Tonight on GeekNights, we review Scott Lynch's The Lies of Locke Lamora under the banner of the GeekNights Book Club. Spoilers come at the end, so enjoy the review even if you haven't read the book yet. In the non-book news, Scott has nothing to say until he does, and old people hate small children.
Geeknights 20100722 - Book Club: The Lies of Locke Lamora Expanded Show Notes - Show Run Time: 01:04:21 Time | Notes ---------+---------------------------------------------------------- 00:00:00 | Intro 00:00:26 | Opening Chit-Chat & News | # Scott has no news? | - The Onion gets taken too seriously | - College diversity & discrimination | - Equal opportunity is like a band-aid over a gaping wound | - Discrimination and reverse-discrimination - people from "the sticks" don't get in | - Rym notes that socio-economic factors play a big part | - Discussion on Government Subsidy | - Discussion tabled for a Thursday show | - BoinGBoinG article on Fed/State raids on bad farms selling raw milk & other raw foods | - Scott makes points about protecting people from themselves | - Rym makes several innuendos | # Old People in an uproar over a school being built in their community 00:16:48 | Things of the Day | - Olympics and Scott's lack of history knowledge | Rym - Photo of lightning display in Greece | - Scott's dislike of certain (many?) Geekeries | Scott - The Trouble with Tribbles posters | - Scott doesn't pay attention to Rym 00:20:12 | Meta Moment | - Book Club - new book TBD | - Otacon 2010 - Geeknights will not be in attendance | - PAX Prime is Labor Day Weekend 00:21:05 | Main Topic | # Book Club - The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch | - Changes in the Book Club format | - Scott has his own opinion that no one reads the books... | - ...but has no actual idea as to how many people read the book | - Rym tries the reverse-psychology tack on trying to get people to read | - Discussion of book club episode formats | - Discussion of the alliteration and rhythm in the title | - Discussion of the series' plans (seven books) | - Book is notable for the story it tells, not the way the story was told | - Book's descriptions are similar to the way a D&D worldbook handles descriptions | - Discussion of the precursor civilization | - Book tells you what it's convenient for you to know, not everything there is to know | - Setting seems to be a shore-horned-in aside | - Book isn't shallow, but the reading doesn't impart that much value | - Three stories going on - the Past, the Con, and the Stranger Comes To Town | - Connection of Locke to the BBEG was weak | - Book would make a great movie, but it wouldn't be a deep movie | - Discussion of the factors that go into a good novel | - Would make a great fantasy setting for an RPG | - There is a map in the book for a reason | - Magic is present in the book but is cleverly limited | - Comparison to Lupin III because the protagonists are similar 00:38:46 | *-*-*-*-*-* SPOILER LINE *-*-*-*-*-* | - Wraithstone and Gentled animals - Elderglass Asbestos? | - The rose garden and the swordsman | - Chains is similar to Uncle Iroh in Avatar | - Discussion of wanting to know about the secondary characters | - Tangent into The Prince of Nothing books, Earthsea | - Midnighters showing up was somewhat unexpected by Rym | - Scott didn't expect the Midnighters to actually exist | - Grey King was disconnected from Locke completely, came out of left field | - All the problems basically just amounted to Locke being in the wrong place at the wrong time | - Grey King was a turning point in the book | - Scott would have preferred to have everything contained in one book | - Scott didn't know about the new up-coming Avatar TV series | - Tangent into Avatar's story and Scott's lack of watching it | - Scott's reticence to watch anything new | - Rym didn't think Nazca would actually be dead | - Discussion of the Bondsmage - reminds Rym of Bullet-Tooth Tony, Scott of Toht from Indiana Jones | - Discussion of the bit at the end where the ludicrous plan is the only one that works | - Rym and Scott can't remember "Catch Me If You Can" | - Discussion of the fun of seeing the plan come together | - Discussion of the crazy scene at the end where no one is stupid and Locke tells the truth | - Talk about the Don's bodyguard and how cool he was | - Point that there weren't a lot of "lies" in the book aside from the con jobs | - All the characters that matter aren't stupid | - Backstory of how they ripped off the othr Dons would be cool | - The Gentleman Bastards had a huge amount of money because of that | - Discussion of the vernacular in the book and fake swear words in other books | - Magic + Mafia = interesting | - Rym is looking forward to reading the other books in the series | - Multiple "Chekhov's Guns" in the book | - Rym wants to know what blew the hole in the elderglass tower, more about the Rose Garden, and Sabetha | - Scott wants to know more about the Bondsmages and what's going to happen with them | - Predictions for the next book and future events | - Scott gets stuck in Zelda-meme land | - Rym urges someone to option the rights to this book for a movie 01:03:23 | Outro