I was prepared to bite my thumb at anyone who had a problem with this book up to about 200 pages in, over the course of the 500 pages after that, I began to slowly, reluctantly and finally in complete exasperation, change my mind.Scott Lynch begins his novel at the same level of quality as his fabulous first novel, The Lies of Locke Lamora. His characters are dealing with the events of the previous novel, in a mostly believable fashion, in a believable time period- its kept from becomin [...]

    8. Frodo Baggins and Samwise Gamgee, Jon Snow and Samwell Tarly, FitzChivalry Farseer and The Fool, Locke Lamora and Jean Tammen: eight men of fantasy who without their counterpart would be nothing. Indeed, without Jean at his back Locke Lamora would have no chance of success. Both men provide the other with what he lacks, and together that make a deadly, silver tongued, thieving duo that are best summed up with one word: awesome.Another deadly scheme It was a big surprise, to me, that in the prolo [...]

    9. I DON'T EVEN HAVE WORDS TO EXPRESS HOW MUCH I ABSOLUTELY ENTIRELY COMPLETELY ADORE THIS SERIES. There are books that I love in this universe. And then there are books that I really really really really really really really really really really really really love. THIS SERIES IS THE LATTER. I mean, I do think The Lies of Locke Lamora was better. But this still had everything I absolutely demand of a book and of a sequel.Stop being so PERFECT, Gentlemen Bastards. My heart cannot handle.(Also it's [...]

    10. Full review now posted!This review and more can be found on Booknest.A buddy read with my loves: Petrik and Sarah.In my humble opinion, pirates make everything better. When I was six or seven, my favorite Saturday-morning cartoon was Pirates of the Dark Waters. (Which so didn’t age well, but nostalgia covers a multitude of sins.) In junior high, I went through a phase where I researched every famous pirate I knew of, just because I found them fascinating. I’ve loved every single one of The P [...]

    11. This book is 1/3 this:And 2/3 this:Quite a fantastic and epic story! A casino caper and a swashbuckling adventure combining action, deception, romance, and humor - this book has it all. Very well written. Even with the length of the story, I never felt that it had gone on too long. Definitely no filler.This is a sequel and I think I like it better than the first. That is saying a lot because the first was great! In this case, I will say something I don't usually say - I think you could read this [...]

    12. Welp, seldom has a book made me waver on how much I felt about it. I definitely went into this sequel with high hopes because I loved The Lies of Locke Lamora!At the beginning of the book, Red Seas Under Red Skies seemed to be heading in the same way. And then it got weighed down. I like when a book has tons of twists and plots so I stayed with the course. But there were sections that got tedious and I struggled, especially with the nautical information that Jean and Locke had to learn. Also, th [...]

    13. Full review…Another absolute slam dunk by Scott Lynch! Gentlemens Bastard 2 does the rare feet of improving on the original formula of the first novel!!I was so impressed and entertained after the first go round of Gentlemens Bastard, that decided to go right into the second book without pause. In the first novel, Lynch introduces us to the ‘guild of thieves’ and multiple characters including the protagonist Locke and his best bud and confidant ‘Jean’. The world building in the first b [...]

    14. EDIT 22/1/2017: Saw Scott Lynch's reply to a reader who complained that a black, middle-aged badass pirate mom was "unrealistic" and now I love this series more than ever (Underlined parts are the criticism):Third your characters are unrealistic stereotpyes of political correctness. Is it really necessary for the sake of popular sensibilities to have in a fantasy what we have in the real world? I read fantasy to get away from politically correct cliches.God, yes! If there's one thing fantasy is [...]

    15. 3.5*“Know something? I'd lay even odds that between the people following us and the people hunting us, we've become this city's principle means of employment. Tal Verrar's entire economy is now based on fucking with us.” The follow-up of the marvellous, funny, dark, The Lies of Locke Lamora, this novel does not manage to reach the greatness of the first volume. Still, I very much enjoyed reading about the adventures of my favourite duo of thieves, Locke and Jean. One of the reasons that I wa [...]

    16. I'm probably going to receive a lot of hate for this rating, but I'm just being honest here. I'm bold enough to give this a 3, because that's the highest it can go. The novel is not bad, but it's also not phenomenal. Am I the only one reminded of Pirates of the Caribbean while reading this? Pirates aside, it had the same vibe to it. I really liked Pirates, but just like Red Seas, both had a lot of dull moments.Red Seas would've received at least a 4 from me, if it was consistent with its amazing [...]

    17. Reading with the BB&B group. I have 3 weeks to finish this so I should be okay :P actually it took me five weeks to read it.I really enjoyed the first book in this series but Red Seas Under Red Skies was a bit meh for me.Don’t get me wrong, the dialogue between Locke and Jean is still amazing and I love the utter devotion those two have for one another. But the story was a little all over the place and I think my biggest issue is probably that the flashbacks were to a time not that long ag [...]

