Welcome to the second week of the Red Seas Under Red Skies readalong hosted by The Little Red Reviewer.
The RSURS fan art to the left is Locke Lamora – colour by tenleftthumbs. It seemed particularly fitting for this week’s section of the book.
It might take me a couple days to get around to visiting everyone’s posts; it’s finals time and I still have some work to finish up before the weekend’s over.
From this point onward there will be spoilers.
“And I meant it. I’m not going to kill you, you cabbage-brained twit; I’m just going to kick you until it stops feeling good!”
Now that we know a little more about Selendri and Requin, what do you think of them? I worry Locke is suddenly realizing this con might be a bit tougher than he expected.
Scott Lynch doesn’t cease to amaze me with sheer number of ways that he can come up with to torture people. Poor Selendri… My guess is that even though Selendri got her arm burned off she’s still working for the Archon. I don’t think you can just stop being an Eye. There’s a reason why she doesn’t like Locke, and I think she knows that Requin is being played. If so, then why isn’t she telling on him?
What did you think of Salon Corbeau and the goings on that occur there? A bit crueler than a Camorri crime boss, no?
To reiterate from the last question: Scott Lynch doesn’t cease to amaze me with the sheer number of ways he can come up with to torture people. Please oh please let Locke give them all a dose of their own medicine. Lady Saljesca gets Falconer treatment though. It’s very rare that I wish characters to die slowly and painfully, but torturing poor people for your own perverse amusement is WRONG.
The Archon might be a megalomaniacal military dictator, but he thinks he’s doing right by Tal Verrar: his ultimate goal seems to be to protect them. What do you think he’s so afraid of?
The Bondsmagi are some pretty scary dudes. I could see the Archon fearing their power, especially if it interferes with his own. Honestly though I think he’s just afraid of losing his funding/navy.
And who the heck is trying to kill Locke and Jean every few days? they just almost got poisoned (again!)!
I’m thinking Selendri. She’s close enough to the Archon to know that Locke and Jean are up to something, but she’s not stupid and wants to clean things up herself. Of course, I’m probably wrong, and it’s probably someone we haven’t even met yet.
Do you really think it’s possibly for a city rat like Locke to fake his way onto a Pirate ship?
Of course, and I can’t wait to see him try!
A couple random things bothered me in this section. Don’t get me wrong, I’m enjoying the book so far, but… the tipping scene seemed a bit anachronistic. Tipping’s a pretty modern American concept, and it felt out of place. Also, what’s up with the whole “larboard” thing?
I love how we’re seeing so much clockwork in RSURS so far. It gives the book kind of a steampunk aesthetic, which is quite different from Camorr.
See everyone next week for chapters 7-10!
Edit as of 5/6/12: I was wrong about the larboard and the tipping. I’m learning a lot this week!
Also, I skipped a question because I wrote this up in a sleep-deprived haze at 2am after finishing up several papers. Time to write down the answer!
Isn’t the Artificers’ Crescent just amazing? If you could purchase anything there, what would it be?
I want a cute fluffy clockwork pet that I’m not allergic to! I’m tired of being allergic to everything that’s adorable and fuzzy, and I think the Artificer’s could help me with that.