I tried. I really wanted to like this book, I gave it several goes, but I just couldn't finish it. Problem is, I don't like Marla. Yeah, she is advertised as bitchy and bad-ass, but to me, it just seemed … forced. Over the top. Plus, the overly obvious McGuffin irked me, because (as far as I've listened) there is no explanation as to why it will help her defeat her enemy, even though they talk about the thing repeatedly. So she needs the Cornerstone and that's why she's in SanFran – that's her problem, not mine and as long as no one tells me what the Cornerstone is (other than "a powerful magical artifact") and how she expects to use it against whom, I'm not making it my problem and thus, I'm not invested. Same goes for her old, dead friend; if I don't get at least some of their back story (emphasis on *their*, not just his, not just hers, but theirs. I wanna know why he is important to her), then he doesn't feel like a character, he feels like a plot device. I need more than names and superficial facts to get into a story.
I liked it when Marla and Rondeau went to Finch's party
Only the books in this storyline. This was the first one.
No, at first I didn't know if I liked Marla at all, and that was a bit of a deterrent. Once it got maybe 1/3 of the way in I couldn't put it down.
At first I found the character of Marla Mason very unlikable. She seemed very self absorbed and rude, but I stuck with it anyway since the story was gaining speed and I wanted to know what happens. By the end, even though I still thought she was a bit mean I also thought she made a good character and got the next book.
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Kick Butt Sorcerer!
Well the x-rated party was pretty crazy!
Marla is a very complex character. In any given chapter you find yourself loving, admiring, hating, or being disappointed in her. Her heart is in the right place, for the most part, though. Her love for her city is inspiring. And she can do some cool tricks!
This is the first of TA Pratt's Marla Mason Series. I started this after hearing a Marla Mason Story on Podcastle, and I'm so glad I bought this book. I guess the genre is urban sorcery, set in a fictional modern city in North America. The characters are flawed and interesting, particularly Marla. If you like the Harry Dresden books, I think you'd like this series. The reading is well done.
I really enjoyed the way the story didn't follow all the old cliches - this writer is super original!
What I liked best is that the main character is completely unlikeable, as well as the twists and turns in the story.
The narration was excellent - Jessica Almasy has a great sense of timing and delivery.
When Rondo discovers just what kind of party Marla has brought him to - that made me laugh out loud.
Brilliant! I've just bought the next two in the series.
First, the narrator sounds like a very young girl...it is very disconcerting for Marla's voice, let alone for the male voices. It is a shame. It is not so bad that i couldn't get through the story.
There are a number of 'fill-in-the-blank'omancers...you know, technomancer, etc. When we got to pornomancer I was so disappointed - really, it came across as a cheesy way to throw in a big orgy with b&d and s&m scenes filled with things I stopped giggling at in my twenties. Throw in a twisted necrophilia and rape as revenge scene and I was truly disgusted. Disgusted that an otherwise interesting writer stooped to something so cheap and cheesy. Really, you had to go there?
Get past that part and you find a story that will keep you occupied for a few hours.
Love fantasy books, usually with a strong female character. I also enjoyed just about anything from J.D Robb I am a fan of mysteries as well. I also enjoy funny and quirky novels anything from Molly Harper is a winner in my book. Since listening to audio books is important to me while I travel I also follow certain narrators as well.
The story was different then any other I have ever read. I choose this book because I had a credit on my account and the book was cheap. It wasn't horrible but really really weird.
The story was so strange and the magic described somewhat sadistic and sexually explicit in some cases.
Jessica was one of the rudest women characters I have ever read about I know that was the authors intention but it was difficult to read and understand why in every encounter she was sarcastic self centered and rude.
I would say the narrator did the best they could and the voice quality and performance may have been the only thing that kept me going.
You have to enjoy superficial and self centered characters to really enjoy this book, I believe their is a target audience for the story line it does not include me however.
I would rate the book as average. It is certainly better than some others, but still not on par to the better ones belonging to the genre. I would wish for more fun in the next parts. The story was OK, not completely boring but not thoroughly captivating as well, I would describe it as "dry", or thrill lacking. It doesn't have many original ideas (or tricks of the game if you will) as well. I can point out humming birds idea as one among a few of them. I would be also hoping for more. More original ideas would balance out the dryness of the story line. Unfortunately that was not the case. Although I understand Marla's personality is affected by the evil cloak I couldn't relate to her at all. She was too evil to my tastes. I felt more related to the Brando character, he was more funny and honorable. I'm not sure if I would continue with the series, there are others more captivating. Jessica Almasy's performance was joy to listen to. No complaints in that area.
There are two types of reviewers that drive me insane. The firsttype are the ones who constantly complain about the character development, and the second type are those reviewers who complain about the narator. You will run into these complaints further down the list of this book's reviews. To answer the first complaint, the characters in this book have decent development. You don't know about their thoughts on the meening of life or their opinions about the social issues of the day, but they are developed enough to keep the story going. Not only was the character development good, the system of magic was extremely creative and well thought out. Now to answer the second complaint. I thought the narator did a good job with this book. I don't understand why people are so picky about every little flaw the narator might have. It seems to me that people should be happy with the fact that someone took time out of their day to read an audiobook for the blind. If no one narated these audiobooks, you would have to listen to a synthisized voice. If you thought this narator was bad, you should listen to a book narated by a synthisized voice. Overall, this book is a good read and I would reccomend this book to anyone.
Marla Mason is a unique character and needs a unique voice. Jessica Almsay is such a voice. There are some readers who become one with their books--Susan Ericksen with those of J.D. Robb--Anna Fields with those of Susan Elizabeth Phillips--Barbara Rosenblat with those of Elizabeth Peters and Jessica Almasy with those of T.A. Pratt. I have listened to all four books. Marla is quirky, complex but consistent. Each book is original though true to the world concept. The last book left off in mid air. I Want Answers! Mr. Pratt write faster...