    18. Happy New Year to you all! it certainly has been some kind of a year. and Happy New Year to Locke and Jean too, or rather, Happy New Life! the thrilling but often horrible and tragic events in their preceding book together certainly warrant some kind of hopeful messager the most part they get over it. Lies of Locke Lamora was mainly a whole lot of fun, but the terrible deaths that occurred were genuinely upsetting, and I appreciated how Lynch didn't just rush past the trauma that Jean and especi [...]

    19. Rating? 4 cats ready to sail , five, but because of a few thingsLocke Lamora and Jean Tannen, are back in business . there's not greater fun for them then to unburden rich people of their heavy purses. Bigger the challenge, greater the fun, as always with the Gentlemen Bastards . Their next target, the famous Tal Verrar gambling house, The Sinspire. After two years of careful planning and preparing the field, it's almost time to reap the benefits. Everything is going smoothly when (again) new p [...]

    20. LANET OLSUN SCOTT LYNCH!MADRABAZ BEKÇİ BELANI VERSİN!IANO YUTSUN SENİ!SALON GEÇİDİ’NDE BAŞINA GELEYEN KALMASIN EMİ!⬇ Aşağısı spoiler dolu, ona göre şedin derim ben. ⬇(view spoiler)[Yorumumu sakinleşince yapacağımı demiştim ama öyle bir şey yakın gelecekte pek mümkün görünmüyor sanırım.“Seni piç!” diye kükredi Jean, ayağa fırlayarak.“Onun doğrusu Centilmen Piç.“Seni gidi sefil oruspu çocuğu!”Canım Buddy Readlerim, bata çıka, yeri geldiğind [...]

    21. I realize I’m being wayward again: most people seemed to be über-enthusiast about book one, and they tend to like book two a bit less. Not me: I really enjoyed book two, much more than the first.The main driver behind this difference, is that everything I didn’t like about book one is gone here: there’s no smooth sailing, there aren’t a bizillion tricks hiding in Locke’s sleeve, and the whole “Look how clever I am”-feel of the book is gone. This cat might still have seven lives; h [...]

    22. sanırım ölüyorum. bye.edit: dördüncü kitap çıkana kadar üçüncüyü okumayacağıma yemin etmiştim ama dayanamıyorum :)

    23. The first half is certainly the best so far - the second half left me less satisfied but eager to know what our favorite thief is going to do in his next adventure!

    24. Because I want to meet Zamira Drakasha.Oh, and because of this : As for claims to “realism,” your complaint is of a kind with those from bigoted hand-wringers who whine that women can’t possibly fly combat aircraft, command naval vessels, serve in infantry actions, work as firefighters, police officers, etc. despite the fact that they do all of those things— and are, for a certainty, doing them all somewhere at this very minute. Tell me that a fit fortyish woman with 25+ years of experie [...]

    25. I read the blockbustingThe Lies of Locke Lamora in July 2014 and I just read this second volume of the Gentleman Bastard series today May 9, 2015, almost a year apart. I tend to do that with second volumes in most series I read for some reason. (I am only sharing this mind numbingly uninteresting fact with you because I have no idea what to write for the opening paragraph of this review!)Red Seas Under Red Skies is a worthy follow up toThe Lies of Locke Lamora which made Scott Lynch one of the e [...]

    26. Four stars, with reservationsA bit of a slog in the beginning--guess I haven't been in the mood for the great con. Locke Lamora is still at the heart of the narrative, and I don't think he could get from bed to breakfast without hatching or implementing a Rube Goldberg of a plot. It remains a sort of "Oceans Eleven" caper at the beginning, with multiple steps and a long, convoluted plan of attack on the owner of an elaborate and elite gambling facility. However, in true Oceans fashion, even as t [...]

    27. This is a surprisingly worthy followup, albeit a tad frustrating, at least at first. After reading all of the negative or mediaocre reviews, I was expecting to find a lesser book than Lies. I didn't find that at all. The quality of writing, the sympathetic characters, the sharp and funny dialogue, the action: it's all here. I think the reason people are turned off by it is because it's a very different book than the first one. Red Seas wastes no time as it starts off. We begin with Locke and Jea [...]

    28. Land ho! three and a half star aboard!You know what it's like with a normal novel: all is grand until, towards the end of the book, the protagonists find themselves in a tight spot from whence they are delivered by a magnanimous hand of the author. It is not like that with Locke Lamora. Not at all. He starts in a tight spot from the very beginning attempting to achieve the difficult, the difficult quickly turns into impossible, and the impossible evolves swiftly into lethal, and all this happens [...]

    29. Thieves prosper, the rich remember.It's been well over half a year since I was acquainted with the Gentlemen Bastards, and The Lies of Locke Lamora made it into my favourites shelf with the ease of Locke's glib tongue charming his way out of trouble. While Red Seas under Red Skies didn't make it as a favourite, it was still highly entertaining and deserved a 4.5-star rating, rounded up. Scott Lynch is pretty good at keeping the readers dangling as they wonder "what will Locke do next?" or "how i [...]

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