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  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Angry Robot (December 31, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857663380
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857663382
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.2 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #655,749 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Visceral and often brutal - vibrates with emotional rawness that helps to paint a bleak, unrelenting picture of life on the edge."
-Publishers Weekly

"fast, ferocious, sharp as a switchblade and fucking fantastic"
-Lauren Beukes, author of Zoo City and The Shining Girls

"Wendig's surefooted prose means that this ride is well worth sticking your thumb out for." - SFX Magazine

"If you're looking for a sassy, hard-boiled thriller with a paranormal slant, Wendig has established himself as the go-to man."
- The Guardian

About the Author

Chuck Wendig is equal parts novelist, screenwriter, and game designer - A.K.A. an all-around "freelance penmonkey." You can probably find him on the side of a highway holding a sign, "Will Write For Booze." He currently lives in the wilds of Pennsyltucky with wife, dog, and infant heir to the Wendig throne. You can find him dispensing dubious writing advice at his blog, terribleminds.com. Chuck was nominated for the 2013 John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer.

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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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The Cormorant brings Miriam Black for much of the same—and more. There’s cursing, action, cursing, plot twists, cursing, sex, cursing, violence, and cursing. OK, it’s really not that bad, but if you’re going into this with virgin eyes, be prepared for a no holds barred adventure that’s balls-to-the-walls nearly the entire 384 pages. Awesome, right? Standby.

If you’ve read Chuck Wendig’s prolific blog or the prior two Miriam Black adventures, you’ll be right at home here. And that’s just it: home. Wendig has done an amazing job developing a growing following of fans with his indistinguishable voice. He’s lewd and crude and lays it all out. He’s like a rock star—a heavy metal rock star. Fans of such will appreciate the ride. Others may not appreciate the nuances amongst the loud noise.

Many people will cheer “hell yeah” as Miriam rips through the pages. She’s the type of character that people like to cheer for. She’s kicks ass, yet she’s deeply flawed. Some people won’t cheer—simply because of those flaws. She gets into messes and her personality is a reflection of such.

For me, I’m going to have to restrict my rating based on the complexity of the writing. The plot was interesting, yes. There were twists, yes. There was adventure, yes. But everything seemed to hit the same note. It’s like reading a video game versus reading a novel. Many people will love this, but it’s just not what I’m after in book form.

Thanks to Angry Robot for providing me a review copy of this book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By C. Thompson on February 18, 2014
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Chuck somehow tops the darkness of the previous two books in the series while simultaneously taking us down to sunny, sunny Florida. It's a tall glass of lemonade, laced with rum, drank out of a broken glass. It'll chew you up and spit you out.

Gimme some mo!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By SciFiMagpie on February 8, 2014
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One of the things I love about Wendig is that he's really good at following his own rules. This was a hard, hard read for me, and felt more like book two--no spoilers, but Miriam is in for a rough ride. I love the use of consequences here, and that the noire aspects of this black urban fantasy were cranked up a notch.

And how can I say no to addressing things like misogyny, sexism, and quietly adding in biracial characters? I admit that some of it bounced me, like Miriam was talking to the audience, but it didn't feel wrong or fail the story.

For negatives, this one will involve a lot of attention, as the narrative is increasingly fractured--perhaps not unlike Miriam's mind. So if you'r elooking for an easy, brainless read, with exploitation of a sexy goth babe, this is definitely not the series for you. If you want consequences and dirty dark wit and compulsively readable goodness, behold Miriam in all her glory.

Can't wait for book 4. Book 2 is my favorite so far, but this was really rewarding.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By professor on May 6, 2014
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I can imagine there are those who really like Chuck Wendig's characters and those who don't, with not a lot of "in-between." I, unfortunately, happen to like Chuck's work, having his "weird-ass birds" series and I believe all of his writing books. You might have to hold the book a little to one side or the other 'cause Chuck is about a 1/4 bubble off of level, but the boy can write. Not much out there like his work - profane, absolutely strange, and solid.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rachel on May 4, 2014
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Great book. Fun Writer. - Best of both worlds, fictional and real. Cannot wait to read more by Chuck. 😊
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kathy McGee on May 3, 2014
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More insight into the darkness of Miriam Black and her world. Like the other two, I read it almost in one sitting and now am kicking and screaming like a spoiled child that I have to wait for the next. it has elements from the first two in the series, cementing together the world and it's characters. Definitely worth it. More, please.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rachel Brooks on April 8, 2014
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Let me preface by saying, I don't know Chuck Wendig. I'm not his relative or a friend of his relative. I hope that gives my review some credibility.

I love Miriam. I loved her in the novel "Blackbirds" (such a good, raw novel). I loved her in "Mockingbird" (though I didn't think that was a strong as Blackbirds, and I lost the thread a couple of times). But "The Cormorant" is dark, tough, and a gritty follow up, and while I can't actually say I enjoyed it (it is dark, and sometimes uncomfortable to read), it is a great book.

"Great book." That's my boring descriptor - that's why *I* am not a novelist! At any rate, I appreciate complex writing even if I can't mimic it.

Miriam isn't a pretty character, but she is a worthwhile one. Try this series.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 10, 2014
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Excellent. Wendig is a fricking monster. In Miriam Black, he's created the ultimate girlfriend everybody is tremendously relieved they never had to date. What a cool anti-hero.

I love the flashback structure of this novel. Starts with a puzzle. Delves into how that puzzle came to be. Intensifies the puzzle. Wrenches back to the unfolding mystery. All the time, wrenching up the sympathy for Miriam, the hope that somehow she's gonna get out of this with hope for a better life.

He's gone A LITTLE BIT heavy-handed with the bird imagery and metaphors. They kinda spread their wings and flap a bit too vigorously, bringing his craft into full view. Takes me out of the story a tiny bit. Just a bit.

But the story is way stronger than some temporary bird-brained loss of authorial control on Wendig's part. Hell... He's an author... He's gotta auth. The story has huge muscles, which frequently wrestled my eyes open beyond my own staying power.

Yes. I read my ebooks on my phone. In bed. Late at night. While my girlfriend sleeps. Yes. It's a big phone. A Galaxy Note 2. With extended battery. So when I've read waaaaaay too long into the night, and Wendig's vindictive attempts to keep me turning the page just aren't sufficient... Yes... Yes, it DOES hurt... When the phone hits you in the eye, it hurts almost as badly as Miriam Black hurts.
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