Blackbirds (Miriam Black Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Miriam meets someone in whose death she may be implicated. As she struggles to change what horrific experience has taught her is an inevitability, Wendig peels back the layers of his misbegotten heroine. Miriam's fearsome misanthropy is the shell of a heart sorely hurt. The great tragedy of her past is compounded again and again by misguided attempts to atone for her mistakes, attempts with invariably horrible consequences. Years of cruel experience have taught her that she is nothing but a poisoned chalice. Despite that, Miriam spits in the eye of her own completely justified fatalism and sets out to change the future.
On one level, Blackbirds is a snarling, vicious crime thriller populated by con men, druglords and psychotic assassins up against a prickly psychic heroine hauling a truckload of emotional baggage. It stinks of cheap booze, bad sex, greasy food, tire smoke, festering wounds and smouldering cigarettes. You don't have to dig far beneath the surface to get at the good stuff, though. Blackbirds is upfront about asking big questions about free will and destiny, but more intimate subjects, like death, loss and the harmful consequences of deliberately becoming physically and socially distanced from humanity, are laid bare as well.Read more ›
Miriam Black can see a person's death whenever she makes skin-to-skin contact: she knows the exact moment and circumstances and sees it all with disturbing clarity. Miriam has adapted to her strange life by becoming a scavenger of the dead. Knowing when someone will die alone doesn't provide Miriam with a living much beyond subsistence level, but it enables her to drift along the margins of society without having to interact with people beyond a superficial level-- which is just how Miriam likes it.
Miriam knows that interference with fate is not an option-- she's tried to help people in the past but it only seems to cement the final outcome. But when Miriam shakes hands with Louis Darling and sees that he will die in 30 days, while calling her name, she realizes that fate might be choosing to involve her this time around.
I first became interested in "Blackbirds" because of its evocative cover, so beautifully done by Joey Hi-Fi, and I had the expectation that Miriam would have a dreamy way of looking at the world as one of those people who accepts their life with calm stoicism. But Miriam is anything but complacent and that fact is made clear right away as she springs to life, full of piss and vinegar, in all of her chain-smoking, swearing glory.
Miriam is a reflection of the world she inhabits. Any casual contact with another person brings visions of death that can be as benign as a heart attack or as graphic as a gunshot to the head.Read more ›
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Sick, hilarious, no holds barred insanity! Incredibly well written contemporary psychic action-horror from Chuck Wendig, who obviously has no shame, no filter, and no flaws in his... Read morePublished 7 days ago by Dyrk Ashton
A strong debut from one of my favorite authors. Action, emotion, and a great ending.Published 18 days ago by Denise Esse
I just flipped the last page on my kindle, and Amazon immediately asks me to "post a review!", complete with the encouraging exclamation point.
Wow. Read more
I recently discovered Chuck Wendig as an author and have been working my way through his books because they have all been excellent so far. . Read morePublished 3 months ago by Debra M Shaffer
HOLY CRAP. Wow. I mean... WOW. This book was a roller coaster from start to finish– a grim, angry, merciless, whiplash beautiful roller coaster. I loved it. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amy Braun
Damn you Chuck. Damn you. That was good. A stone cold slice of para noir, with not a word wasted.Published 4 months ago by Stephen Reid
I bought this book because Sam Sykes told me to. Thanks, Sam. Wasn't sure about it to begin with but it sucked me in. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Toni Jones
I've skirted the edges of Chuck Wendig's books for some time now - reading one or two but never quite getting hooked. Until now. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Philip Harris
I should have been reading Wendig a long time ago. He's brilliant.
Blackbirds is astonishing. Before I knew it, I was sucked in and zipping through page after page. Read more
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