Scott Lynch

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Scott Lynch (born April 2, 1978, in Saint Paul) is an American fantasy author, best known for his Gentlemen Bastards series of novels.


The Lies of Locke Lamora (2006)[edit]

All page numbers from the mass market paperback edition published by Bantam Books
  • You can’t help being young, but it’s past time that you stopped being stupid.
    • Interlude “Locke Stays for Dinner” section 1 (p. 121)
  • Enlightenment! When it comes, it comes like a brick to the head, doesn’t it?
    • Interlude “Locke Stays for Dinner” section 1 (p. 125)
  • Our patron has always sort of danced upon the notion that austerity and piety go hand in hand; down here, we show our appreciation for things by appreciating, if you get me.
    • Interlude “Locke Stays for Dinner” section 2 (p. 132)
  • “Liquor does this? Even after you’re sober?”
    “A cruel joke, isn’t it? The gods put a price tag on everything, it seems.”
    • Interlude “The Last Mistake” section 1 (p. 179)
  • There’s no freedom quite like the freedom of being constantly underestimated.
    • Chapter 4 “At the Court of Capa Barsavi” section 5 (p. 219)
  • “This entire situation is insane.” Jean slammed his book shut in disgust.
    “It was insane before; now it’s become malicious.”
    • Chapter 6 “Limitations” section 2 (p. 330)
  • Time’s a river, Locke, and we’ve always drifted farther down it than we think.
    • Interlude “Up the River” section 2 (p. 392)
  • When you’re a priest, people tend to see the robe rather than the man.
    • Interlude “The Half-Crown War” section 1 (p. 414)
  • “Advice,” chuckled Doña Vorchenza. “The years play a sort of alchemical trick, transmuting one’s mutterings to a state of respectability. Give advice at forty and you’re a nag. Give it at seventy and you’re a sage.”
    • Chapter 9 “A Curious Tale for Countess Amberglass” section 1 (p. 433)
  • “‘Commonly thought,’ you say? Many things are commonly thought, but perhaps not commonly thought all the way through.”
    • Chapter 9 “A Curious Tale for Countess Amberglass” section 1 (p. 435)
  • I’m sure we can communicate. I speak fluent hatchet.
    • Chapter 10 “Teeth Lessons” section 2 (p. 457)
  • It was strange, how readily authority could be conjured with nothing but a bit of strutting jackassery.
    • Chapter 13 “Orchids and Assassins” section 4 (p. 567)
  • I have always found the presumptions of others to be the best possible disguise—haven’t you?
    • Chapter 15 “Spiderbite” section 5 (p. 636)
  • In time, you’ll come to understand that a state like ours cannot afford to offer up a show of weakness for honesty’s sake; Duke Nicovante charges me with vouchsafing his security, not his conscience.
    • Epilogue, “Falselight” section 2 (p. 715)
  • I can’t live forever. Each time something like this affair lands in my lap, I suddenly recall that I don’t want to live forever.
    • Epilogue, “Falselight” section 2 (p. 716)

Red Seas Under Red Skies (2007)[edit]

