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T. A. Pratt

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Værker af T. A. Pratt

Blood Engines (2007) 774 eksemplarer
Rags & Bones (2013) — Redaktør — 383 eksemplarer
The Wrong Stars (2017) 379 eksemplarer
Poison Sleep (2008) 355 eksemplarer
Sympathy for the Devil (2010) — Redaktør; Introduktion — 285 eksemplarer
Dead Reign (2008) 282 eksemplarer
Spell Games (2009) 243 eksemplarer
The Strange Adventures of Rangergirl (2005) 211 eksemplarer
The Constantine Affliction (2012) 166 eksemplarer
The Dreaming Stars (2018) 132 eksemplarer
Bone Shop (2009) 123 eksemplarer
Heirs of Grace (2014) 107 eksemplarer
The Forbidden Stars (2019) 104 eksemplarer
Broken Mirrors (2010) 100 eksemplarer
Hart & Boot & Other Stories (2007) 81 eksemplarer
Grim Tides (2011) 75 eksemplarer
Little Gods (2003) 70 eksemplarer
Briarpatch (2011) 62 eksemplarer
City of the Fallen Sky (2012) 60 eksemplarer
Liar's Blade (2013) — Forfatter — 60 eksemplarer
Bride of Death (2013) 52 eksemplarer
Reign of Stars (2014) 46 eksemplarer
Lady of Misrule (2015) 45 eksemplarer
Venom in Her Veins (2012) 42 eksemplarer
The Nex (2010) 40 eksemplarer
Liar's Bargain (2016) 38 eksemplarer
Queen of Nothing (2015) 38 eksemplarer
Closing Doors (2017) 35 eksemplarer
Liar's Island (2015) 34 eksemplarer
Pale Dog (2003) 33 eksemplarer
Shark's Teeth (2011) 31 eksemplarer
Grander than the Sea (2007) 30 eksemplarer
The Alien Stars (2021) 29 eksemplarer
The Fractured Void (2020) 25 eksemplarer
Haruspex (2011) 23 eksemplarer
Impossible Dreams (2006) 20 eksemplarer
Little Better than a Beast (2011) 19 eksemplarer
Down with the Lizards and the Bees (2003) 19 eksemplarer
Cup and Table (2006) 14 eksemplarer
The Deep Woods (2015) 14 eksemplarer
Life in Stone (2011) 12 eksemplarer
Artifice and Intelligence (2007) 11 eksemplarer
Silver Linings (2009) 10 eksemplarer
A Tomb of Winter's Plunder (2013) 9 eksemplarer
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1.5-ish stars. I read it because it was free (woo Kindle!). It reads like the fifth in a series, as though the characters have been established elsewhere and the author is trying not to retread---plus lots of vague references to past events. But apparently it's the first?

All the characters are assholes, but I can tell that was an artistic decision. Doesn't make it that enjoyable, though.
 
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caedocyon | 34 andre anmeldelser | Feb 23, 2024 |
 
Markeret
sraedi | Feb 2, 2024 |
“I don’t approve of this. I like self-reliance. But you don’t have to be like me. So okay.”
 
Markeret
sraedi | Feb 2, 2024 |
Its easy to say that I enjoyed this book. I loved it actually. Marla is the sort of person I would hope to be if in her position, perhaps not her backstory so much (good lord does she know how to clear a room), but then you are the sum of your life experiences, so if she didn't have all of that luggage she wouldn't be who she is right? Or maybe that's an argument for the nurture vs. environment folks. All I know is that Marla was one kick-ass lady that I would be scared to meet under any circumstances.

This is really more of an urban fantasy mystery than a straight urban fantasy. Almost, but not quite, noir actually. Something at least one character suggests and two others, just by being who they are, back up. I had been interested in Blood Engines for a while now, the covers catching my interest (oh Daniel Dos Santos, you just...draw me in so well with your art) and a friend mentioning how morally grey Marla could be much of the time. Unfortunately, being the slacker that I am, I put it off until I owned all four books currently in print and the author had begun the fifth novel online as a serial (Broken Mirrors). I wish I had read this series as it came out, though I can't say I'm sorry to be able to read the books back to back and not wait.

Marla is everything an anti-hero should be; violence prone, selfishly motivated, sneaky, cut-throat and above all manipulative. This isn't to say she doesn't look out for her people (namely Hamil and Rondeau), and will save them if she can, but her primary focus is keeping herself alive and in power. A fact that her (for lack of a better word) retainers understand, even if Rondeau does complain about it.

I have yet to read the 'prequel' story Bone Shop, but there was quite a few times throughout Blood Engines where I felt like I wasn't reading the first book at all, but the second or third book. The casual references to past exploits and misdeeds are very misleading, especially in the beginning of the novel when Rondeau and Marla are just wandering around San Fransisco looking for clues to find her friend Lao Tsung.

Mostly what I enjoyed was the banter and the easy exchanges between the characters. Marla's overall tactics when talking to people varies very little (even if its in her best interests for it to do so), and she is very much a 'strike now, questions later' sort of girl, but she's also very cunning. She juggles no less then 3 threats on her life throughout the novel--the one that originally brought her to San Fransisco seeking Lao Tsung, and enemy she more or less stumbles upon while investigating and lastly the 'Big Bad' of the novel itself. This doesn't include years old promises of death, minor annoyances or casual encounters however. I believe at one point Marla asks Rondeau how many mortal enemies she has currently and he responds with "35".

What I found most interesting was that Marla would have let the Big Bad go his way if he hadn't interfered with her own quest. Until he got too close to her own city of Felport on the East Coast, but I don't think she was joking. Not even a little bit.

The novel dragged a little about 2/3rds of the way in, when plot threads came together and bounced off each other to make things very difficult for Marla. I got a bit of whiplash juggling the two or three concurrent storylines honestly, but the end was a great pay off that was true to her character. I can't wait to begin the second book, Poison Sleep immediately!
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Mark Twain Contributor
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Jean Pierre Targete Cover artist
Michaela Roessner Introduction
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Omar Moreno Cover artist
Silvia Schettin Translator
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Paul Scott Canavan Cover artist
Amy Popovich Designer
Jason Snair Cover designer
Mark A. Nelson Cover artist
Dave Thompson Narrator
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