Bone Shop

Bone Shop A prequel novel about sorcerer Marla Mason heroine of a series of novels by T A Pratt published by Bantam Spectra from including Blood Engines Poison Sleep Dead Reign and Spell Games Bo

  • Title: Bone Shop
  • Author: Tim Pratt
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 207
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • A prequel novel about sorcerer Marla Mason, heroine of a series of novels by T.A Pratt published by Bantam Spectra from 2007 2009, including Blood Engines, Poison Sleep, Dead Reign, and Spell Games Bone Shop explores Marla s early days in the city of Felport and her rise to power Originally serialized online from June October 2009, available as an e book for the first tA prequel novel about sorcerer Marla Mason, heroine of a series of novels by T.A Pratt published by Bantam Spectra from 2007 2009, including Blood Engines, Poison Sleep, Dead Reign, and Spell Games Bone Shop explores Marla s early days in the city of Felport and her rise to power Originally serialized online from June October 2009, available as an e book for the first time.

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    1. 3.5I remember I read a short Marla Mason story in an anthology (don't remember which) and liked it a lot. The world seemed interesting enough to read the series. I forgot about it though. I stumbled upon this one by accident and when I checked the , I saw there are four prequels, this being the first. I could have read the books in order they were published, but I prefer chronological one.Bone Shop doesn't have one main thread that follows from the beginning to its end unless you count Marla's d [...]

    2. It's always a tough choice you start a series with the first book the author wrote, or with the earliest prequel? Katherine Kurtz's Deryni series taught me that choosing the prequel-first route gives you an added bonus: the author has their groove, the characters have their groove, and the depth you can get from their "backstory" can jumpstart your love for the series as a whole.I suspect that Bone Shop is going to fit squarely in that category. I already have a pretty serious crush on Marla Mas [...]

    3. Apparently it's been 4 years since I read any of the Marla Mason books, something I only know because is a part of my external memory, and I was also reminded of why I should write at least a couple sentences of review for everything I read, even when I don't feel like doing it. I couldn't remember what I liked about this series, beyond the vaguest sense that I had enjoyed them as fast, escapist urban fantasy. So coming back into this world via the first of the prequels was the correct choice, [...]

    4. I've never read any of T.A. Pratt's other work but as a first introduction this is fantastic.It introduces a lovable, charming, scamp of a main character in Marla, someone who has had a rough life and treats the world with a strong dose of cynicism and wariness. It slowly introduces a world of magic that feels believable and with reasonable limitations and even discusses how they keep it hidden from non-magical users.The characters are nicely fleshed out even if they fit within some simple trope [...]

    5. After reading Blood Engines last week, I was looking forward to getting stuck into more Marla Mason stories. I've already ordered the paperbacks of the next three books, but found this prequel for free at the author's website and got hooked right away.This is an excellent origin story. It starts when Marla is sixteen and has recently arrived in the city of Felport after escaping a rough childhood. In this city she meets Jenny and they become friends, which soon leads her to the seemingly pervy A [...]

    6. I loved Blood Engines, the first book in the Marla Mason series, and I have the next two books in my TBR pile. But when I received this prequel novel I had to read it first, if only so I could stare lovingly at the gorgeous cover from time to time.And this is a great read.Some of the things that happened in Bone Shop I knew about, because Marla mentioned them in Blood Engines. Other things were new to me, and gave me a better inside in the woman Marla is. I loved seeing Marla grow into power. Sh [...]

    7. A fun prequel to the Marla Mason series, I am all for supporting Mr. Pratt during his financial crisis. Sad that such an engaging urban fantasy writer, who actually writes a female character who doesn't feel it's necessary to sleep with every supernatural entity she encounters, was dropped by his publisher.Having heard that he was writing serial novels in the Mason universe to raise money, I certainly wanted to support him. While not the best novel in the series, it does offer some interesting i [...]

    8. This was really good, but I was disappointed with some of the predictability in the novel, which I seriously thought could have been avoided. I truly truly hate predictability in a book, what a waste of time and fiction.The lead character was very likable, including the support characters. There were a couple of things that panned out which are often areas not moved into with a novel, and I was surprised they popped all these scenarios into a first book.Definitely looking forward to see what hap [...]

    9. This was an impressive plot, and the settings were equally gritty. The leading lady is a fantastic character!

    10. A rather strange novel at first. The early chapters read like a porn novel minus the the porn. Our main character starts as 16 year old girl who was left home and is living on the streets where she befriends a slightly older girl. Eventually both are working at a strip club which is operated by a rather sleazy person. Then suddenly our main character is invited to become a magicians apprentice by the sleazy strip club owner and the story settles down into a fun urban fantasy story. This book is [...]

    11. I read the prequel without knowing it was a prequel. If you are already in love with the serie, I would say it is probably a good book for you to read. As a total newbie to this universe, this book is missing some meat on the bones.

    12. I was a big fan of this story. I'm not really sure what it was that called to me but it was really hard to put it down. Definitely makes me want to read more by this author.I wasn't really a fan of the jumping years ahead. Usually I have no problem when an author does that, but with this story I did. I also did like how Daniel reappears years later to die just a few days afterwards. What was the point of bringing him back at all?Questions/Comments:"This is a place where we can practice our magic [...]

    13. I really enjoyed this book. At first I disliked how the novel seemed to skip through chunks of Marla's life and then sum up interesting past events in a few paragraphs, but I've learned that that's partly the author's style, and partly because Marla (realistically) deals with so many incidents throughout this portion of her life that to go into depth about all of them would require many books, and this is just regarding her rise to power over Felport.What I enjoy about Marla is that her rough pe [...]

