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Poison Sleep (Marla Mason #2)

3.86  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,180 Ratings  ·  74 Reviews
In Poison Sleep (4/08), a dangerous inmate escapes from the Blackwing Institute, Felport's home for criminally insane sorcerers, and it's up to Marla to keep things from falling into utter disaster. Marla and Rondeau scour the rapidly-transforming streets of Felport, looking for a trouble psychic who's become the Typhoid Mary of nightmares, infecting everything – and every ...more
Kindle Edition, Reprint edition, 354 pages
Published March 25th 2008 by Spectra (first published January 1st 2008)
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Feb 22, 2009 Felicia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-paranormal
Ok, so THIS is why it's good to give series that don't TOTALLY hook you a second shot. I really really really loved this second book in the series. The characters were more developed and the whole book felt more coherent and well put together on EVERY level. I really enjoyed the world immensely, and the characters were so interesting. I enjoy a female character who can function properly and doesn't have to have abandonment issues or past abuse she's whining about (which a lot of vaginal-urban-fa ...more
Antonio Diaz
Mar 30, 2015 Antonio Diaz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: english-owned
Marla Mason vuelve a la carga. Esta novela es una continuación de la anterior, en el sentido de que ocurre después temporalmente de la primera 'Blood Engines'. Aunque apenas hay algunas referencias a esa primera novela, hay que decir que hay varias menciones a su final. Esta es una novela independiente, y teniendo en cuenta como acaba, estoy segura de que un lector casual podría empezar por la tercera o la cuarta sin ningún problema.

La pega habitual en los casos de series de novelas independient
Urban fantasy with endlessly creative magic and a badass heroine who is not fetishized or slut-shamed for her bisexuality or her kinkiness, and an overarching plot about rape recovery that is only a little bit hamfisted.

Yeah, don’t get excited. Because it was also so boring. So boring. So boring I was kind of rooting for the emo assassin to finish off the protagonist at the halfway point, because then it would be over. So boring I don’t even care enough to figure out why.

And this is me, so that
(copied from my review)

I had some issues with "Blood Engines," the first Marla Mason book. While the plot was interesting and kept me guessing, I found the characters and writing style very flat. I am fairly certain that if I hadn't started with the prequel, "Bone Shop," I never would have picked up "Poison Sleep."

And that would have been a shame, because I really enjoyed "Poison Sleep." The title character is still a no-nonsense, ass-kicking thug of a magical city manager, but she se
Stephanie Griffin
Dec 02, 2008 Stephanie Griffin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
POISON SLEEP is the second book in the Marla Mason urban fantasy series, and it’s almost as good as the first. I would give it 4.5 stars out of 5.
The imaginative world that Marla lives in just gets more interesting with the addition of a dreamworld that people are falling in and out of. This dreamworld belongs to one woman, Genevieve, who is an escaped patient from the Blackwing Institute for criminally insane sorcerers. Marla must stop Genevieve before her dreamworld touches too many people, an
Jul 20, 2014 Emily rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy
Marla Mason is back in her home town of Felport but something sinister is afoot. An inmate of the Blackwing Institute, which houses insane sorcerer's attempted to make an escape, they didn't get away luckily but a low level threat has disappeared. THe problem is that perhaps this inmate was incorrectly assessed because she sure is stirring up trouble now that she's out. Genevieve Kelley is a reweaver, a sorcerer capable of altering reality with a thought. Luckily she's been sleeping for twenty y ...more
Disclaimer: I've been marathoning this series, so some impressions may be flawed, and this review a little weak.

Poison Sleep is the second book in the series, and picks up right after the first. I'm not sure if it's specifically the result of the publishing deal, or if this arc was conceived as a whole, but the early books all form a cohesive work.

As such, if you haven't read the first book, I'd recommend you stop now and go read it. While the Marla Mason books can be read individually, they gre
Feb 15, 2016 Carien rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: uf
Yup, it's official: I'm in love with this series.

Marla is such a deliciously practical, no nonsense character. She has very flexible morals, and doesn't shy away from taking extreme measures, but at the same time she's not above listening to advice. And the supporting characters are really interesting as well, although it's clear that I'll have to be careful in liking supporting characters. Pratt isn't a G.R.R. Martin yet, but doesn't shy away from killing off characters for the good of the stor
Fantasy Literature
Urban fantasy is all the rage these days. While I’m concerned about the eventual over-saturation of the market, it’s definitely a good time to be a fan of the sub-genre, especially when writers like T.A. Pratt are given the chance to shine. Tim Pratt, the winner of the 2007 Hugo Award for the short story “Impossible Dreams,” also left a positive impression on me with his novel Blood Engines and its rewarding blend of wacky characters, comedy, supernatural action, and imagination. Granted, I had ...more
James Murphy
Sep 21, 2015 James Murphy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After reading "Blood Engines," the first Marla Mason urban fantasy, I knew I wanted to read the next installment, "Poison Sleep." And if I thought Marla was a badass in the first book, "Poison Sleep" confirmed it. Marla is back in Felport, the East Coast metropolis that is her home base, and Felport is experiencing some magical weirdness. And Marla doesn't like her city being messed with. So, with the help of her partner Rondeau, plus other allies, she sets out to do what needs to be done. T. A. ...more
Aw, shit. Goodbye (view spoiler) We barely knew you.

