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Mockingbird [Kindle Edition]

Chuck Wendig
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Book Description

Miriam is trying. Really, she is.

But this whole "settling down thing" that Louis has going for her just isn't working out. She lives on Long Beach Island all year around. Her home is a run-down double-wide trailer. She works at a grocery store as a check-out girl. And her relationship with Louis--who's on the road half the time in his truck--is subject to the piss and vinegar Miriam brings to everything she does.

It just isn't going well. Still, she's keeping her psychic ability--to see when and how someone is going to die just by touching them--in check. But even that feels wrong somehow. Like she's keeping a tornado stoppered up in a tiny bottle.

Then comes one bad day that turns it all on her ear.

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"Balls-to-the-wall, take-no-prisoners storytelling at its best." - Bill Cameron, author of County Line

About the Author

Chuck Wendig is a novelist, a screenwriter, game designer, and all-around freelance penmonkey. He has contributed over two million words to the roleplaying game industry, and was the developer of the popular Hunter: The Vigil game line (White Wolf Game Studios / CCP). He, along with writing partner Lance Weiler, is a fellow of the Sundance Film Festival Screenwriter’s Lab (2010). Their short film, Pandemic, showed at the Sundance Film Festival 2011, and their feature film HiM is in development with producers Ted Hope and Anne Carey. They both wrote the digital transmedia drama Collapsus, which was nominated for an International Digital Emmy and a Games 4 Change award.

Product Details

  • File Size: 410 KB
  • Print Length: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Angry Robot; Original edition (August 28, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007GYNO10
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #35,075 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bigger and blacker than Blackbirds October 28, 2012
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
I adored the squirming rank guts out of Chuck Wendig's Blackbirds - its spiteful arch protagonist Miriam Black with her malign visions of death, its black comedy, its psychopathic bad guys. I loved its bruised and buried but still-beating sense of hope unquashed and fate defied.

The sequel, Mockingbird, somehow manages to find darker places to drag poor Miriam. Unable to face the compromises of an ordinary existence, she reluctantly takes an opportunity to make some semi-legitimate money from her unfortunate affliction - the ability to see how a person she touches will die, in precise and vivid detail. But Miriam being Miriam, she sees more than she wants to and finds a way to make a bad situation worse. Before long she is trying to save the students of a "school for bad girls" from a very sick serial killer. Worse than that, she's suffering increasingly regular visitations from something dressed up as the ghosts of her past, which may or may not be the thing that gave her the death-visions. And worse than that again, she may have to confront the mother she walked out on years ago.

The actual plot is terrific - a serial killer hunt more tense than a tow cable and twisting like a cut snake - but the real meat of the story is in Miriam's confrontations with what could be a spirit guide or a taunting revenant or her own guilty conscience. Her self-doubt, dark sarcasm and a regular one-two punch of instinctive lying followed by the telling of blunt unpalatable truths keeps friends and allies at arm's length, but she can't avoid the uncomfortable revelations that come out every time she closes her eyes (and even a few times when she's awake).
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An enchanting read August 28, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
"Power and wisdom are born of trauma." Mockingbird is the story of a young woman who is gifted, if one could say so, with a weird kind of power, a power that feels to her more of a curse than a blessing.

This is the story of Miriam Black, who's a psychic. When she touches somebody she can see how and when he or she is going to die. For quite some time now she's been living in a trailer park with her best friend and occasional lover, one-eyed Louis.

Miriam is a very unhappy woman. She tries hard to adapt in a life that really doesn't suit her. Being normal is not something she can make happen, not when she can sense things the way she does. "She wants to go home. If only she knew what that really meant."

Louis is trying to bring some balance in her life, make her realize that if she tries hard enough she can become happy, or at least, kind-of-happy, but she knows all too well that that's not true and she snaps at him: "You want me to be someone I'm not."

She's sick of her everyday life, so she decides to leave and "commit to her lack of commitment." She's not afraid of the life on the road, she's tough, she can handle any situation; she cannot listen to Louis and his down-to-earth logic and get stack in that place anymore.

