Red Seas Under Red Skies Read Along – Part 1

I had so much fun with The Lies of Locke Lamora Read Along I joined up for the Red Seas Under Red Skies Read Along.  What can I say; I’m a sucker for a series and for read alongs this year. It seems I can’t help myself when it comes to either. Yep, sucker.

Book two – Red Seas Under Red Skies by Scott Lynch. I love a good series and so far, a mere 100 pages in, this one is living up to the first for me. Honestly, I think it’s the fact that two of my favorite characters are back and up to their good old schemey ways. No spoilers this week so you’re all safe.

Thanks to My Awful Reviews for this week’s questions. You can find more information at the Little Red Reviewer if you want it.

1. The Sinspire. It looks like our heroes (can they really be called that?) find themselves in search of a way into an unbeatable vault. Do you think they have what it takes to make it happen?

I will call them heroes. Bad examples, but heroes none the same! OK, I have to admit that as soon as I read the scene where Locke starts talking about ripping off the vault, all I could think about was Ocean’s Eleven. Locke and Jean because Clooney and Pitt in my head. I have no issue with this, but that’s all I can think about now. When does the rest of gang arrive?

Do they have what it takes to pull it off? I want them to do it, I do, but right now their prospects are pretty dim. I have faith though, I have faith.

2.  Anyone want to guess how they’re going to make it happen?

Ah, no. I’m notoriously bad a guessing games and don’t feel the need to embarrass myself needlessly. Moving onto question 3…

3. It’s a little different this time around, with us just being focused on Locke and Jean. Is anyone else missing the rest of the Bastards as much as I am?

YES! Oh, I so wish they had their brothers back but I’m also thinking they may need to find some new ones which makes me a little unhappy because they can’t be replaced. I don’t know how they can pull off the heist without more of them though.

4. I love the section where Jean starts to build a new guild of thieves. It really shows just how well trained and tough he is. Do you think the Bastards will end up training others along the way again like Bug?

I loved that part. Or maybe I have a crush on Jean, not sure. Yes, I do think eventually a new gang will form with training all around but I think Locke’s going to resist and Jean will see it as necessary and go out and do it. I do hope the personalities are different in the new Bastards though, not because I didn’t like those characters, but new gang, new personalities just seems to be in order. Also, I don’t want to think of the new Bastards as stand-in zombie replacements because I’m not above thinking that in my head. See question one — I’m already playing the Ocean’s Eleven soundtrack in my head. I don’t need extra reason to mash things up.

5. For those of you looking for Sabetha, we still haven’t spotted her yet. Anyone else chomping at the bit to see the love of Locke’s life?

It’s funny, I see Locke as a softhearted guy, even with all the robbing and scheming to rip others off (he did save people in the end of the last book don’t forget) and I really want to meet the woman who ruined him. Let’s face it; she’s got to be some woman to do what she did to Locke. I want her to be a badass like Nazca. Steel-heeled boots and all. And now bondage is in my head. See, this is what happens when I write without editing. You think I kid but I don’t. Usually I’m much more reserved and professional, or I try to be, but for whatever reason, I’ve lost that battle with myself this morning. (Self, drink some coffee before attempting to write.)

I say he’s softhearted not only because of Sabetha but the way he misses the fallen Bastards. I think of Jean much the same. Yeah, I know they’re criminals but they happen to be fictional ones so I can like them all I want.

6. It’s early on, but the Bastards are already caught up in plots that they didn’t expect. How do you think their new “employer” is going to make use of them (The Archon, that is)?

Again, not good at the guessing game but I surmise it will be interesting and I hope Locke and Jean manage to turn to the game on The Archon in the end.


12 thoughts on “Red Seas Under Red Skies Read Along – Part 1

  1. Pingback: Red Seas Under Red Skies Read-Along, part one! « the Little Red Reviewer

  2. Good point about potential stand-in zombie Bastards. I hope we don’t go that way. At the moment The Archon also reminds me too much of The Grey King. All the same, it was a great begining and although I’ll miss Camorr, but Tal Verrar is another great setting. I wish someone would make a movie out of the series.

  3. I too think of Ocean’s Eleven, which is fine, because I love that movie so, so much! I always envision Requin as Andy Garcia’s casino owner character from those movies.

    As guilty as I feel not missing the other GB’s, I appreciate that we get to know Jean a little better. I’m happy Lynch set this book someplace that wasn’t Camorr, otherwise i’d be seeing Calo and Galdo and Bug’s shades everywhere and just be crying the entire book. alas, no jumping sharks here.

    i think you should *always* write w/out editing! it’s much more fun, and Freudian slip-ery that way! 😉 what i want to know is if Sabetha and Nazca were friends. imagine the stunts those two to get up to! on that note, I want to know absolutely everything about Sabetha. Why did she go away, and why the hell didn’t she ever come back??

    • I know! Sabetha needs to show up soon. I’m so glad I’m not the only ones thinking of Ocean’s Eleven too. I just seemed to fit.

      I may give writing without editing a try more often around here. It is fun. 🙂

    • I’m also enjoying the different setting – partly because too many memories in Camorr – but also I think it helps us to see how well rounded the GBs are and this demonstrates how thorough Chain’s training was. They’re not out of depth and can pick up new personas and don’t feel like they’re floundering around.
      Lynn 😀

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