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The Lies of Locke Lamora

Ohhhh my. It’s happening. I’m getting sucked into a book series. Into, possibly, a fandom again!

I’m a huge reader, from the time that I was a little girl. I was always spending my time alone, reading story after story. I read about sex in fantasy books before I had ever even held hands with anyone (of course, I didn’t even do that until I’d graduated high school, so I guess that it doesn’t mean much, ha ha!). Getting sucked into a fantasy series is nothing new for me.

In high school, I was obsessed with the Drizzt books, the Shadow series, the Cat series, and omg Miles Vorkosigan, the character that I am pretty sure that Tyrion Lannister is an homage to (they’re WAY too similar). Of course, there was the Dragonriders of Pern, Kushiel’s many legacies, the Mercedes Thompson series (set in my hometown, believe it or not!), the Borderlands series, the completely mindblowing Snow Crash (which needs a sequel!), and of course Game of Thrones! I could go on.. for a long time, trust me.

But it’s been a while. It really has. I’ve read a lot of manga, comics, and a lot of YA that I loved, but nothing that I felt like obsessing over. Until now. Oh, that feeling.. you know the one. When you want to look up all the fanarts, all the fanfics, all the informations. You want to fantasize about the characters, dream about them, and start salivating until the next book comes out!

So, that’s why I’m here, writing about this today. I read a book. I checked it out from the library because a friend’s mom gave it to her, and she recommended it to me. A book called The Lies of Locke Lamora. For the first time in a long time, after finishing it, I sat there, stunned, and immediately requested the next book (called Red Seas Under Red Skies ).

I was busy editing my Tenipuri book (which is almost done!), but I couldn’t put it down. I figured that I had a day of rest coming, and I did nothing but read this book. I couldn’t have stopped had you waved a million dollars in front of my face. Well, maybe for a million dollars… since I need money. But it would have taken a lot.

So, I just want to say, GO! Go and read it!!

The author, Scott Lynch, is a nerd like us. He has a livejournal, a tumblr, makes sci-fi jokes, and I swear one character in Red Seas is named after a character from late in Deep Space Nine. Oh, and Locke, the main character, was named after a character in Final Fantasy. I don’t know how much he likes anime, but I would bet money that some of the elements in the first book were loosely based after characters in Hunter x Hunter, too.

So, the story centers around a really richly-developed fantasy world, around two boys, Locke and Jean. Orphaned as kids, they were raised to be thieves, and Locke especially, had a knack for trouble and for coming up with crazy schemes that only he could pull off. The first book lays the groundwork for the characters, and you get to watch both Locke’s mind and insane luck fool everyone around him, only to get thrown into a number of increasingly desperate situations. It’s both hilarious, clever, and quite a bit slashy!

The second book picks up with Locke and Jean as they’re in another city, on another crazy, impossibly, only-Locke-could-pull-this-off scheme, and eventually takes them out on the high seas as very unwilling pirates! It gets even more slashy, and the solid friendship between Locke and Jean is only too endearing. In a way, they remind me of a more rogueish Sherlock and Watson. They’re brilliant. Brilliant and captivating!

The third book (of seven planned), The Republic of Thieves, which only came out last November, is sitting right next to me, on the floor next to the nightstand as I type. It’s staring at me, calling to me at all hours of the day. There’s a whole stack of books there, including the latest Sword of Ice and Fire tome, but this one is the only one screaming at me to read it.

It’s hard to resist. I must resist, though. I must! For reading it is the reward for finishing my Tenipuri Assistant novel, which, by the way, is titled The Princess of Tennis. It seemed to fit… don’t you think? Well, it’s meant to be sort of cheeky. 😉 I am nearly done with the second edit now!!! Then, there is the cover, and the formatting. I’ll soon know how many pages it will be, and I will be able to take presales!

I. Am. So. Freaking. Excited!!!!!! I’ve added a LOT of content to it, and fixed errors that I made while writing. Adding was the reason that it’s taken this entire month to edit it. You’re going to be surprised. You’re going to love it! I hope so!! And even if you don’t love it, I am sure that you will like it, and you will consider buying it to help me out. 🙂

If I can do this, if we can do this together, get the book to do well enough to push me up off of the ground, get myself situated in a little apartment of my own, away from my parents and the cold and the rain, if the book does well enough, I can make my first manga, Denkiki, available for free online, supported by book sales, merchandise, advertising, option donations, whichever. I haven’t decided on a revenue source just yet. But I am enamored with the idea that I could publish it online, for free, every week, like Shonen Jump (only free!), and then have it supported with the sales of collected volumes. From there, maybe it can grow…

Oh, I am getting off track! I’d love to hear everyone’s opinions and suggestions! Also, in the meantime, read The Lies of Locke Lamora and tell me what you think about that, too! I sort of want to cosplay from it…. yeeps.

