So I knew it was a flattering comparison, but at the time, I was kinda irked by it. I remember thinking, "Why do I have to be the next Scott Lynch? Why can't I just be the first Pat Rothfuss? I'll probably be a lot better at that, I've got way more experience at it if nothing else...."
Years later I finally got around to reading Lies and enjoyed it. I saw that it was a clever book, and gritty, with a cool world. And there was an orphan boy in it who was a witty, mouthy thief. A while after that, I met Scott and really liked him as well. So I let go of what little residual irritation I had, not that there was very much...
Fast forward to now. This last week I started re-reading Lies, and I was absolutely fucking *stunned* by how good it is. The construction of it. The language. The world. The cleverness. The wit.
There is nothing I don't like in this book. Seriously. Okay. Fine. One tiny *tiny* quibble.
Even so, do you know how rare it is for me to say that? Right now, in the full flush of this second reading, I think Lies is probably in e in my top ten favorite books ever. Maybe my top five.
It's not really fair to compare the two books. They're different styles. Different subjects. Different worlds.
1. The beginning of his book is stronger than mine.
Seriously. 50 pages into my book, you'll have reached the point where someone is starting to actually tell a story.
50 pages into Lies, you know the main character and are halfway into a fucking heist.
2. His title is better than mine.
And his series title is better than mine too. "Gentleman Bastard" beats "Kingkiller Chronicles" hands-down.
3. His cussing is better than mine.
Not in real life. In real life I cuss like a sailor. But the language in my books is pretty genteel and tame.
In Lies, Lynch's low-life street thugs are vulgarian virtuosos. This might seem like a little thing, but it's not. It builds the world. It shows character. It helps make the story feel truly, perfectly grubby and real.
Here it is in a nutshell: When I was first published, I was irritated when people compared me to Scott Lynch. Only now do I realize how huge a compliment I was being given.
If you haven't read it, you should. If you have read it, you should probably read it again....
by: Patrick Rothfuss