When I was chatting with the Night Shade Boys (and doesn't that sound like a fantasy story someone like Howard Waldrop should write?), we got to talking about books we had recently read, and Scott Lynch's amazingly cool debut novel came up. This isn't exactly what I said then, but it's what I would have said, if I was better at saying things extemporaneously. And nobody has actually asked me to blurb this book, but what the hell.
The Lies of Lock Lamora doesn't just kick ass, it kicks all kinds of ass -- it tracks down all of the ass's friends, and kicks them as well. This is the kind of book that makes you happy just to be alive and the owner of the eyeballs reading such an excellent fantasy caper novel. And when I heard that Lynch's next novel will be about pirates, I got even more excited: Lynch is exactly the sort of writer who should be writing pirate stories. I completely and utterly approve.