Review: The Republic of Thieves (Gentleman Bastard #3)

The Republic of Thieves
The Republic of Thieves by Scott Lynch
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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When I got this book in NetGalley I was like

It’s been a while since I wanted to read the Gentleman Bastard series, I had heard so many good things about it. So, after I got this in NetGalley, the next thing I did was buying the Kindle version of The Lies of Locke Lamora (Gentleman Bastards Book 1) and Red Seas Under Red Skies (Gentleman Bastards Book 2), so it took me a while to read the three books. I am a fast reader, but then I got a new job and got pregnant and between the new job and morning sickness it was a bit of a challenge to finish the series.

Anyway … better late than never!!!!

In the first book, The Lies of Locke Lamora (Gentleman Bastards Book 1)  we met the Gentleman Bastards, and they were witty, clever and funny, simply brilliant, you couldn’t ask for better thieves (Think of George Clooney’s Ocean’s Eleven movies). Loved the book, it had so many twists and you couldn’t predict a thing!!! Great plot full of action and humor. Ahh and the world building … I loved to imagine the glass buildings, sharks, everything … I just loved it.

In the second book,Red Seas Under Red Skies (Gentleman Bastards Book 2), things didn’t go as planned (well … they never do) and the book ended with Locke in a big fat mess, and poor Jean with a broken heart … but we got love, fights, tricks, humor and a big pirate ship!!! Great book, not as good as the first but great!!!

Republic of Thieves begins, with Locke deep in sh*t and Jean … being Jean. But the really interesting thing in GB3 is Sabetha, we finally met her!!!!!! Republic of Thieves is mostly about Locke and Sabetha’s relationship, past and present, and I must say the “past” plot was much better than the “present” plot, at least for me. We’ve seen Locke pinning for her in the last two books … I wanted to see if she would meet my expectations … ohh she did!!!! Poor Locke, he didn’t had a chance against her muahahahaha!!! The “past” took us back to Camorr, to the time where the “gang” was complete with Father Chains and the Sanza brothers (I miss them!!!). The “present” story involves some political schemes, Locke and Jean have to manipulate an election, and their party is against Sabetha’s party, so they are in some sort of competition against each other… with bondmagi involved!!! (Falconer’s mother!! can you believe it!!!??)

Ohh and I almost forgot … there is an amazing plot twist about Locke’s past … won’t say a thing about it!! You’ll have to read the book. And the cliffhanger …… wow …. there are some things you never see coming … that ending was one of them, I need the GB4 now!!!!!!

You must read the series … NOW!!! Goooooo!!!!

ReviewedbyMags

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The Lies of Locke Lamora (Gentleman Bastards Book 1)
Red Seas Under Red Skies (Gentleman Bastards Book 2)
The Republic of Thieves (Gentleman Bastards Book 3)

ARC received via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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Review: Norwegian Wood

Norwegian Wood
Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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Norwegian Wood a.k.a. Tokyo Blues is a classic, well … yes, there is a very good reason.

Honestly, there are many amazing reviews, papers and discussions analyzing this book, that I’ll just say I loved it, and it was interesting the way the topics like suicide/death, sex, idealism, politics, literature and human interactions (or lack of human interaction) were portrayed.

This book has making me do some research … THAT’S HOW MUCH I LIKED IT.

I need to understand some things … and the more I read about some symbolism in the book, the more intrigued I am. For example, Jay Rubin (the translator) made a comment on a forum

 

If you look at my HARUKI MURAKAMI AND THE MUSIC OF WORDS, though, on pp. 158-59, I emphasize the presence of death at the end of the book. The “four” occasions of lovemaking with Reiko seem deliberately to evoke the traditional Japanese association between “four” (shi) and “death” (shi): “By sleeping (four times) with Reiko, a sexually functional surrogate for the sexually dysfunctional Naoko, he implicitly chooses death and negativity (Naoko) over life (Midori); Toru will live with his memories of Naoko rather than give himself over to the vitality of Midori.”

 

So, I guess I’m super intrigued now, if I had knowledge about japanese society and culture in the 60’s and 70’s I’m sure I would be able to enjoy this book a lot more.

This is my second Murakami book, and Norwegian Wood is completely different from After Dark, however, both of them have this strange atmosphere to the story that sucks you in somehow, there is something about the writing that makes ordinary things seem extraordinary.

Yes, I will continue reading Murakami’s work.

ReviewedbyMags