The road though is long and the first car that stops to pick her up belongs to no one else but Louis himself. They travel together for awhile, they fight, she gets off the car and then they meet again. And it's exactly then that she's convinced to follow him to a boarding school to meet a teacher, who feels certain that she's going to die soon. The woman is willing to pay Miriam just to tell her if she's right.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dealing with Dirty Birdies March 30, 2013
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
In certain respects, Stephen King's 'Misery' came to mind as I read this follow-up to 'Blackbirds'. I won't go into detail as to why, exactly, because it's better to read it for yourself. Needless to say, though, bad girls are getting punished by a homicidal lunatic wearing a plague doctor mask, who warbles a disturbing little limerick each time he kills. Being a bird of a feather with these kind of girls, Miriam intends to end his series of slayings before striking again. And believe me, If you liked 'Blackbirds' as I did, then you will likely find this to be an easy and enjoyable sequel to pick up. The style and storytelling carry the same feel, if not improving some on its predecessor.

While 'Blackbirds' is about trying to defy fate, kicking and even raging against it at times, 'Mockingbird' first tries submission, but then a somewhat subdued form of acceptance. Here, Miriam finds that she simply can't tuck death away into a closet to live a more ordinary lifestyle with Louis. It's an itch that has to be scratched, a call that has to be answered. And as she begins to pick up the trail of this serial killer, and has further encounters with the Trespasser, she begins to accept her role as an antithesis to fate, which, in a sense, is almost another form of fate in of itself. But I digress.

Again, if you found 'Blackbirds' a good read, then you will likely feel the same towards 'Mockingbird'. I can readily admit that I expect the third book with eager anticipation, just as I did with this novel after reading 'Blackbirds'. Miriam Black is definitely going places and I intend to come along for the ride.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wendig is awsome
it has been a while since I could really sink my teeth into a good character but Wendig has nailed it
Published 8 days ago by shane bartels
4.0 out of 5 stars Great! But sorely in need of editing.
This book kept me on the edge of my seat. raw characters. gritty descriptions. but pooooooor editing. Read more
Published 9 days ago by Kathy McGee
4.0 out of 5 stars A worthy sequel
This book took me longer to get into than the first one, but once I did, I was done for. Mr. Wendig's mix of horror, humor and vulgarity is just what the doctor ordered after a... Read more
Published 21 days ago by Ana Conventina
5.0 out of 5 stars Another amazing installment in the Miriam saga
It's no secret how much I love Wendig's work, so allow me to fangirl a bit...I fell in love with Miriam when I read "Blackbirds" and the love affair continues on. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Lori Estep
5.0 out of 5 stars Wholly hooked
There's nothing I can say about Miriam Black that she wouldn't say better herself -- and she would likely slit my throat for even trying. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Courtney Cantrell
5.0 out of 5 stars Could not put it down....you won't be disappointed!
I would recommend this series to fans of Joe Hill. Looking for something to read while you wait for the next installment of Locke & Key, perhaps. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Yuri V. Jewitt
5.0 out of 5 stars Bringeth the awesome (and the lack of sleep)
This one was a treat. The first book made me fall for Miriam, but this deepened her character, like fine wine. Read more
Published 2 months ago by SciFiMagpie
5.0 out of 5 stars And the awesome continues...
Working the checkout line at the grocery store is no place for Miriam Black. Little acts of rebellion like staring into the laser light of the scanner just aren’t doin’ it for her. Read more
Published 2 months ago by MyBookishWays
4.0 out of 5 stars Crackles with life
Miriam Black is prickly, profane, and altogether wonderful. There are some editing fails in the Kindle edition, but not enough to distract from a fine, rollicking story. Read more
Published 2 months ago by NotEnoughTimeToRead
5.0 out of 5 stars This story is a rocket ship.
I really got into this story quickly and Miriam Black is a fascinating character to follow. Finding her own way, not comfortable with routine, simultaneously hating and wanting to... Read more
Published 2 months ago by T. Armbruster
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Chuck Wendig is a novelist, screenwriter, and game designer. He's the author of BLACKBIRDS, DOUBLE DEAD and DINOCALYPSE NOW, and is co-writer of the short film PANDEMIC, the feature film HiM, and the Emmy-nominated digital narrative COLLAPSUS. He lives in Pennsylvania with wife, taco terrier, and tiny human.

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