In my mind, Nicolette looks a lot like Gotham City!Harley Quinn with more hair accouterments. The fact that she's a chaos sorcerer didn't help dislodge the image!

Marla is showing a somewhat shaky moral code in this book (versus the one woman show she was running in the first novel). Of course, due to Joshua's influence, nearly everything she felt the whole novel is suspect. Only time will tell.
MUCH better than the preview book. Although, Marla is still an unsympathetic character. We have very little background on her. Why is she such a hard ass? You can only use the excuse of "sorcerers kill or be killed" for so long before I get bored.

Watching Marla's character interact with Joshua was fun. I loved her ability to retain her personality, even though he was supposed to be smoothing her feathers. As a character, I had Joshus pegged from the beginning.

A few problems with this book: writi
Dec 27, 2008 Steff rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
You May Not Be Able to Rest Until this Book is Finished

Marla Mason is the leader among equals of the sorcerers in the city of Felport. It’s her job to protect the city and keep the other sorcerers in line - something that is not so easy to do when one of the sorcerers has hired an assassin to kill her and another has escaped from a mental institution and is wreaking havoc across the city. Then, to top it all off, Marla has found love, which means all her attentions may not be where they should b
Nicole Bunge
Oct 17, 2011 Nicole Bunge rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: ppl who like Michelle Sagara or Kelley Armstrong
I liked it. The protagonist is sarcastic, competent and... real. She's 'no-nonsense,' and it gets her in trouble because she sucks at negotiating and politics (which... when you're the head sorcerer in a city of bickering, backstabbing, selfish sorcerers... isn't great.) Marla has... flexible morals (I mean, she IS technically a benevolent dictator who runs a lot of the city's underworld) but she is moral- kinda... chaotic neutral, if you will.
My point though, is that she's human, not a super-p
Joseph Teller
This is the second book in Marla Mason series, and I arrived at it without benefit of the first in the series. Despite this I was able to grab ahold of the characters and plot and run with it easily.

The pacing is reasonably fast, with a fair amount of political intrigue and sorcery, rather than being overboard on the romance side of things that one find in many urban fantasy series as of late. The main character is flawed, but not in the normal concept of how this works in such a setting, she is
May 07, 2009 Brooke rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Poison Sleep is a fantastic second book in a series. I really enjoyed Blood Engines (Book 1), but Poison Sleep takes the cake! Fantastic story, amazing plot, the characters are likeable and interesting. The dream reweaver was a new paranormal power (for me), and Pratt pulled it off quite nicely by mixing up the dream world and the nightmare world. As always Rondeau, Marla's partner, is hilarious and adds a touch of lightheartedness to any situation, well, when he's not freaking out.

The addition
Jay Daze
Jan 24, 2012 Jay Daze rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, in-the-bath
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Jun 19, 2008 Matt rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Matt by: Fans of fantasy in a modern setting
Shelves: fantasy
'Poison Sleep' was a fun adventure story with simple ambitions that it largely met. It's told in the mystery novel style, but there isn't alot of detective work involved and the twists probably won't come as any surprise. The story suffers somewhat from an unnecessary hipness, but the middle portion of the story where the author focuses on the faerie tale aspects of his narrative are quite good. Most of the characters are shallow, but are generally likable and filled with suitable promise of her ...more
Lori Whitwam
Jun 16, 2008 Lori Whitwam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy
The second "Marla Mason" urban fantasy. Marla is the chief sorcerer and protector of the city of Felport. Let's see, an insane sorceress tries to escape from an institution, and while she doesn't succeed (despite having help), she accidentally wakes another sorceress who had been in a catatonic state for 15 years. This catatonic sorceress is a "reweaver," meaning she can reshape reality and pull others into her dreams, and sometimes her dreams can intrude on our reality. She put herself in suspe ...more
Mar 13, 2012 Andrew rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wrote a fairly bitchy review of the first Marla Mason book, but the series was re-recommended (and I had a long airplane flight) so I tried the second one. It works better -- but still scrapes against my tastes in unfortunate ways.

