Action, adventure, conspiracy, magic, antiheroes on the hoof — what more could you want of Locke and Jean? I confess about 4/5ths of the way through the book I started to wonder how he was going to wrap it all up. Well, he did. The ending might have taken up a few more pages without annoying me, but in truth, this is a minor quibble.
Anent Scott's work, one of my favorite reader emails I ever received was regarding my own book, Trial of Flowers [ Powells | BN ]. The reader took me to task for writing such grubby, degrading prose and doing such awful things in that book (guilty as charged, btw), and asked me why I couldn't write something clean and fun like Scott Lynch's The Lies of Locke Lamora [ Powells | BN ]. Considering that in Lies people are drowned in horse piss and stuffed into barrels of ground glass, I can't think how anyone would think it was a cleaner book than Trial.
Prior to that, I finished reading the new edition of The Ethical Slut [ Powells | BN ]. If you're not familiar with the title, that's a lifestyle/self-help/inspirational book aimed toward people engaged in open or polyamorous relationships. I will comment that at least half that book applies to anyone with an active emotional or sex life, regardless of their particular lifestyle arrangements and sexual orientation. I recommend it highly on that basis if you're interested in exploring your boundaries or otherwise doing some hard thinking in those areas.