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T. A. Pratt

Autor(a) de Blood Engines

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Obras por T. A. Pratt

Blood Engines (2007) 771 exemplares
Rags & Bones (2013) — Editor — 382 exemplares
The Wrong Stars (2017) 375 exemplares
Poison Sleep (2008) 355 exemplares
Sympathy for the Devil (2010) — Editor; Introdução — 285 exemplares
Dead Reign (2008) 283 exemplares
Spell Games (2009) 244 exemplares
The Constantine Affliction (2012) 164 exemplares
The Dreaming Stars (2018) 132 exemplares
Bone Shop (2009) 123 exemplares
Heirs of Grace (2014) 107 exemplares
The Forbidden Stars (2019) 104 exemplares
Broken Mirrors (2010) 100 exemplares
Hart & Boot & Other Stories (2007) 81 exemplares
Grim Tides (2011) 75 exemplares
Little Gods (2003) 70 exemplares
Briarpatch (2011) 62 exemplares
Liar's Blade (2013) — Autor — 60 exemplares
City of the Fallen Sky (2012) 59 exemplares
Bride of Death (2013) 52 exemplares
Reign of Stars (2014) 46 exemplares
Lady of Misrule (2015) 45 exemplares
Venom in Her Veins (2012) 41 exemplares
The Nex (2010) 40 exemplares
Queen of Nothing (2015) 38 exemplares
Liar's Bargain (2016) 38 exemplares
Closing Doors (2017) 35 exemplares
Liar's Island (2015) 34 exemplares
Pale Dog (2003) 33 exemplares
Shark's Teeth (2011) 31 exemplares
Grander than the Sea (2007) 30 exemplares
The Alien Stars (2021) 29 exemplares
The Fractured Void (2020) 25 exemplares
Haruspex (2011) 23 exemplares
Impossible Dreams (2006) 20 exemplares
Little Better than a Beast (2011) 19 exemplares
The Deep Woods (2015) 14 exemplares
Cup and Table (2006) 14 exemplares
Life in Stone (2011) 12 exemplares
Artifice and Intelligence (2007) 11 exemplares
Silver Linings (2009) 10 exemplares
A Tomb of Winter's Plunder (2013) 9 exemplares
Miracles & Marvels (2019) 8 exemplares
If There Were Wolves (2006) 6 exemplares
Her Voice in a Bottle 5 exemplares
Bottom Feeding 5 exemplares
Restless in My Hand 5 exemplares
Troublesolving 4 exemplares
Hart & Boot [short story] (2011) 4 exemplares
Gillian Underground 4 exemplares
Annabelle's Alphabet (2011) 4 exemplares
The Frozen One 4 exemplares
Unexpected Outcomes 4 exemplares
Komodo 4 exemplares
Morbus Konstantin (2013) 4 exemplares
The Stormglass Protocol (2013) 4 exemplares
Scientific Romance 3 exemplares
Ill Met in Ulthar (2012) 3 exemplares
Living with the Harpy 3 exemplares
The Christmas Mummy — Autor — 3 exemplares
The River Boy 3 exemplares
From Around Here 3 exemplares
Terrible Ones 3 exemplares
Origin Story 3 exemplares
Romanticore 3 exemplares
Incubus 3 exemplares
Uchronia 3 exemplares
Fiddle 3 exemplares
A Cloak of Many Worlds (2013) 2 exemplares
Melancholy Shore 2 exemplares
Cassie 2 exemplares
Rangifer Volans 2 exemplares
Hatchling 2 exemplares
L is for Luminous 2 exemplares
The Soul Broker 2 exemplares
Old Ones 2 exemplares
The Secret Beach 2 exemplares
Firecracker 2 exemplares
The Pentachoron Key 2 exemplares
Floodwater 2 exemplares
Metamancer 2 exemplares
Fable from a Cage 2 exemplares
Jubilee 2 exemplares
Gulls 2 exemplares
In a Glass Casket 2 exemplares
Dream Engine 2 exemplares
Cascade Wonderland 2 exemplares
The Bodies 2 exemplares
Bone Sigh 2 exemplares
Bleeding West 2 exemplares
Eros and Thanatos 2 exemplares
The Tyrant in Love 2 exemplares
The Haunted Mech Suit 2 exemplares
Cages 2 exemplares
Cinderlands 2 exemplares
Right Turns 2 exemplares
Gingerbread 2 exemplares
The Fairy Library 2 exemplares
The Dog Boys 2 exemplares
The Witch's Bicycle (2011) 2 exemplares
On a Blade of Grass 2 exemplares
Caltrops 2 exemplares
Bound by Grace 1 exemplar
Angel of Ordinary 1 exemplar
Their Young 1 exemplar
Six Jobs 1 exemplar
The Doorman 1 exemplar
Blood and Sleep 1 exemplar
Unfollowed 1 exemplar
Straight Trade 1 exemplar
Who Has Everything 1 exemplar
Courting Costs 1 exemplar
Three Good Things 1 exemplar
The Stillness 1 exemplar
Comfort and Joy 1 exemplar
This Is Your Lot 1 exemplar
Sunday Drive 1 exemplar
First Date 1 exemplar
Fireflies 1 exemplar
Soft Open 1 exemplar
Wishflowers 1 exemplar
Carved Forest 1 exemplar
Blind Date 1 exemplar
We Go Back 1 exemplar
V is for Vámonos 1 exemplar
X is for Xylomancy 1 exemplar
S is for Solipsism 1 exemplar
R is for Raffle 1 exemplar
Snake and Mongoose 1 exemplar
Hell's Lottery 1 exemplar
Letter 1 exemplar
Last Bird Call 1 exemplar
At Monkey Party 1 exemplar
Over There 1 exemplar
A Lake of Spaces 1 exemplar
Observer Effects 1 exemplar
Morris and Machine 1 exemplar
Jen at Crossroads 1 exemplar
Headache 1 exemplar
Winter on Pyre 1 exemplar
Plastic Scorpions 1 exemplar
When I Consider 1 exemplar
Pride is an Engine 1 exemplar
A Door of My Own 1 exemplar
Thankful 1 exemplar
Nativity 1 exemplar
Helljack 1 exemplar
Dancing Shoes 1 exemplar
Unfairy Tale 1 exemplar
Bridge 1 exemplar
Broken Branches 1 exemplar
23 Small Disasters 1 exemplar

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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 outras críticas | Feb 23, 2024 |
 
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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.”
 
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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!
… (mais)
 
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lexilewords | 34 outras críticas | Dec 28, 2023 |

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Obras
246
Also by
92
Membros
5,299
Popularidade
#4,698
Avaliação
½ 3.7
Críticas
223
ISBN
127
Línguas
4

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