There are many writers who are discovery writers: they sit down at a keyboard and make up a story as they go along. After the novel is written, they go back and clean up the plot holes, clear away the extraneous detail, and add the details and foreshadowing that make the story flow in a logical sequence. Unfortunately this novel reads like the first draft of a discovery writer who failed to review his work. New elements of the story appear abruptly as the writer thinks of each cool new idea and consistently fails to tie the ideas and scenes together or prune away ideas that don't advance the story. For example, the long drawn out sex club scene includes descriptions of equipment, people, and events that were not relevant to the story. The writer should either make such information relevant or leave it out.
Finally, the narrator Jessica Almasy has an abrupt, halting way of reading that is similar to a computer generated voice in a text-to-speech system. Meaning is drained from the words as they are translated into sound. Her stumbling, awkward speech constantly knocks the listener out of the story.
I didn't care for book 0 of this series, but Blood Engines was much better. Solid writing, which unfortunately is kind of scarce in the fantasy genre. Solid plot, although the bdsm party scene got a little gratuitous. Excellent narration. I haven't figured out if I actually like Marla yet but I think she's written that way. Will be buying the next in the series.
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I loved the story but the narrator could have made the characters have a little more depth.
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.