As friends have opined, Marla comes off better on her home turf, where she is the generally-aggravated but not-usually-sociopathic gang leader for a gang of powerful magicians who would all be worse for civilization than she is. Also, she interacts with very few mug
Apr 27, 2008 Reed rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Not sure why I enjoy Pratt's new series so much, but it seems to have hit the "sweet spot" for me right now. Pratt has the goods--his writing is crisp, fast, and fun . . . to me he feels like the lovechild of Jim Butcher and Tim Powers. Definitely a good thing.

I realized Pratt's first novel had struck a chord a chord with me, when I found his latest book "Poison Sleep". Without even realizing what I had done, I promptly put down the book I was reading (can't even remember what it was now) and de
"So? It just takes a combination of skill and a whole lot of practice. I mean, you can't give a random guy on the street a scalpel and expect him to perform brain surgery successfully, but we don't say brain surgeons are magical, even through there are some people who could never do that job successfully, no matter how much they practiced. Some people are born with perfect pitch, and that's not something you can learn , but we don't say it's 'magical'. The stuff I do, that people like me do... ...more
Oct 09, 2011 Melisande rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Je tiens tout d'abord à remercier les éditions Eclipse pour m'avoir permis de lire ce livre. J’avais bien apprécié l'univers créé par T.A. Pratt, alors j'étais contente de pouvoir m’y replonger. Et franchement, je n'ai pas du tout été déçue de ce 2e tome qui est bien meilleur que le 1er.

L’histoire commence sur Marla, qui a été appelée d’urgence car une patiente de l'Institut psychiatrique Blackwing a tenté de s’échapper, une dangereuse criminelle. Sauf qu’elle a pu être maîtrisé et Marla ne comp
The second book in the Marla Mason series does exactly what a sequel should do: it builds upon the world, raises the stakes slightly, and maintains all of the elements the first volume had going for it.

In this volume, Marla Mason, chief sorcerer of Felport, is dealing with several simultaneous threats, all of which are developed into an interesting aspect of the story. She's being hunted by a slow assassin, trained to kill his targets slowly and horribly over a long period of time. The city Mar
Dec 11, 2009 Hcatlin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I would never have bought this series if it had been purchased in real life. The covers are ridiculously bad. I'm sorry if I'm offending anyone, but the cover makes it look like a book for someone with a lot of *cats* and many lonely evenings to fill.

However, it came up on my kindle and both the first book and this one had pretty good reviews. So, I gave it a go! And, I have to say, that this second book in the series got me *hooked*. A vivid, unique universe. The no-nonsense aesthetic of the ma
Jan 11, 2011 Ithlilian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy
Marla is a wonderful multidimensional character that I can't wait to find out more about. At first glance she is cold hearted and will kill anything that threatens her city. As we learn more about her, we find that that is not entirely the case. This novel scared me at first, we were introduced to all of the characters and it seemed like the mystery was figured out. We knew who hurt Genevieve and we knew who was trying to kill Marla and who hired him. Fortunately, there is much more to the novel ...more
Oct 26, 2012 Meg rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fairy-tale
Poison Sleep
Well, There are Worse Ways to Deal With Trauma... I Guess

I'm really enjoying these books. It's a great world built here, with all kinds of interesting characters with often bizarre magical specializations. All the magic is supported by striking images in the narrative. I adore Marla's hard hitting style and I adore that sometimes it utterly fails her. Characters are dynamic and interesting, there are costs and consequences to actions, choices, and beliefs. And yet, through all of t
Il primo volume della saga mi era piaciuto molto.
Ma lo avevo letto parecchi anni fa, uno dei primi libri letti in formato digitale.
Uno dei primi urban fantasy che avessi letto.
Un mondo nuovo e inesplorato, ne ero rimasto affascinato.

A distanza di anni ho ripreso in mano la serie di Marla Mason.
E purtroppo l'ho trovata abbastanza insipida.

Troppo ironica nel suo dna, troppo poco avvincente la trama, ha il solo, vero punto di forza nella scrittura scorrevole e rapida, e in uno stile che punta parec
excerpt from detailed review here:

Marla is just as snipey and down-to-business as the first book, but we see a slightly less-prickly side of her as she gets hilariously smitten over love-talker Joshua, and employs a dying man off the street. The themes dealt with in this book are radically different from the myths and prophecies in the first, focusing instead around the various deviations of sexual attraction and power (though I wouldn't call this "steamy
Heather Watkins
Jan 10, 2009 Heather Watkins rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After hearing of a patient escaping from a hospital, the sorceress Marla Mason must find this intense sorceress before more people of her city become victimized by the patients rewieving dreams. Marla herself is having a difficult time as she has become involved with a lovetalker she simply cannot resist. He eventually does help Marla with this patient as well as other adventures that comes her way. In this book Marla finds a new assistant, SEX, fighting, trying to keep all of her people sane, g ...more
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