All page numbers from the mass market paperback edition published by Bantam Books
  • I make it a point never to trust men with weapons to my windpipe.
    • Prologue “A Strained Conversation” (p. 2)
  • “What’s your hand look like?“
    “A parched desert...How’s yours?“
    “A wasteland of bitter frustration.“
    • Chapter 1 “Little Games” section 1 (p. 7)
  • “Here's to charming losers, I suppose.“
    “If only we knew where to find some.“
    • Chapter 1 “Little Games” section 3 (p. 14)
  • “What do you have to say to that?
    “Oh, very little, to be sure, Master Kosta. It’s so hard to think, overawed as I am with the sublime genius of your plan.“
    “That bears some vague resemblance to sarcasm.“
    “God forfend,“ said Jean. “You wound me! Your inexpressible criminal virtues have triumphed again, as inevitably as the tides come and go. I cast myself at your feet and beg for absolution. Yours is the genius that nourishes the heart of the world.“
    “And now you’re—“
    “If only there was a leper handy,“ interrupted Jean, "so you could lay your hands on and magically heal him.“
    • Chapter 1 “Little Games” section 4 (p. 26)
  • “I suspect that drink has made you impulsive.“
    “Drink makes me see funny; the gods made me impulsive.“
    • Chapter 1 “Little Games” section 4 (p. 29)
  • The trouble with creating military dictators, Locke reflected, was getting rid of them after the immediate crisis was past.
    • Chapter 1 “Little Games” section 5 (p. 35)
  • “You needed a bath,“ Jean interrupted. “You were covered in self-pity.“
    • Reminiscence “The Capa of Vel Virazzo” section 5 (p. 63)
  • “When I get this door open, you’re dead, Jean!“
    “When you get that door open? I look forward to many long years of life, then.“
    • Reminiscence “The Capa of Vel Virazzo” section 5 (p. 65)
  • “That’s a sweet piece,“ said Jean, briefly forgetting to be aggravated. “You didn’t snatch that off a street.“
    “No,“ said Locke, before taking another deep draught of the warm water in the decanter. “I got it from the neck of the governor’s mistress.“
    “You can’t be serious.“
    “In the governor’s manor.“
    “Of all the—“
    “In the governor’s bed.“
    “Damned lunatic!“
    “With the governor sleeping next to her...It is possible,“ said Locke with a sheepish grin, “that I have been slightly too bold.“
    • Reminiscence “The Capa of Vel Virazzo” section 6 (pp. 70-71)
  • Master Kosta...What a pleasure! Selendri tells me you’ve expressed an interest in getting killed.
    • Chapter 2 “Requin” section 2 (p. 82)
  • “I say again, impossible.”
    “And I correct you again. Difficult. ‘Difficult’ and ‘impossible’ are cousins often mistaken for one another, with very little in common.”
    • Chapter 2 “Requin” section 3 (p. 93)
  • Some mysteries are better off with their throats slit.
    • Chapter 2 “Requin” section 3 (p. 95)
  • As for history, we are living in its ruins. And as for biographies, we are living with the consequences of all the decisions ever made in them. I tend not to read them for pleasure. It‘s not unlike carefully scrutinizing the map when one has already reached the destination.
    • Chapter 2 “Requin” section 4 (pp. 100-101)
  • “We met five years ago.“ Jean scratched his beard. “On a sea voyage. We became business partners out of sheer boredom. Since then we‘ve been inseparable.“
    “Except that my plan calls for me to be plotting your death.“
    “Yes, but I don‘t know that, do I? Boon companion! I suspect nothing.“
    “Chump! I can hardly wait to see you get yours!“
    • Reminiscence “Best-Laid Plans” section 1 (pp. 114-115)
  • Time went by with all the speed of a sleepless night.
    • Chapter 3 “Warm Hospitality” section 3 (p. 124)
  • By rights he was still outrunning his age, still ahead of most men nearing threescore years, but he knew deep in his heart that there would never be any way of running fast enough.
    • Chapter 5 “On a Clockwork River” section 4 (p. 253)
  • I don’t want you to agree with me; I want you to use your misplaced acorn of a brain before the squirrel comes looking for it again.
    • Last Reminiscence “By Their Own Rope” section 1 (p. 270)
  • “We already know how too—”
    “I don’t care what you think you know, Kosta. Until further notice, we’re gonna presume that you’re too dumb to count to one.”
    • Chapter 6 “Balance of Trades” section 2 (p. 291)
  • You’re ten pints of crazy in a one-pint glass.
    • Chapter 8 “Summer’s End” section 5 (p. 396)
  • Only gods-damned fools die for lines drawn on maps.
    • Chapter 11 “All Else, Truth” section 5 (p. 513)
  • It had the expression common to all kittens, that of a tyrant in the becoming.
    • Chapter 11 “All Else, Truth” section 9 (p. 528)
  • I find it best to make corpses of complications.
    • Chapter 13 “Points of Decision” section 2 (p. 587)
  • I’m losing my taste for subtlety as fast as I’m depleting my supply.
    • Chapter 14 “Scourging the Sea of Brass” section 1 (p. 640)
  • ”Oh, gods,” he cried. ”Oh, gods protect me! It’s you!”
    “Of course it’s me,“ said Locke. “You just don’t know who the hell I am yet.“
    • Chapter 16 “Settling Accounts” sections 2-3 (p. 712)
  • ”Is this man, ah, senile?”
    ”He’s absolutely competent,” she answered coldly.
    ”I assure you I am,” roared Cordo. Anger changed his countenance utterly. ”And I will not be put off from business by assassins in my own bedroom! Now, you will either kill me immediately or negotiate the price of my release!”
    • Chapter 16 “Settling Accounts” section 3 (p. 712)

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