Things are really heating up as we reach week four of this readalong, and this week it is hosted by Andrea over at Little Red Reviewer. As always some really interesting questions, so go check out everyone else’s answers too! Oh, and beware the massive, massive, MASSIVE spoilers…
1. We finally know why Sabetha dyes her hair, and that’s so disturbing even the Thiefmaker under Shade’s Hill was disgusted by it. Too dark for this world? Or just right?
It’s too dark for any world, but sadly there are things people do to each other (not just women or children) in the real world which are at least as bad if not worse. We’ve seen before that there are some really dark parts in every society Locke’s come across so far (that nasty game in Salon Corbeau, anyone?), so this is just par for the course really. And it really shows why Sabetha was so meticulous about hiding her real hair colour. At least there’s a light at the end of the tunnel, because if I understood it right this nastiness has to be done to a virgin redhead. I think Sabetha said something about waiting until she’s old enough that there’s not really any doubt anymore that she’s no longer a virgin? Can’t quite remember, but I’m sure it was something like that.
2. The “Asino” brothers are drunken idiots, but they’re not blind. What did you think of the little rendezvous they helped arrange for Sabetha and Locke?
I thought it was quite sweet really. It goes to show that there’s real friendship underneath all the bravado, drunken arsery and boorishness. The Gentlemen Bastards look out for each other, no matter what the circumstances. I think it also shows that they’re not as stupid as they sometimes seem. They don’t have the genius and cunning of either Locke or Sabetha, but they’re probably a lot more world-wise than either of them. Even Sabetha.
As an aside, I think someone really should mention that Jean lost his virginity too! Go Jean! =)
3. Locke managed to get everyone out of the Boulidazi mess we discussed last week . . . what do you think of this latest Boulidazi complication?
If by the first bit you mean the mess that had him up against the wall with Boulidazi’s dagger at his throat, I feel it necessary to point out that Sabetha got them out of that, not Locke. Clever girl.
As for the new complication… Well, it’s bad. Locke thinks it himself: ‘A serious Sanza is one hell of an ill omen.’
So, let’s see… Boulidazi has proven to be a complete cock. He was getting that way anyway, but trying to rape Jenora really sealed it. Kudos to Sabetha again for so cleverly covering it up by pretending he was ‘busy’ with her. She really is the best actor out of the lot of them.
Also, we’ve now seen that Moncraine is just as much of a cock. To have the gall to suggest that Jenora should have tried to enjoy it was beyond dickish, and it was brilliant that of all people it was Sylvanus who decked him on the jaw for it. I don’t care how apologetic and contrite Moncraine is after that, it was still the first thing he thought of, and that makes him a dick.
This really tests their ability to think on their feet, and even though their plan to get away with it is sketchy, it really is the best they can come up with when push comes to shove. The whole situation is just a little farcical, with them now having to lug a corpse around, but hey, who cares? I also love how this once again illustrates the polarity of Locke’s character. We’ve seen him perform acts of surprising kindness (even if he’s sarcastic about it), but when he doesn’t care, he really doesn’t care. I loved how he kicked Boulidazi’s corpse and cursed him for still mucking up his love life.
And back to Karthain (I’m jumping around in time here, leaving the most important bits for last).
4. Time is flying, and the election is getting closer. Desperation calls for cheap tricks. I think my favorite so far is Sabetha’s special roof guards. What’s your favorite election dirty trick so far?
Well, you picked it right there. Another stroke of genius on Sabetha’s part, showing that she knows both Locke and Jean very, very well. She knows there’s no way they’ll hurt fragile old grannies (well, unless they’ve just poisoned you and are dangling the antidote in front of you), so it was deliciously clever. I also love how she keeps turning Locke’s tricks around on him, like with the snakes. I think what I like about the election shenanigans is that it’s all so over-the-top ostentatious and obviously fake, yet no one stops to go ‘haaaangg onnnn, what?’ Awesome.
5. There’s a mole in the Deep Roots. Was that person’s identity a surprise to you? And how did you like Locke’s method of identifying the person?
Well, we already knew it was him when Sabetha caught him at his dealer, didn’t we? And the way to flush him out was the classic way of doing it – feed them all different information and see which bit gets acted on. It’s probably in ‘Spying for dummies’ or something.
6. What’s so important about this Lovaris fellow? The election is right around the corner, so why introduce someone new so late in the game?
Ahh, I don’t like second-guessing books. It’s much more fun to just sit back and let it all happen to you. He’s obviously going to have some significance, because Scott Lynch is too good a writer to stick in a useless red herring.
7. It’s so nice that Locke and Sabetha can finally have some nice, normal dinner dates. He even cooks her dinner! But that sneaky Patience, always interrupting everything! Finally, she promises some answers. that’s nice. what, Locke is WHO? Locke is a WHAT? How much of it do you believe?
ETA: Spoilerificaroo below, highlight the missing bit to read it. Sorry, forgot to do that earlier.
I don’t want to believe any of it. The one thing I liked about these books is that Locke isn’t the chosen one, isn’t the long-lost son of the king or the saviour of mankind. He’s just an ordinary, if utterly brilliant guy. To now say that he’s the most powerful (and craziest) bondsmage of them all who appears to have conquered death… I don’t like it. If it all turns out to be true then I’m sure Lynch will have some way to make it interesting, but right now I just want to believe that Patience is fucking with him because she doesn’t like him cosying up with the enemy.
So do I believe it? I honestly don’t know. This really could go either way for me, and I really don’t know what to think. I’ll be very interested in other people’s thoughts on this matter…