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Mockingbird (Miriam Black Book 2) [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: #121,268 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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12 of 13 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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5 of 5 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dealing with Dirty Birdies March 30, 2013
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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 BUY IT! -- Truely Unique Experience
What a unique and crazy read! The language is exceptionally colorful. It is sexually explicit. That said, it is a lierary marvel that will keep you guessing all the way through. Read more
Published 9 days ago by Chris Myers
5.0 out of 5 stars Miriam is back and as sassy as ever :)
Miriam Black, lady-death extraordinaire, is back and better than ever. Well, as good as can be when you're a drifter at heart with a mouth like a seedy restroom and the attitude to... Read more
Published 16 days ago by meigan
5.0 out of 5 stars Miriam Black is back and continues to rage against her unique ability
Miriam Black is back-- the same but different, settling but restless, resigned but defiant.

At the end of Blackbirds, Miriam seemed on her way to stability and control... Read more
Published 1 month ago by MC
4.0 out of 5 stars fascinating premise interesting characters
fascinating premise
interesting characters
Published 1 month ago by Dave Obviousfakename
4.0 out of 5 stars Another great, fast-paced thriller with a unique female protagonist
I love the character of Miriam Black. Chuck Wendig has created an unusual female main character with a unique "talent." I can't wait to read the third book in the series!
Published 1 month ago by M. Hunt
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Fantastic Book
In the sequel to the previous novel, Blackbirds, we become more acquainted with the foul-mouthed Miriam Black. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Kaleb Russell
5.0 out of 5 stars Great stuff!
Absolutely fantastic. Can't wait to read the next volume.
Published 2 months ago by Doc Redbat
5.0 out of 5 stars Could not put it down. Wendig does it again.
When I was days away from graduating senior college, I had been reading at least a book a day for what seemed like years; then another car slammed into mine, making it... Read more
Published 2 months ago by turkeynox
4.0 out of 5 stars Good and Dark
If you have not read Blackbirds you might find some spoilers here and you should not read this.

I really liked Blackbirds, it was dark, bloody, and as foul as an open... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Brian
3.0 out of 5 stars Mockingbird - Like Sinking in a Swamp of Simile
Metaphorically speaking:
a 2.5

Wendig is witty, clever, and very aware of how to write a certain genre, or something. What would it be? Read more
Published 2 months ago by Alicia
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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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