Republic of Theives by Scott Lynch

I am an avid consumer of audiobooks.  They fit well into my normal work, and they are often the only real “reading” I get to do during the normal workweek. I am currently reading/listening to Republic of Theives by Scott Lynch.

Someone, somewhere (reddit perhaps?) told me I should read this book.  So I picked it up a couple months ago.  The reader (Michael Page) is out-flipping-standing.   The story is engrossing and very well done.  Here’s the only issue.  And trust me, it’s not the fault of Mr. Lynch or Mr. Page; the fault lay solely in my hands.  I had never heard of the Gentleman Bastard Sequence. So I just grabbed Republic of Theives.  Herein is where I made my mistake.  For those of you who may not know, or are considerably smarter than I am: Republic of Theives is the third in the series. I will emphatically state that I feel more than a little foolish.  I started the book and was just thinking, “there appears to be a great deal of back-story between these two.  Why is the one guy poisoned/dying?”

My new credits arrive tomorrow, and I will grabbing the first book: The Lies of Locke Lamora.  Once I have read the first book of the series, I will certainly write a review of it here.  But consider this my endorsement of the series: even starting at book three of an established series, what I read was compelling enough that I wanted to go back and purchase the first book.

— CL

The night I pressed “Go”

So from what I understand of these things I am supposed to sit down and talk about my “process” and “where the idea came from”.  I feel like those are worthwhile ideas on which to speak, but I will save them for a later date.  For this – my first – blog post, I will speak briefly about pressing “go”.

I have enjoyed writing and telling stories for years.  There is just something awesome about the creativity I can bring to bear on such ideas.  I need a character who drags his left leg as he walks down the street.  Why does he drag his left leg?  Is it completely dead?  Does he have a cane?  I love figuring out all of those fundamental parts.  It’s just enjoyable to me.

In November of 2011, I sat down and wrote the first draft of a Grenheim’s Thorn.  It was part of the absolute chaos and fun that is National Novel Writing Month.  50,000 words in 30 days.  It’s pretty mental.  But in 2011 (my second attempt at NNWM), I was successful.  I won.  I finished my first draft on the 29th of November.  It was more than a little shocking to me.  I had my lovely wife give it a read, and she pointed out some critical (a topic for another blog entry) issues.  But she also pointed out that there was a decent story. So I continued polishing.  I approached a few friends and they gave my book a decent review.  Yes, there was work to be done, but it was certainly decent.

I will save you from having to read the full story of how my book came to be.  Needless to day, it took way longer than I thought it would and there was a great deal more work than I could’ve ever imagined.

The night I pressed “go”, to publish my story on Amazon was somewhat surreal.  I had to decide if I wanted to deal with potentially noone reading my book, or even liking the story.  At the end of the day, what’s the point of sitting on the sidelines? Go big or go home.  Risk the strike-out for the chance at a homerun.

So there it was, my book was available to the masses.  Good, bad or other, my book is there.  I hope that people read it.  I hope they like it.  I hope that people adore my storytelling and world-building.  And if they don’t I hope that they find something to like about my story.

— CL