This is a bit off topic, but if you want another good scifi book to read, The Dispossessed by Le Guin is another good one to try. I haven't finished it yet, but the parts I have read are really interesting and engaging. I don't know if InsaneJournal lets you whether you have comments or not so that's why I put here instead of the older scifi poll entry.
I haven't read The Lies of Locke Lamora or the sequel, but judging by your review they're really not my type of thing. I'm just not into rogue stories. It takes a lot to make me empathize with a criminal.
On the other hand, I read The Privilege of the Sword and Swordspoint and I liked them both. I liked The Privilege of the Sword so much that I bought it. I never would have read either book unless you had recommended them so thanks for recommending them. I've also gotten into A Song of Ice and Fire too, thanks to your recommendations.
I also read the first book of The Belgariad by Eddings, just to see if it was as cliche as you said it was. Going from Martin and Kushner to Eddings was...interesting to say the least. Lets just say I won't read the second book.
Wow, that went on longer than I thought it would.