Monday, February 6, 2012

Announcing The Scott Lynch Read-Along!

If you're a fan of Scott Lynch, then you (like so many of us) have been loyally waiting since 2007 for The Republic of Thieves, book 3 in the Gentlemen Bastards Sequence.

If you've never read Scott's books before, then now is the time (and you're in for a treat!).

As a lead up to one of the most anticipated titles of 2012, five host blogs are going to be doing a massive Read-Along of the first and second books, starting with The Lies of Locke Lamora on March 3rd. Think of it as a book club that's hosted on a different blog each week. So, go to your local library, or hop on Amazon, B&N, Indiebound, etc. and get yourself a copy of The Lies of Locke Lamora. Here's my copy (beaten, worn, traveled 2300 miles over 3 moves, but it's still my one true love).

AGE APPROPRIATENESS NOTE: The Lies of Locke Lamora contains violence, foul language, and just a dab of sex. If the following dialogue offends you to the point that you would not be able to continue, then this book is NOT for you.

From The Lies of Locke Lamora, pg. 189(Highlight to read):

    "Bugger me bloody with a boathook," Chains said when they finished. "I don't recall telling you that your leash was slipped enough for fucking street theater, Locke."

What you need to know

Start Date: March 3rd, 2012

Blogs involved:

How does it work, How can I help?

Straight to the point. I like you, reader.

I'm going to divide this into two groups. If you're just planning on reading along and leaving comments on the blog, then you'll be in group A. 

If you want to be a great big Helpy Helperton and earn my undying respect by participating with your own blog, then you're in group B (also, I love you).

Group A

The book will be split into 5 sections. Each of the host blogs above will be in charge of  a section. When you look at my blog on Saturday, March 3rd (the official kickoff date) There you will find questions on that section of the book. These are starter questions to get you thinking as you read. Feel free to come back at any time and comment in that post about what you thought as you read. Feel free to ask your own questions in the comments as well. We want a nice big discussion going on at the host blog each week.

In the comments, you might also see links to other bloggers' websites. These are bloggers that have emailed us and asked to subscribe to the mailing list. They'll be posting our questions on their own blogs, and possibly questions and comments of their own making. If you're interested, visit those blogs as well for additional discussion topics. The ultimate goal here is to see every fiction-reading corner of the web talking about Scott Lynch and The Lies of Locke Lamora.

Group B

You are my freaking heroes, and I will probably try to email you a hug or some other ridiculous crap at some point, so be warned.
To sign up, I'm asking that you drop a quick email to myawfulreviews *AT* gmail *DOT* com and ask to be added to the mailing list. This will be the easiest way for me to organize everything. I know, it's an extra step, but you've already got a web browser open, so I don't feel like I'm asking that much. 
All the subscribers are encouraged to post the discussion questions on their own blogs (or Facebook or Google Plus, whatever), with a link to that week's host blog. 

I'll be emailing you a list of starter questions (hopefully) by March 1st

We'd like you to post on your blogs sometime on Saturday March 3rd. Feel free to post the starter questions or any other questions or comments that you think of as you read. 

We want to have a very open, friendly, discussion, and we need all the help from fellow bloggers we can get to accomplish that. Feel free to leave links on the host blog each week to your own blog so that people can see what you're doing on your site.

We want awesome discussion, so we'll try our best to make the starter questions thought-provoking, but odds are you're probably smarter than us (and in my case, almost certainly better looking). The host bloggers will, of course, be running around like their trousers are on fire, trying to answer questions, leave comments, and visit all the other bloggers' sites who choose to get involved in this crazy book orgy (would you expect anything less?).

And Now You Know the Rest of the Story 

What I'm trying to get across here is that we want you to participate. Whether that means posting a couple of comments, or going crazy and taking pictures of you and your life-size Scott Lynch doll is entirely up to you. But whether it's crazy sex-doll pics or just a comment here and there, we want and appreciate all your participation. Come one, come all, and enjoy! (the books, not the sex doll thing).