So, so many things to do. Tomorrow, I’ll see you all again, and I’ll be reading the comments as always, so I’d love your opinions! <3 you guys! *^^*

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Hi! This is Jamie Lynn Lano! I am a Washington State (USA) native who: ☆ Holds a Bachelors of the Arts in Media Arts & Animation from AiPx. ☆ Worked as an assistant mangaka in Japan for Konomi Takeshi on The Prince of Tennis. ☆ Was an essay columnist for Asahi Weekly from 2008-2013. ☆ Was the star of Asahi Pop'n Press on Asahi TV (Japan) from 2009-2013 ☆ Was a write for Metropolis magazine in 2010. ☆ Has kept a blog foreeeeeeeeever! First and Current blogs.


  • Molly

    If you like Lies Of Locke Lamora, I have to imagine you would like The Name Of the Wind. It is one of the most delicious, amazing books I have read in years! The sequel, Wise Man’s Fear is even better IMO. I am dying for the next book…

    • Jamie Lynn Lano

      I’m so excited, since any book that is similar to Locke, I will probably like! I’ve put it on hold at the library now. By the time that it comes in, I should have finished up the latest Locke, so it’s perfect timing!

  • muna

    For your manga publishing try ink blazers, i see many artist publishing their manga and getting paid. Also I am looking forward to your book 😀

    • Jamie Lynn Lano

      Ahh yes, I have seen that work out well for some, too, and I have thought about it. 🙂 I would like to try it on my own at first and see how I do, and possibly work with someone like Sparkler, who is another publisher that I love. 🙂 Eventually, though, I’d like to helm my own manga company, so that I can help make the dreams of others come true!

  • KC

    ooooh, i didn’t know you liked fantasy! i’m a huge fan!! Have you read Mistborn? it’s pretty epic too… if you have a Goodreads account, i’d love to add you!!

    The Lies of Locke Lamora is actually sitting on my to-read shelf right now (i have so many other books to read first….) but i’m really looking forward to reading it. i’ve heard such hype about this series, and to hear you say that you love it makes me even more eager!!

    • Jamie Lynn Lano

      Yessss, I’m a huge fantasy nut, have always been. 😀 I do have a Goodreads account, though it’s fairly new, but it is here: https://www.goodreads.com/jamieism

      Oooooh, if I was you, I’d push Lies to the top of your list!! I am so, so, soooo glad that I did. 😀 Although, of course, that much is probably obvious by now. Any more fantasy recommendations?

      • KC

        I sent you a friends request!! I will definitely read it soon! I’m just finishing the last book in the Eragon series now and it’s like 800pages and taking me forever…

        Well, I’m a huge fan of the “Wheel of Times” series, but it’s like 14 books and they are all huge bricks so only attempt it if you have time!! and like I said, the Mistborn series was really really amazing. i was crying and laughing and feeling all the feels while reading the last one. omg. other than that, i’d recommend “Name of the Wind”, it’s really good but the author is taking FOREVER to write the third book and it just sucks cuz we wanna know what happens!!!

        • Jamie Lynn Lano

          Got it! 😀 Oooh yes, the Wheel of Time is one of those book series that has been on my reading list since the beginning of time, but I never seemed to be able to get around to. I will one day! I have heard that he is very wordy though. XD

          I’ve now added Name of the Wind to my library reserve list, thanks to you! There are so many people that reserved it before me.. it must be good!

  • Walter

    Good books always leave you wanting more. You mentioned Snow Crash and while I’m not 100% positive, the book, The Diamond Age, also by Neal Stephenson is about as close to a sequel as it comes. Give it a read and see for yourself.

    • Jamie Lynn Lano

      Oh, I have actually read that book! 😀 It was not as good as Snow Crash in my opinion, but I loved the idea. It did seem to be set in the same world.. at least, as far as I remember. I’ll have to reread it someday if I have the chance. 🙂

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