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A (Slight Noisy) Audio Interview with Scott Lynch

After a weekend of stalking Scott Lynch, author of the Gentleman Bastards series back in April, he finally allowed me to corner him and ask him some questions in a noisy hallway. We spoke of The Thorn of Emberlain, and his plans for the future of his series, Super Secret Lynch #1, and zombies.

I attempted to clean the audio up a little bit, which may have caused some distortions. My apologies for that, but I hope you enjoy! Also.. I am so sorry for the 7-ish minute mark. I made a joke about doing what I did, and SJardine forced me to follow through with it.


 

For those of you unable to listen to the audio, /u/justamathnerd on reddit has provided a bit of a recap:

  • There are no major flashbacks in Thorn of Emberlain. He mentions that “since this is an even numbered book,” there won’t be flashbacks, even though he included some in Red Seas Under Red Skies. I assume that means that the next odd numbered book (the one after Thorn) will have flashbacks.
  • We’re gonna get some new “main” characters that will stick for the rest of the series, seemingly they’ll be the Spoilers So Far[1] since he describes them as Jean and Locke’s “opponents.” He talks about how there will be two concurrent stories, Jean and Locke’s as well as these new characters.
  • He can’t talk about his new project, but hopes to be able to by the end of 2015. He includes a cryptic hint: Hint[2] Who knows what that means? I’m sure people will come up with some interesting theories.
  • In response to whether there is going to be more magic or Eldren or clarification on any of that stuff, he said there will be more magic and clarification, but that “not every mystery will be revealed, and not every question will have an answer.” He says he’s a “big believer in leaving some things to the reader’s imagination and leaving some things unsolved.”
  • He hopes that Untitled Lynch #1 will be the first of a series of side-projects or standalones, but he would like the “central spine of [his] work to be the ongoing Gentleman Bastard sequence and related works, and maybe some other long fantasy series.” He likes long series, but he wants to dabble in off-shoots or projects that are unrelated as well.
  • The main Gentleman Bastard series is 7 books with some non-essential tie-ins (he has some novellas planned, so my guess is that’s what he means). The follow-up to that will be another 7 books set 20 years after the first. It will feature many of the same characters and many of the same type of situations, and will resolve the “grand story.” It will take us to the natural end of several characters’ lives, show off what happens and tie everything up.
  • He’s optimistic about speeding his pace up. He says he’s gotten it down to two years between books and wants to get it to one. He says if that was the pace, he could conceivably be done in 10 years, and jokes about how he’s “said this kind of thing before.” It sounds like he’s pretty happy with his output and pace which is all that matters, really.

 


Republic of Thieves by Scott Lynch : Review

With Locke still suffering from the poison that the Archon of Tal Verrar inflicted upon them, Jean and Locke are still on the outlook for the anti-dote. Locke is going more and more gloomy while Jean is trying out everything he can to cure Lamora. Just when they’ve lost hope, they get a surprise they did not expect. It’s only sheer desperation, which will force them to take this job.

Previous two books were more or less stand-alone books. This is still a stand-alone book as in the story is self-contained but hints of a much deeper story start to emerge. Our two heroes (*cough*) finally meet someone we’ve only heard of in passing.  [I hear your brains whirring and conclusions forming. Most probably they’re right!]. And for this new job, they’re pitted against their most formidable foe yet.  Also the major backdrop of the story that is revealed right at the end is what we’ve just had guesses about. We finally get to know just WHO LOCKE LAMORA is.

As for the book as a whole, it’s a pretty nifty read. Fast-paced as expected from Lynch. With all it’s surprises and twists and the drama we usually encounter where con-men and heists are involved. But frankly, I was expecting something better with previous books being as good as they were. It’s a good book but it could’ve been better. Lynch uses that technique of telling us the backstory through brief interludes pretty well usually. [first two books I mean] But I found it was used a bit in excess here. Not because the back-story is not interesting. It’s fascinating. But because it breaks the flow of the story a bit too often for my taste.

The book is funny. The banter between the characters is witty. The clash between the Boys and their foe is tricky and even hilarious at moments. It’s great entertainment trying to watch Locke juggle his love interests with his work. One little misstep and it’s the jaws of death awaiting them. Just when he is about to make good on the former, you have a revelation that will blow your mind away and which sets up the foundation for the books to come very nicely.

There is one big problem. There is a huge build-up for the final clash. But I felt that trying to cram in too much of story in one book hampered it. The final clash is a bit of a letdown. The end had already been predicted by one of the characters. What’s more interesting is what happens after this clash. Just one word – “Bondsmagi”.

A big question throughout the series has been – Who is Locke Lamora? We don’t know anything about his family. We don’t even know his real name yet. All those questions are put to rest. I bet you can’t even predict it. Hell, even Locke himself can’t believe it. [Yeah, mull over that!]

As I’ve said before, the only problems I had with was the content of the story. It felt sometimes like too much was crammed into one book with every part missing out on the time it deserved. But then, it just might be me. Overall, a very fine book. Definitely will bring your back to read the fourth one when it comes.

 Review written by Kunal Garg

Republic of Thieves will be released October 15th

 


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