Mr NW is flying solo this week

Today is Labour Day in New Zealand, so Mr NW and I are in full on holiday mode (Mr NW is re-reading The Lies of Locke Lamora as I type this). Big thanks to Samuel Parnell for getting us the day off.


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But change is ahead. Continue reading “Mr NW is flying solo this week”

Perelandro’s balls! It was brilliant.

After Mrs NW’s rather vague review of Scott Lynch’s The Lies of Locke Lamora, Mr NW offers a more insightful look at one of his favourite novels.

The Lies of Locke Lamora is one of those ones that crops up from time to time, and people tell you it is brilliant but you don’t quite believe them. I started reading online descriptions of the book and the most common was something akin to “Ocean’s Eleven in a dark fantasy world” or “awesome fantasy heist”. I wasn’t sure I liked the sound of that. Eventually I decided to give it a go – and Perelandro’s balls am I glad I did! Continue reading “Perelandro’s balls! It was brilliant.”

Assigned Reading (#1): The Lies of Locke Lamora

In an attempt to educate Mrs. NW, who is not exactly an avid reader of science fiction and fantasy, Mr. NW each month assigns a classic novel.

I’m very familiar with this book. I’m fairly sure Mr. NW has read The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch at least 3 or 4 times. In fact, half the time when I ask Mr. NW what he is going to read next (from his rather large collection that is taking over our hallway) he says I might just read Lies again. So by some miracle, he lent me his precious copy with strict instructions to not dog-ear the corners and I made a solemn promise to use the bookmark provided. I avoid bringing up the fact he wouldn’t have this problem if he used a Kindle. Continue reading “Assigned Reading (#1): The Lies of Locke Lamora”