    14. Bone Shop is an origin story for Marla mason, and so shares both the wonder and problems of all origin stories when you already know part of how things end up. Just like the latest remaginings of Batman or Spiderman can't completely ignore what's come before, Pratt can't ignore where his character must end up, and this is the only real flaw in the work. The last quarter (or less) seems a little rushed, almost as if Pratt realized that his character wasn't headed where she was supposed to go.But [...]

    15. I've read all the Marla Mason novels now so I'm starting on the short stories. Only four chapters in and I love it. Why? Not just because I'm obviously a fan of the series, but because of a geeky thing. Bone Shop was written as a serial and Pratt included notes every week about the writing and sometimes what was going on in his life. I saw the notes on the blog and wondered if I'd remember to go back and check them since I'm reading the Kindle e-book. But the e-book includes all the notes. And e [...]

    16. Bone Shop is a rather short novel (novella) that explains the origins of the character Marla Mason, and her rise from street rat to the head sorcerer-protector of the city Felport. It is told in short, bald sentences and stripped down conversations. Pratt's characters are demonstrated rather than described, and if you can't keep up, you are forced to go back and read that sequence again. My opinion of Marla in Blood Engines is that she is a mostly-cold-hearted almost sociopath. This book explain [...]

    17. This was my first introduction to Pratt's Marla Mason. From street kid with a bad past to a young woman who has climbed to a position of power and wants it, this was a fun ride. I can see why people are calling her a superhero even though the author very clearly labels it as magic.Since I don't follow Pratt in social media, I can't really say if he intended the series to be a mashup between urban fantasy and superheros. Since I didn't detect references to either, I'm going to say that this serie [...]

    18. To anyone will listen, I've been gushing about these books. I haven't enjoyed an urban fantasy series this much since Dresden Files, and I've gotten extraordinarily picky too because there's so much that's rehashed in a lot of series these days. I really think that this series is incredibly creative and original.I read this immediately after finishing Spell Games. I actually would recommend this order. The first four books reveal a lot of Marla's backstory in small snippets, and I feel like I mi [...]

    19. Precuela que Pratt publicó gratis en su web de las novelas de la saga de Marla Mason. Bastante correcta y con algunos pasajes muy divertidos. Pasan muchísimas cosas y, por su brevedad, a veces no da la impresión de que se le dedique suficiente tiempo a cada paso de la trama. Se percibe una maduración un tanto acelerada de la propia Marla Mason.Para el que esté pensando en entrar en el mundo de Marla, yo empezaría directamente por Blood Engines (que es el primero que Pratt escribió) o por [...]

    20. This book, like Broken Mirrors, needs some editing. More than Broken Mirrors does, actually. I don't know Pratt's work enough to tell which was published first. Does he get better at self-editing, or did he get worse as time/distance from an editor grew?The ending was very, very, VERY rushed. Pratt pushed through in two chapters what could have taken 5 or more. These are MAJOR events in Marla's history (bet you can guess which ones, if you've been paying attention and have read all five Marla Ma [...]

    21. I really liked a lot of things about this book. I liked that I could read a short intro into the characters and background of this series before committing to buying the first book. I liked the authors comments added at the end of each chapter. I liked that this was an adult book. Ive read so many young adult books lately that I wanted something a little darker. And darker I got! This was not something warm a fuzzy. Although I liked it, Im not sure if Im ready to dive into the series. I think af [...]

    22. This book was better than "Blood Engines" in terms of quality and writing style but I still hated it. There was no real plot. It was a book of three pieces of different plots strung haphazardly together.Daniel's relationship with Marla was disappointing to me. They hate each other and the book continues, then suddenly they're screwing and we dont know how it came to that. If he had built a few more hints leading up to that and described their relationship as more than sex, and random affections, [...]

    23. A prequel to the Marla Mason novels by T. A. Pratt. I haven't read the novels yet, but I read and liked a number of short stories featuring the character in "The Complete Stories of Tim Pratt." This is basically an origin story for her. Pratt creates an interesting urban fantasy world and characters who live in it. I cared about what happened to them and plan to read the Marla Mason novels sometime soon.This is available to read for free online. Use your favorite search engine to find the link s [...]

    24. This was an interesting start to a series. This book was actually written in the middle of the series and is like the secret history of the main character. As such, I think that some of the world background got glossed over and there were some awkward maneuverings to make things fit. But it was still an interesting story and I am more than willing to actually listen to the rest of the series. It's kind of nice to see characters that have such twisted moral and no regret angst over them.

    25. Structurally, this book is a bit of a mess, but--wow. It certainly explains a lot about Marla. I'm glad I read the first three books in the series (non-prequel) because the reveal is really nice. No wonder the woman is such a monster, sometimes. If you enjoyed the other Marla Mason books, I definitely recommend this one--it's especially interesting in the context of Dead Reign. (And it's availabe online for free!)

    26. It started out with a lot of promise but then lost its way in teenage angst and hormones. In addition, the foreshadowing was a bit heavy-handed and the character deaths were pretty predictable.Since this was written after the series it prequels I felt that the remaining books weren't worth the effort.

    27. Having not read any of the Marla Mason books, I was interested to meet the character in her backstory. The end feels a bit rushed. I would have liked to see some things worked out a bit better. And I agree that the characters have a bit too much exposition in their conversations. The world isn't totally explained, so that threw me off a little. But all in all a fun read.

    28. I loved learning about the life of Marla before the events of the other books. It was actually very insightful, and the thoughts by the author at the end gave a lot of insight into the mind of a writer.

    29. An introduction to the origins of many elements of Marla Mason's entourage and her universe. This will be of interest only to those already familiar with the Marla Mason novels, or at least dedicated to continuing on with the series. I doubt this was intended as a stand-alone read, anyway.

    30. Started off great. When the author is grooving, he's rocking it. The first third of the book was great solid world building neat and interesting characters. It fizzled out quite a bit after that.

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